Darts (Rainbow Research) Review | Home Computing Weekly - Everygamegoing

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By Rainbow Research
BBC Model B

Published in Home Computing Weekly #23

My first niggle about this program surfaces when reading the on-screen instructions. Why, when the BBC has cursor control keys, direct the target crosswires with keys 1, 2, 3 and 4?!

The drawing of the dart board was very slow and could do with speeding up, either by using better Basic techniques or putting this section into machine code.

Once drawn, the target crosswires start to wander around and are repositioned by using the aforementioned control keys.

When you judge you're on target, not always easy as the crosswires tend to merge with the board on a colour TV, you fire your dart by hitting key 5.

The flight of the dart is again very ponderous and may drift off target slightly. On arrival, your score is added to the running total until the third dart, when the whole lot is deducted from the total and player two has his go.

The games soon loses its appeal mainly due to the slow speed and lack of good sound effects.


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