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180 (Atari XE Console/800XL/130XE, Cassette)
 
Publisher: Mastertronic Added Dimension
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Cover Art Language: English

Machine Compatibility: Atari 130XE, Atari 800XL, Atari XE

Release: On Cassette

Available For:
Atari XE Console/800XL/130XE

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Game Information

Original Release Date: 1st Jan 1984*
Original Release Price: £2.99
Market Valuation: £1.00 (How Is This Calculated?)
Author(s): David Forward, Jason Brooke & Steve Pickford
 

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Full Instructions

The Game

You are now the proud owner of the one and only real darts game around. 180 has eight different opponents waiting to take you on, in a two player option for when your friends want to join in and a practice game to help you win when they do!

Against the computer you'll play in a Championship knockout (coming in at quarter final stage) and to carry off the tournament you have to beat three opponents. The game selects who you'll play and in what order at random each time so that every game is different. Regardless of which of the eight characters appear and when, they will get better as you progress towards the final. Each of the players has his own style of play, with "favourite" doubles and finishing technique. Working this out early in a match can often help you win through.

The practice game, which we suggest you try out first, is there to help you become more skilful at throwing the darts. There is (very) little luck in 180. To win, you need to have a good eye and complete mastery of the throw. Practice is against the clock. You have to hit each number in sequence, from 20 down to 1, in a limited time. Easy it is *not*, but it *is* a lot of fun and *it* will develop your skills for the big match!

501 And All That

The main game is "standard" matchplay darts, where the two players compete to see who can score 501 first, on a best out of three basis (called sets). You can throw at any part of the board you like (see diagram) but you must finish by hitting a double, i.e. if you need four to win, you aim for double two, not single four. The bullseye in the centre of the board counts as "double 25" and is thus a legal finishing shot.

With the maximum possible score being the infamous 180 (three treble 20 hits) it follows that the highest number you can finish from is 170 (two treble 20, bullseye) and there are "preferred" (i.e. easier) ways to score most of the possible winning combinations below that. To save you have to work them out in the middle of a game, we list here one such set of 'finishes'. There are, of course, alternatives to many of the suggestions; how most of the professionals play is shown in the diagram below.

In real life, the players in a match takes turns throwing first - it is called "having the darts" - and thus the advantage is shared equally between them. The player who throws first should also be first to go for the winning double, all else being equal. However, in 180 you will always get the darts first - don't waste them!

Controlling The Throw

Push up to start "your" hand into motion. You'll notice very quickly that up, down, left and right don't work! Only diagonal movements are responded to, in order to simulate the difficulty of lining up and successfully hitting the dartboard from nearly eight feet away. Push fire to throw. The control system feels a little odd at first, but you'll soon get used to it. Practice will make (nearly) perfect - honest!

Play the tune-up game a few times!

Screening And Throwing

Whilst you are taking your turn at the board, the screen shows the hand holding your dart, the board itself and the automatic blackboard. Make your three shots and the score is automatically chalked up for you. At the bottom of the board, it shows your opponent's score, i.e. how many more he needs to win. This is updated each turn.

Once you've played, the screen will switch to an animated sequence as your opponent tries to defeat you!

Just as in the real world, there is nothing you can do here except watch and weep as all your well-laid plans are shot to pieces...

The Magnificent Eight

So that you will know what, or who, to expect here is the list of experts you might be called upon to play against in 180. Depending on what stage of the competition you meet them, their rating could be anything from fantastic upwards, although some are always better than others and all play differently. But we're not going to tell you any more than that - there have to be some surprises in life after all!

Quarter and semi finals
Mega Mick, Belly Bill, Delboy Des, Devious Dave, Sure Shot Sidney, Limp Wrist Larry, Tactical Tel

Final
Jammy Jim, World Champion and ace dart player. To beat him you have to be more than just amazing!

Finishing Combinations

In the following table, T = Treble, D = Double and S = Single.

No. Wanted Dart 1 Dart 2 Dart 3
170T20T20BULL
167T20T19BULL
164T20T18BULL
161T20T17BULL
160T20T20D20
158T20T20D19
157T10T20D20
156T20T20D18
155T20T19D19
154T18T20D20
153T20T19D18
152T20T20D16
151T17T20D17
150T20T18D18
149T20T19D16
148T20T16D20
147T20T17D18
146T18T20D16
145T15T20D20
144T20T20D12
143T17T20D16
142T20T14D20
141T19T20D12
140T20T20D10
139T20T13D20
138T18T20D12
137T19T16S16
136T20T20D8
135T20T15D15
134T20T14D16
133T20T19D8
132T20T16D12
131T13T20D16
130T20T18D8
129T11T20D18
128T20T20D4
127T20T17D8
126T19T11D18
125T19T20D4
124T20T16D8
123T13T20D12
122T18D18D16
121T19T16D8
120T20S20D20
119T19T10D16
118T20S18D20
117T19S20D20
116T20S20D18
115T20S15D20
114T20S14D20
113T20S13D20
112T20D12D20
111T17S20D20
110T20S18D16
109T20S15D16
108T20S16D16
107T19S10D20
106T20S14D16
105T20S13D16
104T18S18D16
103T17S20D16
102T20S10D16
101T17S10D20
100T20D20-
99T19S10D16
98T20D19-
97T19D20-
96T20D18-
95T19D19-
94T18D20-
93T19D18-
92T20D16-
91T17D20-
90T18D18-
89T19D16-
88T16D20-
87T17D18-
86T18D16-
85T15D20-
84T20D12-
83T17D16-
82BULLD16-
81T19D12-
80T20D10-
79T13D20-
78T18D12-
77T15D16-
76T20D8-
75T13D18-
74T14D16-
73T19D8-
72T16D12-
71T13D16-
70T10D20-
69T11D18-
68T20D4-
67T17D8-
66T10D18-
65T19D4-
64T16D8-
63T13D12-
62T14D10-
61T15D8-
60S20D20-
59S19D20-
58S18D20-
57S17D20-
56S16D20-
55S15D20-
54S14D20-
53S12D20-
52S20D16-
51S19D16-
50S18D16-
49S17D16-
48S16D16-
47S15D16-
46S14D16-
45S13D16-
44S12D16-
43S11D16-
42S10D16-
41S9D16-
40D20--
39S7D16-
38D14D5-
37S5D16-
36S18--
35S3D16-
34D17--
33S1D16-
32D16--
31S15D8-
30D15--
29S13D8-
28D14--
27S11D8-
26D13--
25S9D8-
24D14--
23S7D8-
22D11--
21S5D8-
20D10--
19S3D8-
18D9--
17S1D8-
16D8--
15S7D4-
14D7--
13S5D4-
12D6--
11S3D4-
10D5--
9S1D4-
8D4--
7S3D2-
6D3--
5S1D2-
4D2--
3S1D1-
2D1--
1BUST!--

Game Controls

Joystick only.

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Press PLAY on cassette. Hold down START while switching on the computer. Press RETURN. Program will now load.

Game Features

Eight opponents, Digitised speech, Two player option, Live joystick control, Full matchplay scoring, A sense of humour, Superb playability... What more is there in life? Buy it!

Joystick only.

180 is Item ID 6821 in our database. Last modified on Saturday 3rd of December 2016 at 02:01:53 PM.

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