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Video Game / Monster Truck Madness

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Monster Truck Madness is a monster truck racing PC game developed by Terminal Reality and published by Microsoft, in 1996. A sequel, Monster Truck Madness 2, was released in 1998.

The Monster Truck Madness series as a whole contains the following tropes:

  • Announcer Chatter: 'Army' Armstrong, who narrates everything from trucks jockeying for position to spectacular crashes to insane jumps. His narration often crosses into Large-Ham Announcer territory:
    • (Truck goes off-track or crashes through barrier) GRAVE DIGGER is looking for a detour!
    • (Player truck starts leaning on two wheels) Lean into it!
    • (Truck starts driving on water) MONSTER PATROL is walkin' on water!
  • Convection, Schmonvection: The only thing driving across magma fields or the lava-filled insides of a volcano does to your truck is slow it down like it was on dirt.
  • Mad Libs Dialogue: 'Army' Armstrong's Announcer Chatter is assembled from smaller voice clips.
    'Army' Armstrong: [Monster Truck 1] is doing it in the air!
  • Overturned Outhouse: The announcer will yell "Hey! I'm in here!" if the player knocks over a port-a-potty with their truck.
  • Wreaking Havok: For starters, trucks can knock down road signs and push traffic cones.

The original Monster Truck Madness contains the following tropes:

Monster Truck Madness 2 contains the following tropes:

  • Big Boo's Haunt: "The Graveyard" has this aesthetic, taking place in a rainy graveyard.
  • Jungle Japes: The "Voodoo Island" and "The Excavation" tracks.
  • Nostalgia Level: Apart from the Old Save Bonus below, the track "Crazy '98" is "A Crazy Eight" from the first game.
  • Old Save Bonus: If you own the original Monster Truck Madness, the sequel will let you import and play the original tracks.
  • Secret Level: The Pit, only accessible by finding the hidden entrance on one of the regular tracks.
  • Shifting Sand Land: The "Sidewinder Canyon" and "Tumbleweed Flats" tracks.
  • Shows Damage: Trucks get deformed once they go tumbling.
  • Product Placement: For WCW. Aside from adding WCW-themed monster trucks to the existing roster, several WCW-themed, multiplayer-only track types were added.
  • Recycled In Space: The game's new multiplayer-only tracks all boil down to the concept of professional wrestling WITH MONSTER TRUCKS!