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Wacky Darts

MobyRank MobyScore
ZX Spectrum
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4.1
MSX
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4.0
Commodore 64
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3.1
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Description

The bar-room game of darts involves aiming small projectiles at a circular board. The board is divided into 20 shapes around the edge, each of which has a value from 1 to 20 points, a special 'double' area around the edge, and a special 'treble' area in the middle (each of which multiply the shot score). There is also a Bullseye right in the middle for 50 points, and an Outer Bull around it, worth 25 points.

Players always take three shots at a time. In the 501 game the aim is to reduce your score from 501 to 0, finishing with a double or the bull. If your score reaches 1 or a negative number, any shots in that set of 3 are cancelled out. In Round The Board you must hit each target in turn starting with 20, but moving back 2 or 3 for a double or treble, eventually finishing with Double Top.

Both of these games are recreated in this simulation. The movement of the cursor you use to aim is slightly skiddy, to recreate natural jitters (or, as some would cynically suggest, the effects of being as drunk as most darts players).

Wacky Darts lives up to its name by featuring an assortment of human, alien and machine opponents of varying difficulties. Each of them has a short profile, and use a different object to hit the board.

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Wacky Darts ZX Spectrum Select one of the wacky character to play as
Wacky Darts Amstrad CPC Each player has their own weapon
Wacky Darts Amstrad CPC An obvious pun on Jeffrey Archer
Wacky Darts Commodore 64 More playing on stereotyping of darts players as alcoholics

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The Press Says

Commodore Format Commodore 64 Apr, 1991 70 out of 100 70
Amiga Power Amiga Jul, 1991 50 out of 100 50

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