An amazing underrated game for the Nintendo 64
Created by a company in Europe called Rareware (better known as just Rare today) was known to produce hit after hit video games during the Nintendo 64’s life cycle. Rareware was responsible for many great video games in the past such as Donkey Kong Country on the SNES, Goldeneye 007, Banjo-Kazooie, and Conkers Bad Fur Day on the Nintendo 64. Right before Rareware developed Goldeneye, Rareware had created Blast Corps.
The plot is simple: a nuclear truck carrying 2 missiles has started to leak. The leak causes the carrier to lock onto a destination site for a controlled explosion. The problem however, is the carrier only drives to its destination via a straight path, any impact or rupture to the vehicle will cause the carrier to explode. Your mission as part of the “Blast Corps” team is to demolish all obstacles that block the way of the missile carrier so it can reach the destination site before it prematurely explodes. The team uses an array of special vehicles during different levels of the game to complete this task. The first time you turn this game on, don’t skip the intro, it explains the plot in greater detail.
Blast Corps is a majorly underrated fantastic N64 game, featuring a unique action/puzzle genre. The game also includes “bonus” levels, such as vehicle racing in-between carrier missions, and also has a 3-D “pacman inspired” stage near the end. The game is tough and will get players frustrated, but this has nothing to do with game mechanics. The game starts out fairly easy, teaching players all the important skills needed for the later levels, because it does get fairly challenging later on in the game.
The vehicles in Blast Corps are quite interesting and very unique. The only two vehicles that are recognizable in game and in the real world are the bulldozer (Ramdozer) and the dump truck (Backlash). There are 8 main vehicles for you to control and other non-essential vehicles that you can use.
The game provides players with different combinations of vehicles to use, depending on which stage is being played. Using the vehicles correctly is the key to completing each of the levels missions and achieving victory.
Being an old game the controls may be difficult to get used to, but certainly not impossible, or the worst I’ve ever seen in a video game before. Players will become somewhat frustrated when it comes to the Blacklash dump truck levels, although it’s not as hard as people say it is. Some complain the camera is a problem, but I don’t find it being a big problem.
The sound effects in the game suit the overall feel very well. The sound effects are great, and suit the game just fine so I won’t be getting into that. The part that really stands out for me is the music. Some will say the music in Blast Corps is pretty bad, I will agree with them partly, there are a few tracks which are repetitive and annoying, but overall there are no major problems with the music in Blast Corps. The music ranges from techno to “grungy and dark” and to “soothing and calm”.
If you want to try something new and challenging, while also playing something completely different than other games, I strongly recommend picking this game up. eBay sellers have this game for really cheap, so you’re not wasting much if you don’t like it. Blast Corps has great reply value, players can come back to the game months or years later and still feel the thrill of the challenge.
- Reviewed by FreqhogRead full review