4cr Plays – Darts Up 3D
Enjoy Up has just released a new game on the Nintendo 3DS eshop: Darts Up 3D! I’ve previously reviewed some of Enjoy Up’s releases, such as the minimalist exploration game Abyss, the “hard but fun” 99 Moves and La Mulana, their last great Wiiware release.
Darts Up 3D is an entertaining game in which you play darts using the tilt sensor in the 3DS (while still being able to use the auto-stereoscopic 3D display) and then pulling and releasing the analog nub to throw a dart. The controls are simple and to the point, and they get the job done nicely.
Since this is a budget release, one would expect a barebones game without any extra options, but that is not the case here. Darts Up 3D also has Mii support so that each player can use their Mii for their profile. And yes, this does mean that this $2.99 game has multiplayer! The best part of it is that the multiplayer is handled by download play, and as long as one player has a copy of the game it can be temporally beamed to the 3DS of one of 3 other players to take part of a little friendly game of darts, for a total of 4 players at once. Multiplayer sessions can also be handled locally by passing the 3DS between players when it is their turn to aim, shoot and score.
There are 3 modes available for Darts Up 3D:
a) Classic Mode: Just like the game you’ve always played. Carefully aim the darts to score the most points and win the match. If you hit the dartboard in the center, you’ll get a bullseye and score 50 points for your tally.
b) Arcade Mode: You have 3 rounds to achieve the mandatory score or else it is game over. Things start of easy with a lot of room for mistakes but the higher you go, the more times you’ll be required to nail every single shot dead center in the board.
c) X01: You can opt for the same scoring system as in professional tournaments, starting with a high score and throwing darts at the board to lower your score to reach 0.
If you want to take a short break before your next shot, you can hold the L or R buttons to look around you by moving along with the 3DS to get a 360 view of your location. Sure, it doesn’t directly affect the game of darts, but it’s a nice bonus that shows off some of the features of the Nintendo 3DS.
Darts Up 3D is a fun budget game that will scratch any “I Must.Play.Darts!” itch you might have while on the go. The tilt controls work great, the different game modes keep things interesting, and the fact that this $2.99 release can be used to play with several people thanks to Download Play is a great plus.