YMMV: Blaster Series

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Dr. Dabble in Reading Blaster 9-12: Plain old Jerkass or Jerkass Woobie? On the side of Jerkass, we have his Disproportionate Retribution towards everyone, the testimony of most of the guests that even as a kid, he was rotten, and that he just comes off as a jerk. However, on the side of Jerkass Woobie, the interviews written by the kidnapped characters that appear in the paper at the end of each level provide some interesting backstory for him. Both Lou and Bobbi Fright confirm that Dr. Dabble had a huge crush on Bobbi in high school, which was unreciprocated by Bobbi; this was complicated by the fact that Lou Fright, then Dabble's best friend, also had a crush on Bobbi. Bobbi liked Lou, as it turns out, and they became High School Sweethearts and ended up getting married. Coach Gulliver Lilliput, meanwhile, admits that he was a Stern Teacher and pushed all his students hard; however, he defends himself by pointing out that this always meant the students did their best–except for Dabble, who besides being very unathletic (to the point of being unable to catch a baseball with a five foot by five foot glove) was also very disobedient (he is mentioned as rounding the bases in a go-cart). Dabble's refusal to participate even the minimal amount led to Lilliput giving him a failing grade in gym, which unfortunately kept Dr. Dabble from attending his dream school. Gloria Ghastly mentions in her interview that Dr. Dabble's anger stemmed from his hatred of her animal friends, and relates a tale of him calling Animal Control and telling them that her poodle Poopsie had buried him alongside a steak bone. This is the most ambiguous, obviously; Dr. Dabble is intended to be seen as making up tales about her dog. However, if the story is indeed true, then Dabble went through horrific childhood trauma at the hands of her pet poodle, and nobody believed him. If this is the case, then insult was added to injury when Gloria Ghastly told his parents that he was harassing her, and they forced him to get a job at a dog groomers as punishment. With regards to the punishment, however, even if Dr. Dabble was lying, the punishment could still be viewed as Disproportionate Retribution (or, conversely, an ironic punishment for his harassment of Gloria and her pets; the latter is probably the intended interpretation). Taken Up to Eleven by Mayor Jackie O'Cassidy, who mentions that Dr. Dabble once ran against her for Student Council President in high school. To win the election, she convinced her mother (then the mayor then) to force Dabble to drop out of the race. How was this accomplished? First, Jackie's mother approved the building of a wild skunk refuge right next door to Dabble's house. When he wouldn't drop out after this, her mother approved a new runway for the city airport that connected to Dabble's driveway. Dabble stayed in the race, so her mother approved one final project: building a highway straight through Dabble's bedroom. After this, Dabble finally dropped out of the race…so Jackie calls him a quitter in her recounting of the event. (Of course, all that Gorky Barf did was make Dr. Dabble listen to his bad jokes.)
  • Awesome Music: The little ditty that plays after the intro cutscene in Secret of the Lost City.
  • Ear Worm: The 1999 version's theme song. "Buh buh B! Buh buh B L! Buh buh B-L-A-S-T-E-R!"
    • And any of the songs from the "Junior" and "Ages 4-6" games (which may also double as Awesome Music).
      • "STOMP! CLAP! SNAP SNAP!"
  • Fridge Horror:
    • This might be over-thinking a children’s game, but it’s interesting: If you play Reading Blaster 9-12 in Mystery Mode, the third clue in level 3 (revealed on parchment in the library) is an obituary for Lydia, the mansion's ghost. It's dated 1847. Her e-mail diary is dated 1995, and we discover in the entries that she is eventually visited by what she believes might be her at age 16. Presuming that Lydia was 16 in 1847, then Lydia would have been 148 in 1995, and 150 two years later. We know she’s been a ghost for about 150 years, because she states it when she gloats (that is, if you lose a game against her). If Lydia died at age 16 (the diary entries tell us that writing came easier to her at that age, and the obituary tells us that she was a novelist), then her ghost would naturally be the age she gives. They make it seem as if it is Lydia, which would obviously make her 148 years old, but she’s also visited by what we might assume is her 16 year old ghost (who has also been in that state for 148 years). When did Lydia really die, did ghost-Lydia kill 1995-Lydia, and is our ghostly guide throughout the game a sinister 16-year-old?
    • In Mega Math Blaster, the best ending has Blasternaut face off against Gelator on some Western planet. Gelator tries to draw a gun, but, not having one, draws Spot instead, and embarrassingly tosses the droid aside. And so Blasternaut brings out a sand-blower that turns Gelator into a stone statue, which subsequently shatters into pieces! What makes this terrifying is that another ending reveals that Gelator's parents were looking for him.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The Full Motion Video-era introduced enormous amounts of Totally Radical that have yet to abate.
    • Also, this is how most fans of the early-to-mid-1990s games reacted to the 1999 and 2005 versions. Even fans of the 1999 games hated the 2005 games.
  • Toy Ship: Don't lie. When you played this game, you would ship Blaster and GC together.