Nothing beats the excitement of playing against friends. In Wacky Wheels, you can do just that. Play with a friend in split-screen mode, play head-to-head using a modem connection or play via serial (null-modem) cable. Race against challenging computer opponents with adjustable difficulty settings.
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Release Date: Oct 17, 1994

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Play as eight wacky animals in Wacky Wheels. Each animal has its own colorful antics and animations, including a tiger, elephant, raccoon, panda, shark, and more. These animals are incredibly competitive - they hate to lose! They take great joy in bumping, scraping and knocking you off the track. They want you at the back of the pack!

Nothing beats the competitive feel of racing. Feel the thrill as you race past your opponent, slam their car into a water trap, and beat them by a bumper to the finish line. Avoid obstacles, knock opponents, launch weapons, take shortcuts, engage turbo mode, and hit jumps with perfect timing to outrace your opponent every time!


Three Dimensions of Dangerous: High-speed 3D point-of-view racing!

Pig Out: Large variety of race tracks (42 total in the "Upgrade Edition")

Dog Eat Dog: Two-player, head-to-head modes via modem connection, serial link or on the same computer.

Rat Race: 60 high score charts - one for each race type.

Lion's Share: Race it out in time trials, standard races, battle zones, and the just-for-fun duck shoot-outs!

Controller Support: Partial Xbox 360 Controller support.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 2
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • OS: OSX 10.10.3 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 2
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89 of 116 people (77%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2015
Back in the day Nintendo had Mario kart.
PC had Skunny Kart & Wacky Wheels.
Wacky Wheels was far superior & Skunny was much better in his platform games.

I spend many hours playing this game which I will continue to do so. Until the day I die.
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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
I did not have Mario Kart. Did not own a SNES.
I had a PC. I had Wacky Wheels <3
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
What we got here is a mario kart clone with good variety though the racing itself feels a bit generic and without as much depth as the original due to the lack of drifting mechanics from what I can tell (the game has a handbrake button that does a 90 degree left turn for you by itself or a right 90 one turn if you got right pressed down as you use it) and the power ups are standard fare but overall it's still playable and it has local co-op if you and another friend want to have some nostalgia tinged fun racing around the flat but varied tracks.

You can race as a Pelican... that's an underrepresented critter in gaming I find.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2015
Fav game growing up when I wanted to race and to get a break from playing fps games with my 5 older brothers! Wacky and Hilarious fun to this day! --- Edit: (August 2015) Really looking forward to the new 2015 version of this game - supposed to be released in Fall 2015! Will have way better graphics than the 1990's version and will have a more modern feel to it. yay!
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2015
My story is probably the same as most of you who happened to have come across this game + pack. I used to play this game on split screen mode with my two cousins from way down south when we were there on family visits and have many fond memories from playing this along with clasics such as jazz jackrabbit micro machines and you name it.

Let it be clear that this game is not some remake or updated version it's the original that is emulated on dosbox so no flashy updates or enhanced mouse support this game will continue exactly where you left it all those years ago. Me and a buddy who also played this game back in the days did a few cups against each other on split screen mode and in between the insanity during the race i managed to make a few pics.

Here's us at the start/finish line. I play as the panda (low) and he as the shark (top):

Here's us trying to figuring out how to play this game again. I had some trouble getting around corners and my pal had some trouble locating the fire button:

Here's me in 1st place (somehow) with my pal in second place. If anyone asks how on earth that happened we did not play this on easy mode:

A handy thing to keep in mind with old games is that this game will not be full screen depending on which screen size you use. aged 2D games such as wacky wheels and many others from the DOS era were never meant to be stretched out as much on the modern screen sizes you see with computers today and while there are some ways to tamper with these sizes the black edges will always be a little visible and might not make the image any better the bigger it gets. In the worst case scenario you could always score an old computer screen from somewhere and knock yourself out.

All in all i'm very satisfied with this game and the good state it still remains in after all this time and i definitely recommend getting it for those who are in a nostalgic mood. I hope to have helped you guys out there a bit with my review but if there's anything you need to know about this game feel free to ask it's what i'm here for.

