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EdutainmentGame series from TheNineties created by the company known as Davidson, aimed largely at elementary schoolers, though a few have been aimed at middle schoolers. First there was ''Math Blaster'' (1994) and then ''Reading Blaster''. Very briefly, there was ''Science Blaster'', ''Geometry Blaster'', ''Spelling Blaster'' and ''Word Blaster'' (don't ask how that last one is any different than ''Reading Blaster'').

True to being both educating and entertaining, the Blaster series centered on an astronaut called Blasternaut (get it?) and his RobotBuddy Spot, a little blue droid. They worked for the Galactic Commander, who herself helped to run a [[TheFederation federation-like]] organization that spanned the galaxy to apprehend criminals. Eventually Galactic Commander (or GC, as the others called her) joined the team. Their images changed rapidly - for example, Spot eventually became a robotic dog named MEL while G.C. became a 12 year old girl instead of a female adult and Blaster became a 12 year old boy instead of a green astronaut-like man. This last version of the characters was featured in the SaturdayMorningCartoon series ''WesternAnimation/BlastersUniverse'', produced by {{Nelvana}} in 1999.

Another universe appeared in the BlasterSeries with a kid named Rave going up against the MadScientist Dudley Dabble. Rave is a green creature with a [[HornedHumanoid yellow horn growing out of his head]] and most of the other inhabitants of his world appear to be monsters and/or creatures of some description, with the odd exception of Dabble, although he was eventually given blue skin. While generally unrelated to the original universe, there was a readable crossover story featured in ''Reading Blaster 2000'' titled ''Dr. Dabble's Revenge'', wherein the original heroes fought against Dr. Dabble.
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!!This series provides examples of:
%%If you want to talk about the 1999-2005 era, please DO NOT complain about how it "ruined" the games you played as a kid. Most of the pages for other edutainment game series like JumpStart, Reader Rabbit and The Cluefinders don't complain about the new versions they received. See ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike

* AbnormalAmmo: ''Mega Math Blaster'' has you throw banana peels, clothespins and pacifiers at enemies. ''Ages 9-12'' gives you actual bananas. Rave in ''The Great Brain Robbery'' throws green slimeballs during the last stage.
* AlienInvasion: Alge-Blaster 3 centers around countering one.
* AlphabetSoupCans: Totally ubiquitous, of course. Wonderfully parodied in the ending cutscene of ''Math Blaster Ages 9-12''. Blasternaut and G.C. are pretending they're leaving Spot behind for the purpose of an escape plan. Spot sobs, to stereotypical sad violin music, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfAo1WNmt1A&t=2m5s "What about all these years of solving math problems together? Did they mean anything to you?"]]
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: ''Alge-Blaster 3'' has the [[AlienInvasion Red]] [[BigRedDevil Nasties]]. ''Geometry Blaster'' has the Geometrons, a race of two-dimensional beings.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The back of the early instruction books lists all of the Blaster series' main antagonists, in the form of a WantedPoster. Dr. Dabble is wanted for "robbery, grand larceny, and non-payment of electric bill".
* TheArtifact: Galactic Commander's "name", if you can call it that. It made enough sense when she was DaChief in ''In Search of Spot'' and ''Invasion of the Word Snatchers''. When she's accompanying Blasternaut and Spot in ''Secret of the Lost City'', mention is made of the fact that this is unusual. After that, however, she became Blasternaut's partner on all his adventures and didn't seem to be commanding anything, let alone the entire galaxy. She was nicknamed "G.C." around this time, probably at least partially to avoid drawing attention to this very problem. Then the 1999 ReTool turned her into a 12-year-old and, yep, her name is still "Galactic Commander". Maybe Mr. and Mrs. Commander had ambitious plans for their daughter when they named her "Galactic".
* AsteroidThicket: The normal and "good" endings of ''Mega Math Blaster'' show Blasternaut and G.C. chasing Gelator through one of these.
* {{Badbutt}}: Most of the main characters (Blasternaut, Galactic Commander).
* BalefulPolymorph: The six missing people in ''Reading Blaster Ages 9-12'' were turned into household appliances.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: GC doesn't wear a helmet on her space suit.
* BigRedDevil: Alge-Blaster 3 has the Red Nasties, though they aren't particularly big.
* BlobMonster: Mega Math Blaster has Gelator. [[spoiler:One of the endings also has his parents.]] One of the enemies on the catwalk in ''The Great Brain Robbery'' is a blue slime creature.
* BrokenBridge
* ButtMonkey: Spot showed occasional shades of this.
* {{Cephalothorax}}: The Red Nasties in ''Alge-Blaster 3''. ''Episode 1'' has the Trash Alien.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Does it ever?
* ChooseYourOwnAdventure: ''Reading Blaster 2000'' features three stories that function like this. Every five stars you earn, you get another chapter.
* ClimbSlipHangClimb: The N-Gon Mountains in ''Geometry Blaster'' has this as the result if you get a problem wrong. Get too many wrong and you have to start over.
* CombiningMecha: The Lost City (really just four buildings) combine into a new ship for the Blasterpals in ''Episode 2'' after all of the puzzles are finished.
