Vita (also on PS3/PSN/Move)
Darts: A game involving dangerously sharp metal projectiles that’s
usually played whilst imbibing copious amounts of amber fluid. Fuck
we love the English!
Yep, you could easily have an eye out, or if your aim’s really
shitty damage other vitals. So, just one advantage of this Vita
venture into the popular pointy pursuit is that if somebody hurls it
at you it may hurt, but at least it isn’t all sharp and eye-pokey
Another advantage is that it’s pretty bloody good. Game variants
abound, running the gamut of possibly every rule set undertaken in a
pub somewhere from classic 301 to a peculiar take on cricket. Then
there are the board variations – mind you, they may look wacky, but
all function pretty much the same; hurl, score, skull! Then there
are customisable darts and the ability to stick your own mug in as
an avatar – or a photo of, say, any nommy Cookie Monster plushie you
may have nearby.
Plenty enough to keep any darts aficionado content for hours – or at
least until the Vita’s battery goes ‘PHUT!’. But there’s more – a
range of bizarre-o not real world mini-games utilising various
Vita-specific functions, with exploding darts and the like.
Oh yeah, how do you actually hurl those missiles? Plop the dart
where you want it with your finger, tap, pull down then push up
(more or less) and ‘WHEEEE!’, it’ll sail through the air and
hopefully hit where you aimed. Adjusting to having your chucking
style result in what you’re aiming at comes quickly, and that’s when
the scoring begins – handy for local play, even handier for wiping
the beer-sodden floor with others the world over.
There’s more to do here than you could ever do with a real
dartboard, so if you manage to get bored then we suggest drinking