Setup & Timing
Getting around PDC World Championship Darts is easy, leaving the door open for casual gamers. "Wireless" is right on the main menu, and the connection process begins immediately. The opening credits are of an average length, and the download time was also average.
Menus & Navigation
The menus themselves are easily tap controlled. While the menu options are a little small, they're not too small, and are all clearly labeled and sufficiently bordered.
Ease Of Use / Play Control
The control scheme for the game will take some time to adjust to, but is a very logical approach. Players touch the dart board where they're aiming at, and then they "pull back" and "throw" the dart in what is close to a single motion, hoping to hit their target(s) on the dartboard. As is the case with real life, aiming higher than the desired target(s) is necessary. The learning curve is steep while learning the controls, but after the controls have been learned, the game will flow.
There are three parts to this "Content" category: the look, the sound, and the features. In terms of look, there are two views of the dartboard, but darts can only be thrown from one of the views. The upper screen has two of the pros, and when a dart is thrown, the current pro will throw the dart. Other than that, nothing moves. At all. In terms of the sound, the only real sound in the Single-Card Download multiplayer is the dart being thrown. There's really no need for the sound to be turned on. The real area of lacking is in the game's features. Only two humans can play multiplayer over wireless connection (the game doesn't even support more with Multi-Card connections). Other games without massive streaming content can support up to sixteen players. There's only one style of darts available via Single-Card Download wireless, not even offering free play. There are also no downloadable demos, co-op team competitions, or dart-based mini games. There are also no unlockables like different darts or dartboards or whacky sound effects.
Hmm... ... ... OK, here's the thing. PDC World Championship Darts is a solid game of darts: a solid 2-player-only, one-version-of-darts game. The controls are pretty good, but this gets really competitive, even for darts. The first few times through the Single-Card Download wireless multiplayer game, the game is fun. After you learn the controls and all of the tricks, there's very little challenge left to the game. I honestly think this is a good start, but the road to a good game can't be completed if you stop off at the first rest stop you see. Triple the content offerings and capabilites within gameplay rather than paying royalties to the pros. No offense intended, but pretty much nobody outside the world of competitive darts knows who they are. More important than the personalities featured within a game is the actual gameplay featured within the game.
Enlarge the menu options (and their labels).
Offer helpful commentary or (good) background music for the Single-Card Download multiplayer.
Allow up to 16 players via Single-Card Download play.
Make more than one version of darts available via Single-Card Download Play, including free play (throw ## darts for the highest score).
Provide downloadable Demos, Co-op team competitions, and dart-based Mini games.
Include unlockables: different darts, different dartboards, whacky sound effects, etc.
Overall Single-Card Download Rating: 51 / 100 (a.k.a. 25.5/50)
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