Damaging the player
Stone pillars with arrow-firing traps.
arrow column  (, also referred to as the 矢  Shǐ , lit. "Arrow") ? flame dart  (, is an obstacle that appears in the 炎の矢  Honō no ya , lit. "Flame arrow") ? . It is a basic pillar structure with arrow traps attached to it.
Sonic the Hedgehog series
Arrow columns are disguised as regular ancient columns with gray traps attached to them. These traps have opening side hatches for firing gray arrows out of them. Most of them have a center sculpture depicting a face with glowing red eyes.
In gameplay, arrow columns fire fast-moving arrows in whatever linear horizontal direction they are facing. Making contact with these arrows will inflict damage on the playable character.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit)
An arrow column trap detecting
Sonic and Tails, from . Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit)
, from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit) , arrow columns appear in Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Aquatic Ruin Zone. In this game, they have Dr. Robotnik's face sculptured on them.
In gameplay, when the playable character gets close to one, the eyes on the arrow column start glowing red. When the playable character then starts moving past the arrow column or turns around and walks back behind it, the arrow column's side hatch opens, and it will fires an arrow to the right at the medium speed. Eventually, the arrows will disappear after following the player's direction for a short time. However, it is possible for the arrows to catch up and hit the playable character at an unexpected moment after they pass their arrow columns.
There are a few sections in Aquatic Ruin Zone that feature arrow columns with either two or four different arrow traps situated on top of each other. When passing these arrow columns, all the traps on them will fire arrows at the same time. They are also found in the
underwater sections or on the left side of tall loops. Also, the traps on arrow columns can sometimes be difficult to detect among the tree branches on the higher pathways in Aquatic Ruin Zone.
Sonic encountering flame darts, from . Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
and its remake, Sonic Adventure , arrow-shooting obstacles called Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut flame darts  ( appear in 炎の矢  Honō no ya , lit. "Flame arrow") ? Lost World. In terms of appearance, the flame darts are generic, maya-themed pillar traps with tiny holes in them from where they fire flaming arrows.
In gameplay, during
Sonic's story, flame darts are encountered in Lost World's dark room with the mirror gimmicks. When fired, the arrows will fly at medium speed across the paths with noticeable spaces between them. Because of their appearance, they are easily seen in their dark setting and the player can carefully use the Spin Jump to leap over them. The same flaming darts are later also encountered in Lost World's long hall with rolling boulder and large hall with Lit Panels. In Knuckles' portion of the Lost World on the other hand, one of three Emerald Shards can be found at the highest point of a large hall with three blocky platforms where multiple flame dart traps are set. The player has to reach this section from below by climbing and carefully catch the Emerald Shard without taking a hit from flame darts.
Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure
, arrow columns are found in Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure Aquatic Relix Zone. In gameplay, they function much like they did in .
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit)
, and its expansion Sonic Mania , arrow columns are found in Sonic Mania Plus Press Garden Zone Act 1, where they function like they did in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. However, in this instance, arrow columns shoot horizontally-facing Asterons when the player approaches.
(in English) . Compute; Expanded edition. 1993. p. 91. Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2: Sega's Official Player's Guide ISBN 1-55958-335-5.
(in Japanese) . ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ2 メガドライブ公式ガイドブック Shogakukan. December 1992. p. 26. ISBN 978-4091024145.
↑ 3.0 3.1
Stratton, Bryan (17 June 2003). "Lost World". . Prima Games. p. 48. Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut: Prima's Official Strategy Guide ISBN 978-0761542865. "Flame darts crisscross the point from which you must Light-Speed Dash."
↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2
"ロストワールド" (in Japanese). . SoftBank. January 1999. p. 99. ソニックアドベンチャー オペレーションガイド ISBN 978-4757203006. "天井近くのトラップの上。 炎の矢に注意して、取ろう。"
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