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Pub Darts (WiiWare)

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Pub Darts Review

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Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Downloadable darts — just as pointless as it sounds

Pub Darts is puzzling. Not that it’s a truly horrid game, but it’s just so basic that you have to wonder why you’d want to spend a lot of time with it. People like to play darts in bars and pubs because it’s a great excuse to get tipsy with your friends and throw sharp objects really fast at the wall. Occasionally there is yelling.

Holding a Wii Remote on your couch while sober is the exact opposite of what Pub Darts draws from. And while not everyone legally can or even wants to drink or set foot in a pub, we’re still left scratching our heads as to why this is a good idea for anyone.

On paper it seems like it’d be a good deal: there’s multiplayer support, it teaches you how to play five different games (501, Cricket, Around the Clock, Killers and Baseball) and has a functioning motion-based control system for about the same price as a decent sandwich. But then you load it up and see just how bland everything is.

Big Blue Bubble looks to have taken the path of least resistance. There’s a neat jig of a theme song, but actually playing darts is a fairly silent affair. Instead of music, we get the ambient sounds of a restaurant’s slow lunch. Sound effects boil down to a swish, plokk and a ping. Serviceable, yes. Exciting or interesting? Pfft. There’s no widescreen support, and the only animation you’ll ever see is the dart flying across the room. No people, hands or anything like that. No stat tracking. And while it teaches you how to play, the tutorials aren’t any more than reading a set of instructions.

But hey, five games, right? Hope you like those five games a whole lot since there’s no Free Play option to let you use the board for some other game, or even practice. Not that you need to practice too much, as throwing a dart comes down to aiming with the pointer, holding a button and making a throwing motion. Unless you have wild muscle spasms mid-toss you’ll likely hit very close to where you aimed. So skillful.

Conclusion

It’s only 500 Points so you get what you pay for, but we’d almost rather Big Blue Bubble go back to add more content and up the price a few hundred points to give us more reason to play. Useless unlockable dart designs, new games, something. You’re better off spending the money on a cheap dart board or, failing that, a few boxes of sharp pencils to throw at the wall.

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User Comments (10)

Sean_Aaron

#2

Sean_Aaron said:

Wow, that's kind of sad considering how an even simpler concept like Whack-A-Mole got turned into such a magnum opus...I suppose if you were a really big darts fan you'd have that championship darts game on disc already (I think we're due for a 2010 update to that -- ditto for World Snooker Championship).

StarDust4Ever

#3

StarDust4Ever said:

Or better yet, give them a box of real darts, a virtual wallpaper of a dart board for their beautiful big screen Plasma TV, and a whole lot of beer (or maybe just a half bottle of tequila will do). First person to hit the bullseye owes someone a new television set :D :O :'(

SmurfIT

#4

SmurfIT said:

This is a pretty bad review. Instead of constantly repeating that we should go and play real darts, maybe you should have spend some time and let us know more about the game. How is AI, how the aiming and throwing feel, how is graphic, etc. It seems this is the review of the 'idea of the dart game on console' rather than the actual game. So did anyone actually play this ? Is it worth getting ?

Forgive the comment intrusion, but I seem to be having problems posting a comment of my own.

No mention of aiming/throwing/controls, graphics, sound, features, etc? Hokay then, here we go:

Controls:
"Not that you need to practice too much, as throwing a dart comes down to aiming with the pointer, holding a button and making a throwing motion. Unless you have wild muscle spasms mid-toss you’ll likely hit very close to where you aimed. So skillful."

Audio/visuals:
"There’s a neat jig of a theme song, but actually playing darts is a fairly silent affair. Instead of music, we get the ambient sounds of a restaurant’s slow lunch. Sound effects boil down to a swish, plokk and a ping. Serviceable, yes. Exciting or interesting? Pfft. There’s no widescreen support, and the only animation you’ll ever see is the dart flying across the room. No people, hands or anything like that."

And I'm going to assume you have eyes and can thus see the screenshots sprinkled throughout the review. It's a dart board with some darts.

Features:
"there’s multiplayer support, it teaches you how to play five different games (501, Cricket, Around the Clock, Killers and Baseball)"
"But hey, five games, right? Hope you like those five games a whole lot since there’s no Free Play option to let you use the board for some other game, or even practice."
"No stat tracking. And while it teaches you how to play, the tutorials aren’t any more than reading a set of instructions."

The one and only time I suggest playing real darts:
"You’re better off spending the money on a cheap dart board or, failing that, a few boxes of sharp pencils to throw at the wall."

-Jon W.

KnucklesSonic8

#5

KnucklesSonic8 said:

I did yes. Feel free to go onto the forum topic for further discussion to avoid drawing too much attention on the review page. :)

RowdyRodimus

#7

RowdyRodimus said:

Methinks we have a developer in our midst who didn't like the review of a pitiful excuse of a game.

Joined the day the review was done? Check.
Location is the same as the developer? Check
Has a name that somewhat mentions name of company? Check

Draygone

#8

Draygone said:

I find it baffling when a game comes out without widescreen support despite the console it's made for being widescreen out of the box.

Adamant

#9

Adamant said:

I'll have to agree with SmurfIT - this review seems more concerned with explaining the reviewer's disdain for the darts genre (which yes, is a perfectly valid video game genre that has seen plenty of games over the years, not something completely original this company invented). I'm no darts fan myself either, but all I got out of this review is learning that the reviewer thinks it's a stupid idea for a video game and would rate every darts game more or less the same. That's not a good review.

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