Days of Thunder (ZX Spectrum)

Days of Thunder ZX Spectrum Load screen by Mr Pixels


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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 ZX Spectrum The race is underway. The player must change gear. If the stick is pressed forward then the gear changes up, if its pulled back then the gear changes down. The gear graphic is in the lower left corner
Days of Thunder ZX Spectrum Daytona race starts, there's no indication its a 12 lap race until the very beginning
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 More contact and now all tyres show pink on the schematic

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Your Sinclair Jan, 1991 70 out of 100 70


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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.
Kabushi (144023) added Days of Thunder (ZX Spectrum) on Aug 30, 2004
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