The Trick Jump Panel is a gimmick that first appeared in Sonic Adventure. It a variant of the regular Jump Panel that allows midair actions when used.
The Trick Jump Panel usually resembles a ramp with a yellow coloration and yellow/green arrows on them. When touching the pad on the Trick Jump Panel, the player is able to make extra large jumps by setting off it, allowing the player to either cross vast distances quickly, cross bottomless pits or get over obstacles.
There also exist a more advanced form of the Trick Jump Panels. These panels resemble the right triangular prism variant of the Jump Panels, except that they have a yellow coloration and differently-colored arrows on them. When either walking onto this Trick Jump Panel, running over it or jumping onto it, it automatically initiates a dash that sends the playable character flying through the air, where the player can perform beneficial midair action that is otherwise unavailable. What that effect the action has idiffers between games.
In this game, the Trick Jump Panel lets the player make extra long and high jumps, even without gaining speed, and is suitable for reaching unreachable areas and paths. However, to use this effect in gameplay, the player must press the jump button when going off the Trick Jump Panel. Additionally, the player maintains their free movements when going off it.
Sonic Adventure 2
In Sonic Adventure 2 and its later iteration Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, the Trick Jump Ramp look much like it did in Sonic Adventure, but its surface is now marked with orange and white arrows. It retains many of the same effects from the previous title, except the player must have gained momentum when using it, its jumping speed and flying distances are lessen and the player cannot move on their own while in midair.
In gameplay, the player must press the jump button while moving over it to utilize its full effects. Depending on the player's timing, they will gain bonus points ranging from between from 200-1,000 points.
Like in the previous games, using the Trick Jump Panel allows the player to make extra high and long jumps. However, due to game's glitches, they are not always reliable. To use the Trick Jump Panel in gameplay, the player has to hold the jump button and release it when touching it.
In Sonic Unleashed, a new type of Trick Jump Panel was introduced. This variant looks like a Jump Panel, resembling a very technological right triangular prism with yellow edges, a black running treadmill with yellow arrows and red and blue arrows next to it. They are only encountered in the daytime Stages.
These Trick Jump Panels are used to reach shortcuts or cross obligatory paths. When touching them, the player is instantly send into a flying jump, eliminating the need to built up momentum or manually set off. While send flying, the player must complete a series of quick time events to complete the jump. Failing will make the player fall down prematurely, often into a bottomless pit.
In Sonic Colors, the same variant of Trick Jump Panels from Sonic Unleashed is used. These Trick Jump Panels are identical to those in Sonic Unleashed, except they are almost completely yellow except from the treadmill and have multicolored arrows on them.
In gameplay, when Sonic is sent flying into the air by them, the player can press the jump button up to five times, with each press making Sonic perform a trick in slow-motion that increases his flying distance. For each trick, the player earns one of the following ranks: "Good", "Great", "Awesome", "Outstanding" and finally "Amazing". If reaching the final rank, the player earns a Trick Bonus on 10,000 points. It should be noted that when Super Sonic uses the Trick Jump Panel, the player will instantly reach the "Amazing" rank when performing a trick.
In Sonic Generations, both variants of the Trick Jump Panel appear. The ramp-like Trick Jump Panels again resemble ramps, but with yellow edges and blue, yellow and white arrows on them. These panels appear in both acts of City Escape and in the Rooftop Rail GrindChallenge Act. In gameplay, the player has to press / when on them to achieve a higher leap and will in addition fill up a part of Modern Sonic's Boost Gauge.
The second variant of the Trick Jump Panels look exactly like they did in Sonic Colors. These panels only appear in Act 2 of the Stages. In gameplay, when sent flying into the air by them, the player can move the left control stick in different direction to execute Freestyle Tricks. Pressing the L1 and R1/RT and LT buttons at the same time will finish the trick.