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.
Argonaut's entry in the racing genre using the Tom Cruise Days of Thunder movie licence. Here is your chance to become cocky Cole Trickle as you race around various circuits from the Daytona 500 to Phoenix. Although in-game graphics are rendered in 3D, they are quite primitive even for its time (e.g. compared to Papyrus' 1989 Indianapolis 500). Overall, Days of Thunder is a mediocre racer, not very inspiring at all. Watching the movie will probably give you more adrenaline rush than this disappointing game. Too bad the movie license wasn't utilized to its full potential -- cut-scenes from the movie that follow the plot, for example, would have made the game a lot more interesting. Too bad.
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