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The Random Ring Bonus[1] (ランダムリングボーナス[2] Randamuringubōnasu?), also referred to as the Random Rings[3] (ランダムリング[4] Randamu ringu?, lit. "Random Ring") and ? Ring[5] (ランダムリング[6] Randamu ringu?, lit. "Random Ring") is an Item Box power-up that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. When the player obtains this power-up, the playable character receives a random amount of Rings. It can be considered a variant of the Super Ring.

Description

Item Boxes containing the Random Ring Bonus typically either contain or display an icon depicting a Ring with a question mark either next to it or in its center.

The Random Ring Bonus follows the same basic principles as the Super Ring. When obtaining a Random Ring Bonus, the player is instantly granted one out of several specific amounts of Rings at once which are automatically added to the player's total Ring count. The Ring amount that the player receives from those available are chosen at random every time a Random Ring Bonus is obtained, even if it is obtained from the same Random Ring Bonus Item Box in a level. Also, the different amounts of Rings a Random Ring Bonus can grant may differ between each game. Rings granted by Random Ring Bonuses function like regular Rings, as the player is able to lose them after taking damage and then recollect them.

When the player breaks a Random Ring Bonus Item Box, the iconic Ring sample is heard in the background and the player receives the Rings. Like other Item Boxes, Random Ring Bonus Item Boxes can be hidden behind walls, palm trees or in other places.

Game appearance

Sonic Adventure

Question Mark Ring Bonus

The Random Ring Bonus made its first appearance in Sonic Adventure, and later its remake Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, where it is referred to as Random Rings[3] (ランダムリング[4] Randamu ringu?, lit. "Random Ring"). In this game, the Item Boxes that contain Random Rings hold an icon that shows a single Ring with a question mark written in the lower left corner. In gameplay, Random Rings can add 1, 5, 10, 15, 20 or 40 Rings to the player's Ring count.

Sonic Advance series

Sonic Advance

RandomRingSAdvance

In Sonic Advance, the Random Ring Bonus is named ? Ring[5] (ランダムリング[6] Randamu ringu?, lit. "Random Ring"). In this game, the boxes that contain the ? Ring display an icon that shows a single Ring with a question mark written in its center. In gameplay, ? Rings can add 1, 5, 10, 20, 30, or 40 Rings to the player's Ring count.

Sonic Advance 2

RandomRingBonusSAdvance2

In Sonic Advance 2, the Ring power-up is called Random Ring Bonus[7] (ランダムリングボーナス[8] Randamuringubōnasu?). In this game, the boxes that contain the Random Ring Bonus display an icon that shows a single Ring with a question mark written in its center. In gameplay, Random Ring Bonuses can add 1, 5, 10, 30, or 50 Rings to the player's Ring count.

Sonic Advance 3

RandomRingBonusSAdvance3

In Sonic Advance 3, the Ring power-up is called Random Ring Bonus[9] (ランダムリングボーナス[10] Randamuringubōnasu?) again. In this game, the Boxes that contain the Random Ring Bonus display an icon that shows a single Ring with a question mark written in its center. In gameplay, Random Ring Bonuses can add 1, 5, 10, 30, or 50 Rings to the player's Ring count.

Sonic Rush series

Sonic Rush

RandomRingBonusSRush

In Sonic Rush, the Ring power-up is once again named Random Ring Bonus[1] (ランダムリングボーナス[2] Randamuringubōnasu?). In this game, the Item Boxes that contain the Random Ring Bonus display an icon that shows a single Ring with a question mark written in its center. In gameplay, Random Ring Bonuses can add 1, 5, 10, 30, or 50 Rings to the player's Ring count.

Sonic Rush Adventure

In Sonic Rush Adventure, the Ring power-up makes another appearance. In Act Stages, it is known as the Random Ring Bonus[11] (ランダムリングボーナス[12] Randamuringubōnasu?), but in the Sea Stages, its name differs; in the Western manuals, this power-up is referred to as Random Ring Bonus,[11] but in Japanese materials it is called Ring (リング Ringu?).[13] Regardless, the Item Boxes that contain the Random Ring Bonus in both Act Stages and Sea Stages display an icon that shows a single Ring with a question mark written in its center. In gameplay, Random Ring Bonuses can add 1, 5, 10, 30, or 50 Rings to the player's Ring count.

Sonic Colors

RandomRingBonusSColors

In the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, the Ring power-up is named Random Ring Bonus[14] once again. In this game, the Item Boxes that contain the Random Ring Bonus display an icon that shows a single Ring with a question mark written in its center. In gameplay, Random Ring Bonuses can add 1, 5, 10, 30, or 50 Rings to the player's Ring count.

Sonic Dash

in Sonic Dash, the Random Ring Bonus made a return appearance, where it is obtained randomly from Item Boxes. In this game, Item Boxes containing the Random Ring Bonus display (when opened) an icon that shows a single Ring with a specific number written in its center. This number indicate how many Rings the Random Ring Bonus grants when it is obtained from an Item Box. In gameplay, Random Ring Bonuses can add 10, 20, 50, or 100 Rings to the player's Ring count.

Trivia

  • In the game files of Sonic Adventure 2, there is a graphic for the Random Rings Bonus, but it was ultimately unused in the gameplay of the game.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Rush (Nintendo DS) United States instruction booklet, pg. 20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic Rush (Nintendo DS) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 27.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast) United States instruction booklet, pg. 11.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 13.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sonic Advance (Game Boy Advance) United States instruction booklet, pg. 18.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sonic Advance (Game Boy Advance) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 28.
  7. Sonic Advance 2 (Game Boy Advance) United States instruction booklet, pg. 20.
  8. Sonic Advance (Game Boy Advance) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 31.
  9. Sonic Advance 3 (Game Boy Advance) United States instruction booklet, pg. 22.
  10. Sonic Advance 3 (Wii U Virtual Console) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 41.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Sonic Rush Adventure (Nintendo DS) United States instruction booklet, pg. 22.
  12. (in Japanese) ソニックラッシュアドベンチャー最強攻略ガイド. Shogakukan. December 2007. p. 14. ISBN 4091063969.
  13. (in Japanese) ソニックラッシュアドベンチャー最強攻略ガイド. Shogakukan. December 2007. p. 10. ISBN 4091063969.
  14. Sonic Colors (Nintendo DS) European instruction booklet, pg. 12.
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