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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 Atari ST Options screen
Days of Thunder Commodore 64 Pit stop
Days of Thunder ZX Spectrum The start of the qualifying lap
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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Raze NES Feb, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1991 70 out of 100 70
VideoGame NES Jun, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 NES Sep, 2011 C+ 58
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Oct, 1990 6.6 out of 12 55 NES Dec 24, 2010 9 out of 20 45
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jan, 1991 43 out of 100 43
Mean Machines NES May, 1991 39 out of 100 39
Power Play Amiga Dec, 1990 34 out of 100 34
Retro Game Reviews NES Aug 13, 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 30


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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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