Our Top Ten Throwing Games

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Axe throwing is the biggest rage in indoor competitions right now. Started by Matt Wilson in 2006 in his backyard, throwing axes are held around the world and played by both men and women. Competitive axe throwing games are organized by the World Axe Throwing League and International Axe Throwing Federation. Each league has their own tournaments which culminate in world championships.

But aside from the adrenaline rush of the tournaments, there are some fun axe throwing games that you can take part in. Some people throw axes because they just want to have fun and enjoy with friends. Here are 10 exciting throwing games that you can try out with your friends.

1. Duals

Duals follows the exact rules of standard axe throwing rules but includes an additional rule. Both throwers must have released their axe before the first axe touches the target or the trailing players throw will be invalid.

2. Cricket 

Cricket is for 2-16 players. The goal of each player is to hit all predetermined numbers on the board 3 times. Once they hit a certain number, they should put up 1 mark on it. Once a player or team hits a number 3 times, that number is “closed out,” and becomes available for scoring. After two teams close out a number, it is considered “dead” and will not affect those teams for the remainder of the game. There are three variants for this game:

Easy Cricket

  • Only numbers 1-4 are valid for close out
  • Bullseye is equivalent to 2 marks on the board on any number/s of your choosing
  • Blue dots put 3 marks on the board on any number of your choice
  • The winner is the first team that closes out all numbers

Medium Cricket

  • Only numbers 1-4 need to closed out
  • Bullseye is equivalent to 2 marks on the board on any number/s of your choosing or 6 points
  • Blue dots put 3 marks on the board on any number of your choice or 10 points
  • When a number is closed out, the number of points is awarded to the team who hits it. For example, if the team closed out 3, every time they hit that number, they get 3 points.
  • Once two teams close out the same number, it is “dead.” Dead numbers will not have an impact on either team
  • Winner will be the first team to close out all numbers and have a higher score

Advanced Cricket

  • Numbers 1-8 need to be closed out
  • Blue dots put 3 marks on the board on any number of your choice or 10 points
  • When a number is closed out, the number of points is awarded to the team who hits it. For example, if the team closed out 3, every time they hit that number, they get 3 points.
  • Once two teams close out the same number, it is “dead.” Dead numbers will not have an impact on either team
  • Winner will be the first team to close out all numbers and have a higher score

Even if one team has already closed out all numbers, the game is not yet over. If that team has everything closed out but fewer points, the game continues until that team meets the criteria for winning. They can get more points from the numbers that the other teams has not closed out yet.

3. Cornhole

Traditionally, the goal of the game is to score precisely 21, but you can also easily set to “X”. What makes this game unique is its scoring method. After each player has thrown, a lower score is deducted from the higher score, and the difference is awarded to the player with the highest score.

For example: Player 1 gets 6, Player 2 gets 1, Player 1 gets 5 points (6 minus 1).

Matchups matter! Players with similar skill levels will score similar points, making the game progress more slowly/competitively. It matters who throws first, since there is a point subtraction involved. Traditionally, whichever player or team scored most recently throws first (even if they have a lower point total). It is recommended to switch who throws first each turn.

4. Around The World

The aim is for each team to hit every number on the board from low to high in order and in reverse order (1,2,3,4,B,4,3,2,1,K). The team that first completes the loop wins.

5. Humans vs Zombies

Just like in Cornhole, Humans vs Zombies is played via score difference between throwers. For humans, the target number of points is +15 while for zombies, it is -15. Humans generate points in the positive direction while their zombie counterparts in the negative direction. (For example, the humans hit 3 and zombies 6, the score in negative direction is -3.

6. Horse

Players from opposing teams throw head to head. The lower cumulative score total gets a letter. The first team to have HORSE spelled out is the losing team. Ties result in an additional throw. If the score is still tied after overtime, no letters will be given and the next 2 throwers step up.

7. Landmines

The team starts from 0 points and plays up to 50 points. The number of mines is always set to 10, 20, 30, 40 (you can change these numbers, but make sure they have the same ending number (for example, 15, 25, 35, 45). Landing in a mine will bring the thrower’s score back by 10 points. (For example, falling into a mine from 23 will reduce the team’s score to 13.) If you do, it is safe to get hit in the rest of the game (just like real mines) They can explode only once!).

8. Baseball

Each “inning” consists of a batting team and another “fielding” and vice versa. The player cycles through the rotation so that “pitcher” and “batter” throws against each other until the batter is out or gets to base. 

The pitcher always throws first, always aiming at the bullseye. The batter threw out the second, trying to beat the pitcher’s score. There are three possible scenarios:

  • If pitcher has the higher score, batter is out.
  • Batter has higher score, he advances according to the difference between the scores. Runners on base also advance
  • Batter and pitcher is tied, this is considered as a strike. If this happens three times, batter is out and the next two throwers step up.

9. Countdown

Two teams start at a high score of 100. Each point hit will be deducted to 100. Ultimately, the goal is to get to zero first. The challenge here is that you need to score exactly zero to win.

10. Rings

This game may be easy at first but becomes challenging once you start throwing. The aim is to hit each ring in the proper order. This means you first try to hit the outer ring and then the second ring from the outside. Once you reach the bullseye, you then try to hit the blue balls on the top left and then the top right corner. The first to complete the order will be the winner.


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