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The ultimate guide for Blast Corps........

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                      Platnium Medal Guide!

                  Author: Cedric Cooks/Oda (Cedoda)
                E-mail address: cedric60914@yahoo.com

Yep.  Just when you thought it couldn't be done, it has.......a Blast 
Corps Platinum Medal Guide!

You, know, if there was to be a top 10 list of the most insane 
challenges in a video game, this would be #1 (Battletoads in a close 
second).  I should know, while few people beat Battletoads, getting all 
of the Platinum Medals seems near impossible to most people.  I've 
actually acquired most of them, and they've given me quite a challenge. 
A frustrating, but worthy challenge.

So, out of the kindness of my heart, I've decided to make you this 
guide, so I can hopefully accomplish the impossible for you, like any 
other guide on this game will.  Oh, I've made a new disclaimer, too.  
This will apply to past, present, and future projects I'm working on.  
And to my knowledge, this guide, if done correctly, will make the top 10 
list of FAQ's on GameFaqs.  All right, enough of this garbage.  Controls 
and vechiles are mentioned in the manual.

One other thing-I'd appreciate it if you used my new E-mail address, 
cedric60914@yahoo.com.  Oh, I'll still accept some at my old e-mail 
address, but my new E-mail address hardly has any, other than Yahoo's 
offers.  So give it a try, okay?

1. The main point of the guide 
2. Tips and tricks
3. Walkthrough
4. Frequently Asked Questions
5. Credits
6. Disclaimer

Updates

11/3/2001
The guide's first release.  I won't put down the times for the moment 
yet. 

12/12/2001

Slapped in more questions to the FAQ...still no times...

1/18/2002

More Questions added to the FAQ...(Falls asleep)

6/9/2002

Finally, a worthwhile update.  Strategies for the remainder of the 
stages have been added, with the exception of Silver Junction, and 
Gibbon's Gate.  The map for Baboon Catacomb is done, but you'll have to 
wait a while until I'm done with the map for Gibbon's gate.

10/8/2002

Whew...finally, the entire guide is finished!  I would like to thank 
everyone for their support, as this wasn't the easiest guide for me to 
write.  Now, go for that you can stop now rank!  

1. The main point of the guide 

Well, a guide had to be written for this challenge sooner or later.  
This guide is dedicated to getting all of the Platinum Medals, and is 
the only one on the net (So far, anyway).  Here, this includes the most 
insane strategies to getting these medals, which will hopefully cut 
frustration for some people (And others who are just plain desperate to 
get this over with).

"But what are Platinum Medals?" you ask.  Well, these little suckers are 
meant for the elite players of Blast Corps, they represent the following 
thing-finishing in a level quicker than Sonic the Hedgehog.  But they 
aren't easy to get-especially learning that this is the hardest 
challenge in video gaming yet.  Everything else can step aside.  This is 
outdoes it in challenge.  Only gamers that have hard work, lots of 
practice, and lots of patience and knowledge to the game are worthy of 
earning them.

As for the medals, apart from looking great with family pictures, 
trophies, and medals and ribbons, they are meant, as I said earlier, for 
the elite players.  However, you not only have to get them in carrier 
stages, but also for the training levels, also.  So cringe in agony no 
longer (Well, maybe for a little while), this guide is the answer to all 
of your problems for the game!

Well, most of them.  You see, I haven't got them all yet.  Some I have 
strategies for, but I can't get, and some I can't get at all.  I only 
have about 5 of these medals left to get.  I'll be happy to accept any 
contributions, if possible. 

2. Tips and tricks

Yep.  These strategies are going to be your bread and butter for getting 
the medals, and if done correctly, you'll be escorted to the golden 
paradise.  As I get more medals, It'll get updated (If it ever gets the 
chance.).  Here are a few tips before we start........
 
Use the instant explosion trick in the carrier stages to buy some time.  
It's where you park next to an building, and you'll keeping saying "No!" 
several times.  Eventually, a piece, or the whole building (Depends) 
explodes.  It only works on carrier stages. (Reference for trick-
www.gamesages.com)

You can get away with destroying part of a building instead of the whole 
thing.  Only works in carrier stages.

In racing stages, find some shortcuts and use the best cars to get 
through them.

On training stages, where you destroy buildings, try and "create" a path 
to destroy your objects quicker.

You can tag RDU's (Those lights) from a distance, so don't bother going 
up to them.  Here's an ASCII Map: 

        NOTE: ALL MAPS IN THIS GUIDE ARE NOT DRAWN TO SCALE! 
 

                                     *

            
                                *    Y    * 
 

                                     *   
                                      
Y= You
*=RDU (Or flashing light thingy for amateurs)

I know, ASCII art is dumb, but this is the approximate distance to light 
them up (Assuming you are using a big vehicle, like the Backlash.).  Use 
this to your advantage in the Twilight Foundry and the Pac-Man ripoff 
stages.  It depends on which vehicle you're using, though.

In carrier stages, don't bother to fill in holes, just destroy 
buildings.

