Horizontal Bars (, or スプリングポール Supuringupōru , lit. "Spring Poles") ? Swing Bars, are gimmicks that first appeared in  . They are used to launch the player higher into the air in order to traverse distances or grossing gabs that otherwise cannot be spanned.
Sonic Adventure 2
Horizontal Bar are, as their name implies, normal and respectively thin, horizontal poles. They can either be placed between two walls or hang perpendicular from a lone wall or a vertical pole.
In gameplay, the Horizontal Bars are used to bring the playable character to other locations. By having the playable character swing around on the Horizontal Bar and then releasing it, the playable character will be thrown through the air as a form of transporation. This can be used to either reach otherwise unreachable areas, cross
bottomless pits, take shortcuts or just get further down the path. Where the playable character is sent depends on when the player releases the Horizontal Bar during the swing. Sonetimes, the player can grab onto multiple Horizontal Bars in succession. To grab a Horizontal Bar, the player usually has to either jump into it or use the Homing Attack, and to release it, the player always has to press the respective game's jump button.
In most cases, when grasping a Horizontal Bar, a circle with a densely colored front section will appear around it. The circle lights up according to the user's alignment with the bar, similarly to a
Plan Position Indicator. If the player presses the release button at the time the playable character is in the colored area, the user will be launched forward with optimal speed and hight. In some games, the players fall to the ground if they release too early or too late.
Sonic Adventure 2
The Horizontal Bars first appeared in
and its remake, Sonic Adventure 2 , where they are only encountered in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle Sonic and Shadow's Stages, such as City Escape and Radical Highway. In this game, the Horizontal Bars have the ring indicators for an optimal jump, which are colored red, and they can be grabbed onto by touch.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
, the Horizontal Bar's mechanics are exactly the same as in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) with a red-colored ring indicators for an optimal jump. The Horizontal Bars are a rare gimmick in this game, meaning it can only be found in a few Sonic Adventure 2 Action Stages, like Wave Ocean and Shadow's version of Dusty Desert.
, Horizontal Bars, called Sonic Unleashed Horizontal Poles in the PlayStation 2/ Wii version, appear in both the nighttime and daytime Stages. In this game, there is no circle appearing around it to mark the ideal point to jump.
Sonic the Werehog using a Horizontal Pole.
In the daytime stages, the Horizontal Bars work like in
and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) , and the player can grab onto the Horizontal Bars by touch or targeting them with the Sonic Adventure 2 Homing Attack. In the nighttime Stages however, Sonic only swings back and forth on it, though the ideal point to jump off the Horizontal Bar is usually on the apex of Sonic's swing. To grab onto a Horizontal Bar in the nighttime Stages, the player has to press the following buttons:
Wii (Classic Controller)
Wii (GameCube Controller)
Once grabbed onto the horizontal bar in the nighttime Stages, Sonic will keep hanging onto it. Note that when using the Wii remote, the player has to shake the Wii remote to make Sonic swing on the bar, though Sonic will swing automatically with other controls or other versions. Additionally, on the PlayStation 2/Wii version of the game, if the player uses
Grab after jumping off the Horizontal Bar, Sonic will automatically grab the next Horizontal Pole/Vertical Pole within range.
In the console/PC version of
, Horizontal Bars are usually seen in 2D sections, held in place by a pole in the background. In this game, Horizontal Bars again have the ring indicators for an optimal jump, except that in this game they are colored cyan. Additionally, the player can target the Horizontal Bars with the Sonic Generations Homing Attack.
The only times Horizontal Bars appear in three-dimensional sections are in the
Challenge Act "Cream: Helping Hand" and the Seaside Hill Challenge act "Surf, Sea and Sand". They function exactly the same, but the circle that appears is slightly harder to read due to the camera angle. There are no poles holding the bars.
Prima Development (20 May 2001). "Mission 5: Clear Hard Mode". . Prima Games. p. 25. Sonic Adventure 2: Prima's Official Strategy Guide ISBN 978-0761536147.
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