'Darts VR' Is What You Think It Is; Available Now For Vive, Rift

The Awesome Game Studio revealed Darts VR, its first standalone VR title for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Now you can enjoy the popular pastime in the comfort of your own home without the risk of putting holes in your wall.

The developer created Darts VR for standing-scale VR systems with motion controllers. The game is a first-person dart simulation title for the HTC Vive and Oculus Touch platforms that offers realistic darts and true-to-life physics simulation.

There are multiple game modes to encourage you to hone your skills and come back for more, including a single player mode that allows you to practice your dart throwing prowess. The solo mode includes a local leaderboard so you and your friends can compete for bragging rights over who can achieve the higher score.

The Awesome Game Studio also tossed in a local pass-and-play multiplayer Party Mode so you and your friends can compete head-to-head. In Party Mode, player one must take three shots and then pass the headset and controllers to player two. Player two must then take three shots and pass the headset back to player one for their next turn.

Darts VR Party Mode follows the standard 501 rules for darts competition. Each player starts with 501 points, and the goal is to get down to zero. When a dart hits the dartboard, the corresponding number gets deducted from the total. The hard part about 501 rules comes at the end of the match. The last point off the board must be a double or a bullseye. 

Darts VR is considered a simulation game because it offers realistic dart physics, but it’s not a completely serious title. The Awesome Game Studio created vibrant, stylized environments for your darts competitions to play out, including a nightclub scene with people dancing in the background and an arena with excited spectators in the crowd eager to watch you compete for the for win—or boo you if you lose.

Darts VR is available now for the HTC Vive through the Viveport platform. If you have an Oculus Rift and Touch controllers, you can purchase the game on the Oculus Store. The Awesome Game Studio said it plans to bring Darts VR to the Steam marketplace soon.

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NameDarts VR
TypeSports, Simulation
DeveloperThe Awesome Game Studio
PublisherThe Awesome Game Studio
PlatformsOculus Rift, HTC Vive
Where To BuyVivePortOculus Store
Release DateJune 28, 2017 (Oculus Store, VivePort)

 Kevin Carbotte is a contributing writer for Tom's Hardware who primarily covers VR and AR hardware. He has been writing for us for more than four years. 

  • mapesdhs
    I have a better idea: go to a pub with real friends and play darts for real. Then you can enjoy real fun and learn a real sporting skill. VR darts? It's as daft as FIFA gamers thinking they're expert soccer players. Yep, let's throw genuine social interaction out the window, just plug into a box.
  • sacre
    Relax Mapesdhs. I enjoy playing Darts with my Buddy but he lives 4 hours away, we both own the Rift and this would be an enjoyable past time playing with the in game physics.

    Playing "VR Darts" doesn't automatically mean you're an Anti-Social unskilled overconfident individual.

    You have a very skewed view of the world kid. I say kid, because that comment shows your mental age quite well.
  • mapesdhs
    Wow, someone can't spot a mild trolling. :D

    Your first line: yes, that's exactly what I wanted someone to say, so thanks for that (see below). I wanted someone to show that playing the game could itself be social, and you did. Good. 2nd line: I didn't imply that was the case, but I do think there's an element these days in which certain types of gaming may be discouraging some people from engaging in real-world activities, which isn't healthy. It's something worthy of discussion. 3rd line: an insult, not an argument. You know nothing about my view of the world, so I don't get the need to include an insult when your first line was already a good response.

    I posted the above because every time toms does an article about Elite Dangerous, the first and majority of people to respond are those just deriding the game; thus I wanted to see how people would respond if I criticised VR Darts. I'm glad you pointed out that the game is capable of being a social thing, but disappointed you felt the need to resort to an insult. Funny thing is, in the past I have been directly accused of being a primary cause of creating anti-social gamers, because of my involvement with Doom (guess what my UID stands for); I was able to counter the accusation (which came from a school teacher in the US) without resorting to insults because I had facts and evidence to justify my response, even though the teacher's initial email was pretty nasty. So when it comes to acting like a kid, perhaps you should think about your own response and why you did it in that way (the last line I mean).

  • mapesdhs
    To the mods, there's something wrong with the, "Comment from the forums" link above, it fails with an endless loop of redirection between the .com and .co.uk sites.
  • Sakkura
    So they released the game on the Oculus Store and Viveport, but skipped Steam? Seems like a bad business decision to me.
  • ralphfaith
    This is nice, a good time pass, but why it is not available on steam?
  • Andr01d
    Thanks guys for talking about our game :). Yes, it's not a good decision not to be on steam but there's some strange tax verification thing which is taking 3-4 weeks (Usually just 2 days) and sabotaged our plans to be on Steam in time. However, we'll be there soon and I'm sure you guys will know about it.