When switching vehicles, park as close to the next one as you can.  This 
saves you time from parking a few feet away from one, as the annoying 
little guy in green (The man who comes out of a vehicle and goes into 
another) moves slower than the frame rate this game sometimes 
experiences.

Makes good use of the speed boost trick in the racing stages.  Some will 
unfortunately require them!

3. Walkthrough

Simian Acres 
Time: 14 seconds

You'll most likely have a close call here, but you'll mess up a lot at 
first, because the Ramdozer will either stall or push you back, making 
you restart over (You're most likely screwed if this happens).  So for 
the first two buildings, move a little to the left while plowing through 
them, for 3-5, a little to the right, and the last three a little to the 
left again.  That's how I got the medal, but I'm not sure if it will 
always work.

Argent Towers
Time: 28 seconds
Oooh boy.  Okay, first off, the first 2 buildings will probably be 
swiped down in one hit with the Backlash, although you only need to 
leave the left sides of them alone.  The 3rd building is easily taken 
down with a swipe, and the other ones may need a rock and the skid move 
to take them down.  If you've destroyed the 7 buildings around 20 
seconds, you're on a roll, becuase the last 8 seconds are needed to 
either swipe the last building.

Havoc District

This medal?  Please.  You can easily get this one with no effort on your 
part.  First, using the turbo boost to your advantage, boost on over to 
the J-Bomb, then park as close as you can to it.  As soon as you enter, 
fly halfway up (Or a little below that) near the buildings and smash 
them (Don't do it too close, though, it won't work like that.) easily to 
get this medal.  

Carrick Point

It's not that hard, all you have to do drive the Sideswipe to the 
Thunderfist.  For the buildings that are positioned like this.....
 
**** = Building section
****                     

                        ****        **** 
                        ****        **** 
                        ****        **** 
                        ****        **** 
                        ****        ****  
                        ****        ****
                        ****        **** 
                        ****        ****
                
Smash only the left side.  Leave the right side alone.  Plow through the 
rest of the buildings and you'll have the medal, only going through the 
middle for the same buildings in the ASCII art above, but going 
sideways.

Blackridge Works

All right, the first two buildings, the factory building and the 
smokestacks, will pose the most problems on your path to getting this 
medal.  The left and middle parts of the factory building, smash the 
middle and right smokestacks, then the rest should be easy from here on 
out.

Echo Marches 
 
Pathetic.  You don't have to fill the spots with the train and 
steamboat, just fly a little distance over the buildings and smash them.  
Some buildings are smashed by walking on them!  You might as well call 
this an easy one!

Ironstone Mine 
 
A little complex, but here it goes.  The first set of 4 buildings are 
smashed kind of like this..........

                 
 00 = Piece(s) of building destroyed




                     Before                      After

                    ########                   000000##
      
   ## = Piece(s)    ########                   000000##
        of
        building    ########                   000000##
        left
                    ########                   000000##

Again, stupid ASCII Art, but it indicates how the building should be 
smashed for the first set of houses.  The second row of houses may be 
destroyed the same way.

After some of this, continue towards the buliding, and smash it for the 
Thuderfist. Use the Sideswipe to remove only one side.  All of this 
should be easy from here. but you'll want to be quick and not slip up. 
   
Cromlech Court 
 
Oh, dear lord........Okay, while the strategy is obvious, getting the 
medal isn't.  Why?   Because you can't bump into anything, and every 
piece of building must fall down the first time.  Your strategy is this:  
Every building must be smashed from the left side except for the final 
one, which must be in the middle.  It'll come down to the wire here, and 
it'll take you a few tries.

Tempest City

Granted, your missile boxes are close to the carrier route, but even so, 
it's not easy, unless you have accurate aiming.  For the smokestacks, 
you have to destroy the left and middle smokestacks, and for the final 
building, you'll want to destroy the whole thing, and the right half for 
the building on the left.  Everything else can easily be hit.

Ebony Coast

The best way to get this medal is to push the TNT block towards the 
stone block.  Drive through the tunnel and use the instant explosion 
trick to blow up the statue.  Get in the J-bomb and fly toward the 
buildings, and smash them.  You can also get this the regular way, but 
it'll be tricky if you do that.

Outland Farm

This particular tactic I'm about to explain will buy you few seconds for 
this medal.  First, when you launch off the ramp, move to the left so 
you land on the grass.  This particular grass won't slow you down until 
it gets really green.  The other reason is because it's near the dirt 
road that leads to the communication point.  Eventually, you'll have to 
drive off the ramp and land on the main path.

Once you launch off the ramp, at the end, head to the right.  Now, the 
first building you should only destroy the left side.  Get rid of the 
middle and right smokestacks (Maybe the whole thing, but not 
nesscessary).   The next 2 buildings are easy to smash, and the last one 
will use the instant explosion trick, or if you have time to spare, head 
butts, and that's assuming you're 15 seconds away from getting it.

Shuttle Gully

You get a lot of advantages here.  1. The ramps on the side,  2. The 
ditch in the center of the road, and  3. The rocks near the first few 
houses.  Combine this with your turbo boosts to get this medal. 

