John Lowe's Darts

• Publisher: Gremlin Graphics
• Developer:
As above
Release Date: 1989
Code: Harald Beiler

GFX: Harald Beiler
Music: N/A

ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating: 79%




> JOHN LOWE'S ULTIMATE DARTS by Gremlin Graphics

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

John Lowe's Ultimate Darts is quite a unique darts simulator. There are tons of options and players to play against on the computer, or you can chose to play against them on your own dartboard. Choosing the second option relies on you entering your scores honestly into the computer to see how you would perform against opponents in real life. I imagine this game was well loved by darts fanatics back in the eighties, although I bet many of them entered some false scores to get the results they wanted. This is perfect for a cheat like myself to see if there's anything at the end of this game...


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I pressed a few buttons and I won every game with a nine dart finish! Now how did that happen...

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: I ended up playing Bob 'The Limestone Cowboy' Anderson in the world final. Unfortunately for Bob I was again in great form and won every leg with a nine darter. At the end of the match a picture of a trophy with a dart either side of it was shown with my name at the top and the losing finalists name at the bottom.


  • Neil: Not too bad. I expected a simple text message at the end of this as the entire game follows a simple text style throughout. 3/10.
  • Vinny: Back in the eighties I spent most of my time doing two things: playing/coding on my Commodore 64, and playing darts. Darts was quite a big deal back then, and I spent many a late evening playing against my brother and cousin and actually doing quite well. It's strange to envisage a game coder sitting down and deciding that they were going to create a computer game version of darts... but they seemed to pull it off! The only darts game I've played on the Commodore 64 is '180' by Mastertronic, and so I've never played this one...

    The ending is tidy, tiny and adequate. 2.5/10 from me.
  • Brendan Phoenix: World's blockiest trophy!
  • Andrew Fisher: Perhaps the strangest part of this game is the option for the player to play on a REAL board and type in their scores.

    Not my favourite darts game on the C64 (that would be Stephen Walters' Bullseye) but good to see there is an ending. Even if it is a very basic screen.
  • Andy Vaisey: Well I'll throw another dart game into the hat (board?), with my favourite being '180'.

    Not played this dart game, but the ending is a bit Lego isn't it? Ugly!

FINAL SAY: It's not great, but it's ok. I think only Phil Taylor would see this ending if everyone entered honest figures.

G.E. RATING: 3 / 10

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