180 (video game)

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180 game cover.jpg
Publisher(s) Mastertronic Added Dimension
Artist(s) Jeremy Nelson
Ste Pickford
Composer(s) David Whittaker
Platform(s) ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-bit, MSX
Release 1986 (Spectrum, CPC, C64)
1987 (MSX)
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single player, Versus

180 is a darts video game released for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-bit family and MSX.


The player competes in 501 darts against other darts players waiting in a championship tournament with normal darts rules applying, subtracting your score from 501 to zero whilst finishing on a double. Beginning at the quarter finals, the player must win a best of three match to advance through the tournament. Win another match in the semi final stage to advance to the final and face the World Champion Jammy Jim. In the final match however, the player needs to win just one leg against him to win the tournament. Players can also compete against another human player or play Round the Clock, throwing darts around the dartboard from 20 to 1 within a time limit.


ZX Spectrum screenshot

There are a total of eight computer-controlled opponents in the game. Before the start of the match, the computer randomly selects an opponent, though Jammy Jim can only be played in the final. The opponents are Del Boy Desmond Sure Shot Sidney, Devious Dave, Limp Wrist Larry, Beer Belly Bill, Mega Mick, Tactical Tel, and Jammy Jim.


At the time of its release, ratings for the game were favourable.[citation needed] The Spectrum version got a 72% rating from Crash magazine who labelled it as "the best darts game ever".[1] The Commodore 64 version received a 70% rating from ZZAP! magazine.[citation needed] The Amstrad version got a rating of 67% from Amstrad Action.[citation needed]

The game was reviewed in Sinclair User, which rated the game 5 out of 5, stating "Darts ought to be boring and tedious, but with 180 it has been made funny, exciting and very impressive, a closet hit."[2] The game was reviewed in Your Sinclair, which rated the game 9 out of 10, stating "In its presentation, 180 does veer toward the macho, crafty cockney Bristow school of darts rather than that of Gentleman John Lowe, but otherwise there's little to quibble about - a winner across the board!"[3] The game was reviewed in ACE, stating "The definitive computer darts game. If you must play arrows on your micro then this is the one to get."[4]


  1. ^ Crash (35): 36. December 1986. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Taylor, Graham (December 1986). Sinclair User (57): 87. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Robson, Rick (January 1987). Your Sinclair (13): 47. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ ACE (10): 81. July 1988. Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

  • 180 at SpectrumComputing.co.uk
  • 180 at Lemon 64