Just because I said all of that, doesn't mean it's easy, of course. 

Beeton Tracks 

Too easy!  Drive then train to the station, go around the building, hop 
in the Ramodozer, smash the house, and level the huge building with the 
instant explosion trick. 

Ember Hamlet

You'll have to use a combination of both the Cyclone suit and the 
Ballista.  First off, blast the barn exposing the Cyclone suit, but 
don't get into it yet.  Blow up as many buildings with the remaining 
missiles.  If you destroy 4-5 buildings, you still have a chance of 
getting the medal, so don't waste that chance! 
 
Park next to the Cyclone suit and smash the remaining buildings.  It'll 
not surprisingly be close.

Angel City 
 
I also managed to get this medal, but the time needed for this is rather 
nasty.  You'll have a hard time getting this medal, especially if you're 
not good with the Backlash.  The first few buildings you won't have 
trouble with, it's the ones that are so close to each other that'll 
cause the problem.  To get around this, destroy the buildings from the 
left side (They must be smashed completely), the second to last building 
should only have the left side destroyed.  The last one must be down 
completely.


Oyster Harbor

We all remember Oyster Harbor.....that was the hardest path to clear for 
the carrier in the game, and for good reason!  Now that we know how how 
to beat it, getting the medal is easy compared to clearing the path a 
few years ago when you were into this game! 
 
It's not that hard, folks.  Just destroy the building blocking the 
Ramdozer, then head to it.  Plow through the rest of the buildings in 
front of the carrier.  Use the instant explosion trick to blow up the 
bridge.  Eventually, halfway, you'll destroy the whole thing.  Don't go 
to the crane, you'll just waste time, even if you do manage to destroy 
the bridge by dropping the TNT block in the center (Which I do 95% of 
the time.).  

Ignore the holes and use the ramp near the boat to destroy the 
smokestacks.  Again, don't go for the TNT block, just drive to the 
building and use the instant explosion trick.  

Diamond Sands

This was also a hard one to get in terms of clearing the carrier path.  
And unlike Oyster Harbor, getting the medal won't be easy.  

First off, on the left side, destroy the left half of the building.  
Each half of the building has 5 pieces (I'll refer it to parts left of a 
building), and if you swipe 2 or 3 (3 preferred), you'll get just a 
little more hope of getting the medal.  Switch to the right side and 
finish off the other side.  Destroy the two gas tanks with the instant 
explosion trick to easily wipe out the second building.  Wipe the right 
halves of buildings 3 & 4.  Switch.

The 3rd one you'll have trouble with because of the houses next to the 
left side.  Destroy a majority of them, but not the whole thing, as 
it'll waste time.  Once they're gone, continue to the 5th building, wipe 
out the left side, then use the TNT boxes ato blow up the left side of 
the very huge building at the end, and ONLY THE LEFT side, you don't 
need to destroy the right side of the final building.  The second to 
last one isn't destroyed, though, so hurry and get to other side and 
smash the remaining half!

Obsidian Mile

If you think that just because you have the Cyclone, it'll be an easy 
medal to get........
 
Forget it.  It's not that hard, but it can be annoying because when the 
Cyclone attacks, it always goes in a straight line.                  

First, you have to cut across the buildings diagonally, starting by 
immediately going to the right for the first building, left for the 
second, and right again for the third.  Because the stage path is 
similar to Angel City, you'll have a good idea what to expect.  This is 
where you plow through everything, but go through the center of the 
buildings to make it a little easier.

Crystal Rift 
 
First off, change camera angles so that the train faces left.  If you 
played with the default camera angles, 20 seconds will have passed by 
the time you reach the station.  But by changing the camera angles, 
it'll be about 17 seconds when you reach the station!  Think of it as 
sparing a few seconds.
 
See, while the frame rate moves slowly in the game, time still flows 
normally!  I know it's a little unusual, but It's true!  Try the above 
trick and you'll see what I'm talking about.

After getting in the Skyfall, take the short route (That one where you 
launch off the ramp) and use your turbo boost the moment you're on it.  
Use the rocks and holes near the houses to destroy the first 3 
buildings.  Then, drive all the way to the Ramdozer (Using your turbo 
boosts, of course) and get inside.  Plow through the remainder of the 
buildings and you'll finally have it!  
                                 
Glory Crossing 
 
Not the Backlash again..... anyway, go to the right, and avoid the house 
in your way.  Smash 3/4 of the building from the right side (Not the 
left) And smash 1/2 of the second building from the bottom horizontal 
half.  The third building is hard to hit because of the houses on the 
path.  Take out 3/4 of it from the right, leaving the bottom left corner 
intact.  Get in between buildings 4 and 5 and do a full circular swipe 
to take them both down.

And that's just part 1 of our quest, folks!  Here's part 2...the bonus 
stages! 

