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Buttons are pretty bog-standard items placed liberally around levels which alter something in the level when pushed.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit)

  • Marble Zone
    • Raises a spiky metal stomper.
    • Moves a large green pillar.
  • Labyrinth Zone
    • Opens doors.
    • Makes a hidden platform appear. (act 1)
    • Changes the layout of the level. (act 3)
  • Scrap Brain Zone
    • Changes the direction of a revolving wheel that grabs Sonic.
    • Causes the floor to collapse. (act 2, when Dr. Eggman presses it)
    • Makes a large platform move down a slope. (act 3)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit)

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

  • Angel Island Zone
    • Opens a passageway.
    • Destroys a bridge. (Act 2, when Knuckles presses it)
  • Hydrocity Zone
    • Opens a floodgate
    • Turns on some propellers underwater
    • Destroys another bridge (Act 2, when Knuckles presses it)
  • Carnival Night Zone
    • Raises water and turns out the lights. (Act 2, when Knuckles presses it)
    • Turns the lights back on. (Act 2)
    • Reverses the direction of a gravity tube. (Act 2, when Knuckles presses it)
  • IceCap Zone
    • Causes floors to collapse, after ice covering is destroyed
  • Mushroom Hill Zone
    • Closes a door. (Act 1, when Knuckles presses it)
    • Opens that same door. (Act 1)

Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble

  • Special Stage
    • Causes a column of fire to appear (Stage 1, when Nack presses it)

Sonic Adventure

Sonic Unleashed

In this game, buttons are referred to as "Switches"Media:SonicUnleashed PS2 US manual.pdf[1], and their main purpose is to unlock segments of some levels. Sometimes the player may need to place a Crate on top to hold certain switches pressed.

  • Causes some platforms to start moving
  • Opens certain doors/keeps them opened
  • Disconnects some fire generators (PS2/Wii Gaia Gates)

Sonic Colours

  • Causes select objects to move.


Items in the Sonic the Hedgehog Game Series
Collectibles   Ring | Super Ring | Special Ring | Rich Ring | Heal Ring | Red Star Ring | Number Ring | Silver Moon Ring | Sonic Medal | Sun Medal | Moon Medal | Sun Tablet | Moon Tablet | Planet Tablet | Secret Item | Red Orbs | Blue Orbs | Green Orbs | Emblem | Chaos Drives | Special Stage Key | Material | Portal Gear | Memory Token | Vault Key | Red Seed of Power | Blue Seed of Defense | Dream Orb
Power-ups   Shield (Water, Lightning, Fire, Gold, Magnetic) | Invincibility | Power Sneakers | Rocket Shoes | Propeller Shoes | Hyper Heli-Tails | Eggman Mark | Super Ring | Combine Ring | Forcejewel | Power Core | Light Cores | Special Combination
Level Objects   Item Box | Item Panel | Spring | Spring Pole | Crane Lift | Dash Rail | Spikes | Checkpoint | Time Warp Plate | Signpost | Goal Ring | Hidden Treasure Ring | Giant Ring | Dash Ring | Rainbow Ring | Capsule | Crate | Water Barrel | Button | Dark Energy Key | Bumper | Speed Booster | Air bubbles | Chao container
Powerful Items   Chaos Emeralds | Super Emeralds | Master Emerald | Time Stones | Chaos Rings | Precioustone | Sol Emeralds | Jeweled Scepter | World Rings | Excalibur | Phantom Ruby | Reverie | Dream Core
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 | Fortune Cards | Speed Down Boots | Chao Egg | Scepter of Darkness | Cacophonic Conch