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Alternative Software * £9.99 (Not previously reviewed)

Bully's sporting darts Bullseye - the TV programme responsible for putting a speedboat on every council estate in northern England – enters the Amiga arena with the exotic Bully’s Sporting Darts. It is a veritable feast, nay, a festival of darting fun. On the oche are the classics – 501 and Round the Board, and the sports games football, golf, cricket, tennis and snooker.

So how do you play darts on a computer? Well, you control a wobbly hand in front of the dartboard, and when you fancy your chances of hitting the target, press the joystick fire-button. Simple.
The sports options are not anything special, although the pleasant ‘outdoor’ sound effects in golf are rather nice.

Bully’s Sporting Darts works best in two player mode playing traditional 501. Good fun if you like darts or competitive two player sports sims.
Steve Bradley

Verdict: 72%

Amiga Format, Issue 49, August 1993, p.96

Bully's sporting darts logo


D Bully's sporting darts arts is a game usually played by fat northern beer drinkers in smoky working men's clubs. Not that I have anything against fat northern beer drinkers having spent a good proportion of my life amongst them. It's just that darts is a game that can only be enjoyed whilst consuming large quantities of alcohol. For that reason Bully's Sporting Darts was doomed to failure from the off.

For those of you unfamiliar with the delights of Sunday afternoon telly, Bully is a cartoon character from the 'lovely, super, smashing, great' quiz show Bullseye. This game features darts quite heavily and is held together by Jim Bowen's smashing catchphrases. Bully's Darts may be a licence of the character from the quiz but it bears little resemblance to the show. This version sports six variations on the basic darts theme, as well as the normal 501 there's football, golf, snooker, tennis, cricket and round the board. This may seem like a lot to choose from but they're all much the same. For instance, in football you throw the darts at highlighted score by throwing at the bull. In tennis, you throw at highlighted segments in order to keep the imaginary ball in play. Yawn!!

Unlike the real thing there's actually little skill involved. You control a wobbly on-screen hand which suffers badly from the effects of gravity. So, to get the darts in the bit of board you want it's basically a question of keeping the joystick pushed up and steady. Bully is ever present throughout the game to give a word of encouragement or derision... well, actually all he does is moo! In fact, Bully's moo is just about the only sound effect and as for the in-game tune, the less said the better. As a budget release Bully's Darts fails abysmally, in fact it would have trouble cutting it as PD. Avoid. Jon Sloan


CU Amiga, June 1993, p.53