Edutainment Game series from The Nineties 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 Robot Buddy Spot, a little blue droid. They worked for the Galactic Commander, who herself helped to run a 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 Saturday Morning Cartoon series Blaster's Universe, produced by Nelvana in 1999.Another universe appeared in the Blaster Series with a kid named Rave going up against the Mad Scientist Dudley Dabble. Rave is a green creature with a 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.
This series provides examples of:
Abnormal Ammo: 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.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The back of the early instruction books lists all of the Blaster series' main antagonists, in the form of a Wanted Poster. Dr. Dabble is wanted for "robbery, grand larceny, and non-payment of electric bill".
The Artifact: Galactic Commander's "name", if you can call it that. It made enough sense when she was Da Chief 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 Re Tool 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".
Asteroid Thicket: 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).
Baleful Polymorph: The six missing people in Reading Blaster Ages 9-12 were turned into household appliances.
Conveyor Belt-O-Doom: 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.
Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: 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.
Impossible Thief: In the first Reading Blaster, Illiteria steals all language from the planet Earth. (Carmen Sandiego would attempt this three years later in Carmen Sandiego: Word Detective.) In Math Blaster Pre-Algebra, Dr. Dabble uses an 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.
Jungle Japes: Mega Math Blaster has a varying number of these depending on the difficulty. On hard mode, there are two of these followed by an Underground Level. Much of Math Blaster Ages 9-12 has some level of this to go with the flying monkeys.
Man of a Thousand Voices: 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.
Medium Blending: The gameplay of Math Blaster Ages 7-9 (1999) is entirely CGI.
Monster Mash: Math Blaster Mystery: The Great Brain Robbery has a fairly large assortment of monsters that give you word problems and puzzles to solve.
Multiple Endings: In Mega Math Blaster, determined by how many bonus objects you found in the game.
No Ending: Lydia's journal in Reading Blaster 9-12 ends on a cliffhanger with no resolution whatsoever.
Opposing Sports Team: Reading Blaster 2000 has a 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.
Power Crystal: Each of the first three puzzles in Mega Math Blaster end with finding one.
Pungeon Master: The Geometrons in Geometry Blaster have a degree of this. They drop geometry puns whenever they walk by Andi's trailer.
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 before◊ and after◊.
The Voice: 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.