The Quick Step (クイックステップ,Kuikku Suteppu?), also referred to as the Side Step, is a move in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a technique that allows the user to move swiftly from side to side.
Fitting with its name, the Quick Step allows the user to make a swift-strafing movement to the left or right while running at high speeds. When using this move, the user often moves so fast that they appear as a blur. If the Quick Step is used while the user is standing still, the user will perform a Cartwheel to the left or right instead.
In gameplay, the Quick Step primarily serves as a means for the player to avoid incoming obstacles, walls, drops in the road, or pits while running at high speed in the 3D sections of the levels. It can also be used to make precise movements while the player is running down narrow pathways. The move's speed will also be increased if used while the Boost is active.
Sonic and the Secret Rings
The move first appeared in Sonic and the Secret Rings as a wind-elemental Ground Action Skill named Quick Step, which is used by Sonic. In gameplay, it grants the player smoother ground movements when moving left or right rather than enabling a sudden side step. There are also upgraded version of this Skill called "Quick High Step" and "Quick Mega Step".
To unlock the Quick Step in gameplay, Sonic must first reach level seven. The Skill will then automatically become available in the player's Skill inventory. After that, it can be equipped to Sonic at the cost of four Skill Points.
In both versions of Sonic Unleashed, the move (named Quick Step once more) returned as a part of Sonic's default moveset for the daytime levels. In this game, the Quick Step's mechanics were updated, giving the move its trademark sidestepping mechanics.
In gameplay, the Quick Step is very useful for evading the Aero-Chasers' attacks, the Interceptor's lasers, and many other obstacles. To use the Quick Step in gameplay, the player has to use the following controls while in the 3D sections of the levels:
In this game, the Quick Step was given offensive trails, allowing the player to destroy enemies by Quick Stepping into them. In addition, every Quick Step gives the player 1,000 points per-use, with a maximum of 100,000 points for each Act. In gameplay however, the Quick Step is only usable within specific parts of the Acts. When entering a Quick Step section, a special icon (showing a zigzagging arrow) will appear on the bottom of the screen while the icon of a control stick appears on the top of the screen.
To use the Quick Step in gameplay, the player has to tilt the control stick left or right while within the Quick Step sections.
In gameplay, the Quick Step returned to its basic mechanics from Sonic Unleashed, allowing the player to use a non-offensive Quick Step wherever they want. Also, during the battle against Shadow, Shadow will use the Quick Step while boosting in order to avoid crashing into the Meteorites when Sonic gets all the Energy Cores.
To perform the Quick Step in gameplay, the player has to use the following controls while in the 3D sections of the stages:
In Sonic Forces, the Quick Step is referred to as the Side Step. In this game, it is used by Sonic, Super Sonic, Shadow and the Avatar. When performing the Quick Step however, the users simply do a sidestep rather a swift horizontal motion.
In gameplay, the Quick Step works exactly like it did in Sonic Unleashed. Also, a Quick Step that is performed while the playable character is standing still is referred to as a Cartwheel in this game.
To use the Quick Step in gameplay, the player has to use the following controls while in the 3D sections of the stages:
This style of move has become very popular with mobile games like Temple Run, Subway Surfers and Agent Dash. In 2013, Sega released its own take on these quick step focused games with Sonic Dash.