All the best!
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24 of 42 people (57%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Its time to put on your 90s nostalgia goggles and travel back to a time when the kart racing genre was fresh and new. Wacky Wheels is a kart racer with eight anthropomorphic characters, and its one expansion pack which makes for six championship cups, thirty circuits across twenty-five tracks and a dozen more miscellaneous tracks.

To this version's credit, its a 90s DOS game that's playable on Steam out-of-the box when other games fail to run even when they include DOSBox. The game scores big points for having native 360 controller support as well. Beyond working as it should, that's where the compliments end and the reality of a twenty year-old game sets in.

I assume this is a kids game with how generic it is and the eight animal drivers. You have a pelican, tiger, raccoon, elephant, moose, camel, panda and the coolest of them all, a shark. The game never does much with its animal theme. The drivers make appropriate sounds several times and have honking horns each time they're near. Without stats to tell me there's a difference in driver abilities, they all feel the same. The elephant feels just as speedy as the raccoon. Perhaps the differences are too subtle to notice.

There's a lot of mediocre content in the Wacky Wheels, you have single and two player split screen championships with five races each, a two player shoot out, a single player wacky duck shoot out and comm-bat play over a modem or serial cable. The menu seems to trigger when there's a button held rather than a button pressed. So I can hold the button and watch as it skips through the menu. At the bottom of the main menu is ordering information to purchase the game that you already own. Its typical for games of the era, because piracy was so widespread. Why buy a game when someone has a copy? Why would I give someone a copy of something I paid money for?

The single player championships offer time trials and a special kids mode where the game accelerates for you and you just steer. Its like watching tar dry from how dull it is. The other modes drive 50+ mph while the kids mode drives as a safe 30 mph. That's when I noticed that when you finish a race, you're forced to wait for the top four drivers to come in. On kids mode, this is a long wait, from half a minute to a full minute depending on how far ahead you were.

In a championship, you will only proceed if you've finished in the top three. If you fail, then you'll have to use a continue. There is a save feature if you need to bail from the game and that's a nice feature to have. To add replay value you can enter your name in for time trials and championship results.

There are three levels of difficulty: amateur, pro and championship class. Then you select between 6 and 12 horsepower to determine the speed. Its like selecting one level of difficulty before selecting another. On 6 horsepower its easy enough to get in the lead on the second lap and maintain it for two agonizing, dull minutes until the race ends. You also have a choice of how many laps. Even the minimum six laps feels long by the end even if races last two to four minutes long.

Oh but then if you try out championship class, it turns into a real struggle, because on the third lap of each race, everyone else can just appear beside you. Its amazing to see being in first place and then four racers in a single perfect line will speed past you. To make things even more incredible, I can see that let's say the shark driver is in fourth place and then he will poof and be in first place without driving to first place. I can gain the lead, over-and-over again, but by the final lap its a single line of six cars that passes by. Its a questionable level of false difficulty.

Even when you're racing through speedways, lakes, deserts, boardwalks and along side lava, nothing seems to mix the game up. It feels the same from track to track and a painful monotony sets in quick. Each track feels either heavily inspired by or flat out copied from another certain kart racer including the themes, layouts and shortcuts.

The tracks are all in the same contained area so the only way to make a race longer is to add more hairpin turns on and that's what they do on more than half the tracks. These hairpin turns are never an issue with the slower 6 horsepower, but on the 12, that's when the game has real challenge. There are a pair of sharp turn buttons, but pressing them is too sharp and jarring of a turn to ever use effective. Plus they would be easier to use if they were mapped to the shoulders, but alas there's no way to change it.

In terms of weapons, there are only five that you collect by running into them on the track. There are bombs to drop, oil cans to spill and make someone spin out, a pair of red bouncing balls that bounce off the edges, but when you launch them, they go sideways rather than forward. You also have a token triple fireball. All generic, vanilla weapons that would have been acceptable back then. Any weapon that is collected on the track is gone forever. If you have a weapon, then the pickups become obstacles that you will bounce off of.

