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Spinning drums[1] are gimmicks that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are high-tech tubes on the Space Colony ARK with their own gravitational field.


Spinning drums are cylinder-shaped spinning devices that appear to be made of glass and steel. They have green arrows running across it in the direction that the player is supposed to go. On the two ends of spinning drums, there are metal plates with the Project Shadow emblem on them.


In gameplay, spinning drums are only featured in Final Chase, where they are capable of altering the direction of one’s gravity, pulling the playable character towards them and making it so that the player will end up standing on the surface of the drum as though it was a normal surface. The player can then walk up and down on the cylinder until they reach the top or bottom. When standing still on the surface, the player will constantly spin around the spinning drum even. Spinning drums can be laid out either vertically or horizontally. Gameplay-wise, they are used for transition between areas.


  1. Sonic Team (23 June 2001). Sonic Adventure 2. Dreamcast. Sega. Area/Level: Final Chase. "Omochao: Stay away from the spinning drum or you will be sucked in! Try running"

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