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Jocky Wilson's Compendium of Darts

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Description

Zeppelin's second game licensed from the successful darts player has a much wider scope than the previous Jocky Wilson's Darts Challenge. The control system involves directing a hand which guides the dart, but this is constantly moving in a random arc, reflecting realistic jitters but making accurate aiming difficult at first. The standard 501 darts rules are among the six games included.

The other games include variants loosely based on football (hit the bulls-eye to start scoring, then a double adds one goal to your score) and bowls (in which a 'jack' dart is thrown by one player, and the aim is to get your darts as close to it as possible). There are also Ten-Dart century (score exactly 100 with 10 darts), Shanghai (where only darts thrown at a particular area can score) and Scram (where one player shoots to successively knock sectors out of play, and the opponent must score as much as possible from the others).

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Jocky Wilson's Compendium of Darts ZX Spectrum Jocky's turn to throw
Jocky Wilson's Compendium of Darts ZX Spectrum .. then names are entered
Jocky Wilson's Compendium of Darts ZX Spectrum Nothing scored. The player can move the dart to be thrown around but it wobbles and drifts from position, so the player must time when to fire carefully
Jocky Wilson's Compendium of Darts Amiga The human player throwing darts...

Alternate Titles

  • "Jocky Wilson's Darts Compendium" -- Commodore 64 in-game title

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jul, 1991 72 out of 100 72
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1991 71 out of 100 71

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Trivia

Jocky Wilson

Although hugely successful as a darts player, Jocky Wilson is perhaps best known in the UK for his inadvertent appearance on long-running music programme Top of the Pops - his photo appeared in the background as the group Dexy's Midnight Runners performed their song Jackie Wilson Said. There is still doubt as to whether this was a mishearing or prank from a member of the ToTP production team, or a deliberate joke played by Dexy's notably eccentric frontman Kevin Rowland.
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