* ConspicuousCGI: The cutscenes in ''Mega Math Blaster'' and ''Math Blaster Ages 9-12''.
** The intro of ''Math Blaster Ages 6-8'' (1999) has the spaceship rendered like this.
* ContinuityNod: In the introduction of ''Mega Math Blaster'', Spot flies past the prison planet Lock-Em-Up, where the previous games' villains Trash Alien, Illitera, and Dr. Minus are imprisoned.
* ContinuityOverlap: The 1999-era games were made to promote the ''Blaster's Universe'' cartoon series, so they both share the same continuity.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: ''Mega Math Blaster'' has both lava and fire-breating statues [[UpToEleven in an ice cave]].
* ConveyorBeltODoom: One of the bonus levels in ''Math Blaster Ages 9-12'' is set on a non-hazardous one. If you fall off, it just cuts the level short and sends you to the next puzzle.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: When ''Reading Blaster Vocabulary'' was repackaged as ''Reading Blaster for 5th Grade'', the new box claimed that the premise of the whole game involved a U.F.O. spotted over Bizzaroville. This storyline is one of fourteen separate missions in the game, which are assigned to the player in a randomized order, making it completely obvious that the marketeers just plopped in the CD and wrote down the first thing that happened.
* DeadpanSnarker: Spot. Mel takes on this role later on.
* DifficultyLevels
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Her Galactic Commander]]
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: In ''Math Blaster Ages 9-12''.
* EvilLaugh: Dr. Minus, the Trash Alien, the Geometrons, [[LargeHam Terrible Monkey King]] and [[BlobMonster Gelator]] all do this at least once.
* ExtraEyes: Both the Trash Alien and Gelator have three eyes.
** [[spoiler:So do Gelator's parents.]]
* FelonyMisdemeanor: The mysteries in ''Reading Blaster Vocabulary'' are minor crimes that get huge attention from the Bizaroville media.
* FetchQuest
* FloatingPlatforms: Pretty ubiquitous.
** ''Math Blaster Ages 9-12'' also has platforms that double as hazards.
* FlyingSaucer: The Trash Alien uses a red one.
* ForTheEvulz: The Trash Alien just litters around space for the spite of it.
* FungusHumongous: One of the levels in ''Mega Math Blaster'' has these as platforms.
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: GC's appearance in the 1990's.
* GoshHornet: A swarm of bees flies randomly around the catwalk stage in ''The Great Brain Robbery''.
* {{Halloweentown}}: Rave's hometown of Bizarroville.
* HauntedHouse: Dr. Dabble's mansion, haunted by its previous owner, Lydia Novella, who also serves as your guide throughout the game.
* HornedHumanoid: Rave.
* HumongousMecha: [[spoiler:[[LargeHam The Terrible Monkey King]] used one as a disguise at the end of ''Math Blaster Ages 9-12'']].
* HurricaneOfPuns: The ending of ''Math Blaster Ages 9-12''. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] with the line "Enough with the monkey jokes already! Stop!"
* IdleAnimation
* ImpossibleThief: In the first ''Reading Blaster'', [[MeaningfulName Illiteria]] steals all language from the planet Earth. (CarmenSandiego would attempt this three years later in ''Carmen Sandiego: Word Detective''.) In ''Math Blaster Pre-Algebra'', Dr. Dabble uses an [[AppliedPhlebotinum electrochemical math magnet]] to steal all math from the world. One of the mysteries in ''Reading Blaster Vocabulary'' involves the perpetrator stealing the state of Rhode Island.
* TheJoyOfX: The first ''Reading Blaster'' game was subtitled ''[[InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers Invasion Of The Word Snatchers]]''.
** The title ''Math Blaster Episode I: In Search of Spot'' is probably a double reference to ''Series/InSearchOf'' and ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock''.
* JungleJapes: ''Mega Math Blaster'' has a varying number of these depending on the difficulty. On hard mode, there are two of these followed by an UndergroundLevel. Much of ''Math Blaster Ages 9-12'' has some level of this to go with the flying monkeys.
* KidDetective: Rave in ''Reading Blaster Vocabulary''.
* KidHero: Rave.
* LargeHam: The old guy in ''Math Blaster Ages 9-12''.
** The Terrible Monkey King in the same game.
** Dr. Minus from ''Secret of the Lost City'' had his moments, as well.
** Dr. Dabble.
** The Sphinx in ''Geometry Blaster'', especially if you answer incorrectly. The Geometrons are also pretty hammy.
** Dr. Zero, the [[EvilRedhead redheaded]] EnfantTerrible in ''Math Blaster Ages 7-9'' (1999).
* LiquidAssets: Gelator drain Spot's intelligence in ''Mega Math Blaster''.
* MadLibsDialogue: In the "Junior" (or "Ages 4-6") games especially.
--> '''Blasternaut:''' Get back... Four. Green. Jewels.
* MadScientist: Dr. Dabble, naturally.
** Also, Dr. Zero in ''Math Blaster Ages 7-9'' (1999).
* MadScientistLaboratory: Dr. Dabble's laboratory.
* TheManBehindTheCurtain: [[spoiler:The Terrible Monkey King.]]
