Anyone who has watched any movie or TV show knows dart games go with parties and beers. Unfortunately, most on-screen games do not give us the playing instructions, which can get difficult if you have a party of your own and want to play darts.
There are so many dart games you can play. They are a good way to keep people entertained, especially when the plan is to party till morning. Let us look at several games and how to play them. This way you are prepared for your next bash.
1. Beer Darts
This is an oldie but a goldie. All you need for Beer Darts is a dartboard, a couple of drinks, and your friends.
How to Play
- Get several groups with three players in each. Equip each player with a dart, then countdown to one and have them throw their darts toward the board at the same time. A player is assigned the number they hit. If several players hit the same number, let them repeat the process until they get their own distinct numbers.
- Decide on the target score. The number can be as high or as low as you want depending on the number of people playing.
- Assign each group of players their own area on the dartboard.
- Have the players throw darts in turns. The player assigned the lowest number during the first step takes the first shot. If they hit a number within the designated range, they take a shot and also earn a point.
- If they hit a single, they can take four shots; three shots if they hit a double; two points for a double; one shot for the outer bullseye, and no shots for the inner bullseye. If a player hits the inner bullseye, they can pick another player to take a shot. Landing inside the inner bullseye spares a player from drinking and allows them to pick another player who will have to drink.
- If a player’s dart lands within an opponent’s area, the opponent gets a point and the thrower takes a drink.
- The game continues until one of the players reaches the designated winning score.
This is a fun, laid-back game that you can play when relaxing with your pals. It can be played individually or in teams depending on how many people want to play. The goal of the game is to hit every number on the dartboard.
How to Play
- Players begin by throwing one dart each to choose who begins. The one who lands closest to the bullseye goes first.
- Each player gets three chances to hit one number on the board. Landing on the single of a number earns 5 points, the double 4 points, the triple three points, outer bullseye 2 points, and the inner bullseye nil points.
- Record each hit by a player until they hit a number three times. Tally up the points. The player with the least number of points wins the game.
- A player who hits the single, double, and treble of one number automatically wins the game.
3. Shot darts
This is a great game to play in large parties (house or college parties for example). There are two ways to play this game.
- Place shot glasses under the dartboard with each glass representing a number on the board.
- Have individual players throw darts at the board. When a player hits the number, they drink the shot assigned to the number.
- Form teams with at least two players each. To decide which team goes first, each member of the team aims for the bullseye. The team closest to the bullseye goes first with the losing teams taking shots.
- The starting team throws three darts aiming for any number between 15-20, or any of the bullseyes. If they hit the target, the opposing teams take shots and the numbers are closed out. If they miss, the playing team takes shots.
- The game ends when all the numbers between 15-20 together with the bullseye are closed out.
4. Killer Darts
This is a good game for a mid-sized party. Up to 20 people can play. The goal of the game is to ‘kill’ the other players.
How to Play
- Assign each player a number from the board. Then, assign each player between 3 to 5 lives.
- Have each player aim three darts at an opponent’s number, trying to hit the double on it.
- The player who lands all three of their darts on the double first becomes the killer.
- A player is disqualified once their lives runs out after being hit by their opponents’ darts. The player with the most lives left at the end of the game becomes the winner.
5. Round the Clock
This is a game that tests the player’s precision. The goal is to hit all the 20 numbers on the dartboard, starting from the lowest to the highest. You should play this at parties to see who holds their liquor well. You are sure to get a lot of laughs as people drink and try to aim a dart accurately.
How to Play
- Each player throws a dart to determine who starts. The player with the lowest number plays first.
- The first player takes the shot, aiming for number 1. If they hit, they try to hit number 2. If they fail, they let the next player take their turn. Players can hit the single, double or triple of a number.
- If a player hits the outer bullseye, the next number in the sequence is skipped.
- If they hit an inner bullseye, the next two numbers in the sequence are skipped.
- The game ends when the team has hit all the numbers starting from 1 to 20 in a sequence.
6. Can Darts
All you need for this game are beer cans and steel tip darts.
How to Play
- Have players sit in a circle around a standing can of beer, like they would when playing ‘Spin the Bottle’.
- Only two players can play at each turn. One player aims a dart at the beer can. If the dart hits the can but does not puncture it, the opponent takes a sip. If the dart punctures the can, the opponent has to drink the entire can.
- If the can falls but is not punctured, the player takes a sip. If the dart falls short and does not hit the can, then the player has to drink the whole can.
7. True or False
This is an exciting game that mixes drinking with trivia and darts. What could go wrong?
How to Play
- Write ‘true’ or ‘false’ on two papers and put them as far apart as possible on the dartboard.
- Create two teams then prepare trivia questions to ask the players.
- When a statement is read, the players on the teams can decide whether it is true or false. The players should have enough time to discuss the answer among them.
- One member from each team then throws the dart at their answer.
- If their answer was true but the dart lands close to false, the answer is assumed to be false and vice versa.
- If a team is correct, the opposing team takes a shot. If both teams are correct, no shots are taken. If both teams are wrong, all the players have to take a shot.
- The game continues until the questions or the drinks run out.