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[[caption-width-right:332:"Time to get movin'!"]]
A big truck is hauling two defective warheads to a safe location. They started to leak, however, so they had to set it on an automated course. The BlastCorps has been called in to clear the way for it, because if this truck hits anything, the warheads will go off and start a nuclear winter.

So you, a pilot of the BlastCorps, have to do the destroying. You have various vehicles at your disposal to get the job done. So, get started before that truck destroys ''everything!''

''Blast Corps'' ([[MarketBasedTitle BlastDozer]] in Japan) was released for the Nintendo 64 by {{Rare}} in 1997.

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!!This game provides examples of:

* AllThereInTheManual: If you sit at the title screen without starting the game, you'll get background information on the Blast Crops team members and the nuclear warheads, but it takes nearly 10 minutes to see everything. If your game didn't come with an instruction manual and you blazed through the title screen, you'd probably don't know what's going on other than the threat of a nuclear explosion.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The American Dream, Muscle Car, and Police Car for the most part can't tear down any of the buildings, but only get you to a location faster. They are the most useful choices in the bonus racing levels, though.
* BonusLevel: The Moon, Mercury. Venus, Mars, and Neptune are extra levels that has varying levels of gravity that affect your performance. The Moon can be played after you cleared the shuttle level, but the rest can only be unlocked once you gotten gold medals and all the communications satellites back on Earth.
* BoringButPractical: The Ramdozer for the most part; although not as good as the mechas, it can still clear through a lot of buildings. Also, bonus points for not being the Backlash.
** The A-Team Van, because while all vehicles do damage it seems to be on par with the Skyfall.
* CollectionSidequest: [=RDUs=], satellite beacons, survivors and scientists.
* CoolCar: Any of them. Ballista and Skyfall take the cake though. But never the Backlash.
* DamageProofVehicle: No matter how much destruction they cause, the vehicles you control never even slow down.
* EscortMission: Every mission involving the nuclear truck, obviously.
* EverythingIsSmashableArea:...Uh, pretty much the entire main game.
* ExcusePlot: If the truck hits anything, the warheads will go off, so it's been set to go to its destination straight through anything in its path. What? All right, so maybe the missiles are going to blow and don't have time to move around buildings. Except the warheads tour ''[[PointAndClickMap all over the world]]'' looking for their safe zone.
** After you save the space shuttle, the government hires you to destroy their space stations on the moon, for fear of... space pollution or something. [[LampshadeHanging Even the game says this is a "ridiculous mission", with your team "nodding seriously and playing along with the foolish plot".]]
*** And after ''that'', if you get all gold medals, the Blast Corps team, still looking for adventure after Earth is exhausted of it, take on [[LampshadeHanging "increasingly farcical interplanetary challenges"]].
** It also never explains why, with all of the equipment at your disposal and the fate of the world at stake, you so often have to use vehicles like the [[RunningGag Backlash]].
* FakeLongevity: When you first play the game, the story missions only end when the truck reaches the endpoint or you enter the Blast Corps semi, regardless of how efficiently you've taken out the obstacles in its path. This has the effect of forcing you to redo them all for gold medals once that option is available, since it's impossible to get a lower time than what the truck normally takes.
* HumongousMecha: The J-Bomb, in which you fly up and stomp on the obstacles to get rid of them.
** The Thunderfist is also a Mecha. Instead of stomping buildings, it rolls through them and ''then uppercuts''. For some reason, its other arm is missing. (WordOfGod states that the reasoning to why Thunderfist has no left arm is simple: [[AWizardDidIt because they ran out of memory on the cartridge.]])
** Similar to Thunderfist is the smaller, faster Cyclone Suit, which [[ItMakesSenseInContext somersaults through buildings]].
* ItsAWonderfulFailure: Let the truck hit something, and you get to witness a nice big explosion. Oddly enough, you don't get vaporized. To make things worse, the game will show a replay of your previous run from the view of the carrier, including the explosion.
* LampshadeHanging: The post-game storyline stops taking itself seriously after the shuttle rescue.
* LawOfOneHundred: Each main level has 100 little [=RDUs=] to activate, towards 100% completion rather than lives.
* MadeOfExplodium: Your task is greatly facilitated by the fact that buildings can explode due to things as small as you getting out of the car.
* MusicalNod: The music for Jade Plateau is a remix of the [[BattleThemeMusic boss battle theme]] from ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Donkey Kong Land]]''.
* NintendoHard
* NitroExpress
* NotDrawnToScale: The Backlash is basically a dump truck, but it's so large that it almost covers the width of a two lane street and its roof can barely touch the top of a streetlight pole. Real life dump trucks are big, but never get that large. It is also possible that the levels are modeled smaller than the models of the car type vehicles, which makes them look large in comparison.
* OneHitPointWonder: The nuclear truck itself. Even the slightest jolt will cause the missiles to explode.
* OneHundredPercentCompletion: After you get all the gold medals on Earth from all the missions and side missions, you then can play missions on other planets. Upon getting all gold on those, you get the chance to go for platinum medals. Bronze medals are worth 1, silver 2, gold 3, and platinum 4. Every twelve points, you get a rank. The final rank you can earn is "You Can Stop Now."
** WordOfGod says that the game is supposed to be impossible for one person to get ALL of the Platinum Medals, although determined players have completed the entire game.
* RacingGhost: These show up in the straight racing levels, to make it easier for you to top your previous time.
* RecurringLocation: Several of the main levels lend themselves to the bonus levels.
* [[RecycledInSpace Recycled IN SPACE!]]: Literally, and in the same game as well!
* RewardingVandalism: Part of the requirement for getting the second gold medal on any regular stage is destroying all the buildings within a stage. Wheeeee, [[VideogameCrueltyPotential demolishing whole cities for no justifiable reason!]]
* RuleOfFun: Don't worry about the survivors that need to flee, or the fact that everyone is freaking out about the truck rolling through town, just clear a path!
* SerialEscalation: After getting the nuclear missiles detonated safely and helping the space shuttle land safely, you're encouraged to get gold medals in all the levels. Once you do, you're then told to do it all over again, but faster. After that, you are told to do it again for platinum medals.
* ShoutOut: There's the ''VideoGame/{{Pac-Man}}'' inspired side missions, that [[Series/StarskyAndHutch muscle car]], [[Series/TheATeam that black van]], as well as some other things in there.
** The American Dream car horn mimics that of the ''DukesOfHazzard'.
** The van has Mr T shouting "Outta my way!" for the horn.
* StuffBlowingUp: Pretty much the whole point.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Leaking nuclear warheads are threatening everything in a several mile radius and it will bring nuclear winter should the slightest jolt to the truck occur, which will cause the missiles to explode. The Blast Corps team can do nothing but clear a path until they can gather some scientists to come up with a plan to detonate the missiles safely.
* TimedMission: The entire premise of the game. You only have a limited amount of time to clear buildings and structures before the truck carrying the nuclear warheads crashes into something and causes the missiles to explode. The damaged shuttle also falls into this trope since you have a limited amount of time to clear out the entire map before it lands.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You don't have to destroy every single building and structure in the entire game, but if you want to fully complete the game, you gotta wreck everything!
* YouBreakItYouProfit: Strangely enough, in a game full of destruction with money values assigned to everything, there's only one of these levels: Salvage Wharf.
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