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Elite Darts

Minimum Requirements:
Windows 95/98 Macintosh
Pentium 75 System 7.x
16 MB Ram Power PC CPU
2 MB SVGA Video Card Sound Manager 3.0
DirectX compatible Sound Card 8 MB Ram
15 MB Hard Disk space 15 MB Hard Disk Space

System Reviewed on
Windows 98
Pentium 233 MMX
S3 Virge DX 4MB Video Card
3dfx Voodoo 2 12 MB 3d card
64 MB Ram
Soundblaster Live

Do you like darts but don't have a dartboard, or perhaps no place to put a dartboard? Then Elite Darts from Patch Products is what you need. This is a fun game with a variety of game play options that should keep you tossing for a long time. I must admit I was a bit skeptical when I first looked at the game, I mean how can anyone really simulate
the experience of playing darts in the local brew pub on your computer. Surprisingly I found the game to be quite authentic in its representation of many peoples favorite pastime.

The interface is surprisingly simple to learn but challenging to master, just like real darts. You control a semi-transparent throwing arm with the mouse. As you move the mouse the arm will follow your movements, allowing you to aim your shot. After you have decided on the shot click and hold the left mouse button to lock your arm in place. Move the mouse backward to pull the arm back, then push the mouse forward and release the button to throw the dart. The speed of the mouse determines how hard the dart is thrown. The point where you release the button affects whether the dart goes high or low, and you can also push the mouse to the left or right as you "throw" to have the dart sail that way as well. It's really quite easy to learn but as I said before it will take more than one game to master the technique. There is also an "Easy Throw" option that allows no left or right movement after the shot is thrown.

As for the game play itself, well it is quite authentic with a variety of options to choose from. There is the standard game of Cricket as expected along with the different flavors of '01 and Baseball. The number of choices for Cricket include "extended play", "descending order", "call cricket", "inverse cricket", along with others as well. Essentially
every variety of '01 makes an appearance and Baseball has several options as well.

What would darts be if only one player could participate? Not much fun, that's what. Elite darts takes care of that
with multi-player options via Internet, modem, or Network. Up to four players can participate in doubles matches of any of the games, with options within those games specifically for doubles play. Connecting up with other players
is a breeze and, as expected, the type of game runs smoothly in multi-player. Of course four people can also play on one machine, good for those Friday night get-togethers.

My only complaint with this game is the lack of graphics options. There are only four "locations" to play darts in and there is no game screen resolution above 640x480. If they addressed those issues it would be a real winner. Overall the game is fun to play though, and isn't that what games are supposed to be. I rate it with a Joystick up.

Elite Darts

 

Elite Darts

ESRB: Rating Pending - RP
Platform: PC Games
Category: Action Games
 
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Elite Darts Minimum Requirements: Windows 95/98 Macintosh Pentium 75 System 7.x 16 MB Ram Power PC CPU 2 MB SVGA Video Card Sound Manager 3.0 DirectX compatible Sound Card 8 MB Ram 15 MB Hard Disk space 15 MB Hard Disk Space System Reviewed on Windows 98 Pentium 233 MMX S3 Virge DX 4MB Video Card 3dfx Voodoo 2 12 MB 3d card 64 MB Ram Soundblaster Live Do you like darts but don't have a dartboard, or perhaps no place to put a dartboard? Then Elite Darts from Patch Products is what you need. This is a fun game with a variety of game play options that should keep you tossing for a long time. I must admit I was a bit skeptical when I first looked at the game, I mean how can anyone really simulate the experience of playing darts in the local brew pub on your computer. Surprisingly I found the game to be quite authentic in its representation of many peoples favorite pastime. The interface is surprisingly simple to learn but challenging to master, just like real darts. You control a semi-transparent throwing arm with the mouse. As you move the mouse the arm will follow your movements, allowing you to aim your shot. After you have decided on the shot click and hold the left mouse button to lock your arm in place. Move the mouse backward to pull the arm back, then push the mouse forward and release the button to throw the dart. The speed of the mouse determines how hard the dart is thrown. The point where you release the button affects whether the dart goes high or low, and you can also push the mouse to the left or right as you "throw" to have the dart sail that way as well. It's really quite easy to learn but as I said before it will take more than one game to master the technique. There is also an "Easy Throw" option that allows no left or right movement after the shot is thrown. As for the game play itself, well it is quite authentic with a variety of options to choose from. There is the standard game of Cricket as expected along with the different flavors of '01 and Baseball. The number of choices for Cricket include "extended play", "descending order", "call cricket", "inverse cricket", along with others as well. Essentially every variety of '01 makes an appearance and Baseball has several options as well. What would darts be if only one player could participate? Not much fun, that's what. Elite darts takes care of that with multi-player options via Internet, modem, or Network. Up to four players can participate in doubles matches of any of the games, with options within those games specifically for doubles play. Connecting up with other players is a breeze and, as expected, the type of game runs smoothly in multi-player. Of course four people can also play on one machine, good for those Friday night get-togethers. My only complaint with this game is the lack of graphics options. There are only four "locations" to play darts in and there is no game screen resolution above 640x480. If they addressed those issues it would be a real winner. Overall the game is fun to play though, and isn't that what games are supposed to be. I rate it with a Joystick up.



 
 

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