* ManOfAThousandVoices: One male voice actor provided voices for all male characters in (at least) the 1993-era ''Math Blaster'' games. His name is Mark Sawyer. None of the voices sound similar to each other in the slightest.
* MediumBlending: The gameplay of ''Math Blaster Ages 7-9'' (1999) is entirely CGI.
* MonsterMash: ''Math Blaster Mystery: The Great Brain Robbery'' has a fairly large assortment of monsters that give you word problems and puzzles to solve.
* MultipleEndings: In ''Mega Math Blaster'', determined by how many bonus objects you found in the game.
* NerdGlasses: [[spoiler:The Terrible Monkey King.]]
* NoEnding: Lydia's journal in ''Reading Blaster 9-12'' ends on a cliffhanger with no resolution whatsoever.
* OpposingSportsTeam: ''Reading Blaster 2000'' has a [[GameShowAppearance game show premise]]. If you opt for single player mode, your opponent will be Illitera, who was previously the villainess of ''Reading Blaster: Invasion of the Word Snatchers''. She acts rude and the audience boos everything she says.
* PowerCrystal: Each of the first three puzzles in ''Mega Math Blaster'' end with finding one.
* PungeonMaster: The Geometrons in ''Geometry Blaster'' have a degree of this. They drop geometry puns whenever they walk by Andi's trailer.
* PunnyName: Max Blaster = Math Blaster.
** Subverted with Zoid in ''Geometry Blaster''. His full name is Trap E. Zoid, despite being made of triangles [[spoiler:and cones later on]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Geometrons in ''Geometry Blaster''.
* RetroRocket: The Blasterpals have a purple one in ''In Search of Spot''. Dr. Minus shoots it down in ''Secret of the Lost City''.
* {{Revenge}}: Dr. Dabble's motivation in Reading Blaster Ages 9-12.
* RobotBuddy: Spot.
* RobotDog: MEL in the later versions.
* RolePlayingGame
* RuinsForRuinsSake: ''Mega Math Blaster'' has up to three of these levels depending on the difficulty.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Naturally.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Zoid in ''Geometry Blaster''. Lampshaded at the beginning of one of the puzzles. The Sphinx combines this with LargeHam if you answer her questions incorrectly.
* ShoutOut: At the beginning of ''Math Blaster Ages 7-9'' (1999), the heroes are watching a pastiche of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' on TV.
** The ending and enemies from ''Math Blaster Ages 9-12'' are a reference to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: See UndergroundLevel below.
* SpaceFriction: At the beginning of ''In Search of Spot'', you can hear Blasternaut's [[RetroRocket ship]] screech to a halt above the planet's surface, [[SpaceIsNoisy with nothing to imply that there is any atmosphere]].
* SpaceIsNoisy: The Blasterpals can hear Dr. Minus's ship catching up with theirs in ''Secret of the Lost City''. Blasternaut initially thinks its Spot revving his jets.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Blasternaut and GC in their 1996 designs.
* UndergroundLevel: ''Mega Math Blaster'' has up to three ice cave levels depending on the difficulty. Hard mode also adds one after the two jungle levels. ''In Search Of Spot'' has one as well.
* VertebrateWithExtraLimbs: The [[WingedHumanoid flying monkeys]] in ''Math Blaster Ages 9-12''.
* VideoGameRemake:
** ''Mega Math Blaster'' is a remake of ''Math Blaster Episode I: In Search of Spot'', which in turn was a remake of ''Math Blaster Plus'', which was yet ''another'' remake of a game simply titled ''Math Blaster''.
** ''Math Blaster Ages 9-12'' is a remake of ''Math Blaster Episode II: Secret of the Lost City'' that implements the puzzles differently.
** ''Reading Blaster 2000'' is a remake of ''Reading Blaster: Invasion of the Word Snatchers''.
** ''Math Blaster Pre-Algebra'' is a remake of ''Math Blaster Mystery: The Great Brain Robbery''.
** ''Spelling Blaster'' was reworked into ''Reading Blaster Ages 6 - 8'', with the post-1999 versions of the Blaster pals replacing the original versions. Compare the [[http://www.allgamesfree.com/gameshots/download/screenshots/2382-2.jpg before]] and [[http://imgsrv.worldstart.com/store/images/reading-blaster-6-8/reading-blaster-6-8-01.jpg after]].
* TheVoice: Lydia the Ghost in ''Reading Blaster Ages 9-12'' is a disembodied voice occasionally represented by floating objects. In the sentence spinner game, a pair of disembodied feminine eyes serve as her avatar while your avatar is a picture of Rave.
** Andi's mother in ''Geometry Blaster''.
* WigDressAccent: [[spoiler:Dr. Zero]] does this in the intro for ''Math Blaster Ages 7-9'' (1999).
* WizardClassic: The Venerable Apothem in ''Geometry Blaster'' is a two-dimensional one made out of triangles. He even has the 2D equivalents of a RobeAndWizardHat and a WizardBeard.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair:
** Galactic Commander, aka GC, has purple hair in her later incarnations.
** Max (a later version of Blasternaut) has blue hair.
** Blasternaut's 2006 rendition has spiky blue hair.
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