Then there's the primary weapon which is hedgehogs. These hedgehogs are living out their normal life on the track and you see them on toilets, doing sniper practice and dancing. Then you run down the hedgehogs and they become your ammunition. One hedgehog gives you four ammunition so you've collected its entire family out of whatever hole it was in. When you attack, they launch forward, its just as simple as that. A hedgehog would make the perfect weapon since its covered with spikes, but then who is willing to touch one to throw it. Maybe the go-karts have launchers.

What makes the eight drivers so special that they're in a race and these hedgehogs are lesser creatures? That's like having a brawler where you pick up spider monkeys and attack people with them.

It also seems like the player is the only driver that can get and use weapons and that always ensures that you have the advantage. The only time that I thought another driver was able to use a weapon was during the hardest difficulty, the championship class, I'd spin out for no reason. I assume that's someone behind me shooting me with a hedgehog (read that line again), but I never see the hedgehog or what hit me. So maybe I was just spinning out because I took a turn too sharp?

I was unable to play the two player modes, but there is a duck shoot for single players where you can test your aim on the battlefield by shooting helpless ducks. Two shots will make a duck explode and you get a point.

Playing in single player, there's a large vacant area of the screen dedicated to the sky. There's nothing in the sky and that's perhaps why other games of the era used half the screen as a giant map. Wacky Wheels does have a mini map, but its ineffective since the drivers on the map are one pixel big so I can never see at a glance where I am versus where everyone else is. Plus the drivers on the mini map have a color that blends in with the green map.

Like all racing games, the main road lets you go at top speed while dirt, grass and side paths will make you go considerably slower. Lava and deep blue water will plunge you in where your racer becomes a periscope. When you've taken the plunge, its up to you to get back onto land. There is no floating lion with a fishing pole that will save you. Tracks like the boardwalk and lava castle are covered with borders which make cutting corners tough because you'll hit a wall and stop. The rough terrain and water traps are far more forgiving.

With the game out of the way, now its time for the music. Wacky Wheels has a great 90s PC soundtrack. Its amazing how good it is compared to the rest of the game.

Nostalgia aside, this is a game that has a lot more flaws than I remember. With so many choices for modern gamers, its tough to recommend this unless you have a 486 computer that limits your choices of racing games. Then its top notch!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This game has soo much nostalgia attached to it I couldn't resist adding it to my collection.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Be me.
Be playing Wacky Wheels for good old times' sake.
Super focused to win race.
Press alt-ctrl-down arrow.
Freak out cause screen is upside-down.

10/10 would freak again.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Back in the day Nintendo had Mario kart.
PC had Skunny Kart & Wacky Wheels.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Actually an enjoyable racing game.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 12
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david / BNET: OceansAbove 1604
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 27
Product received for free
It was great fun when I was a kid, and it was incredibly good to run a few rounds now just for the sake of nostalgia. But that's where it stops, really. If you have not played this game yet and it has no sentimental value for you, just stay away. It's way too old, and there are other great retro racers such as Death Rally, Ignition, ReVolt (the latter two is abandoneware now!) to have fun with, that are great games today even if you don't have fond memories of them.

I just don't have a heart to put a NO on this, but honestly, I should. Also shoutouts to's monthly giveaways, where I got the steam version from.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: July 17
The king of the pixel!
Good game, too bad for all those ♥♥♥♥♥♥ pixels that disgraced the tracks and the eyes.
Only for hopeless nostalgic players.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: July 7
Driving over hedgehogs sitting on the toilet or reading the newspaper, then shooting them at other animals on go-karts during a race.

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Enkazadas, Lord Of The Isles
0.1 hrs
Posted: June 27
Charming, but hasn't aged all that well. Worth picking up on a sale.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: June 23
Game might've been decent years ago but in 2016 year im not used to these graphics therefore sometimes its hard to see where you should be going.
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Sherlock Hound
0.1 hrs
Posted: June 14
It's a really dated Mario Kart clone with an awful framerate. It may have passed as "okay" back in the day, but now gamers have much better options. If you get it free in an Apogee/3D Realms bundle, I'd recommend checking it out for the novelty, but if you're jonesing some fun SNES-style kart racing, I suggest trying Super Indie Karts.
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Hatful Bob
0.2 hrs
Posted: June 14
It's Wild Animal Racing, but it actually works and isn't AS bad
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