Bumpers are items that deflect the player back in the direction from which they were hit. They have appeared, in one form or another, in all of the Sonic the Hedgehog games. Their first appearance was, unsurprisingly, in Sonic 1's Spring Yard Zone. Although their visual style has changed through the games' timeline, their basic function remains the same: to serve as an obstacle in a pinball/casino-themed level.
It should be noted that bumpers are closely related to springs, in that while springs only catapult the player in one direction, bumpers bounce the player off in the same direction that they encountered the obstacle.
When hit, bumpers (in the 16-bit games) generally give the player a point bonus unless the player hits one too many times.
Found in Spring Yard Zone (and in the Special Stage), the Sonic 1 bumper is a blue circle semi-covered by a yellow five-point star, with a thin red outer ring. When Sonic hits this obstacle, the bumper expands slightly and propels him backwards. These are commonly found in the more open areas of the zone, where Sonic is free to bounce around pinball-style.
Found exclusively in Bonus Stages that serve to help or hinder the player in finding the exit of stage or some monitors, in this game bumpers are bigger than Sonic himself.
Found in Carnival Night Zone and the Special Stage, this level's bumper is a simple white orb with a red four-point star in the centre. These appear either alone or in groups, and are capable of movement in any direction. Some groups may rotate in a circle-like fashion, others form lines and spin parallel to a certain point.
A second kind of bumper can be found in the Slot Machine Bonus Stage.
In Special Stages there is a special kind of bumper that looks similar to Sonic 1.
Spring Stadium had circular bumpers that have red/yellow alternating rings. The zone also has triangle bumpers on the corners of slanted areas in the zone.
Found only in Special Stages, the bumpers bounce player backwards as in Sonic 3 & Knuckles or Knuckles Chaotix. In this game, the bumpers look like a sandwich, because of the pseudo 3D vision, with a yellow center and the upper and lower faces with a style based off on the previous games.
Bumper Balls appear in the Special Stage.
Bumpers appear in Radical City's pinball table section of the course.
Found only at pinball tables in Casinopolis, their appearance is similar to that of Sonic 2, but with a design that is closer to real bumpers. The bumpers may float or may be static in certain sections of the pinball table.
Found in Cosmic Casino Zone, bumpers have a similar function as played in Casino Night Zone from Sonic 2, being a common object in stage.
Bumpers appear in Casino Paradise Zone as a common object in the stage similar way to function in Casino Night Zone from Sonic 2, however the look is similar to bumpers from Sonic 1.
Bumpers reappear in Casino Park and Bingo Highway as floating balls of green color with a star symbol on the front and back faces. Can be found both inside the pinball tables or outside. Outside pinball sections it is safer to use homing attack on bumpers to have less chances of falling.
Found in Casino Street Zone, bumpers perform the same function as in Casino Night Zone from Sonic 2, as a common object in all 3 acts. Due to the physics of the game, bumpers may not throw the player too high and can easily change the direction.
Bumpers are found in Crisis City's "Vector: Through the Storm" challenge act, where Classic Sonic is thrown against groups of bumpers by Vector. In addition, they also appear in the Casino Night DLC stage as common objects on the pinball table. The design of the bumpers in this game is a bit more realistic compared to the previous games and has similarities with Sonic 1's bumper style.
|Items in the Sonic the Hedgehog Game Series|
|Collectibles||Ring | Red Star Ring | Emblem | Chaos Drives | Material|
|Power-ups||Shield (Water, Lightning, Fire, Gold) | Invincibility | Power Sneakers | Power Core | Light Cores|
|Level Objects||Monitor | Spring | Spikes | Checkpoint | Time Warp Plate | Signpost | Goal Ring | Giant Ring | Capsule | Button | Bumper | Speed Booster | Chao Container|
|Powerful Items||Chaos Emeralds | Super Emeralds | Master Emerald | Time Stones | Chaos Rings | Precioustone | Sol Emeralds | Jeweled Scepter | World Rings | Excalibur | Phantom Ruby|
|Weapons||Piko Piko Hammer | Chaos Energy Cannon | Caliburn | Wispon|
|Devices||Remote Robot | Combi Confiner | Mother Computer | Nega's Camera | Arks of the Cosmos | Miles Electric|
|Other||Chili Dog | Scepter of Darkness | Cacophonic Conch|