The Race Marks are objects that appear in various games in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, mainly in Racing-genre games. They serve as the starting and finishing points of races.
Race marks are posts that marks the start and the end (like in normal races) of a stage/track. When a character starts a stage/track, he will put on the start mark and then the time count will appear running from 3 (or 5) to 0, once this the character will run through the stage/track. While the goal mark is located at the end of an Act as a replacement of the Goal Ring, the character have to cross it to finish the stage/track.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
Race marks first appear in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and its add-on, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. They only appear in the Zones of the games' Competition Mode. Here, the race mark is the start and the goal. The race mark signposts are similar to the Star Posts. If the player crosses the mark at the start before the time count runs to 0, the character will be brought back to the start. In total, the player must cross the race mark five times in order to finish the Zone.
Sonic Drift 2
Sonic Adventure 2
Sonic Advance 2
Race Marks are present in Bobsled Race of the 2P Play in Sonic Heroes. In this game, they mark the start and finish of a lap at the Stage where the players' Team race around on a Bobsled. Upon passing the Race Mark, any characters lost from getting attacked by the obstacles of the Stage are restored for the following lap. The first player to pass through the Race Mark three times is the winner.
Sonic Rivals 2
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
Sonic Free Riders
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
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