180 by Mastertronic

Synopsis:

Eight opponents, digitised speech, two player option, live joystick control, full matchplay scoring, a sense of humour, super playability. What more is there in life? Buy it!

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Original Advertising and Promotional Work

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Original Instructions

Note: Many of these instructions have been OCRed and may not have been proofread, as a result spelling errors, broken English and grammar are likely.

The Game:

You are now the proud owner of the one and only REAL darts game around. 180 has eight different opponents waiting to take you on, a two player option for when your friends want to join in and a practice game to help you win when they do!

Against the computer you'll play in a Championship knockout (coming in at quater final stage) and to carry off the tournament you have to beat three opponents. The game selects who you'll play and in what order at random each time so that every game is different. Regardless of which of the eight characters appear and when, they will get better as you progress towards the final. Each of the players has his own style of play, with "favourite" doubles and finishing technique. Working this out early in a match can often help you win through.

The practice game, which we suggest you try out first, is there to help you become more skillful at throwing the darts. There is (very) little luck in 180. To win you need to have a good eye and complete mastery of the throw. Practice is against the clock. You have to hit each number in sequence, from 20 to 1, in a limited time. Easy it is not, but it is a lot of fun and it will develop your skills for the big match!

501 And All That:

The main game is "standard" matchplay darts, where the two players compete to see who can score 501 first, on a best out of three basis (called sets). You can throw at any part of the board you like but you must finish by hitting a double, ie. if you need 4 to win, you aim for double two, not single four. The bullseye in the centre of the board counts as "double 25" and is thus a legal finishing shot.

With the maximum possible score being the (infamous) 180 (three treble 20 hits) it follows that the highest number you can finish from is 170 (two treble 20, bullseye) and there are "preferred" (ie. easier) ways to score most of the possible winning combinations below that. To save you have to work them out in the middle of a game, we list here one such set of 'finishes'. There are, of course, alternatives to many of the suggestions, but this is how most of the professionals play it (see table).

In real life, the players in a match take turns throwing first - it is called "having the darts" - and thus the advantage is shared equally between them. The player who throws first should also be first to go for the winning double, all else being equal. However, in 180 you will always get the darts first - don't waste them!

Controlling The Throw:

Joystick is the recommended method of taking your shots, but if you use the keyboard follow the on screen instructions to define your own choice of keys, and with regard to which joystick interfaces are supported.

Push up to start "your" hand into motion. You'll notice very quickly that up, down, left and right don't work! Only diagonal movements are responded to, in order to simulate the difficulty of lining up and successfully hitting the dartboard from nearly eight feet away. Push FIRE to throw. The control system feels a little odd at first, but you'll soon get used to it. Practice will make (nearly) perfect - honest!

Play the tune-up game a few times!

Screening And Throwing:

Whilst you are taking your turn at the board, the screen shows the hand holding your dart, the board itself and the automatic blackboard. Make your three shots and the score is automatically chalked up for you. At the bottom of the board is shown your opponents score.

Once you've played, the screen will switch to an animated sequence as your opponent tries to defeat you! (Look out for happenings in the background!) Just as in the real world, there is nothing you can do here except watch and weep as all your well laid plans are shot to pieces...

The Magnificent Eight:

So that you will know what, or who, to expect here is the list of experts you might be called upon to play against in 180. Depending on what stage of the competition you meet them their rating could be anything from fantastic upwards, although some are always better and play differently. But we're not going to tell you any more than that - there have to be some surprises in life after all:-

Quater and semi finals: Mega Mick, Belly Bill, Delboy Des, Devious Dave, Sure Shot Sidney, Limp Wrist Larry, Tactical Tel.

Final: Jammy Jim, World Champion and ace dart player. To beat him you have to be more than just amazing.

Cheat Mode

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Your Comments and Memories

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"A game not to played with keys as the directional system is truly awkward with the keyboard. One of the better budget titles - I found myself shouting "ONE HUNDRED & EIGHTY" even though I wasnt making those scores ;0)"


Personal rating :

5 5/10

Posted by cpc4eva | Report |

"Great, super, smashing darts game! Good graphics and animation, good sound, an ingenious control system and worthy opponents combine to make this a budget game to shame many full-price releases."


Personal rating :

9 9/10

Posted by Paolo Meccano | Report |

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