Darts Game Online - Single Player or Multiplayer

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Play Darts Game:

This darts game online is just like the real thing! Play single-player against the computer or multiplayer against real people.

This game is part of the free online brain games collection.

To begin, click the Small, Medium, or Large button under the picture of the game. This opens the game in a pop-up window.

In multiplayer, play a friend on the same computer, a friend on two different computers, or Quick Match against random opponents.

Instructions for 501 Darts Game Online

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This darts online game uses the standard dart board. The game you play is called 501. This is one of the most commonly played dart games in pubs around the world.

In this version it's you against one other player. For the other player, you can choose between the computer, your friend on the same device, a friend somewhere else, or even an anonymous player worldwide.

If you just want to practice for awhile, without competing, set the game in single-player practice mode.

How to Throw the Dart

Here's how to throw the dart in this 501 Darts game online. I'll explain the rules afterward.

1) The dart moves side-to-side at first, automatically. Click the mouse on the dart to stop it moving.

Most of the time you should try to stop the dart directly below the center of the board. This will make it easier for you to aim the dart at the 20 segment of the board.

2) Hold down the left mouse button, and drag the mouse toward you. This will open a power slider bar.

The farther you draw back the slider, the harder you will throw the dart. You must throw the dart harder to hit the 20 segment at the top of the dart board than to hit the 15 segment which is in the lower half of the board, for example.

With some practice, you'll get the hang of it. I've found that to hit the large section of the 20 segment, I need to pull the slider to about two-thirds full power.

Rules of 501 Darts

HOW TO PLAY. This darts game online follows the rules of 501 darts. These rules are fairly simple.

Each player starts with 501 points. Your goal is to knock down your points to exactly zero before the other player does the same.

The two players take turns throwing three darts a piece. The point total for the three darts for each round for each player is displayed in the lower right corner of the game.

Example: Doug throws a 20, 20, and a 4, for a total for that round of 44 points. This is subtracted automatically from his overall total of 501, for a new total of 457.

Game play continues in this manner until your score approaches zero. Then a new rule kicks in.

To finish the game and win, you must accumulate exactly enough points to make your overall total become zero. HOWEVER, the last throw must be on a DOUBLE.

Sections on the Dart Board

As you may know, the standard dart board, as used in this darts game online, is divided into 20 wedge-shaped sections. Each section is worth a different point value, from 1 to 20.

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The board also has a 50-point red bullseye center, surrounded by a 25-point green ring. That is, you get 50 points for a dart that lands in the exact center, and 25 points for a dart in the green ring around the center.

In addition, there are two large rings, the TRIPLES ring and the DOUBLES ring. The Triples ring is the smaller ring about halfway from the center of the board to the edge.

Darts that land in the Triples ring are worth three times the points. For example, if you land a dart in the Triples ring in the 13 section, you get 13 x 3 = 39 points.

Similarly, darts that land in the Doubles ring earn twice the points. For example, a dart in the Doubles ring of the 12 section earns you 2 x 12 = 24 points.


Example 1 (Win): Doug knocks down his original 501 points to 31. To win the game, his last dart - the one that brings his total down to zero - must land in the Doubles ring.

Since there is no double that totals 31, he must first lower the 31 to a doubled number. As an expert dart player, Doug is able to throw a 7, which knocks down his total to 24; he then throws a dart into the Doubles ring of the 12 section.

Since 12 x 2 = 24, and Doug has 24 points remaining, he wins the game.

Example 2 (Fail): As in Example 1, Doug has knocked down his point total to 31. He then throws a 17 which lowers his points to 14. He could actually win by throwing a Double 7. But his throw is off the mark and he hits the 16.

What happens now? His points re-set to the the total he had at the beginning of the round. In other words, his total goes back to 31.

He can try again the next round to get to zero. But no matter what happens, to WIN his final throw has to be on the Double ring and bring his total down to zero.

Games like this 501 Darts game online train important brains skills such as concentration and visual perception. Play games like this often to give your brain a boost!

Published: 04/10/2020
Last Updated: 06/11/2020

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