In this article we look at 10 great electronic dartboard games that you can play right now.
Electronic dartboards are becoming increasingly popular.
They are easier to play than bristle or wooden dartboards because of their enlarged targets.
The dartboard was invented by the company “Arachnid”, who also created soft-tip darts. Soft-tip darts are commonly used in playing on electronic dartboards.
The invention of the computerised board has led to the creation of many great electronic dartboard games which are programmed in the dartboard software.
[On another page we review the Arachnid Cricket Pro 800 electronic dartboard – check it out]
Electronic dartboards have large playing areas covered by lots and lots of little holes.
A player’s score is read by the in-built computer as soon a darts enters the hole.
This differs with bristle dartboards where players have to add their own scores. With an electronic dartboard the computer does it all for you!
There are some fantastic electronic dartboard games you can play. Here’s our list of some of the best ones!
Electronic Dartboard Games – Check These Out!
1. The “01” Games
Some of the top games that can be played on virtually any kind of dartboard are the “01” games.
These games can be played by any number of players. At the start of each game, players are assigned points depending on the match in question. For the 301 game, players are assigned score 301, and they are expected to count down to exactly score zero.
A player’s score is deducted by each dart score, taking turns of 3 darts every go.
A player can hit singles, doubles and trebles. He can hit the inner bull to win 50 points or the outer bull to win 25 points.
A player wins when he gets down to zero by hitting a double with his final dart. For example, if a player needs 32 when he walks up to the oche and hits double 16 – he wins!
2. American Cricket
Cricket can be played by either two individuals or two teams.
The numbers in play are the bullseye and 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.
The object of the game is to “close” numbers 15 through 20 and the bullseye by hitting them each three times before your opponent.
As soon as a number is closed, the player will “own” that number and will score points every time he hits the same number whilst his opponent is trying to close the same number.
Once all the numbers 15 to 20 and bullseye are closed off the winner is the person who has amassed the most points.
This can be played by any number of players on electronic dartboards but usually, two players play it.
The numbers commonly used for the game are numbers from 1 to 9.
Players have to hit the innings corresponding to numbers from 1 to 9. They must hit a number at a time and in order. On each hit, a single is recorded as one point, a double two points, and a triple three points. The player with the highest points for the nine innings wins.
This is one of the most popular of electronic dartboard games.
The game can be played by any number of players. The numbers are folded, and the players have to blind pick a number.
Each player is required to hit the double of the number he chooses, and if he succeeds in this, he has tagged a killer. The letter “K” is recorded against his name.
The killer then tries to hit the double of his opponents. An opponent loses a life if his double is hit.
Three lives are given to each player, and once the life is exhausted, the player is removed. The last player standing wins the game.
Shanghai can be played by any number of players and the numbers preferred for the game are numbers from 1 to 7.
The players throw sequentially at the figures from 1 to 7 and aim at scoring as many points as they can with all their darts (usually three). The score for each number on each throw is the number itself. Thus, hitting a 1 with three darts gives three scores and hitting a 7 with three darts gives 21.
You win by scoring the highest score at the end of the game or getting a Shanghai. You get a Shanghai when you throw at the single, double and triple of a number.
6. Legs (knock-out)
Legs can be played by any number of players. Every number on the board can be used but mostly the higher numbers namely, 19 and 20 are preferred.
Each player is given three legs (lives) at the start of the game.
The order of the play is first determined, and then the first player throw to score as many points as possible with 3 darts.
The next player throws and aims to score higher than the previous player. Once a player fails to score more than the previous player, he loses a leg, and he is removed when he loses four legs.
The last standing player wins.
7. 51 by 5’s
The number of players required for this game is unlimited.
Every number on the board can be used for the match. However, the score is only recorded if the total score of all three darts can be divided by 5.
Thus, players prefer numbers 5, 10, 15 and 20. On dividing the count by 5, the point is then the result of the division. For example, if 20 is scored with the 3 darts the score of 4 is recorded.
The winner in this game is the first person that reaches 51, so long as the last three darts produce a score.
8. Round the World (Round the Board)
Round the World can be played by two players and each player is given three darts.
The players aim at being the first to hit all the numbers starting from 1 to 20 in the order.
The count holds irrespective of the part of the number he hits and the players cannot jump a number to hit at another number.
This is a great game that can be played on the electronic board. The person to first complete the sequence wins.
9. English Cricket
The American form of cricket is different from cricket played in the UK. Both games can be played on electronic dartboards.
In English cricket, a player can either be a batter or a bowler; the batter is the first player. Ten wickets are fixed on the board at the beginning, and the bowler is tasked with removing the wicket while the batter for each turn tries to score as high as possible.
However, only points beyond 40 are recorded. 40 is taken as the 0 score, thus score 60 is recorded as 20. The player with the highest score during his turn as a batter wins the game.
10. 180 Around the Clock
This game can be played on electronic dartboard as well as bristle boards.
The object is to get a maximum score of 180.
Players are given three darts, and they should hit the numbers consecutively starting from 1 to 20. A single attracts score 1, double 2 and triple 3. Thus, with the three darts, a player can get a total of 60 if he hits all singles, 120 if all doubles and 180 if all triples.
The best players can get as much as between 120 and 140 scores. The highest player in the game is the player with the highest score.
There are many other electronic dartboard games that anyone can play. The Arachnid Cricket Pro 800 dartboard is programmed with 39 games, including the ones above.