|This article is about the robotic hazard in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. For the gang of antagonists in Kirby: Squeak Squad, see Squeaks. For the henchmen of this group, see Squeakers.|
|“||We resurrected the hammer machines from the Factory Tour stage of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and turned them into the Squeaky Hammer Machines in Kirby Fighters. I thought that the designer was just going to enhance the appearance of the ones from the Nintendo 64 version, so when I saw that they now opened their mouths and let out a belch of steam as they attacked, I was really surprised! I'd say they are even more "striking" than the ones in the N64 game.”|
|— Tadashi Kamitake • Miiverse|
Squeaky Hammer Machine is a beige cylindrical robot. It has two potholes for eyes and a mouth full of sharp teeth. Its most prominent feature is the massive red mallet protruding from the top of its head. In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, the hammerhead is very simple, being only red. In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, however, it is updated to have gold plates marked with X symbols on either side.
Squeaky Hammer Machine's mouth contains a bevel gear in Kirby: Triple Deluxe.
Squeaky Hammer Machine appears exclusively in Stage 4 of Shiver Star. In the second room of the factory, Kirby rides on King Dedede's back. In order to get to the other end of the room, Dedede must use his mallet to smash down numerous roll gates. Between each pair of roll gates is a Squeaky Hammer Machine. It uses a predictable attack method: After remaining relatively still, it bounces up and down before slamming its hammer onto the conveyor belt floor. If Kirby is struck, he is instantly KO'd.
The conveyor belt Dedede runs along speeds up as he progresses through the room, making it gradually more difficult to dodge the Squeaky Hammer Machines. It is recommended that the player break down gates while the robots attack and then immediately sprint past them when they raise their mallets.
Three Squeaky Hammer Machines appear in the background of the Factory Tour stage in the Kirby Fighters sub-game and its sequels. At random times, one or more of the machines unleashes a belch of steam from its mouth and slams the platform immediately in front of it. Any Kirby caught in the attack is flattened and takes heavy damage and any item will be crushed and destroyed. Four spaces on the stage are safe from the robots: the left and right edges of the screen and the two gaps on either side of the middle robot. All four of these safe spots are marked by yellow tape on the floor.
In Kirby Fighters 2, in the random chance of a Deadly Hazard Stage or a Speedy-Mech Stage, Squeaky Hammer Machines will deal much more damage than normal or increase in speed, having less cooldown time, respectively.
Squeaky Hammer Machine's hammer appears as part of the Gentleman's Hat alternative headgear King Dedede can wear. It closely resembles the hammer's Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards design with X patterns on the head.
Squeak Hammer Machine's name references how its hammer appears in the likeness of a squeaky hammer.
Its Japanese name, ピコハンマシン (Pikohanmashin), is a portmanteau of Piko Piko Hammer (ピコピコハンマー Piko Piko Hanmā), a type of Japanese toy hammer; and machine (マシン Mashin).
|“||Time your travels. The robots bounce up and down just before they strike. As soon as they do, break the door, walk through, and break the other door before the robot hits the conveyor belt again.”|
|— Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Official Strategy guide (Prima)|
- In Kirby Star Allies, playing Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! with Adeleine & Ribbon causes some level layouts to change so they reflect stages from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Level 5 changes to reflect Stage 4 of Shiver Star. One sequence has Adeleine run along conveyor belts while chunks of terrain attempt to crush her. Stones in the background are decorated to look like smiling robots in reference to Squeaky Hammer Machine.