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A Flatbed Ferry is a kind of moving platform originating in the Yoshi's Island series. It is comparable to a generic lift; Flatbed Ferries differ mainly through the distinct zigzag pattern on their sides.
Flatbed Ferries appear in all Yoshi's Island installments, as well as Yoshi's Story. When jumped upon, they typically follow a preset path marked by a track. When a Flatbed Ferry reaches the end of the line, blocked by a little red sphere, it will switch its direction of movement; if the line ends without a sphere, the Flatbed Ferry will fall down, but it may be "caught" by another track if it falls on one, and it will start following it.
Flatbed Ferries appear in a variety of colors, such as green, yellow, and red, with each getting progressively faster; in the isometric sections found in certain fortresses, the colors are a pale pink, periwinkle, and cyan. Magenta ones appear as part of paddle wheels. The liquid lift and Blarggwich carry green Flatbed Ferries.
Game & Watch Gallery 2
On the first and second stages of the Game & Watch Gallery 2 rendition of Donkey Kong, Flatbed Ferries appear as the last platforms Mario must use to reach the goal. In both instances, they are activated temporarily by toggling a switch. On the first stage, the Flatbed Ferry revolves around a point, similarly to a paddle wheel, and makes four 90-degree turns before completing one rotation. On the second stage, the platform swings from side to side on a chain in three positions. Flatbed Ferries are replaced in the Game & Watch Gallery 4 version by more thematically fitting platforms.
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