- For the power-up, see Combi Catcher (power-up).
The Combi Catcher (コンビキャッチャー Konbikyatchā?), also known as the Combi Confiner or Combi Machine, is an object that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a diabolical device built by Dr. Robotnik that turns its victims into statue-like figures to trap the doctor's enemies.
The Combi Catcher is a blue-colored, cylinder-shaped capsule with a two-layered red cap covering its top and a glass capsule on the very top. On the front it has a clear, rectangular window, through which one can see its dark insides with various lights and circuitry lightening it up. Also, on its sides it has long gray vents and on its bottom it has yellow prongs for feet and a gray footing.
Powers and abilities
The Combi Catcher is seemingly capable of petrifying those who have been captured inside of it, thereby turning them into colored statues. Regardless it is perfectly capable of reversing this process as well, as seen in Newtrogic High Zone. However, according to western sources, the only way to reverse the Combi Catcher's process is by using Ring Power.
In Knuckles' Chaotix, upon arriving on Isolated Island, Knuckles found Dr. Robotnik working on a Combi Catcher that had a petrified Espio the Chameleon inside of it. After Knuckles drove off Robotnik, the Combi Catcher began to self-destruct, thereby freeing Espio and turning him back to normal, who proceeded to team up with Knuckles on his adventure. Later, upon arriving in Newtrogic High Zone, the heroes would use the Combi Catcher to free more petrified victims of the Combi Catcher whenever they headed out to one of the sections of the island.
In gameplay, the player first stumbles upon the Combi Catcher in the Introduction level of Isolated Island at the beginning of Knuckles' Chaotix. Upon finding it, a short story sequence will play out before Espio is freed from the Combi Catcher and made Knuckles' combi partner.
When later unlocking the World Entrance, the player will encounter the Combi Catcher mini game. The Combi Catcher mini game lets the player select a new combi partner in-between standard stages. If the player does not want a new partner though, just pass on by. If they want a new combi partner however, the player must place their character inside the Catcher Box (コントロールボックス Kontorōrubokkusu?, lit. "Control Box") and press down on . The player then takes control of a claw as the screen scrolls down to reveal a selection of petrified playable characters that may include Knuckles, Espio, Vector, Charmy, Mighty and multiple copies of Heavy and Bomb. From here, the player has to play a claw-grap game where they must pick one of the characters present within ten seconds. While this happens however, the petrified characters might be switched out with others. During this game, the player can move the claw left and right with and grab a character with the claw by pressing down on or pressing //. Once the claw has grabbed a petrified character, they are put into a Combi Catcher pod and returned to normal, thus allowing the player to proceed to the Stage Select room.