#386 – Magic Darts

In case throwing darts at a dartboard is just too real.
The darts, they zoom!
Look at what this poor ninja is reduced to.

PLAYERS: 1-4 alternating



GENRE: Darts

RELEASE DATE: September 1991

Well, here’s a new one: virtual darts. There’s not a whiff of magic on display, unless you count chimps and robots playing darts as magical (it’s more curious than magical, but not much surprises me these days). Otherwise, this is straitlaced, generic stuff. You have six different game types to choose from: 301, 501, 701, Count Up, Round the Clock, and Half It. If you’ve ever played an actual game of darts, you know that the typical 301 (or 501 or 701) game is just throwing darts on the board to reduce your score. The first person to get to zero – exactly zero – wins. Count Up is the opposite: throwing darts on the board to increase your score. Round the Clock requires that you hit 1, then 2, and go around the clock/board until you hit 12. It’s incredibly difficult, and unless you believe in the power of magic guiding your dart-filled fingers, skip it. Finally, in Half It, players begin with 40 points. Each player has three chances to hit certain assigned numbers to add to their score, or else the game will split the score in half. There are three meters you must stop before you can throw a dart. The first represents the dart’s trajectory, the second represents the pitch of the dart, and the third represents the power. All enthralling stuff, but unless you have a gang of three rowdies and a Four Score, I beg you to reconsider. What are dartboards these days, forty bucks? They might not be magic, but they’re real.


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Same here. Though the amount of love I had for this probably was directly linked to my age at the time…


I played a darts game on the Wii at my friend’s once. I think it’s called Dart Rage. As realistic as that game is, it’s no substitute for the real thing. Video games like this should never exist in the first place.

I’ve played the demo of that; still have it on my SD card (I pretty much keep all demos until I start running out of room, hahaha). It’s pretty good, but not good enough to pay money for the full game. As realistic as the physics were, the heckling announcer was even more realistic, and I didn’t like him. >_>

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