The Cartwheel[1] is a move that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a technique that allows the user to move swiftly from side to side while standing.

Description

As its name suggests, the Cartwheel allows the user to make swift movements to the left or right while at a standstill, similar to the Quick Step used while running. When using this move, the user performs a typical gymnastic cartwheel where they tilt their body to the designated side, place one hand on the ground followed by the other, kick their legs over their body into a brief handstand, and bring them back to the ground, returning to a standing position.

In gameplay, the Cartwheel primarily serves as a means for the player to avoid incoming enemy attacks and other approaching obstacles in the 3D sections of levels. It can also be used to make precise movements in a certain direction without having to change the way the character is facing.

Game appearances

Sonic Unleashed

In Sonic Unleashed, the Cartwheel appears as an unnamed move used by Sonic the Hedgehog. To use the Cartwheel in gameplay, the player has to use the following controls while in the 3D sections of the levels:

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Sonic Generations

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, the Cartwheel appears as an unnamed move used by Modern Sonic and Modern Super Sonic. The mechanics of the move are the same as in Sonic Unleashed. To use the Cartwheel in gameplay, the player has to use the following controls while in the 3D sections of the levels:

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Sonic Forces

In Sonic Forces, the move appears under the name Cartwheel used by Modern Sonic, Modern Super Sonic, the Avatar, and Shadow the Hedgehog. The mechanics of the move are the same as Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Generations. To use the Cartwheel in gameplay, the player has to use the following controls while in the 3D sections of the levels:

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References

  1. Sonic Forces instruction manual, "Controls".

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