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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 Coming into the pits
Days of Thunder Game Boy Title
Days of Thunder DOS The Pit Stop (CGA)
Days of Thunder ZX Spectrum There's been some contact with the track wall and the offside tyres have turned blue to indicate this. When there is contact the game makes a brief hissing sound.

Promo Images

Days of Thunder Magazine Advertisement Page 9
Days of Thunder Magazine Advertisement Back Cover

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Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1991 70 out of 100 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Boy Jan, 1992 8 out of 12 67
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Oct, 1990 6.6 out of 12 55
Jeuxvideo.com NES Dec 24, 2010 9 out of 20 45
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jan, 1991 43 out of 100 43
Mean Machines NES May, 1991 39 out of 100 39
Power Play Atari ST Dec, 1990 34 out of 100 34
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Jun, 1991 30 out of 100 30
ST-Computer Atari ST Jul, 1990 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 (244565), totalgridlock (92), Martin Smith (67943) and Macintrash (2643)