Increasing number of available party members
power-up with flickering character icons on it.
Character is an  Item Box power-up that appears in . When obtained, this power-up adds another party member to the player's roster.
Sonic Mania Plus
monitors with Character feature a flickering screen that switches between the character icons for Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Mighty and Ray.
Tails about to open an Character Item Box in . Sonic Mania Plus
In the gameplay of
, the Character Sonic Mania Plus Item Box only appears in the game's Encore Mode. In this mode, the game uses a different life system; the player controls two characters at the same time and can have up to three characters on standby. When the active character loses a life, the next character in line will step up to take his place. What the Character Item Box does when opened is that it adds a new character to the player's party in case they have anything less than a full roster.
The playable character the Character Item Box adds to the player's party depends on the character icon shown on the Item Box when it is opened. For example, opening it when it shows
Sonic's character icon will add Sonic to the player's party. In addition, the Character Item Box will only display character icons of characters not in the player's party. For example, if the player has Sonic, Knuckles and Tails on their party, then the Character Item Box will only show Mighty and Ray's character icons.
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