Floating, rotating wheels with their own center of gravity.
Flywheels are gimmicks in the  which first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog series . Flywheels are floating wheels with their own central gravity, which can be used to build momentum and achieve distant jumps.
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
Flywheels are round wheels, rotating in midair, which are usually found in
factory-themed Zones. Their cosmetic appearance is different for each game. When the playable character jumps onto these wheels, the player can move along the Flywheel's surface without falling to the ground, regardless of outside gravity, unless the player jumps off them.
Due to their hazardless and moving surface, the Flywheels can be used by the player to build up momentum by running around them. Then, by jumping off them at the right time, the player can fling themselves off the Flywheels to make significantly longer and higher leaps than normal, which is useful for crossing greater distances or reach higher areas in the different Zones. The Flywheels' purposes have changed slightly over the games though, as they can be automatic and are not always needed for momentum.
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
Flywheels were featured for the first time in the original 16-bit version of
, where they are only found in the large halls of Sonic the Hedgehog Scrap Brain Zone Act 2. In this game, the Flywheels are grey with belts around them, which move clockwise faster than the wheels themselves.
If the player performs
Sonic's Spin Attack on a Flywheel, they can quickly build momentum around the Flywheel for an enhanced Spin Jump.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit)
In the 8-bit version of
, Flywheels are major gimmicks in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Gimmick Mt. Zone. In this game, Flywheels are grey and metallic. When Sonic jumps on it, he automatically performs a Spin Attack. The player can control the rotation speed of the Flywheel that Sonic is on with the : pressing right makes the Flywheel rotate faster and pressing left makes it rotate slower.
Slightly different Flywheels appear in
Crystal Egg Zone Act 2. Here, the Flywheels are smaller bubble-looking wheels with blue, four-pointed stars in the middle. These wheels can be found above pits filled with Spikes where they constantly float left and right in midair. Despite their differences though, they work just like the Flywheels in Gimmick Mt. Zone.
Sonic the Hedgehog CD
Sonic the Hedgehog CD
, Flywheels are only featured in
Metallic Madness Zone
2. In this game, their color scheme depends on the timeline in the Zone.
The Flywheels function in the same way as those in
Scrap Brain Zone. However, when Sonic starts performing his Spin Attack on the Flywheel, the camera direction moves to the right side. The Flywheels can also be useful when the player need to gain momentum to create a time warp in the Zone.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
, the Flywheels are featured in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Carnival Night Zone. They are much larger than in previous games, but function like those in the original .
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic Advance 3
, the Flywheels appear in Sonic Advance 3 Cyber Track, where they have a grayish shell with a red lighting edge on the inner rim, and a dark green horizontal cube in the center. Unlike in previous games, the player can stand still on the Flywheel while it rotates in one place.
Sonic Lost World
Nintendo 3DS version of , the Flywheels are featured in Sonic Lost World Sky Road Zone 1. In this game, they have a more mechanic appearance like in previous games, and they rotate in the right direction. Unusually, the player has to jump between Flywheels as part of the Zone while spinning around it. Unlike in previous games however, the player cannot build up momentum by spinning around the Flywheel.
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