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PDC World Darts Championship Review

By , on October 4, 2009


PDC World Darts Championship
4 out of 5

PROS

  • There are five game modes to play through; with pass and play multiplayer options for Quick Play mode.
  • Players are free to use their iPod during gameplay.
  • The game’s 3D presentation looks great and is quite smooth.

CONS

  • Tilt sensitive controls + iPhone flicking action = incredibly frustrating gameplay.
  • Game AI can be a bit too difficult at times.
  • New players might be unfamiliar with the rules; trying to hit the bullseye instead of the triple 20 area.

VERDICT

PDC World Darts Championships certainly has potential but also has some issues which fans of the game or pro-circuit may be able to forgive and enjoy what’s on offer.


  • Full Review

PDC World Darts Championship is a game for fans of professional darts; yes, they do exist. You play as one of the real life champions of the chequered board as you verse competitors in tournaments. If you’re unfamiliar with professional darts your goal is to work backwards from 501, throwing three darts per round to hit numbers that will subtract from your starting total to get to zero.

Players aim darts by tilting the iPhone. Once they have a shot lined up, players tap and hold the screen to ready the shot and then flick the iPhone forward to throw. You’ll need to throw when the reticle is smallest for the most accurate shot. However, the controls may give players quite a bit of grief as mixing iPhone flicking actions with a tilt controlled game that requires pinpoint accuracy tends to spell 'disaster'.

Visually the game is very well done; the 3D graphics and character models look great. The sound is also quite enjoyable featuring an audio track by commentators and the option for players to use their iPod during gameplay. There are five game modes to play through, including local multiplayer options for up to four players.

PDC World Darts Championships is a decent game but isn’t without its issues; the biggest one being the control scheme. Also, if players are unfamiliar with Professional Darts rules, they might be a bit lost during gameplay. If you’re a fan of the pro-circuit however, you might want to give this a go and see if it hits a bullseye in your book.

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