Backlash (Training stage) 

You have to realize that 11 seconds with one of the most annoying 
vehicles to contend with can be a MAJOR pain.  The first building can be 
easily knocked down (90% of the time), the barn (Your second target) 
should be also knocked down (A good 2/3 of it will do) with about two 
swipes.  Make use of the rocks near the final building and it should 
also be taken out in two swipes.  Easier said than done.

J-Bomb (Training Stage)

Honestly, folks, this one is easy!  All you have to do is smash near the 
bottom or the middle of just about every building to get this medal.  If 
you have trouble getting this medal, you may as well give up, because 
you don't deserve to get all of the Platinums.

Sideswipe (Trianing Stage) 
 
In 12 seconds, you must smash all 6 buildings.  Follow the red line.   
 
Okay, so that's not enough info.  Here's another ASCII map: (For people 
who say this isn't enough information)


Map Guide
 
## = building
S = Yourself in Sideswipe
' = Main path going vertically
- = Main path horizontally   
/ or \= Curve


                          
                          
                           ########
                           ########
                  ________________________        
                 /                        \
                '          ########       ' 
                '          ########       '                      
                '                         ' 
                 \____________            '
                              \           '
                              '           '
                              '           '
                              '           '
                              '           '
                              '           '
                          ##  '  ##   ##  '  ##
                          ##  '  ##   ##  '  ##
                          ##  '  ##   ##  '  ##
                          ##  '  ##   ##  '  ##
                          ##  '  ##   ##  '  ##
                          ##  '  ##   ##  '  ##
                          ##  '  ##   ##  '  ##
                          ##  S  ##   ##  '  ##   



You shouldn't mess up on the first two buildings, but the 3rd one will 
give you the advantage when you first turn.  Use the long arms of the 
law....I mean, Sideswipe to smash at the very least part of it.  It'll 
be tricky to stay on the line because of the turns, but you'll get it 
eventually.   
 
To make the medal a little easier to get, change camera angles so that 
you're facing left.


Jade Plateau  
 
UPDATED: Steven Hall writes this:  

"AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!  That's what pretty much what sums the level.  
You basically have to be flawless on the shortcut in order to get the 
the platinum on this, since one screw up there will cost you 3-4 seconds 
of time at least.  Use the muscle car for this.  On lap one, get your 
jumpstart, and head right as soon as you see the opening in the hill.  
Go through the and cross the bridge.  Here's the hardest part: When you 
hit the end of thr bridge, swerve right and brake.  There's a VERY 
narrow gap between the bush and the building you have to fit through.  
If you miss, you're done.  And you have to get it right four times in a 
row!  This took me about to hours to get!  After you get through, get 
around the silos and hit the tree next to the building You'll slide back 
into the building and take out one part.  Charge into the part you 
didn't get, and it should fall in one or two tries."

Thanks.  I got it without the speed boost, though.

Salvage Wharf 

I got it, but it's very tense to get and will often have you go cuckoo 
for Cocoa Puffs. I know.  I had to eat a bowl after I got it (Sarcasm)!  
Use the Ramodzer.  Go straight down and go to the left, and smash all of 
the huge groups of buildings by going through the middle.  Ignore the 
other ones for now and continue towards the dead end.  Turn back around 
and if you destoryed all of the ones on the right side, the ones that 
are by themselves will be easy to smash, since you don't have to move 
back and forth to get some of the other ones you missed (Although you 
shouldn't miss any).

The rest should be easy to get, but it's not that simple.  For all of 
the buildings, move left and right a little to reach some of the hard 
spots.

Marine Quarter

Not that hard to get, but annoying, at least.  Use the Amercian Dream 
car.  Here's a trick:  One the last turn which is a sharp angular curve, 
turn quickly when you reach it so that you'll be able to have the car 
pointing forward and have the side of the car bump into the wall without 
slowing down or skidding out.  It's easy for me to do, at least. 

Orion Plaza

*Sigh* This is definitely a hard one.  The poles can be destroyed in any 
order, but here's the order I did it in when I got the medal. 
 


# = TNT

                 ----------------- 
               1     # # # # #     2 
               '      # # # #      '
               '       # # #       '
               '        # #        '
                         #    
               5                   6
                            
               '                   '
               '                   ' 
               '                   '
               3                   4    
                 ----------------- 



1 is, of course, the one you should destroy first, and 6 is the last 
one.  Another note: When pushing TNT boxes, if you push the flat sides, 
you get better control, but slow speed, whereas, if you push at the 
corners, you get better speed, but you have a harder time controlling 
it.  This, I believe, is the way to destroy them, but they can be 
destroyed in other ways.  For a time saver, destroy the ones closer to 
the TNT boxes.

Sleek Streets 
 
I finally got the medal, thank god.  The strategy is the same here.  
First, use the van, once you turn out of the halfpipe, turn right, 
avoiding the bushes and buildings.  And for the last turn, cut across 
the open space.  

