Do you like weird games? How about a game with crazy, death defying stunts done by a crippled man in a wheelchair? Or how about a ride through a meat grinder as a father with his son in the back of a bicycle? If this got your attention, you will probably enjoy spending the rest of your afternoon playing Happy Wheels Unblocked. It’s a game that features hilarious ragdoll physics and lots of flying body parts. Indeed, the game is very gore-y when you consider the fact that even the smallest bump or crash has the potential to rip you apart. Literally.
Happy Wheels Overview
Happy Wheels, originally created by Jim Bonacci in 2010, is a simple and minimalistic browser based single-player game.
Your goal as a player is to traverse the various levels using different, often atypical vehicles including a SegWay and a Wheelchair, just to name a few.
If you remember the motorcycle stunts game, Elasto Mania, then Happy Wheels should feel very familiar. The game has a similar concept with the added gore element.
Whenever you fall, hit your head or crash in some other horrible way, you can be sure to lose a limb or two.
There’s lots and lots of blood and guts flying around in Happy Wheels which makes the game’s title even more comical. In a dark humor kind-of way. I love it!
How to play Happy Wheels
The main controls are the arrow keys which control your movement. Press UP to accelerate, DOWN to decelerate, LEFT and RIGHT to lean in that direction.
Additionally every character has a special move depending on their vehicle. You can trigger that using the SPACE key.
For example the crippled bum in a wheelchair will activate its nitro boost when you press SPACE. Or if you’re playing with the SegWay guy, it will make him jump in the air.
Furthermore, the CTRL key will allow you rotate the nitrous oxide tank on the wheelchair and will eject the kid off the bicycle when you ride with the father and son character.
Happy Wheels Controls
Here’s the tldr; version of what I just said:
- UP – Accelerate
- DOWN – Decelerate
- LEFT – Lean left
- RIGHT – Lean right
- SPACE – Special move (or grab when ejected)
- CTRL – Rotate nitro, eject kid, etc.
- Z – Eject
How to grab stuff
You can also eject yourself from the vehicle completely using the Z key. If you then press the SPACE key, your character will perform the grab move.
If you pay close attention, you will see how his fingers move as you press the SPACE key. Make sure to keep holding the key down otherwise you will release and fall.
Grabbing is useful in the Snowy Mountain level, for example, where the only way to continue from the start is to grab the ski lift.
Video of me trying to finish the “It keeps happening” level
To finish off the article here’s a video of me playing one of my favorite levels in Happy Wheels. I think it’s a decent representation of what the game is all about.
Sure, it can be annoying at times, especially when you keep failing over and over again like me. But it’s fun at the same time. I love it how certain levels have clever traps for you. Or the landmine that rockets you straight into deadly spikes.
The game is full of surprises and plenty of “wat moments”. And that’s what makes it so epic.