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The dropping platform,[1] also known as the rotating platform,[2] is a gimmick that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a type of platform that spins around itself in certain intervals, dropping any playable character standing on them.


The dropping platforms are rather small floating platforms that start spinning around clockwise in certain intervals; after having spun around for a few seconds, they will stop moving and lie horizontally for few seconds, allowing the playable character to stand on them, before starting to spin again, repeating the pattern. They are usually featured in industrial-themed Zones.

When the playable character is standing on a dropping platform, they will be dropped from the it once it starts to spin. Unlike regular platforms, the player is unable to jump below dropping platforms when they stop spinning in mid-air, meaning that they have to jump at the right time when these platforms are rotate around once. Because of this, jumping on dropping platforms can be very tricky, as some of them can spin at the same time while others can be spinning at a different time.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit)

Rotating Platforms in Scrap Brain Zone Act 2, from Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit).

In the original Sonic the Hedgehog, rotating platforms[2] are designed as yellow, blue, and silver rectangular platforms. In this game, they are featured in Scrap Brain Zone Act 1 and 2.

Besides the standard floating rotating platforms, Scrap Brain Zone Act 1 also features rotating platforms attached to moving chain loops, which stand still when moving towards the top of the chain loop, but will start spinning constantly once they move back towards the bottom of the chain loop.

Sonic the Hedgehog CD

Dropping platforms in Metallic Madness Zone 1, from Sonic the Hedgehog CD.

In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, dropping platforms are colored dark blue, and appear as both regular dropping platforms and platforms on chains. In this game, they are found in Metallic Madness.

In gameplay, the two types of rotating platforms function just like they did in the original Sonic the Hedgehog.

Sonic Advance 2

In Sonic Advance 2, dropping platforms are featured as attachments to the Egg-Go-Round, where they are two gray-colored platforms. In battle, whenever the Egg-Go-Round is about to make a dropping platform spin for a couple of seconds, the orb in the middle of the dropping platforms will turn red.

Sonic the Hedgehog (Didj)

In Sonic the Hedgehog (Didj), dropping platforms[1] appear as both regular dropping platforms and platforms on chains. In this game, they are featured in Scrap Plant Zone.

Sonic Mania

In Sonic Mania and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, dropping platforms are orange-colored. In these games, they appear in Metallic Madness Zone

In the gameplay of these games, they serve to make the player access higher (or secret) paths and to block Winding Tunnels.


Dropping platform-like gimmicks in Mad Gear Zone Act 3, from Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I.

  • In Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, there exists similar types of platforms in Mad Gear Zone Act 3, which functions differently from the dropping platforms. For these platforms, the player uses D-pad or joystick to incline the platform left or right, when Sonic is using the Spin Attack on them and curls into the incline direction.





  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic the Hedgehog (LeapFrog Didj) Game Design Document, pg. 44.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2: Sega's Official Player's Guide. Compute; Expanded edition. 1993. p. 53. ISBN 1-55958-335-5.
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