Written iPhone Game App Review
Darts brings the ubiquitous pub classic to your pocket, and does the job fairly well. It’s a must for any fan of the real thing. The game features an intuitive touch based control system, whereby finger swipes are used to launch darts at a virtual dartboard.
Darts uses a targeting cross-hair to enable the player to select which score they’re shooting for. Doubles and triples are naturally harder to hit, and call for finer speed control. You are able to vary dart speed by simply changing the speed at which you swipe your finger. Be careful though – if you don’t get the speed right, you may end up falling short or overshooting the board completely!
It does take some time to get used to the movement – don’t expect to be scoring triple 20’s on every throw in your first game.
Darts has two main game modes: practice & competition. Practice mode uses only basic scoring and is designed for sharpening your dart-throwing skills. Competition against computer A.I. has three difficulty settings and two main game types – X01 and Cricket. In X01 your aim is to reach a score of zero before your opponent, by subtracting the score of each throw from the initial total (available totals: 301, 501, 601, 701, 1001). The object of “American Cricket” is to hit the numbers 15 through 20 and the bulls-eye three times each. I found the A.I reasonably easy to beat on ‘easy’, but ‘master’ was near impossible (for me anyway).
Darts features excellent graphics for a free game and utilizes a nicely rendered physics-based 3D view of the dart’s flightpath for each throw. The dartboard is attractively modeled and the scoreboard (situated at the base of the playing screen) is simple and unobtrusive. Sound effects are also simple, but effective. There is a re-assuring thud as your darts hit the board, and the sound of your points accumulating the scoreboard after each throw. That’s all there is sound-wise, but really all that’s needed in a game like this.
There is enough complexity and game-options in this app to make it worthwhile, and enough simplicity to make it enjoyable. If you’ve never played darts, it’s definitely a good way to learn the rules of the game. Those people with a real interest in darts will find this well worth the download.
Darts requires iPhone software update v2.1 and is available now from the App Store.
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