Kipling Plant

Once again, another map...(sigh)

S= Starting point
-,',/,and\ = your path

##
## = gas plant

                               ##             
                               ## -                
                             /      \              
                            /        \             
                           '          \ 
                           '           ##
                           ##          ##
                           ##            \                                  
                             \            \
                              \            '
                               \           '
                                S          '
                                           ##                      
                                           ##                   
                                           '                      
                                ##         '                      
                                ##         '                                           
                                  \        ##                              
                                   --------##                  
                                                              

Not the best, but you can easily see from this map which order you 
should destroy them in.  Accurate aiming is not an option, however.

Cooter Creek

Oi...I hate this one.  I also have problems getting this medal.  Here, 
stick as close to the "wall" of trees, as possible without touching the 
invisible wall.  The time must be below 7 and seconds, and even lower 
then 6.5.  It's tricky.

UPDATE: I know how to get it.  You have to do that "boost trick" where, 
by hitting the gas when the light turns green, gives you a speed boost.  
Be sure to control it or you may have trouble.  It's hard to do, but 
worth it.  Restart if you didn't get it the first time.  Trust me, I got 
it, but it's a lot harder than it sounds.

Twilight Foundry

Not yet, I know the strategy, but it's hard for me to put it into words 
right now.  Whatever you used to get a gold medal on is the strategy 
you'll use when you go for it.  And use the Ramdozer, along with that 
one RDU trick I was talking about.  That's all I can offer right now. 
Sorry.

UPDATED:  Greg Kennedy says this:

This one took me a while, but I did get it (Thanks to your RDU trick 
thingy...).  Use the Ramdozer (duh). Make sure you have a turbo boost at 
the start, and go to the the left of the grain hopper dealie.  Go to the 
back left get, get the RDU's (smash the farthest buliding to cut time, 
as you'll still get the ones on the very edge.)  Come back, jump over 
the corners of the mounds, and turn right at the edge of the fence right 
before you get to the big foundry in the middle.  Turn right again at 
the next opening and here you have to actually follow the RDU's because 
a couple you have to physically drive over to get.  Once you reach the 
corner, jump the mounds to get the rest in the this corner  and head up-
right, following the fence.  Keep going with the RDU's.  Turn left when 
you must.  When you come up on double rows of RDU's go across the middle 
(Along the mounds of dirt) and you'll hit about seven at once, on each 
side.  Turn left.  You'll be near the central foundry again.  Here, turn 
90 degrees right (Now heading up-left.)  Follow the RDU path up.  When 
you get to the RDU intersection (Three way T-thingy) go left, but try to 
stay right so you hit as many as you can on the right side (Does that 
make sense to you?  Follow the path around the fence until you're back 
near the foundry and the RDU's run out.  Turn 90 degrees left...heading 
up-right and eventually you'll hit the last ones you missed.  I finished 
with about 6 seconds to spare.  If you're still having trouble, let me 
know.  (By the way, I never changed perspective here, so my directions 
are all based on starting camera angle. 

I already got this without the turbo trick also.  Thanks, though.  

Skerries

I'm not sure if I spelled it right, but I know how to get this medal.  
And I got it, too!  Use the van, but don't stay on the main path.  Get 
as close as you can to the mountain and drive around it.  After you 
cross the second bridge, turn right and look for a secret passage in the 
mountain.  Repeat 3 more laps and you'll have it easily.

Skyfall

The first medal I ever got!  I didn't know about the Platinum medals at 
the time though.  Oh, yes, the walkthrough.

Well, it's not hard.  First, on your way to ramp, use half of your turbo 
boost, and go to the bottom.  When you hit the ramp, start at the end, 
and use your all of your turbo boosts (No matter how high or low) on the 
way down as you go through the buildings.  Let the turbo recharge some 
when you run out.  By the time you destroy the 3rd building, you'll 
bounce on the ground.  During that time, use the portion of how much you 
charged of your turbo boosts so you'll destroy the final building.

Thunderfist 

Destroy everything in a clockwise direction.  Simple as that.  The 
crates can be hard to miss, and you'll miss some sections from time to 
time.  

Mica Park 

It's annoying sometimes, but not that hard as you think it is.  First, 
the entire path is in a "L" pattern, and the buildings are on opposite 
sides of the "L".  You also get lots of ammo boxes, but it's not as easy 
as it looks.

Moraine Chase 

Once again, I know the strategy, but the medal is so hard to get it's 
insane.  That shortcut you'll see is past the 4th wall at the beginning.  
Turn down to the bottom and you'll get there.  Oh, try not to skid out, 
either, you'll waste more time trying to straighten yourself out.  Oh, 
and use the red car, since it can go through grassy areas without 
slowing down.

UPDATED: I now have it.  The key is to brake after you get out of the 
shortcut on the last turn before the finish line.

Morgan Hall

Tricky?  Yes.  Did I get it?  Yes.  First off, back into the first 
building at the start, then go forward, following the path in a counter-
clockwise direction, pushing TNT boxes into buildings.  Do this most of 
the time and you'll have just a few buildings to swipe down near the 
end.  Needless to say, they aren't easy to swipe down.

