A variation of Spikes of Doom
: Take a sphere and cover it with spikes and you got yourself a very typical obstacle. Common in video games but also occasionally present in other media. They come in many forms:
- They can be located on surfaces and fill the role of Spikes of Doom.
- They can hang mid-air and even move independently. Sometimes they're even spinning.
- In some cases, they are alive.
- In other cases, they're on chains, but not as a wieldable weapon since it's another trope.
- When on chains, they will often swing back and forth or even in a 360 degree motion, perpetually.
- They might be projectiles shot by enemy cannons
In video games, those objects started making more widespread appearance from third generation consoles afterward and can sometimes be still present in seventh generation platform games.
Not to be confused with the Sea Mine
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- In Mega Man Reawakened, Needle Man's super attack has him curl up into one of these, firing his needles out everywhere.
- Doctor Who: The Toclafane become spiky balls when they have decided to kill you..
- Abuse: Combines this trope with Asteroids Monster — huge spiky balls are inclined to drop on the player without warning, and when destroyed they split into smaller spiky balls.
- Adventure Island IV: Spiky balls are present in underwater sections.
- Batman: Return of the Joker (NES): Spiked balls hanging from the chains is one of the first hazards you encounter. Another bunch of them hover up and down in the first Unexpected Shmup Level.
- Battletoads: These are located in many stages like 4 and 6, and mean instant death for the 'toads. Unlike other spikeballs, they are in a slightly irregular shape.
- Battletoads and Double Dragon: The Stage 6 boss can turn into an invulnerable spikeball.
- Blues Brothers: This NES game has stationary versions, mobile versions and larger spikeballs on chains.
- Bonze Adventure has indestructible blue spike balls that sway back and forth.
- Brütal Legend
- CJ's Elephant Antics: Sometimes these cover floors and skies.
- Dance Dance Revolution: Some songs on MAX, MAX 2, and EXTREME prominently features these in their background videos, especially up-tempo songs. Subverted Trope in that you don't have to dodge them.
- Dragon Quest Heroes Rocket Slime: These are one of the (many) weapons for tanks.
- Dwarf Fortress has these as one of variant trap components.
- Gokujyo Parodius has a giant powerup boss which shoots powerups and spiky balls out in higher difficulties.
- Gremlins 2 has two types of spiky balls. One goes round and the other one goes from wall to wall.
- Hammerin' Harry has at-the-end-of-chain variations of these.
- HarmoKnight: Do you remember the meteorites that dropped in the second cutscene? Some did not hatch, and now they are rolling, spiked obstacles, big and small. Oh, and don't try jumping over the big ones. They only deal damage.
- Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu: Some green spiked balls can be seen moving back and forth.
- Jetpack has small spikeball enemies that move diagonally and bounce off walls, though they are sometimes trapped within bricks instead.
- Jumper series: A common trap.
- Kabuki Quantum Fighter has those kinds of obstacles and these move around too.
- Kickle Cubicle: One enemy is an invincible spinning spike ball that likes to hug walls.
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: The Drill Sye and Cera Terror dream eaters can transform into one and roll into their foes. They're also completely immune to most physical attacks in this state, even unblockable ones.
- The Kirby series has Gordo which is a living and invincible version of a spikeball.
- Last Alert: Occasionally, there are spikeballs found.
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: These appear as enemies in the Water Temple.
- Liero: Features spike balls as a weapon - a very tricky, but also potentially very destructive weapon. Players who use them are known as "spikeballers".
- Loco Roco series has Togeh which is a black ball of spikes commonly found on surfaces. There is also an alive version of it.
- Mega Man 2: Bubble Man's stage has a lot of them. In 9, one type of spikeball is even an enemy.
- Pokémon: The Grass/Steel Pokemon Ferroseed and its evolution Ferrothorn◊ from Black and White. Both are spiky metal plants, and Ferrothorn pretty much fits all the criteria at the top of the page (alive, hanging, spins, on
chainsvines). Obviously, using a contact move on either of them will result in the attacker taking damage.
- Professor Layton and the Curious Village: Don Paulo uses some on his flying machine to wreck the tower.
- Professor Layton and the Unwound Future: The sliding puzzle before confronting the future professor has one.
- In Qwak, black spiked balls are fixed hazards in some stages, but they also may fall randomly from the ceiling in some circumstances.
- Resident Evil 5 features a puzzle involving a bunch of giant flaming spike balls rolling around.
- In Revolution 1986, this is one of the hazards you'll encounter in the game.
- Serious Sam II has a spikeball vehicle you can ride in. One of the enemies is also a spikeball.
- Shantae: Spiky balls (called pike balls) are one of the buyable items.
- Sonic the Hedgehog series:
- Uses spikeballs extensively. They are a rather common attack of many of the bosses in the series. Some of the spikeballs can be seen in environment spinning or mid-air. Also, some enemies, like Orbinaut, have spikeballs.
- Sonic Colors introduces Pink wisps that allows Sonic to turn into one of these that can climb walls and ceilings.
- On a more Meta level, Sonic himself is one of these most the time, being a hedgehog and all. He's covered in spikes, and all his attacks require him to roll into a ball, often causing the doom of Dr Eggman/Robotnik's machinery.
- Super Mario Bros. series:
- Has a few of them. For an example, in Super Mario World, there are spikeballs spinning around in a few stages. In New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, there are spike balls that act like enemies and destroy anything they touch.
- There's also Spiny eggs, which are thrown by Lakitus, and will either turn in Spinies (red), bounce on the ground (green), or explode (yellow); as well as light green enemies called Spikes, which puke up spiked balls and throw them at the player.
- In the spinoffs there are various types of these. Yoshi's Island has blue spike balls called Thorns that kill Yoshi in one hit and can be destroyed by eggs, and Wario Land 4 and Shake Dimension have spiky mines and mine like stationary enemies which look and act like this trope as well.
- Terraria has these as a throwable weapon. As well as perpetually rotating ball-n-chain's spawning in dungeons.
- Trine loves spiked balls. Rolling, hanging from chains, falling out of trap doors, floating like naval mines, I don't think there was a single level that didn't have one.
- Vectorman: The first boss has spikes attached to its wings. Level 3 also features spikeballs, although they may be sea mines.
- Valis II has spiked balls that mostly move back and forth along straight lines. They can be temporarily stopped, but not destroyed.
- Wile E. Coyote sets up a cluster of spike balls tethered to a pole, set spinning like a top, in the road - they break loose and fly up a short distance and land right where he's hiding.