By Marc-Antoine Scheurer
Open the Mac App Store to buy and download apps.
Use Goban to play the game of go.
Play with people on the Internet go servers or your local network or against your computer (free plug-in required). Observe live pro and amateur games on IGS, the Internet Go Server.
Review and analyze games. Browse through joseki or fuseki libraries...
Goban is a powerful, simple, fast and elegant go board.
What's New in Version 4.3
Fixed "Position" and "Moves" inspectors
Compatibility with OX 10.9 Mavericks
Other miscellaneous stability improvments
Worse than the free version
I had used older versions of Goban years ago, so I bought the app for $9.99. That was a big mistake! The free version (3.2) is still available for downloading, and works better than the purchased version. For example, the free version has help that works; the purchased version just goes to a web site that has absolutely NO information. Worse, the purchased version is completely useless for game analysis. In the free version, you can add variations and marks, which is great; in the purchased version, those items are permanently disabled.
The only thing that the purchased version has which is not in the free version is another computer go engine, named “Pachi” (the old version only has GnuGo). Pachi is stronger than GnuGo, so it can be more interesting for stronger players. However, Pachi is _not_ included in the purchase, because it is open source. You need to download and install a (free) extension package to use it.
This was a very disappointing purchase. Why did the developers not even bother to put the help files from the old version on their web site? Save your money and get the download the old, free version instead - it works better!
Solid Go application...
This is a solid Go application. It’s stable and has a pretty rich feature set. I’m a new player thrying to get better. The ability to play against multiple engines, as well as online makes this a great tool for me. My only gripe is that unfortunately the Website that your are directed to when selecting “Help” returns a 404, “Not Found” error. Searching the Websire yeilds no hits for any manuals describing the features in some depth with descriptions on how to use them :( All in all, the application is worth it for me …but it has SO much potential to be better with a little polish ;)
Good design, limited development
I’ve been using Goban as my primary IGS client for years and am glad to see the developer return to update it. It is still the best designed Mac client, but suffers from some bugs and an update cycle that leaves much to be desired. If those were ironed out and the aging GNU Go AI updated with a modern implementation, this would be an easy recommendation. Hopefully SmartGo for Mac will be released in the not too distant future and raise the competition bar, but until then I’ll stick with Goban.