Product Type: Sega Nintendo DS games
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All the fun of darts without the beer belly!
Sega Presents: Touch Darts
Member Name: Lbird99
Sega Presents: Touch Darts
Advantages: Entertaining and Easy to play!
Disadvantages: Gets insanely hard by the end
Since I had an inkling that Santa was going to bring me a shiny new 3DS for Christmas I decided to borrow a few old Nintendo DS games from my Dad to keep me going until it arrived. One of the games I borrowed was Touch Darts, as I am a bit of a darts fan.
Touch Darts was released in 2007 by Sega, and is not affiliated with any darts federation so none of the characters are actual darts stars. The characters are like a throwback to the 80's, big burly blokes and not too attractive women, all with cheesy nicknames. However, there is a commentator, Jossy whose comments scroll across the bottom of the screen. He is definitely modelled on PDC commentator Sid Waddell both in appearance and the gibberish style comments he makes.
When you start playing touch darts you can either get playing a quick game of darts straight away with Quick Start or you can set up your own file which gives you access to the career mode and challenges. When you first start a file you need to Name your character, pick a cheesy nickname, choose your face and then your darts. The first time you play you get limited access to faces and darts styles but you unlock more as the games goes on - although I find that quite amusing as why would you want to change your face half way through the game!!
The career mode runs through 4 levels from Novice to Pro, starting off playing in your bedroom before moving to more glamorous locations like Las Vegas. You start off playing 301 darts with 2 legs, moving to 501 adding sets so the game gets longer as you progress. You throw the dart by dragging the stylus back and sliding it forward again. For the first two levels you get a guide to show you how far to slide the stylus back, but for the later two levels you have to fly solo! The game starts off pretty easy with you r opponent barely able to hit the board, but by the time you get to Pro your opponent will hardly ever miss the treble or finishers. Although I think I am pretty good at the game, I have not managed yet to complete the career mode.
The challenge game is a collection of darts mini games including Simon Says - where you follow the pattern set by your opponent, 1001 - a longer version of 501 but with limited darts and time, speed darts - where you have to throw a certain amount of darts at the board in a short amount of time, and my personal favourite Round the clock - where you have to hit the numbers from 1 to bulls eye in order getting to skip numbers if you hit a double or treble. These are spread across 5 levels of difficulty, and like the main game get progressively harder as the game goes on. It is ridiculously hard once you get to level 5, but after a few sessions of pulling my hair out I have managed to complete all the challenges!
There is also a multiplayer version of the game but I have not tried it!
I really enjoyed Touch Darts - the game was really well suited to the touch screen nature of the Nintendo DS, and the graphics are quite realistic which actually surprised me! One of the downsides of the game is the tinny music and the limited groans and shouts from the crowd - however I tend to play with the sound down it wasn't a major issue. I would definitely recommend this game regardless of if you are a darts fan or not - If you can borrow it like me then so much the better, but I have seen it in the Play.com sale for just over a fiver, which is worth the money in my opinion. It is an easy game to pick up when you have five minutes, and doesn't require too much brain power so is just my type of game!! I just wish I could get past 93% completion........
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