The Painscreek Killings – Darts Puzzle

How to Solve the Darts Puzzle

The darts puzzle is bad game design: In any game, a puzzle is expected to be solvable in some kind of way. Therefore hints exists. In the case of the darts puzzle, that hint is the dropped red arrow on the floor and the note in the drawer.

Those hints imply that the red dart was at some point attached to the board and fell down. This means you have to somehow figure out the original position.

As we cannot assume that there is a hint missing (it is on the ground after all) we can use our environment to try to derive that missing info from things immediately around us: The dart board. Here comes the design flaw:

The dart board offers an intuitive hint: A very prominent black pixel on the surface at the number 6:

It is even on the right side of the board and the only visible imperfection. That has to be the hint! But adding the arrows does not give the right solution. Hm. Wasn’t there a rule sheet at the inn ? Maybe we are calculating things the wrong way. So then you work through the 501 rule-sheet which is further confusing as it opens many possibilities on how to calculate a possible score. Combined with the switiching of digitis (0 at start or end?) you now have people thinking they found the clues but cant put them together.

Then you have a 4 digit code with a 3 digit solution giving a lot of ambiguity to any possible combination. Especially if you are following a wrong clue.

Volodymyr Azimoff
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I turned my love for games from a hobby into a job back in 2005, since then working on various gaming / entertainment websites. But in 2016 I finally created my first website about video games – Gameplay Tips. And exactly 4 years later, Game Cheat Codes was created – my second website dedicated to legal game cheats. My experience with games started back in 1994 with the Metal Mutant game on ZX Spectrum computer. And since then, I’ve been playing on anything from consoles, to mobile devices.

1 Comment

  1. The maximum score with one dart without doubles, tripples and the bull (rings) is 20 (i.e. 20).
    The maximum score with one dart without doubles, tripples and the bull is 25 (i.e. ring around bull).
    The maximum score with one dart without tripples and the bull is 40 (i.e. D20 = 2×20).
    The maximum score with one dart without tripples is 50 (i.e. bull).
    The maximum score with one dart is 60 (i.e. T20 = 3×20).

    36 can be obtained with one dart: D18 = 2×18 or T12 = 3×12.

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