Darters looking for a home board similar to those found in Japanese “darts bars” in terms of having ‘awards movies’ on a screen should look no further than Epoch’s PC-Darts 2. It not only has it’s version of award movies and sounds, but they are also customizable. Furthermore, PC-Darts 2 also has a host of practice modes. What PC-Darts 2 essentially is… is an affordable way to get the experience of coin-op dart boards like Dartslive or Phoenix home, but with a Windows PC as the CPU.
First off, the award movies. This is what really makes darts that much more enjoyable in my opinion. If you’re not familiar with the coin-op soft tip dart boards commonly found in Asia, and only now is starting to gain traction in Europe and America, you will find that these modern coin-op darts boards using the more advanced and bigger screens available today; unlike the small CRT’s found some other older dart boards of several years back. They not only display information and static pictures, but when you have a great marks for your round, like a ‘hat trick’ or a ‘white horse,’ you get rewarded with an award movie for your particular achievement. The default movies are OK, but I replaced them with 720P resolution (woohoo!) Dartslive and Phoenix award movies I found on YouTube. There is a ‘user data’ folder in the ‘PC-Darts 2′ folder that is created when you install the software. Basically, you dump all customized files in these folders, as the original movie files are untouched.
Here I am playing a practice game of Count UP (8 rounds), where I Low Ton the 4th and 6th rounds. The movie is from Dartslive ‘Rock’n Girls’ series of awards movies that i lifted from YouTube, although the whole set is unavailable. Notice also that I customized the sound effects to the ones found on a Phoenix board. Someone was nice enough to have ripped it and made it available. The player change button is the red button at the ’2′ segments on the board, otherwise the ‘enter’ button on the keyboard can be used.
This is a demonstration of some other award movies from Phoenix and Dartslive on a game of 301. Obviously, I was not throwing. Notice here that you select players from an available selection of 24. You an customize the cards and names, which I again lifted from images like of myself and misc. objects, to Dartslive cards that can be found throughout the net. Each player slot has saved stats! Each time a game concludes, stats are displayed and saved. In addition, these stats can be exported to a file, and can be downloaded to a memory card so you can use it at another location with a PC-Darts 2 board (2 of my friends just got their board). Also, did you notice the suggestions the CPU makes when you can close game out in that round?
That’s me in slot 1. Slots 5, 6, and 8 are the ugly default ones. The teddy bear and watermelon are obviously there for the females when they are bored.
I found these interesting, ahem, Dartslive card images floating around the net.
Heres a video showcasing a single player game of Cricket and the various award movies. Yeah, again, I was not actually playing (I wish!)
Customizable Background shown is this pic above, as well as the various data saved and tracked by the software. This makes practice fun and useful. The marks for the Count Up practice games are tracked, showing you where you are mostly hitting- just move the cursor over the segments to see the amount of times and percentage of hits.
Good thing they’re mostly in English!
BTW, the background music is customizable or you can turn it off, as well as the bullseye picture displayed when the bull is hit.
Check it out, just like a Dartslive machine, you can input up to 3 different messages that are displayed after the award movie is played.
For even more information, you can download the PC-Darts 2 manual from the PC-Darts 2 website, as well as additional sound effects and voices.
And you can watch the official promotional movie…