Launches the player/balls forward through tunnel sections.
Red plates connected with long coil springs that are located at the narrow end of tunnels.
Spring Catapult, also known simply as the  spring, is a gimmick in the  series. It can usually be found in casino-themed Sonic the Hedgehog Zones. In gameplay, as the playable character spins on a Spring Catapult, its spring will depress, then launch the player forward or upward at high speed.
Spring Catapults work similarly to the
plungers on real-life pinball tables. Spring Catapults are usually located in a sharp turn or at the other end of a tunnel. When the playable character enters the tunnel, they start rolling down it, before ending up on the top of the Spring Catapult's spring where the character continues to roll around in one spot. When the player holds down the jump button, the Spring Catapult's spring depresses. Once the spring is fully depressed, the player can release the jump button and launch the playable character forward or upward through the tunnel's most direct route.
If the Spring Catapult is not fully depressed, the playable character will only be launched a short distance and will fall back on the Spring Catapult. In a few games, the player does not need to load the Spring Catapult as it automatically launches the playable character itself.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
A Spring Catapult in
. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
The Spring Catapults were first seen in the 16-bit version of
. These objects are only featured in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Casino Night Zone and are referred to as "springs" in the North American instruction manual.
A Spring Catapult in
. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
In gameplay, the player can load and release the Spring Catapults by holding down and eventually releasing
, or . After being launched from the Spring Catapult, the characters usually enter a shuttle loop or one of the pinball sections in the Zone.
Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
A Spring Catapult in
. Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball (8-bit)
In the 8-bit version of
, there are several large red Spring Catapults set around the Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball Toxic Caves. In gameplay, the player can load and release these Spring Catapults by holding down and eventually releasing or . These springs will send Sonic back to the pinball sections.
A Spring Catapult in
. Knuckles' Chaotix
, there are several Spring Catapults featured in Knuckles' Chaotix Speed Slider, despite the stage not being pinball-themed. In gameplay, the Spring Catapults will automatically launch the playable characters out of their tunnels once the playable characters land on their spring.
and its remake Sonic Adventure , Spring Catapults can be seen on the right side of the pinball tables in Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut Casinopolis, though they are only used in Sonic the Hedgehog's story. In gameplay, these Spring Catapults automatically send Sonic into the pinball table.
Sonic Pocket Adventure
A Spring Catapult in
. Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure
, Spring Catapults are featured in Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure Cosmic Casino Zone, which closely resembles Casino Night Zone from . In gameplay, the player can load and release the Spring Catapults by holding down and eventually releasing Sonic the Hedgehog 2 / .
Sonic Pinball Party
, a single Spring Catapult is featured on the right side of all the pinball tables. Like in Sonic Pinball Party , the shooter will launch automatically in gameplay. Instead of launching playable characters however, it launches regular pinballs.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
A Spring Catapult in
. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
, Spring Catapults are featured as one of the gimmicks in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Casino Street Zone. In this game, their appearance and mechanics are similar to the Spring Catapults featured in . In gameplay, the player can load and release the Spring Catapults by holding down and eventually releasing Sonic the Hedgehog 2 / / / / .
A Spring Catapult in the
Nintendo 3DS version of . Sonic Generations
Nintendo 3DS version of , Spring Catapults are featured in both the first and second Act of Sonic Generations Casino Night. In this game, the springboard on the Spring Catapult has a red background, with a blue center with yellow star in it. It also loads much faster than it did in its debut game. In gameplay, the player can load and release the Spring Catapults by holding down and eventually releasing .
Two Spring Catapults also appear in the DLC-exclusive
Casino Night minigame in the console/PC version of Sonic Generations. The first one is located in the lower right corner of the pinball table, where the player will start the minigame. Right next to the start-up shooter is the second Spring Catapult where the player can fall down from the higher level of pinball table. In gameplay, the player can load and release the Spring Catapults by holding down and eventually releasing / .
Sonic Lost World
A Spring Catapult in the
Wii U version of . Sonic Lost World
Wii U version of , the Spring Catapults make a reappearance. They are seen in the casino-themed Sonic Lost World Frozen Factory Zone 3, where they are normally set around the pinball tables. They are very similar to the ones from the console/ PC version of . In gameplay, the player can load and release the Spring Catapults by holding down and eventually releasing Sonic Generations / .
A Spring Catapult in
. Sonic Forces
, the Spring Catapults are featured exclusively in Sonic Forces Casino Forest. In this game, the springboards on the Spring Catapults have received an entirely different design. This time, they look like round stone slabs with yellow markings on them. In gameplay, the player can load and release the Spring Catapults by holding down and eventually releasing / / .
In other media
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
A single Spring Catapult is seen in episode "
Robotnikland" of , where it is part of large pinball table called "Pin-Ball Blizzard" in a park that Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Dr. Robotnik has taken over. The Spring Catapult is first seen bursting Sonic into the pinball table. After a while, Robotnik sends a large pinball ball into the game with the Spring Catapult. After Sonic starts to rule the pinball game however, Robotnik sends Scratch and Grounder into the Spring Catapult and launches them onto the pinball table, only for the two of them to get bounced back and forth while Sonic escapes the "Pin-Ball Blizzard".
Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)
In the episode "
Game Guy" of the animated series, Sonic gets launched once by a large Spring Catapult when he enters Sonic the Hedgehog Robotnik's giant pinball table inside a large pyramid base.
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