When performing the Back Step, the user performs a simple back flip. In gameplay, this lets the player move backwards faster in the stages than simply walking backwards. This technique is effective in picking up any items that may have been missed recently. It is also effective in better orienting oneself in order to battle enemies.
Sonic Storybook Series
Sonic and the Secret Rings
The Back Step first appeared in Sonic and the Secret Rings. In this game, it is a Wind-attributed Ground Action Skill for Sonic which is unlocked when reaching Level and costs 2 Skill Points to be equipped. To perform the Back Step in gameplay, the player needs to tilt the controller backwards and press . The player can also increase the move's attack power by equipping the Fire Step Skill.
Sonic and the Black Knight
In Sonic and the Black Knight, the Back Step is referred to as the back flip. Here, it is a standard move that is available to all playable characters in Adventure Mode. To perform this move in gameplay, the player needs to hold the Control Stick backwards and press .