The Catapult is presented as a line of blue signs, each one depicting a white arrow pointing in the rightward direction. Also, on top of them is a yellow handle that moves in the direction of the signs.
In gameplay, Catapults are encountered during the levels. When Tails hooks onto the Catapults' handle using his Ring Boomerang, the gimmick will automatically pull Tails ahead and fling him flying forward at high speed for a few seconds. While Tails is flying forward, the player has no control over his movements.