YMMV / Blast Corps

  • Annoying Video Game Helper: Your team will always chime in to comment on how well you are doing or how you need to hurry when the truck is close to crashing into something. There's no option to shut them up.
  • Best Level Ever: The Moon.
    • Anything involving the J-Bomb. Even those weird semi-platformer levels.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The side level Orion Plaza. The stage is some sort of giant billiards table in space, with TNT crates in place of the 15 object balls, the Ramdozer in place of the cue ball, and a cue stick in each pocket that needs to be destroyed with said TNT. All to some jazzy music used exclusively for this level. It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context; even the moon and planet stages at least get SOME sort of significance.
  • Critical Annoyance: WARNING! COLLISION IMMINENT! WARNING! COLLISION IMMINENT!
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Practically the whole soundtrack, although Simian Acres takes the gold. Composer Graeme Norgate has the entire soundtrack available for download for free on his website.
  • Cult Classic: One of the most popular early games release on the 64, it's still an utterly unique game with nothing else quite like it, and is still fondly-regarded among people who played it.
  • Ear Worm: The level select theme. "Time to get moving!"
  • Game-Breaker: With the Z-Button Glitch, you can become the ultimate supervillain, and destroy ANY building the game by simply getting out of your vehicle. Specifically, you have to line your vehicle up next to a destructible structure in such a way that you cant get out of it (you'll hear the "doh!" cry) and hold Z (exit).
    • Sadly, this was patched out of the Version 1.1 build of the game. The trick also isn't possible in the Rare Replay version, as it uses Version 1.1. Better get used to doing Oyster Harbor legit.
    • Main levels with platforms or pits that you need to fill in to let the missiles cross them are easy to ace in the time trials once they are unlocked, because you don't need to fill them in, as long as you destroy all the buildings before the missile gets there.
  • Goddamned Bats: There a lots of obstacles such a blocks, trees, indestructible walls, and moments when the carrier gets in your way, and knock some of the vehicles around.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The dump truck is named "Backlash". It ended up being the Tier-Induced Scrappy.
  • Idiot Plot: Mass panic ensues when an unstoppable nuclear missile carrier goes rouge en route to a disposal facility, where its volatile payload puts millions in jeopardy unless a path can be cleared. Or, you know, it runs out of fuel. Instead of simply severing the fuel line, or shooting out its tires. Blast Corps crew instead are using all of their high-tech gadgetry destroying millions of homes, warehouses and offices leaving an untold amount homeless and jobless. The collateral damage you cause is equivalent to both nukes going off anyway.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: "Hey you're just lucky", mostly for its association with getting an obstacle destroyed just in time (after "collision imminent" is displayed).
  • Narm: Most of your crew's dialogue, especially when you finish a level. "LOCKANDLOAD"
  • Padding: Congratulations, you cleared the path for the carrier, and saved the world. Oh wait no you didn't. You gotta gather up all the scientists for a controlled explosion.
  • The Scrappy: The Backlash for the most part; it's difficult to master and incredibly clumsy to drive around.
    • Creator's Pet: The Backlash is one of the most common vehicles in the game, and a goodly chunk of the solo-vehicle levels are devoted to it. As are a lot of random bonus levels, including the solar system tour. Get used to seeing it, as much as you won't want to. In fairness, simple vehicles like the Ramdozer require environmental obstacles and puzzles to make their levels the least bit challenging, while trying to destroy buildings with the Backlash provides a challenge in-and-of itself, so there is some reasoning for having it show up so much.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Using the dump truck, Backlash. Though they do make up for it, more or less, with the moon.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Compare "Circuitry" by Front Line Assembly to Tempest City.
  • That One Sidequest: Getting the platinum medals for the most part is the hardest thing to do. In fact, it's been said this is the hardest game to get entirely completed.
