The past few months have played havoc with our lives in countless ways, and the impact on pub dart leagues is a perfect example of the knock-on effects that closures have had. However, one of the mantras during the lockdown has been that you can find online alternatives for just about anything if you look hard enough.
Sure enough, that applies to darts as much as it does to birthday parties and coffee tastings (yes, you really can do those via webchat, apparently). Hopes are high that the pub darts leagues will soon be back in action. But these mobile alternatives won’t be going anywhere and will continue to provide some distraction and entertainment between encounters.
This game is from iWare Designs, the same people who created the massively successful Pro Pool and Pro Snooker. It has the same great game physics and a wide choice of games – if you’ve never played cricket, darts or golf darts before, now’s your chance. The great thing is, you can also try out these variations on a real dartboard to freshen up your practice routine. The AI is just right – at “legend” level, it’s certainly challenging but still beatable. The only minor quibble is the ads, which can be irritating – but that’s par for the course with a free game.
There are a few different darts-themed slots games out there that have been optimized for mobile, but this one from Blueprint Gaming gets the nod. The 5x4 reel format is out of the ordinary, so it stands out from the crowd straight away. Dart players appear among the symbols with values next to their names. The significance of these becomes clear when you enter the bonus game, so sit tight and go with the flow. There are plenty of platforms where you can try the game out on your phone, and AustralianCasinoSites.com provides a good, impartial run down of the options available to you. Click here to read through their reviews and choose the one that’s right for you.
This is one that you should definitely install on your phone. It’s officially sanctioned by the PDC, which means you can play against virtual versions of all the big names like Van Gerwin, Anderson, King and the rest. Best of all, though, is the social gaming aspect whereby you can play against friends – or indeed complete strangers – from anywhere in the world. Add to that a range of special challenges that help you to level up faster, and you have a great game that will keep you entertained for hours at a time.
Finally, another player versus player game, and one that has spiked in popularity since an update a couple of months ago. The reviews have been effusive ever since, and players agree that while it might not have the depth or the finesse of the PDC game, the mechanics are second to none, making this arguably the most realistic darts game you can play without heading to the pub. Give it a try and see what you think!