Snowblowers are obstacles that appear in the  . They are unknown radiators which can be part of Sonic the Hedgehog series Zone's structures or simple obstacles being set around. When the player touches it, they will frozen in a layer of ice.
Sonic the Hedgehog CD
The ice exhaust (on right) at
Wacky Workbench of . Sonic the Hedgehog CD
, Snowblowers can be found in Sonic the Hedgehog CD Wacky Workbench as grey icy exhausts firing a cold flame. Occasionally, they will sputter and momentarily cease firing, though only for a couple of seconds. They are usually located on sharp ceiling sections and elaborate corridors, which the player has to get past through, which can be especially tricky when going under a sharp ceiling section by using a moving spinning platform. If the player does happen to come in contact with the blue flame, it will freeze the playable character. The ice block will fall to the ground, before beaking out of the ice and losing Rings. It is possible to avoid taking damage, however, if the player manages to jump the moment they would break free from the ice.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
, snowblowers are seen set on ice ceilings in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 IceCap Zone. These machines start firing freezing air down on the player, if he/she stays too long beneath them, with the playable character getting trapped inside an ice block and taking damage a few seconds later. The player cannot destroy these snowblowers, meaning he/she has to simply avoid them.
Freezer Mobile in IceCap Zone Act 2 has the same functionality as snowblowers, as the player has to avoid the robot's freezing air blasts.
Sonic 3D Blast
Snow blower poles in
Diamond Dust Zone.
, purple and yellow colored snow blower poles appear in Sonic 3D Blast Diamond Dust Zone which can blow freezing air momentarily in a linear direction. When the player steps into the front of the snow blower pole, Sonic will be frozen. While the player does not lose Rings from being frozen, the Flickies can fly away. Robotnik's freezing mobile at Diamond Dust Zone Act 3 possesses a similar functionality; if the player touches the small pods on the mobile's side, Sonic will be frozen.
Sonic Advance 3
Similarly functioning machines also appears in
, where they can be found Sonic Advance 3 Twinkle Snow as placed on long gaps or right side of the high slope. Unlike in previous game, these machines do not hurt the player, as they are useful to get launched high into the air, similar to springs, while being frozen at same time. The characters will thaw out after they land on solid ground.
Sonic Lost World
Nintendo 3DS version of , Sonic Lost World Frozen Factory features icy exhausts on floors and walls, which function similarity to the snowblowers from previous games. In this game, they will at certain times stop blowing icy air for several seconds, but will soon after resume. If the player runs into the front of the icy exhaust, Sonic will get frozen. At certain sections, the player has to create a snowball to block the icy exhaust's vent.
A snowblower in
. Sonic Mania
, and its expansion Sonic Mania , gray and orange snowblowers similar to those in Sonic Mania Plus IceCap Zone in can be found in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Press Garden Zone Act 2. These machines are mounted on the ceilings and will freeze those that get underneath them, unless they have a Fire Shield equipped. When frozen, the playable characters are encased in non-hazardous ice blocks that can slide around at great speed and mow down obstacles. As such, the snowblowers are just as much an obstacle as a gimmick in Sonic Mania.
Ice Ball in and the Sonic Adventure Heavy Shinobi in have similar ability to freeze the playable character. While the player has to wait for the playable character to shatter out of ice, their attacks do not inflict damage. Sonic Mania One of the many unused objects in Press Garden Zone appears to be a giant acetone sprayer that looks and acts similarly to a typical snowblower, though with a different function.
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