Happy Wheels is a platform browser game focused on ragdoll physics developed and released by the American studio Fancy Power. The game was developed by video game designer Jim Bonacci in 2010, and features many player characters who use distinct, often rare, vehicles to navigate the several levels of the game. The game is better known for its graphical abuse and the amount of content created by users by its players.
The tagline of Happy Wheels is “Choose your inadequately prepared racer, and ignore severe consequences in your desperate search for victory!” The exact gameplay rules differ due to the choice of character and level design; characters such as a businessman on a Segway are featured in the game.
The goal of the game also differs depending on the level. The aim in most stages is to hit a starting line or a finish line.
Happy Wheels has received generally positive reviews. GameSetWatch recommended it and IGN called it one of the “Best Free Games”. Reviewers also lauded its level editor and the amount of user-generated content. A core theme of the game is the over-the-top quality of the violence, and it has been found funny by some reviewers; one review claimed that “Playing Happy Wheels is just truly challenging and not just smiling and laughing at the crazy situations in which your character can be ripped into bits.”