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Backgammon Premium - Multiplayer Online Board Game

By Trivial Technology

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.

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 4.5.1

Thanks for all your wonderful support! This update includes several bug fixes and adjustments to the Daily Challenges feature based on your feedback.

We appreciate every App Review, so keep them coming!

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Customer Reviews

Nice Game, But Biased Toward AI

Nice visuals, and accurately responsive to touch. But...As other users have said, on the "Easy" level (the only one I have tried thus far), the proportion of doubles rolled by the AI far exceeds chance, given the proportion rolled by the player. I don't have to be a statistician (although I am one) to know that, if these dice rolls are random, there is a very, very slim likelihood of the AI getting 10 doubles in three games, when I rolled only 2. Is it mathematically *possible*? Of course it is. So is winning the lottery ten times in a row or getting hit by asteroids...multiple times. But given the other comments along this line, the data overwhelmingly suggest a strong bias in favor of the house. To have this bias so blatant at the "Easy" level rather defeats the purpose of an "Easy" level, and would be annoying at all levels. I am an experienced backgammon player and have won enough "real life" games that I'm not whining because I lost a few. I just don't like a blatantly stacked deck! I hope that the developer will adjust the algorithm to give players *on average, across games* as many doubles as the AI receives.

Fun but Large House Advantage

Really a good game but it's like going to a Casino! Sure I beat it but it gives itself a huge amount of doubles!!!!! No person versus person could ever be this lucky! I have lost while SIX points ahead which could happen sometimes but never this often. Hey at least the Chess program is on an equal playing field and I end up bored since I learned Chess when I was only 4 years old. That program didn't ask for a review? Really I like that program since most people just won't play me after I just waste them! I had not played Backgammon in years so this is fun for the moment.
Now I have been using this game for a while. Well not even a Casino could hold better odds!! Absurd amount of doubles and if you have an open spot it just nails you! So now when I know it's cheating I just use Un-Do and cheat it back. I won't just always do this but I hate being cheated! I think a program update is due! Either way I like the game.

Too easy and Dislike New Challenge Interface

I play this game a lot on the most difficult setting. But, during the end game, the app plays for position instead of maximizing removal of pieces. After mine and the app's pieces have past each other and there is no chance of hitting an opponents piece, I may have all my pieces in home and removing them while the app stacks pieces outside of home slowing it's chance to remove pieces. Another poor strategy the app uses is when all its pieces are home, if the dice roll doesn't allow removing two pieces, it make stack pieces on already occupied points instead of covering open points encase the point number is rolled later.

I dislike the the new challenge interface. I don't care about the points accumulation. I tried the game that uses the points and was bored by it. I want a setting option to turn off the challenges.

Backgammon Premium - Multiplayer Online Board Game
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Games
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  • Version: 4.5.1
  • Size: 84.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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