Corvine Bluff

No help here, other than keeping in mind that in this course only, you 
don't have to cross the finish line in order to finish a lap.  There are 
too many bumps, and I don't see how you can get through all of this 
without getting a time below (It was around the 12 second area, I 
believe) 12 seconds.  

UPDATED: Speed boost trick...took me a while to get, too.

Bison Ridge

Hit the ramp hard, cut along the grass, and avoid the multiple bumps and 
ditches if you can.  Again, use the red car.

UPDATED: See above.

Geode Square

Do the right side of the course first, then the left side.  Here's a 
time saver, but it's hard to pull off.  Two spheres criss-cross each 
other, and one goes up and down in the center of the two.  They will 
eventually meet together.  If you're lucky, you can smash 3 spheres in 
one blow!      

Lizard Island 

Another tricky one, but I got it.  Go forward and smash the sphere, then 
go to the right and smash another sphere.  Go to the volcano near here, 
and "bounce" on the sphere, then go down further, and a sphere is in the 
air (As is everything else).  Go in a counter-clockwise direction and 
"bounce" on the spheres in the volcano.  Now it's just a matter of going 
around the island, using your ability to dive feet first on the rafts.  
Good luck...

Saline Watch

Much easier, first a map...

# = Beacon
S = Starting point 

                       
                    
      #---#---#---#---#
      '
      #---#---#---#---#
                      ' 
      #---#---#---#---#
      / 
     S


As long as you're centered above the beacon AND the pillar, you'll be 
fine.

Dagger Pass

Just follow the path of rafts to the end and smash them.  After the 7th 
one, turn around and fly over to a high part of the stage where the last 
one is.

Magma Peak 
 
WHAT THE?!  Seriously, getting a platinum medal for this course will 
drive you insane!  It's like trying to solve a Rubik's cube or play 
Operation with your eyes closed!  The medal can be obtained, unlike what 
I mentioned above.  

"Bounce" on the sphere and move to the right and smash the two beacons.  
Boost all the way up to a ledge under you, move out of the way first.  
Smash the other two beacons and for the go in a counter-clockwise 
direction (Sound familiar?) destroying beacons and spheres as you go 
down.  With only four rafts, and 20-25 seconds away from getting the 
medal (Depends on how fast you did everything), you can bet things will 
be tense.

Baboon Catacomb 

UPDATED: I finally got the medal, but this and Gibbon's Gate are still 
the most evil thing Rare has done since the Goldeneye invincibility 
cheat.  Here's a map to help you.

If all else fails, hire someone who's good at Pac-Man.  Make sure 
they've mastered the game, too, or you'll have problems...  

 
S = Start
. = Path (Same appiles to Gibbon's Gate)
1 = End of path #1
2 = Start and end of path #2.
\ = cut off path shortly, then go back to it

                    #####################
                    #  . . . \ . . . .  #                     
                 #### . #####   #####.  ####
                 # . .  #####   #####.    .#
                 #. ##  #####   #####. ## .#
                 #. ##  #####   #####. ## .#  
                 #. ##  #####   #####. ## .#
                 #. ## . . . . . . . . ## .#
                 #. ## .#############  ## .#
                 #. ## .#############  ## .# 
                 #. ## .     S. . . . .## .#
                 #. ## .###       ### .## .#
                 #. ## .###       ### \## .#
                 #.    .###       ### .   .# 
                 #. ## .###       ### .## .#
                 #. ## 1###       ### .## .#
                 #. ##. . . . . . . . .## .#
                 #. ##. #############  ## .# 
                 #. ##. #############  ## .#
                 #. ##. . . . \ . . . .## .#
                 #. ##  #####   ##### .## .#
                 #. ##  #####   ##### .## .#
                 #. ##  #####   ##### .## 2#
                 # .    #####   #####  .   #
                 ####.  #####   #####  .####
                    #  . . . .\. . . . .#
                    ##################### 

Keep in mind that when you see "\", you must cut off the path for a 
second or two to get some RDU's, then return.  You hit a wall, restart.  
It's that simple.  This path also lets you avoid the trucks, as well (If 
done correctly.). 

Cobalt Quarry 

UPDATED:  Use the American Dream car (recommended) or the Van.  Use the 
turbo boost too.

Glander's Ranch

See above.  Oh, and make good use of the shortcut (You'll see it about 
3/4 of the stage) too. 

Silver Junction

UPDATED: I got the medal (Once again, I've did the impossible), But 
while I can't give you exact location of the crates amd whih ones to 
destroy first, I can give you an idea of the path you must go.  

Time for another map...
      
* = Path
                    
                 . . . . ... . . . ... . . . .
                 .        .         .        .
                 .        .         .        . 
                 .    ********************   . 
                 .    *   .         .    *   . 
                 .    *   .         .    *   . 
                 . . .*. ... . . . ... . * . .
                 .    *   .         .    *   .  
                 .    *   .         .    *   . 
                 .    *   .         .    *   .
                 .    *   .    ***********   .
                 .    *   .         .        .
                 .    *   .         .        . 
                 . . .*. ... . . . ... . . . .
                 .    *   .         .        .
                 .    *   .         .        .
                 .    *   .         .        .
                 .    ********************   . 
                 .        .         .        .  
                 . . . . ... . . . ... . . . .  

