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Backgammon Premium

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Description

Play the #1 Backgammon on the App Store! Now with the best online Backgammon experience with background match-making and two ways to play online: Turn-based gameplay or live games via Game Center. Challenge your friends, play against random opponents, compete for leaderboard glory, and earn achievements.

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** Recommended by MacWorld as a Top Download for your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad in their November 2010 issue.

** “Backgammon Premium is the crème-de-la-crème ‘gammon’” 9 out of 10 stars Appaddicts.com!

** Nominated for “best dice game of 2009 in the 2009 Best App Ever Awards hosted by bestappever.com!

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Backgammon is believed to have started in Persia, eventually finding its way to Britain with the Roman conquest in the 1st century and was played by Emperor Claudius who even had his carriage equipped with a playing board! It became such a gambling mania that it was declared illegal under the Republic.

Playing on the history of the game, there are 6 visually pleasing, rich board designs; Egyptian, Roman, Medieval, Victorian, Modern and Classic.

We also offer, out of the box, two classic game variations: “Old English” and Nackgammon. “Old English” is the most popular game variation in England. Nackgammon is a more challenging variation designed to add more creativity and skill to the game.

With integrated Bluetooth Peer-to-Peer support you can play with your friends over Bluetooth with no network required! You can also play against the computer in either Easy, Medium or Hard difficulties, or play with a friend on a single device.

Features:
- Two ways to play online: Turn-based or live with Game Center
- Background match-making: search for opponents while you play!
- Single Player Games (with Easy, Medium, Hard or, soon, with our brand-new Expert player)
- Match support! Play to 3, 5, 9 or 15 points with Doubling. Matches use the Crawford Rule
- On the phone Multiplayer and Bluetooth peer to peer games
- Move-Assist, highlights available moves
- Unlimited “Undo” in single-player games
- Extensive game statistics
- Designed for iPhone & iPad

What's New in Version 4.4.0

Thanks for all your wonderful support! This update includes several bug fixes based on your feedback, including iPad Pro support as well as brand new Peer to Peer protocol implementation!

We appreciate every App Review, so keep them coming!
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Customer Reviews

Avery Deucy

I mostly play Avery Deucy on here because of what other players have noted regarding doubles and backgammon.

There is no strategy considered for the computer and this is really evident in acey deucey. There is no attempt at mid level board control. The AI appears to be sending pieces down range by only considering pip count. This is always a losing strategy in acey Deucy. Because of this I beat the game nearly 99% of the time. All I do is get 5-6 consecutive spaces covered somewhere in the middle and the AI is stymied, even with late game double rolls.

However my biggest complaint for the AI is not keeping a last piece in reserve, "the sweaty." Typically most decent players will not bring there last piece out until they are "assured" of victory. This allows you to make a late game strike when your opponent is bearing off. I've seen this used lots of times to snatch victory from the jaws of certain defeat. I would say this strategy is arguably one of the more interesting and the most often used in acey Deucy. So in leaving it off, its apparent that programmers merely programmed the AI to follow the rules and did not provide even the basic level of strategy to the AI.

So if that's true what are you left with when trying to go from easy to hard as a programmer? Answer: skew probability towards the AI.

I'm giving 3 instead of one because this is the only real attempt at acey Deucy I've seen. It's my favorite way to play!

Pitiful

Since the latest "upgrade" probably one of the buggiest apps I have.
Playing other people is just a plain waste of time. Long connect times, unable to change your move before it is submitted. I could go on and on but the Terrible dice generator really takes the cake. Sure the end stats are all in line (take a look) but the frequency of double especially when a piece is on the bar is just unbelievable. If the dice are truly random then the company should be able to produce a list of rolls generated by the computer for any single random game. They can not and never will because that will show that true randomness in their product is impossible and not in line with their future for profit goals. An email to the company was a waste of time as they just spout the party line and site an accreditation of dice randomness.
But hey, the game is free so it's flaws are mildly acceptable. DO NOT EVER SPEND ANY MONEY on this app or any of its hopeful profiteering spin offs in the future.

Game cheats

I just opened this up and started playing it again. It still cheats. Almost always wins the opening move and gives itself great rolls, doubles constantly, and whatever it needs to land on my exposed pieces. To add insult, it frequently gives me double 6s when I am on the bar and cannot use them or as the last move of the game when I have one or two pieces left in the 1 or 2 spot.

My solution is to hit the Undo button and force the computer to rethrow. Interestingly, it will persist in giving itself what it needs (or giving me crap) over and over again for many iterations before it gives up... And at that point, sometimes it starts cheating madly in my favor.

Deleting this worthless app.

Original review:
UI is attractive. AI is intolerable. When I am way ahead, it will give itself multiple high number doubles, while giving me 1s and 2s. I have started going out while the AI has many pieces on my side and I still lose.

The only time I get double 6s is when I can't use them. This just happened 3 times over the course of 2 games. AI gets what it needs always.

Backgammon Premium
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.4.0
  • Size: 62.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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