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Tom Cruise's film brought NASCAR racing to the masses, and Mindscape did the same for games players with this license. If you mentally change the driver names, it can be thought of as a recreation of real NASCAR racing rather than a direct recreation of the film.

You play Cruise's Cole Trickle character (his name, like many of the others, is slightly different to that of a real NASCAR racer of the day) against your rivals on 8 tracks, based on real-life counterparts. The races are all on ovals, although the exact lengths, corner types and gradients are varied. This means that the ideal racing line on one track can put you into the wall on another. Qualifying is incorporated alongside the races themselves.

From times to times you'll have to pull into the pit stop area. When doing so, you control the five members of the pit crew. Loosing time on pit will make you lose positions at the race. The other racers, however, never pit.

The NES version has 3rd-Person perspective only.


Days of Thunder Commodore 64 This is the ending if you lose the race because you crashed.
Days of Thunder NES Title Screen 1
Days of Thunder ZX Spectrum The race is followed, naturally enough, by the race results which scroll upwards.
This is then followed by the Series Cup race results which scrolls through the totals so far
Days of Thunder ZX Spectrum After pink the tyre's colour changes to red, then yellow and finally white. After that any further contact results in a crash with the car spinning along the track

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Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1991 70 out of 100 70
VideoGame NES Jun, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Oct, 1990 6.6 out of 12 55 NES Dec 24, 2010 9 out of 20 45
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Oct, 1990 5.2 out of 12 43
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Oct, 1990 5.2 out of 12 43
Power Play Atari ST Dec, 1990 34 out of 100 34
Power Play NES May, 1991 29 out of 100 29
Video Games NES Mar, 1991 29 out of 100 29
ST-Computer Atari ST Jul, 1990 1 out of 10 10


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Knowledge Dynamics Corp

The string "Copyright(C) 1989 Knowledge Dynamics Corp." appears in the program executable, but it's unknown what role this company played in the creation of this game.


If the Adlib or Roland detection isn't working, simply copy the ADLIB.BIN or ROLAND.BIN file over the PCSND.BIN file to force sound for your card.
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