Learn How to Play Dart Games
There are many dart games that can be played to keep you and your opponents on your toes. Some range from good practice games to hone your accuracy to games that are focused on having a sound strategy to win. Our game articles will teach you the rules and the best methods to beat your opponents.
Around the Clock
Overview: This is a simple game that requires you to hit each area of the dartboard clockwise around the circle. You start with 1 and work your way back to 20 and then finish the game with the bulls eye as the final target.
Number of Players: Around the Clock can be played with any number of individual players or teams that rotate each turn.
Game Description: This is one of the most popular darts games out there and involves both skill and strategy to hit the top areas of the board — 15 through bulls eye. Hit each target area 3 times to close it out and then score points on it before your opponent can close it. Once the target area is closed, you can no longer use it to score points.
Number of Players: Cricket can be played by two individual players or teams of 2 that rotate each turn.
Game Description: The name 801 comes from the amount of points each player or team starts with. The object of the game is to actually subtract all the points that you score with the end goal of having zero to win the game. '01 games require you to score a double in order to start and to win.
Number of Players: 801 can be played with any number of individual players or can be played with teams where players rotate for each round.
Game Description: 501 is similar to 801 except it requires 300 fewer points to work your way down to zero. These are often referred to as '01 games and all have the same rules with different starting points.
Number of Players: 501 can be played with any number of individual players or can be played with teams where players rotate for each round.
Game Description: 301 is another '01 game similar to 501 and 801 with the lowest starting point total for all of these games.
Number of Players: 301 can be played with any number of individual players or can be played with teams where players rotate for each round.
Game Description: Scram is a great game to test your accuracy as it uses every area of the dartboard except the bulls eye. It involves going against each other as a race to hit the areas of the board to score points before your opponent can close them out.
Number of Players: Scram is played with two individual players against one another.
Game Description: In this game you work your way progressively at target areas 1-7 on the board in each round. The first turn starts off by targeting anywhere within the 1 on the dartboard and increments to 2 in the second round, then 3 and so on until 7. Each round counts for more and more points.
Number of Players: It can be played by individuals or teams of rotating players for each turn.
Game Description: 21 is very similar to the popular Cricket game. The name Twenty One comes from the fact that there are 7 target numbers on the scoreboard and the goal is to hit them at least 3 times (7 x 3), totaling 21 points. Since double rings and triple rings are in play, this doesn't mean you have to hit your target 3 times in a row with your 3 darts per round to meet this objective.
Number of Players: 21 can be a single player game or can be played against someone else.