Fountains are architectural pieces which jets water into the air. When a playable character jumps onto the water that is coming out, the playable character will be shot upwards, allowing the player to reach higher areas that they can otherwise not reach. Usually, it is compulsory to use these fountains in order to progress.
The fountain first appeared in Sonic Adventure and its enhanced port Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, appearing at the last portion of Speed Highway. In this game, it is necessary for Sonic to reach the Capsule needed to finish the Action Stage. It can also be used by Knuckles when he explores the stage.
Sonic Rush Adventure
In Sonic Rush Adventure, the fountain appears in Pirates' Island. In this game, the fountain reside on water surfaces, either remaining stationary or moving left and right at a slow rate, and when launched off it with a burst of water, the player can perform Trick Actions.
Sonic Rivals 2
In Sonic Unleashed, fountains can only be used by Sonic during the daytime Stages. This time around, it is possible to target the fountains with the Homing Attack to make it easier to use them. They appear in both 2D and 3D sections.
- Although not necessarily a fountain, a whale in Cool Edge 's day stage will launch Sonic upwards using its blowhole in a similar manner to fountains.