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Fri 8th Jan 2010

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SmurfIT commented on Review: Pub Darts (WiiWare):

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:

"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."

"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.

"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.