Days of Thunder (video game)

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Days of Thunder
Days of Thunder
NES cover art
Developer(s) Beam Software (NES)
Argonaut Software (other platforms)

Game artist - Tony G Pentland

Publisher(s) Mindscape Group
Platform(s) Amiga, Atari ST, C64, DOS, Game Boy, NES, iOS, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, ZX Spectrum
Release date(s) 1990, 1992
Genre(s) Racing game
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer
Distribution Nintendo cartridge, floppy disk or cassette

Days of Thunder is a 1990 NASCAR racing simulation video game loosely based on the 1990 movie Days of Thunder. The game utilized elements from the movie, using a movie license from Paramount Pictures for its graphical elements, plot, and music soundtrack. It was released for the PC, the NES, the Game Boy, and many other formats. It was created by Argonaut Software and distributed by Mindscape Group. In 2009 Freeverse released an updated version for the iOS.

Gameplay[edit]

During-game image. Note cracked dashboard.

In the PC version, gameplay consisted of setting up the car, qualifying, and then the actual race event. If the player finished in a high enough position, they would progress to the next circuit. Damage was calculated not by realistic damage displayed on the car but a "cracked dashboard" bar indicator, with cracks appearing along the dashboard when the player hits something.

The in-game graphics in the PC version paled in comparison to the still-screen graphics it had. This was due to polygonal graphics being used as opposed to sprites, rendering the car, track, and trackside details in untextured 3D polygons.

Release years[edit]

  • Released 1990 for PC.
  • Released 1992 for Game Boy.

Reception[edit]

  • According to website Lemon64, Commodore 64 magazine Zzap!64 gave the C64 version of Days of Thunder a 52 out of 100. [1]
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, the C64 version of this game, as of July 2006, has received a 2.9 rating among the members at Lemon64.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lemon - Commodore 64 Heaven!: Days of Thunder, Retrieved on August 10, 2006

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