Star Pointers are a modified version of the Orbinaut Badnik. They behave in the same manner, though they are armed with small crystalline objects rather than the standard mace-balls of Orbinauts. This isn't much of an upgrade as the crystals are propelled slower than the mace-balls and can be blocked by appropriate shielding.
In their only appearance, Star Pointers joined Penguinator Badniks in an assault on the Ice Cap Zone. Here, they opted not to release their spiky shields, instead using them to charge at Sonic the Hedgehog and Knuckles the Echidna. Despite this tactic, the heroes still managed to find vulnerable spots and destroyed them quickly.
Star Pointers also appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, to date their only game appearance.