The Bomb Flappers look very similar to the basic Flapper, possessing the round torso, black undercarriage, dome-shaped head, airplane-like wings, the two turbines on their backs that serve as jetpacks, pointy nose and panel-based mouth, and the flight visors that Flappers have. However, unlike the typical Flapper, Bomb Flappers are primarily magenta with red details, and they have claws on their undercarriage that they use to carry bombs.
In gameplay, Bomb Flappers have few hit points and float in a fixed position in midair. When they spot the playable characters, a speech balloon containing an exclamation point will appear above the Bomb Flappers. As a part of their attack patterns, they will periodically drop orange bombs so that they hit the ground directly below them. When hitting the ground, these bombs will then explode. Touching this explosion will cause the playable characters to take damage.
Because they float in midair, the Bomb Flappers typically float outside the reach of most of the player's attacks. The easiest way to destroy them is by using Thunder Shoot to knock them out of the sky, leaving them open to any attack. If Thunder Shoot is leveled up to at least Level 2 however, then it may be enough to destroy a Bomb Flapper in one shot. Also, upon their destruction, they grant the player 100 points.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
In the Nintendo DS version of Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, the Bomb Flappers appear during a minigame in Adventure Mode. In this minigame, the Bomb Flappers drop Bob-ombs which the player must dodge for a long enough period of time. Once that minigame has been cleared, the player is free to proceed.
Powers and abilities
The Bomb Flappers are all capable of flight using the jetpacks on their backs. As they name implies, they also carry a supply of bombs that they can drop on enemies.
↑"Chapter 1" (in Japanese). ソニックヒーローズ最強攻略ガイド. Shogakukan. February 2004. p. 33. ISBN 978-4091061522.