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What's New in Version 1.56
• We broke the app in the last update. We fixed it in this one.
• Updated for iOS 8
• Improved AI engine
• Minor bug fixes
More of the same
Nice interface. But at the top level Ai's cheating, as others have noted, is blatant, relentless, and infuriating... the worst I've seen. For a while, I kept giving it a chance, but eventually abandoned it. A great backgammon would do away with the bogus "levels" configuration, which of course necessitates dice-roll manipulation and/or AI making deliberate mistakes. One "level" only, with Ai playing the game as best it can, and random number generation at all times, would be a great electronic iteration of this ancient game. I suspect it would be a popular download. Beginners would learn faster, and experienced players be more engaged, playing against a tough - but honest - opponent. Of course this assumes developer actually knows the game. I don't understand why developers are ignoring the number one complaint of backgammon users in nearly every version of this game available. Herd mentality it seems, developers all pursuing a "me too" feature that obviously ends up alienating users. Can we at least have one version of backgammon, for the rest of us, that keeps it real?
Not a good adversary, even in Difficult
Get a better random number generator. The odds of getting the same dice roll 3 times in a row is low, yet this app seems to do it more often than not, not to mention all the doubles. And I do believe there is some sort of cheating, as the computer always seems to get just the right roll at the right time. Also, the AI needs serious tweaking, as the double cube is accepted always, even when I'm about to finish bearing off. Also, nobody leaves pieces in the opposing players Home area; I have gotten too many Backgammons in Difficult ( I only at difficult). Oh ... Add a "Resign" button while you're at it. After a long time playing this app, it almost starts to feel more like a psychology experiment or candid camera show than a game ... How many times can the computer get just the right roll, multiple doubles, doubles as the last roll, etc. before the human gets angry enough to quit.
The "Hard" level is not a better player or even a smarter player, it is just a cheater. Plain and simple. It was worse before the update, but now it is just abysmal. The computer rolls not only the perfect dice for itself (covers, advanced and hits), but also rolls the worst possible rolls for the single player (open points, no covers and no chance of hitting opponent single points, after multiple rolls, until the computer can move/cover). Even if you are ahead, the computer will miraculously catch up with multiple doubles while giving you a 1-2, 1-3, 2-3, etc. Then, if you are about to win and have one or two pips left to bear off, it will finally give you a double, when you don't actually need it. Gee, thanks. Look, I do get doubles too! Ughhhh.
Hey BG engineers - fix this App! Your algorithm is weak and you should be ashamed of yourselves. You are turning us off/away in droves. Or, do you just not care?
- Category: Games
- Updated: Jul 23, 2015
- Version: 1.56
- Size: 59.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Optime Software LLC
- © 2015 Optime Software LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.