Total Jerkface is a website launched in 2005 by Jim Bonacci. The site is known for being the host of the very popular Flash game, Happy Wheels, which is the site's main focus (as can be seen by the home page's content). The current version of the site, along with Happy Wheels, was launched in May of 2010 along with their own slogan "Home of Happy Wheels", with Jim Bonacci, Jason Schymick and Caroline Pham being the only editors. Since then, Jim has hired multiple people to work on the site such as Adura, maverfax, Ben Haynes and Jack Zankowski. Total Jerkface has a large user base and is one of the Top 11,250 Alexa-ranked sites, which is evident in its forum posts and in the User Level Browser of Happy Wheels. A Total Jerkface account is required to publish a level, rate levels, save replays, post replies on news posts, and was also required to post in the forums.
As of August 16th 2013, happywheels.com now directs to Total Jerkface.
- Main article: Divine Intervention
Divine Intervention is Jim's first publicly-accessible Flash game, and has been on the site since its launch. The game is an action-shoot 'em up, where the player controls a gun-wielding priest trying to save his town, which has become overrun by demons. The player uses WASD to move, the cursor for aiming, and left-mouse-click shooting. The game is known for its difficulty and violence. Divine Intervention received success when first posted on Newgrounds in November of 2003, gaining 2 awards and over 6.65 million views.
Happy Wheels was first developed in 2006, and has been available to the public since June of 2010. It has been a huge success, becoming Jim Bonacci's main source of income after he quit his original job as a Flash advertisement designer. Happy Wheels is much more popular than Divine Intervention. A new version of Happy Wheels will be coming out sometime. Jim has hired multiple people to work on Happy Wheels, the main person being Jason Schymick.
Upcoming new game
- Main article: Sequel
- Main article: Forums
The Total Jerkface forums can be accessed either through the forums tab, or by clicking any of the "Latest Forum Posts" links. There are six sub forums available: Suggestions, Happy Wheels, General, Flash, Divine Intervention, and Bugs. Happy Wheels is the most popular sub forum, with General in second place. The forums were moderated by PhysX, Mystic and the (then) newly promoted Udie. However, the forums are currently closed at the moment.
Upcoming new appMain article: Apps
The upcoming app of Happy Wheels was first introduced at PAX East 2013, and will be available iPod, iPad, and iPad Mini devices. It will also be released on Android sometime after. The iOS version will be released sometime this summer. The main difference is the controls.
In Jim's past website, before the talking head, there was Matt (an interactive pink rabbit). Now, In the top-right corner of the screen, next to the login, is an interactive head of Jim Bonacci. There are two arrows inside the box, which select which costume is shown. Moving your cursor inside the box will cause the head to do a random action (either speak or have a piece of food pop up), and while your cursor is inside the window, Jim's eyes will follow it. The voice used to say phrases (except the one after eating a burrito) is done through the program TextAloud, using NeoSpeech Paul 16k.
Jim's face has four variations:
- Faceless Man.
- Metalhead (with what looks to be corpsepaint).
- Jim with cuts, bruises and abrasions moderately covered by bandages.
You can also feed the head a cupcake and a burrito. He unrealistically eats the cupcake in three bites (2.50 seconds) and burrito in five (3.75 secs). There are phrases he says after he eats:
- For cupcake: Oh boy that was delicious.
- For burrito: Este burrito es muy bueno, pero necesita salsa verde, which translated is: This burrito is very good, but it needs green salsa.
If you feed the head three times (without refreshing or switching pages) it will barf small gray textures.
He can say nine other phrases:
- Hello there, how are you doing?
- Welcome to my brand new website.
- I could kill you in an instant.
- You are my new best friend.
- Please ask me a question, okay?
- Please give me all of your money.
- Get ready for the time of your life.
- Oh my gosh.
- I have so much to tell you.
Each December, Jim temporarily replaces every costume with a Santa suit that has snow falling, but this created an unintended bug: When clicking the left or right arrow, his real face is shown without a costume covering it. The foreground snow will also stop, but the background snow will continue to fall. Clicking on an arrow to go back to the santa costume will not change it back, so the page must be refreshed.
The "About" section features general information about Jim Bonacci and Total Jerkface. Included in it is the site's "F.A.Q.", which includes 23 questions, most of which are of humorous manner.
You may also use the "ASK ME A QUESTION" application to send a question to Jim. Since February of 2011, all questions are unanswered. This is most likely due to the site's massive and still growing userbase, which sends in many more questions than in previous years.
The page can no longer be viewed, "This page didn't survive the transition" is all that shows up.
Jim's first website dates back to January 2003 (the earliest archive of his website available), where he made a profile and custom design on xentar.com. His first site design can't be viewed (due to Flash-based objects not working correctly in archives), however, a new design was made sometime in 2003 (with November 27th being the oldest archive available). This design had animation to it, with a character (possibly Jim), having his mind read by a device that connects to him. Between April 6th & June 7th, Jim updated the design once again, it kept the same Flash-based design, but wasn't as animated as the previous design. It was much more organized, however.Jim's original website for his first (can't be viewed) and third design can be found here, while his second design is available here.
Total Jerkface was created roughly about January 13th, 2006, and its layout stayed the same through April 2010. The layout was completely different and the website was composed of Flash, so no different part of the website had a unique URL, except for the forums.
Some of the noticeable features include the interactive picture frame, which has few different templates. (cigarette, beard, mouthwater, an occasional eye color change, and eyes rolling inside the head and back). You can also feed him cupcakes.
Matt, the screaming bunny, is featured in one of Jim's first Flash projects, Beautiful Day. He will scream as your mouse moves over him and when you click on MAIL, and jump to the feature of your choosing.
(Note that many features will not work, as the Flash code has to update in real time).
The website had several different features, The main ones including the following-
- HOME - The homepage with basic information.
- WORK - Works of art made by Jim Bonacci.
- MAIL - Mail, or email. Not specified.
- FORUM - The forums.
There was also the ASK ME A QUESTION function, which evolved into the "About" section known today. You could also join Jim's mailing list to receive e-mails but, Jim actually never sent an e-mail from there.Inside each major category feature, there are sub-catagories.
- HOME - News - Links - About Me
- WORK - Flash - Pencil - MS Paint - Video
- MAIL - Features "NOT DONE YET!! GET OUT!! :( :(" in hastily written red handwriting.
- FORUM - Which leads to the Total Jerkface forums.
You can visit the old Total Jerkface here.