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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
Same nice interface more "lucky" rolls
Statistics show me through study of 20 consecutive games that the game consistently rolls doubles for itself at least 3:1 on average against opponent in final 20 rolls although double rate for overall game is statistically relatively even. Also average dice roll total in final 20 rolls is at least 20% higher on average for the game than opponent. Clearly the game needs to Cheat because no AI is going to perform that well compared to a skilled player so they have to tip the odds. Lucky rolls are part of the game after all and they admit that they increase double rolls once clearing off starts to "increase excitement" so consider this a way to pass the time not a way to improve your game. Interesting note the new version actually seems to make more mistakes than the old version leaving up to 4 uncovered men on a regular basis when Better options are available which in itself is frustrating but as I said it's just a game and it's free...
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?
Nice UI, But The Computer Gets Very Lucky
I like the interface. Would like to see an option where the pop up messages clear themselves after 5 seconds or some other definable amount of time. Having to hit "OK" to clear the messages gets tedious. Also, I thought it was my imagination until I started reading other reviews. I play the most difficult level and win more than lose, but I've noticed the computer getting very advantageous rolls way to frequently. Anytime I have a vulnerable piece on the board the computer gets a roll that allows it to bump my piece. Anytime I expose a piece, I start laughing cause I know the next roll will knock it off the board. Too many times I've been way ahead in pips only to watch the computer get multiple doubles to catch up. Please stick to a true randomizing algorithm. At times, it seems the computer is manipulating the roll of the dice.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Jul 23, 2015
- Version: 1.56
- Size: 64.7 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.