A dense white cloud.
Clouds are recurring gimmicks that appear in the  . They are clouds in the sky which are used as floating platforms.
Sonic the Hedgehog series
The Clouds are small, yet surprisingly dense and spongy white clouds. In gameplay, when the player makes contact with them, the playable characters will automatically bounce off them in the direction they are facing, similar to
Springs. The Clouds are always positioned in midair as platforms for the player, often providing shortcuts or giving a semi-solid surface for the player above a bottomless pit. Even after bouncing off a Cloud, the player still launch some attacks, like the Homing Attack.
Sonic & Knuckles
The Clouds first made their appearance in
, and its lock-on extension Sonic & Knuckles . In this game, they are only encountered in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles Sky Sanctuary Zone. In comparison to other games, the Clouds are here rather small, being not much wider than Sonic.
, the Cloud gimmick appears exclusively in Sonic Advance Angel Island Zone.
Sonic bouncing off a cloud in Sonic Generations.
In the console/
PC version of , the Clouds' size differs between the Acts. In the first Act, they are very wide, while in the second Act, they have the same size as in Sonic Generations . They are only encountered in both Acts of Sonic & Knuckles Sky Sanctuary.
When bouncing on the Clouds in this game, they make a puff of fog. Also, the height of their leaps differs between each. After bouncing from a Cloud, the player is free to utilize any attacks.
Sonic Lost World
In both the
Wii U and Nintendo 3DS version of , the Clouds are much larger and often arranged in different rectangular sizes or even circles. They are found in Sonic Lost World Windy Hill, Tropical Coast, Frozen Factory and Sky Road.
When bouncing on the Clouds in this game, the player can hold down the jump button when
Sonic touches the Clouds to charge up his jump, making him leap higher into the air while leaving blue afterimages. Such charged jumps can also be used to destroy nearby enemies. Additionally, the Clouds here can have items, collectibles and enemies on them. The Indigo Asteroid can also destroy them, but they will quickly respawn.
BradyGames (1 November 2011). . BradyGames. p. 74. Sonic Generations: BradyGames Official Strategy Guide ISBN 978-0761555100.
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