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 Blast Corps 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 Blast Corps, 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 (BlastDozer in Japan) was released for the Nintendo 64 by Rare in 1997.
This game provides examples of:
All There in the Manual: 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.
Awesome, but Impractical: 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.
Bonus Level: 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.
Boring, but Practical: 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.
Excuse Plot: 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 all over the world looking for their safe zone.
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 Backlash.
Fake Longevity: 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.
Humongous Mecha: The J-Bomb, in which you fly up and stomp on the obstacles to get rid of them.
It's a Wonderful Failure: 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.
Lampshade Hanging: The post-game storyline stops taking itself seriously after the shuttle rescue.
Law of 100: Each main level has 100 little RDUs to activate, towards 100% completion rather than lives.
Made of Explodium: Your task is greatly facilitated by the fact that buildings can explode due to things as small as you getting out of the car.
Not Drawn to Scale: 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.
One-Hit-Point Wonder: The nuclear truck itself. Even the slightest jolt will cause the missiles to explode.
100% Completion: 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."
Word of God 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.
Racing Ghost: These show up in the straight racing levels, to make it easier for you to top your previous time.
Rule of Fun: 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!
Serial Escalation: 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.
The End of the World as We Know It: 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.
Timed Mission: 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.
Video Game Cruelty Potential: 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!
You Break It, You Profit: Strangely enough, in a game full of destruction with money values assigned to everything, there's only one of these levels: Salvage Wharf.