Friday, August 12, 2016

Days Of Thunder

Boogity, Boogity, Boogity!! Yes, I'm a big NASCAR fan and I've finally got around to playing Mindscape's Days Of Thunder which (I think) is the only stock car racer for the Atari ST. I did wonder how the sport might appear in 16-bits and it started off well with a fantastic title tune by David Whittaker. However, it was soon all downhill...

Never have I seen a game look so bad. Not only are the visuals shocking on the eyes but the framerate is diarrhoea. The sound fx are worse - and I truly do mean that. But I could forgive how a game looks and sound for great gameplay. Sadly, this has none. Nope, not even a hint of enjoyment oozes out of this release.

Funnily, I did wonder how my 16MHz Mega STe might perform and perhaps save the game? So I contacted Peter Putnik and asked for a hard drive adaptation and he was so kind to develop this. But even the extra MHz cannot save this awful game. But thanks for trying mate!

The worst Atari ST game ever released? Well, put it this way, I could not stand to play more than a couple laps before rebooting in anger and disappointment. And that's my final thoughts about this disgusting stock car racer.

1 comment:

  1. Maybe they were being paid off. I remember the coverdisc demo version ... it did not impress, other than being about the only more-or-less free roaming (within the track) 3D polygon racer I'd experienced up to that point. Sadly that seemed to come at the cost of framerate, responsiveness, and any kind of actual detail.