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Days of Thunder

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Boy
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3.8
Commodore 64
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3.2
DOS
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2.9
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Days of Thunder DOS Your in-car view
Days of Thunder Commodore 64 Your starting the race in the last position.
Days of Thunder NES Daytona's Starting grid
Days of Thunder ZX Spectrum Having qualified the player then enters the race. Is Daytona the 'World Centre of Racing'? Here there are many cars on the starting grid and the players position is indicated by a blinking spot.

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The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Boy Jan, 1992 8 out of 12 67
VideoGame NES Jun, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Jeuxvideo.com NES Dec 24, 2010 9 out of 20 45
Mean Machines NES May, 1991 39 out of 100 39
Power Play DOS Dec, 1990 36 out of 100 36
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1990 35 out of 100 35
Power Play Atari ST Dec, 1990 34 out of 100 34
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Jun, 1991 30 out of 100 30
ST-Computer Atari ST Jul, 1990 1 out of 10 10
64'er Commodore 64 Apr, 1991 1 out of 10 10

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Trivia

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.

Sound

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.
Contributed to by Kabushi (121964), totalgridlock (83), Martin Smith (63162) and Macintrash (2511)