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Zeppelin Games Ltd
Spike, Tink
Sport: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Chris Bourne

C64, Spectrum: £2.99

Darts games have appeared regularly over the last couple of years, and seemed to have hit the heights with Mastertronic's 180. However, undaunted by numerous predecessors, Zeppelin continue the genre and have released their product with the dubious blessing of sporting megastar Jocky Wilson.

So how does this latest oche simulator shape up? Throwing darts is achieved in a similar way to previous offerings, whereby a wobbling dart hovers in front of the board and is released by pressing the fire button. Although this proves quite tricky at first, it does introduce the correct amount of randomness into shots: the darts can be grouped easily, but a 180 is still difficult to achieve.

Normal "501 down" rules apply and the program supports a two player head-to-head, a solo player competition against computer opponents and also "round the clock" darts, competing against a timer.

Certainly a very capable rendition of the game, JWDC's only drawback is that it's all been seen before. Great if there isn't one in the collection, but otherwise it hits the wire.


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C64 - Jocky Wilson's Darts Challenge.