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Sonic Hopper!

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Sonic Hopper!
System(s): Large attraction
Genre: Drop Tower
Number of players: 10 (2 per car)
Release Date RRP Code Rating
Arcade
AE
2009-08-21  ? ?
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Sonic Hopper! was a large attraction that was located at Sega Republic in Dubai. It was a Sonic the Hedgehog-themed drop tower with a twist, and opened as one of 9 opening-day attractions at the park[1].

After the closure of Sega Republic on June 1, 2017, the ride was repurposed for its replacement in VR Park Dubai as Burj Drop, with the addition of virtual-reality headsets to fit the VR theme.

Description

Take a ride with one of the world’s best-known video game characters, Sonic the Hedgehog, and feel the jaw-dropping sensation of a 9 metre drop - with a twist!

— Sega Republic official website[2]

Ride experience

Sonic Hopper! was a 9-meter drop tower attraction. However, unlike most drop towers, it had the ability for the cars to rotate around the tower as it went up and shot back down from a corkscrew feature, which gave the ride a twist compared to other drop towers. There were five ride vehicles painted in different colours that could hold a maximum of two riders, for a total of 10 riders altogether.

On the top of the ride sat a giant statue of Sonic the Hedgehog holding a flag with the Sega Republic logo on it.

References


Sonic the Hedgehog games for the following systems
Arcade
 1991  Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car     1993  Sonic the Hedgehog | SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | SegaSonic the Hedgehog     1996  Sonic the Fighters     2011  Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Arcade     2015  Sonic Dash Extreme‎‎     2016  Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Arcade Edition     2020  Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Arcade Edition    
Arcade
 1992  UFO Mini: SegaSonic     1993  Sonic the Hedgehog | SegaSonic Popcorn Shop     1994  Sonic no Space Tours     1997  Sonic the Hedgehog AWP     2002  Sonic & Tails Spinner     2003  CR Sonic     2007  Sonic Spinner     2008  Sonic Live!     2009  Sonic Hopper!     2010  Sonic Sports Basketball     2012  Sonic Sports Air Hockey     2013  Sonic Athletics | Sonic Ghost Shooting | Sonic Brain Ranking‎‎     2016  Sonic Blast Ball‎‎    
 Unknown date  Sonic Sports Kids Basketball‎‎ (201x)