  • That One Level:
    • Oyster Harbor. It's worlds easier if you use the Z-button trick on the appropriate buildings. If you're dealing with the patched version, get ready to harbor a lot of hate for this level, which is full of beginner's traps and finicky mechanisms on top of genuine difficulty. Even after getting through all the Backlash levels with his professionalism intact, Vincent "Vinny Jabroni", during his play-through of it on his Vinesauce channel, completely broke down and almost Rage Quit due to this one. The only way to do this monster of a level justice is to explain each section individually:
      • Straight off the bat, we have the bike, which has a vantage point over a mess of shipping containers in the missiles' path. The intuitive thing to do is start blasting at the containers, and if you spend any time doing that, then you've lost. Instead, you need to proceed on-foot to a Ramdozer, which can clear all the containers in seconds. The only useful thing the bike can do is blow up a couple of containers to the far left to make the dash to the Ramdozer a little faster.
      • Next up is a bridge of metal blocks. There is an area nearby with a bunch of TNT and a crane. Drop a TNT on a block, and it blows up. Seems simple enough, but you'll never clear the bridge in time this way. Instead, you need to drop a TNT in between two of the metal blocks, which inexplicably makes all the metal blocks blow up, a phenomenon that doesn't appear anywhere else in the game and isn't explained in the manual.
      • Now you'll come to some pits that need to be filled with blocks. Finish this part and you'll find that one of the pits is still unaccounted for. That's because the diamond-shaped block actually needs to be taken to an out-of-the-way area where it can be used to fill a secret diamond-shaped pit, opening the way to an area with two diamond-shaped blocks. Already placed the diamond-shaped block into the pit it was originally sitting next to? Unwinnable by Design.
      • And last but by no means least, the barge and TNT section which is a gauntlet in of itself if you don't or can't use the Z-button glitch. There is a specific order you need to move the barges in so you can make a path and access the Ramdozer afterwards. Then you need to take the barge closest to the missile, run it way down to an area with a single long-fuse TNT crate, and run it back before the missile reaches the gap you left, and push the TNT to the level's final building. This is where the reality of how hard this level is sinks in. Even if you do everything in the level quickly and efficiently (there are no checkpoints in this game), the missile is sure to be close by the time you return and get the Ramdozer and TNT out of the way. There's nothing more frustrating than watching the truck slowly advance into the last obstacle over and over, while you're lagging mere seconds behind with the TNT. To add insult to injury, the barges give you a signal when they're lined up so that the carrier can get through, but the signal sometimes thinks the boat's placed okay when it's not, which means you might be on the way to deliver that last piece of TNT, or even going to the Blast Corps Semi after a "successful" mission, and all of a sudden BOOM!, as it crashes into a "well-placed" boat.
    • Diamond Sands. It requires the Backlash and you have to get rid of buildings DIRECTLY ON FUCKING TRAIN TRACKS. That wouldn't be a problem, except that you're not allowed to drive over the tracks - you have to use out-of-the-way tunnels to switch sides. Combine that with the already-frustrating spinning attack that you need to use for any sort of power with the asshole truck and the fact the buildings seem to be placed specifically to slow you down and you have this level. At least the last few buildings are surrounded by bomb crates.
      • ANY level where you have to drive that damned dump truck, in fact.
      • Thankfully there's a good strategy you can use to destroy the train track buildings, on any version of the game. Drive down the tracks with the nose of your truck angled slightly towards the tracks, and you should drive straight through them (give or take a few adjustments along the way). Much easier than trying to "backlash" them the normal way.
    • J-Bomb Circle. J-Bomb's chief attack involves touching the ground. J-Bomb Circle is a set of mini-levels that asks what if you CAN'T touch the ground? N64 controllers will be broken. And just as a nice "fuck you" from the developers, the last level is the aforementioned Camera Screw Baboon Catacombs. That is your reward.
    • Jade Plateau when racing for the platinum time. You need to take a shortcut through the grass for every lap. Problem is, sometimes this grass slows you down a little, and sometimes it slows you down a lot. It all depending on exactly how you maneuver into the shortcut. There's no trick, you just have to hope you take the pixel-perfect trajectory the game is looking for every lap and nail the rest of the race to have any hope of matching the Platinum time.
  • Uncanny Valley: The bulldozer-ish trucks that serve as the Ghosts in Gibbon's Gate and Baboon Catacomb (both Pac-Man-esque levels) just look bizarre, as if they've been stretched up or something. They also turn up on Mars, so that might be an explanation.
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