Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic and Tails first used dash panels in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. One specific kind was featured in the Chemical Plant Zone: these ones were larger than the characters and consisted of a pair of rapidly spinning black wheels. In the Wing Fortress Zone, a new kind was used which launched Sonic or Tails a short distance into the air while propelling them forward.
Sonic the Hedgehog CD
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic Adventure seriesThis game introduces the type of panel that launches the player into the air to cross large gaps that can't be crossed with a spin jump. The regular ones look blue and flat.
Sonic Advance series
Dash Panels had a different look. Basically the same as the ones in Chemical Plant Zone, but smaller and orange.
The dash panel has a different look again. Now it is flat and black and has red arrows on it. It is used to accelerate the moving character's speed. In Rail Canyon, there are also dash panels on rails that could accelerate characters while grinding.
Sonic Riders series
In these games the dash panels were the same as the ones in Shadow the Hedgehog (game) but gray. The dash panels that launch players in the air were replaced by ramps that look similar.
In this game, the Dash Panels look ripped from the Sonic Advance series, but the ones in the Special Stages look like they're from Shadow the Hedgehog.
In this game, the Dash Panels had grey edging and black and yellow arrows. They were only used when you used the flee option during battle (due to the RPG nature of the game) and are not seen in the field.
Dash panels looked like small treadmills with arrows on them. One kind increased the speed of the character across the ground, while others were set at a 45 degree angle which would launch the character upwards as well.
This game introduces a dash panel that goes on rails that have the same effect as the dash panel. They look like blue and black triangles kind of hovering on either side of the rail. There are also panels that makes Sonic launch in air. The regular dash panels still speeds Sonic up and look the same as the ones in Shadow the Hedgehog.
- For Sonic Unleashed (PS2/Wii version) and Sonic Generations, when touching a Dash Panel while boosting, Sonic will do a spindash animation.