Speed Booster

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Speed Boosters are objects in the Sonic games which give the player an instant burst of speed. These are usually placed where speed needs to be constant, like loops or corkscrews, however they can also be used to change direction quickly. While Springs do give a quick burst of speed, a speed booster works only in one direction, while Springs can be directed in many directions.

Mega Drive Games

In the old games, Boosters were modeled after the environment they were placed. The exception, Sonic 3D Blast had a unified booster, a Spin-Dash Launcher.

Sonic 2

A similar one appears in Chemical Plant's remake, Sonic Pocket Adventure's Secret Plant Zone.
A similar one appears in Wing Fortress's remake, Sonic Pocket Adventure's Aerobase Zone.

Sonic CD

Sonic 3

Sonic & Knuckles

Game Gear / Master System Games

Sonic Chaos
The speed boosters in Sonic Chaos are all the same, with a different palette according to the zone.

The Sleeping Egg one looks different because I took the screenshot on a different animation frame but it's a palette swap like the other ones, really.

Modern Games

With most modern titles, they have been unified into Dash Pads aka Dash Panels, which can be placed in any environment. Dash Pads also are capable of directing Sonic at high speeds as seen in Sonic Unleashed.

Modern titles also have Jump Plates aka Jump Panels, which are basically combining the Dash Pad and the Spring.

Speed Boosters also make appearances in titles developed by Dimps, using the Chemical Plant design.

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