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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 NES Arriving at Atlanta
Days of Thunder NES Race results (what a loser!)
Days of Thunder NES Intro animation
Days of Thunder NES Atlanta qualifying race

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Days of Thunder Magazine Advertisement Back Cover

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Raze Feb, 1991 81 out of 100 81
VideoGame Jun, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 Sep, 2011 C+ 58 Dec 24, 2010 9 out of 20 45
Mean Machines May, 1991 39 out of 100 39
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1991 30 out of 100 30
Retro Game Reviews Aug 13, 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 30
Power Play May, 1991 29 out of 100 29
Video Games Mar, 1991 29 out of 100 29


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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.


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totalgridlock (93) added Days of Thunder (NES) on Feb 03, 2004
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