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Snowblowers[1] are unknown radiators, which can be part of Zone's structures or simple gimmicks being set around. When the player touches it, they will frozen in a layer of ice. These icy radiators are seen in multiple games in Sonic the Hedgehog series.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog CD

Wacky-workbench

The ice exhaust (on right) at Wacky Workbench of Sonic the Hedgehog CD.

In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, they are found at Wacky Workbench as grey icy exhausts firing cold flame endlessly from the wide exhaust. They are usually located on sharp ceiling sections and elaborate corridors, which the player has to get pass through. However these ice exhausts are harmful, as the player has to avoid and move below them when they are not active. This can be tricky especially while going under the sharp ceiling section (set on bottom center) by using moving, spinning platform, due right timing being extremely hard during that.

However if the player runs to the blue flame, it will freeze Sonic (or Tails in 2011 re-release version). The ice block will down to the ground,and after breaking out due the crash, the player is able to get damaged, but it is possible to press A-button to jump at the right time without losing anything.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3

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Snowblowers at IceCap Zone.

In Sonic the Hedgehog 3, snowblowers are seen set on ice ceilings in IceCap Zone. These machines start firing freezing air down on the player, if he/she stays too long beneath them, with the playable character getting trapped inside an ice block and taking damage a few seconds later. The player cannot destroy these snowblowers, meaning he/she has to simply avoid them.

Freezer Mobile in IceCap Zone Act 2 has the same functionality as snowblowers, as the player has to avoid the robot's freezing air blasts.

Sonic 3D Blast

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Snow blower poles in Diamond Dust Zone.

In Sonic 3D Blast, purple and yellow colored snow blower poles appear in Diamond Dust Zone which can blow freezing air momentarily in a linear direction. When the player steps into the front of the snow blower pole, Sonic will be frozen. While the player does not lose Rings from being frozen, the Flickies can fly away. Robotnik's freezing mobile at Diamond Dust Zone Act 3 possesses a similar functionality; if the player touches the small pods on the mobile's side, Sonic will be frozen.

Sonic Advance 3

Ice Machine

Similarly functioning machines also appears in Sonic Advance 3, where they can be found Twinkle Snow as placed on long gaps or right side of the high slope. Unlike in previous game, these machines don't hurt the player, as they are useful to get launched high into the air, similar to springs, while being frozen at same time. The characters will thaw out after they land on solid ground.

Sonic Lost World

In Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, Frozen Factory features icy exhausts on floors and walls, which function similarity to the snowblowers from previous games. In this game, they will at certain times stop blowing icy air for several seconds, but will soon after resume. If the player runs into the front of the icy exhaust, Sonic will get frozen. At certain sections, the player has to create a snowball to block the icy exhaust's vent.

Trivia

  • E-series robot Ice Ball in Sonic Adventure has similar ability to turn the playable character into ice cube. While the player has to wait for playable character to shatter out of ice, the attack doesn't inflict damage.

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References

  1. Sonic 3D Blast (Sega Mega Drive) United States instruction booklet, p. 10.


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