The boxes are found along the path you must go.  Good Luck...
        




Gibbon's Gate

UPDATED: I too, got this, the only difference is that you can warp, and 
the RDU's come in groups more often.  And here's the map:
             
Legend:

S = Start
F = Finish
. = Path (Same appiles to Gibbon's Gate)
\ = Cut off path shortly, then go back to it
J = Paths join
           
                                #         #
                       ##########         ##########         
                       #. . . .#. . . . . .#. . . .#
                       #. ### .#. ####### .#. ### .#
                       #. ### .#. ####### .#. ### .#
                       #.     . .         . .     .#
                   #####. . . . .         . . .   .#####
                   #. . . . ### .##     ##.###.   . . .#
                   #. ####. ### .##     ##.###.  #### .#
                   #. ####. ### . . / . . .###.  #### .#
                   #. ####. ###  ######### ###.  #### .# 
                   #. ####. ###  ######### ###.  #### F#
                   #.   . .     . . . . . .   . . . . .#
               #####. ##. ##### .#########.#####   ## .#####
                    . ##.       .#########.        ## .
                    . ##/       .#########. . . .  ## .
                    . ##.       .#########      .  ## .
               #####. ##. ##### .######### #####.  ## .#####
                   #.   . .     . . .S        . .     .#
                   #. ####. ###  ######### ###.  #### .#
                   #. ####. ###  ######### ###.  #### .#
                   #. ####. ### . . . / . .###.  #### .#
                   #. ####. ### .##     ##.###.  #### .#
                   #. . . . ### .##     ##.###.   . . .#
                   #####. . . . .         . . .   .#####
                       #.     . . . . . . . .     .#
                       #. ### .#  #######  #. ### .# 
                       #. ### .#  #######  #. ### .#
                       #. . . .#           #. . . .#
                       ##########         ##########
                                #         #          






 
Dark Heartland

I got the medal, but there is not much ammo to go around, so your real 
problem is not just to figure out how to destroy the buildings (Just 
destroy the ones closer to you, then the ones farther away), but to save 
your ammo.  This makes getting the medal more trouble than it's worth.

Falchion Field

I also managed to get this medal.  But, as always, it's not easy.  
Destroy the one behind you (It may take a while to find, and when you 
do, restart, so you'll know which direction to go.), then the other two 
ahead.  Go down and to the right, as you'll find the last three.  Stay 
as low as possible so you'll destroy them quicker.  That's the key.

Shuttle Clear

Tell me you know where the Thunderfist is...TELL ME!  After getting it, 
you can either smash the Skyscrapers first and do the smaller buildings 
last, or go the other way around.  Oh, another time saver, the 
explosions from the gas plants may destroy many of the buildings around 
them, if not severely weaken them. 

Moon

Use the ramps and ditches (With low gravity of course) to your advantage 
here.  However, there is one group of buildings that you must smash with 
the Backlash, but the low gravity seems to give you more power.  Not 
hard to get, but will take you a few tries.

Mercury

Use the Ramdozer, as it moves quicker.  Stay on the left and watch for 
any bumps, as they'll slow you down.  The big bump on the left near the 
finish line MUST BE AVOIDED.

Venus 

Same as Moon.  The are 4 groups of 7 buildings, so use the ramps and 
ditches to wipe them out.  Also, go in a clockwise direction, starting 
with the first one you see.  Don't swipe unless there are 1 or 2 
buildings left.

Mars

Another one accumulated with practice, 9 spheres in groups of three are 
at high, low, and medium heights.  So it's pretty obvious what you have 
to do.  Just make sure a truck doesn't tag you while getting the low 
ones.

Neptune

Hit the ramp real hard so you go flying (Well, not really) into the air.  
Use this to your advantage to cut through the turn.  As before, avoid 
the bumps by sticking to a wall, only this time, do the right one.

And that's all of them, folks.

4. Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many medals do you have left to go?

A: I got them all.  HA!

Q: What's your current rank?

A: You can stop now.  No, not the question asking, the rank!

Q: Why won't you put down the times for the medals yet? 
 
A: Vigama Fisher (Who e-mailed me GIF's of Baboon Catacomb and Gibbon's 
Gate solutions) did a times/Promotion guide, so take a look at that.

Q: Why do we have to use that stupid dump truck?

A: Because if we were to use the good vechicles for the courses, the 
game would be too easy.  So, they torture us with a dump truck.  They're 
doing a good job, too.

Q: Are you good at Pac-Man? 
 
A: I was, but my skills got rusty over time.  SO DON'T PICK ME! 
 
Q: I can't get (Name of medal on an outer space course) and the surface 
color is hurting my eyes! 
 
A: Stop playing, you'll get eye fatigue.  Do this especially if you're 
playing in the dark.

Q: The J-Bomb won't smash any buildings, and I'm in front of one!  WHAT 
GIVES?! 
 
