Despite some design flaws, this dart-simulation game makes a good tool for strengthening hand-eye-coordination skills. 3-in-a-bed lets you play several variations of dart games, including 301, 501, and 1001. As in other dart-simulation programs, this one gives you a first-person view of the dartboard from the oche. Unfortunately, the board is much smaller than it should be, and the numbers are tough to read, which makes correctly aiming your dart an even more daunting task than it is by default. It takes a while to get the hang of tossing darts by clicking the mouse, meaning that it's initially tough to beat the computerized opponents, even on the easy difficulty setting. The sound effects are realistic enough, although we detected some subtle distortion in the announcer's voice. 3-in-a-bed offers both exhibition and tournament modes, and you can play against a friend if the computerized challengers don't suit you. The program tracks your progress by keeping stats, and inveterate loafers will appreciate the Boss key, which quickly minimizes the game to your taskbar as a Notepad document. Although some competing games are more polished, folks looking to play the occasional game or virtual darts might as well give this one a shot.
What's new in version 5.2
ReleaseNovember 9, 2008
Date AddedOctober 19, 2004
Operating SystemsWindows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
3-in-a-bed is a computer darts game, which can be played on most Windows operating systems. You can play exhibition matches against a friend or the computer, or select career mode, in which you play in realistic ranking events around the world. The game also has cricket, network play, and scores on a real board.
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