…is a physics based racing game with a lot of gory twists. The courses are tricky. The racers move like actual bodies for full realism. When the player misses a turn and falls into a pit with a giant spinning spiked pole the blood and body parts fly.
The demo for Happy Wheels 4 is more involved then most demos. It promises to give a full taste of the game instead of just a teaser. First, you select your course. You have choices of an Obstacle Course followed by Gut Bus Extreme, BMX_Park II, Snowy Mountain *final*, Dawn of the Dead lvl 1, A large Satan Eats u, Trap Trac and finally, It Keeps Happening and Rope Swings. The levels are creatively named and vary a lot in style. Truly, this is a game for everyone who enjoys a game of racing carnage.
Each level is labeled as to what kind of game play you can expect. All of them include lots of gory fun and dismemberment waiting to happen. A large Satan eats u, for example, starts with the player shoved into the gullet of a large Satan and has the player try to make it out alive… and that’s not easy!
Second, you pick your character. Demo characters are a crazed hobo on a rocket wheelchair, a businessman on a Segway and a father and son on a bike. Each character has a special move to increase speed. For example, the hobo turns on his rocket to zoom. Each one handles differently thanks to the games physics; Segway man almost hops along as he avoids pitfalls. In a great realistic touch the father and son can both fall out of the bike…and the son suffers the same fate as his unlucky father. What a fun game demo!
Some fun stats on what the top most played characters are in Happy Wheels:
It is a little saddening to say, but I actually really like effective shopper and am a little disappointed that she’s on the bottom of the list.
In the spirit of games like QWOP, you control the character you’re playing with various keys on your keyboard. These are fully customizable if you want to change them in your preferences. The object of Happy Wheels is to get your character through each level as quickly as possible while completing a variety of prompted tasks.
There are a variety of different levels in Happy Wheels where you can do anything from drive a race car to putter around on a segway. Controls are relatively easy, although it does take a few tries to figure out how to make your player move in the exact way you want him to. Every time you hit an obstacle in Happy Wheels, you’ll be prompted with text to perform certain keyboard functions in order to move on.
Happy Wheels can be a bit gory, in a cartoon kind of way. For example, in one level when your character is transported back to prehistoric times, a non-playable character gets eaten by a dinosaur, at least partially. His limbs are left behind in a spray of pixellated blood you have to drive your segway through. It’s nothing too graphic, but Happy Wheels might not be appropriate for younger children as a result. The game also sometimes freezes up, making your character’s movements stick occasionally.