A: Get away from it.  If you're close to a building, chances are it 
won't do it.

Q: The Thunderfist/Cyclone suit won't do the attack!  WHY?!

A: Either you need a good running start, or the building is reluctant to 
topple over (I don't know why).  One of the two.

Q: I have a Japanese/PAL version of the game, so the instant explosion 
trick won't work, can I do it the normal way? 
 
A: Yes, but it's difficult.

Q: Do you know what happens if you get all of the medals?

A: (ULTIMATE SPOILER)  I know now what happens.  You don't get squat 
other than a excellent feeling of accomplishment.  That, and a goofy 
name for your final promotion.

Q: This is too hard!  Any suggestions? 
 
A: Play something easy.

Q: What's with all these ASCII maps for (Name of course?)

A: Sometimes it's difficult to say everything in just words, so I just 
use maps.  I explain it easier like this.

Q: What's your idea of an easy game? 
 
A: Kirby 64 comes to mind.  If you don't like it, play a game you can 
easily beat.

Q: I still can't get (Name of medal)!  Should I quit and go to another?

A: Good Idea.

Q: How far did you get in Pac-Man? 
 
A: To the stage with the first key.  

Q: Did you answer "Huh?" on the Pac-Man poll?

A: No, I think I picked Inky.  Now, less Pac-Man and more Blast Corps! 
 
Q: I haven't gotten to the Platinum Medal challenge yet.

A: YOU DIDN'T GET THERE YET?!  Okay, first, you clear a path for the 
carrier for your first gold.  Next, you destroy all the buildings, free 
a set number of survivors (For some reason), and activate all of the 
lights for the second gold medal.  After that, you find all scientists.  
Then, you get all golds on every level.

Q: How can there be set number of survivors for (Name of stage)?

A: I'm still trying to figure that out for myself.

Q: I know this is another Pac-Man question, but...why are there no Power 
Palics (Those dots that enable you to eat ghosts) in that Pac-Man stages 
on Blast Corps? 
 
A: Well, at least it has something about Blast Corps in there.  Anyway, 
they did this to increase the challenge.  Also, if you get really far 
into Pac-Man, you'll be able to play with no Power Palics.  Darn...

Q: What is Wesley's "field accident"?

A: Thanks to a visit from www.rareware.com, (Official site) I learned he 
lost both of his legs by stepping on a land mine.  OUCH!!!

Q: How will I know which medals you didn't get? 
 
A: If say "I don't have it yet", or something like that, you'll know.

Q: What you do if you got all of the Platinums?

A: Apart from celebrating?  Nothing.

Q: Will you be the first person to actually have them all? 
 
A: Nope.  Very few people managed to get them all (DARN IT!). 

Q: Some of your questions have been revised...

A: I'm working with Microsoft Word, and it's very picky when it comes to 
spelling and grammar errors. 

Q: Amber keeps saying "Try something else!" Make her stop!

A: Well, maybe you should try...something else, that is...Ha ha ha ha ha 
ha ha ha ha ha!  Sorry. 

5. Credits

Myself: Author

CJayC: GAMEFAQ'S Webmaster.

Steven Hall: Submitted Jade Plateau solution.  And a few others, though 
jade Plateau was all I really wanted.  Oh well...

Greg Kennedy: Submitted Twilight Foundry solution.

Viagma Fisher: For the nice little times/promotions guide.  Also 
submitted the GIF's of the solutions for Baboon Catacomb Gibbon's Gate 
(Which the ASCII maps are based off of) by E-mail, which could REALLY be 
used on this site.

6. Disclaimer

FOR THE WEBMASTERS:

This guide is wrote by Cedric Cooks/Oda (Cedoda.)  I have nothing to do 
with Rareware, Nintendo, or any other parties involved in the making of 
this game.  It can be printed out, but not for money.  Also, make sure 
you give me credit if you wish to put this on your site.  If you say 
this is yours you're in serious trouble (Not to mention that CJayC 
(Gamefaqs webmaster) will send out powerful lawyers afterwards.)  The 
latest version of this guide is always at www.gamefaqs.com, and I'd 
appreiciate it if you update it when my new version is updated, unless 
you like the previous one better.

FOR THE COMMONFOLK (Normal people) 
 
So, you want to print this guide out?  Well, first, you need my 
permission, and you must promise not to sell it.  You will use this 
guide as the thing it's intended to be-a guide.  Either that, or out of 
entertainment (Reading it just for fun).  If you must send me E-mail, 
send me informative E-mail, which includes hints, secrets, and thank 
you's for the guide.  Don't send me idiotic E-mail, which includes job 
applications for your site, complaints, insults, stuff already mentioned 
in the guide, etc.  Trust me, it won't make it.

Both of you people must follow these rules.  Failure to do this will 
result in you not using the guide altogether. 
 
Until the next guide, everyone...

TRY SOMETHING ELSE!!!

Copyright 2002 Cedric Cooks/Oda
All rights reserved

                 -"And that's the end of that chapter!"-