For an INSTANT EXPLOSION:
Hold down the Z button until the driver yells "Doh!" then a half
second later the building will blow up. (works best with backlash)
Some people say the Z button trick is useless in Blast Corps. Certain
levels are made very easy by the proper application of this trick,
making platinum times a cinch!
Get a really fast time on Oyster Harbor using a combination of tricks.
First, it is not necessary to have the boats in place or fill the holes
in order to complete the level. Second, it is possible to destroy the
series of walls that one usually uses the TNT on, as well as the final
building, using the Z button trick. So by destroying the small blocks in
the beginning of the course using the Ramdozer, and using the Z button
trick on the buildings, one can do the level in under 1:30, where the
platinum time is 2:55!
Another hugely useful application of the Z button trick is on Beeton
Tracks. Normally, one would have to move the Ramdozer across the tracks
and use the TNT to blow up the big building. Instead, the Z button trick
can blow it up, resulting in a time of around 33 seconds, instead of the
platinum time of 1:15!
A somewhat less useful application of the Z button trick is on the last
huge building on Diamond Sands. Most of it is destroyed by TNT, but the
remaining part of the building can be destroyed without using the TNT on
the other side of the tracks. Just use the magic Z button!
There are a few other useful application of this trick, but none as
useful as the first two. It seems that the only win condition for each
level is that no buildings be blocking the carrier. Everything else can
be ignored, even if green arrows are pointing to it. Using this
strategy, some levels have extremely easy platinum times.
These tricks are most helpful when you get to the later levels, like in
the Platinum levels.
Thanks to Revolution readers JJ Zoch and Dan Abbe!