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Nurture nature to summon a wall of beautiful blossoms. Try not to change lane while perturbed by the petals!


— Description, Sonic Forces: Speed Battle

The Hedge Maze is an Item Box power-up that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a Trap Item used primarily to obstruct opposing rivals' path.

Description

The Hedge Maze's icon takes the form of green pillar-like vines wrapping around each other and with five/four-petaled white, pink and violet flowers blossoming on them. In gameplay, this power-up becomes the aforementioned plant pillar, sprouting in a row from the surface below,

Overview

In gameplay, the Hedge Maze can only be obtained at random from Item Boxes by Spring Cream. As with most other Items, Metal Sonic can also use the Hedge Maze if he uses the Steal Item to steal it from the aforementioned user.

Once obtained, the player can utilize the Hedge Maze by pressing its icon on the bottom of the HUD. When used, the Hedge Maze will sprout its vine pillars some distance ahead of the user's current location on all the lanes. If the track is four lanes wide, then up to three of these pillars, with one being the lowest, will be so tall that they cannot be jumped over. If the track is six lanes wide on the other hand, then up to four of these pillars, with two being the lowest, will be too tall to be jumped over. The rest of the lanes, on the other hand, will have pillars low enough to be jumped over. If a character collides with any of the pillars, including the user themselves, they will take damage, causing them to lose Rings and slow down momentarily. In addition, characters who have hit a pillar will be entangled by multicolored flowers for several seconds that will make them lose speed every time they switch lanes. This effect goes through Shields, although a Shield will still prevent the initial damage from the Hedge Maze. To avoid the Hedge Maze, the playable character must jump over the lowest pillars produced by this power-up.

The Hedge Maze can also be upgraded by leveling the user up to level 4, 10 and 16 respectively. For each upgrade, the Hedge Maze's entangle duration will be increased.


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