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Backgammon

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Description

Backgammon is the oldest and famous game in the world. You can be lucky in some games but only match will show who has high skill of strategy.

Play matches against computer opponent and test your luck and skills.

Game features:
- doubling cube
- match play with Crawford rule
- true random dice rolls
- strong and honest AI engine
- pips counter
- gameplay statistics
- available moves highlighting
- undo move when mistaken
- easy for eye graphics
- move animation
- auto-save when exit

What's New in Version 2.2

MacBook Pro Retina support.

Screenshot

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Customer Reviews

Annoying Flaws

As others have noted, it has two annoying flaws. First, and critically, it incorrectly scores a rejection of the doubling cube. Instead of awarding the current stakes, it awards points based on the current board position. Second, the points are colored incorrectly. I am a casual amateur player, and I find the Easy and Normal levels trivially easy to defeat. The AI never varies its strategy. Not having played in a while, the Hard level was challenging at first, but is now no longer so; I defeat it virtually every time. As to the allegation that it cheats on the dice rolls, it does not appear to do so. I recorded each roll for the computer and me seperately through several matches. I found the frequency of doubles to be the expected 1 in 6 rolls and the distribution of other results, such as 6,5 and 5,6 to be what you would expect. Based on a sample universe of several hundred rolls, the rolls appear to be random and there appears to be no difference between the computer and the player. Since the app was free, I can’t complain too much, but I have found the freeware version of BGBlitz to be much more fun and challenging and will probably upgrade to the paid version of that program.

Pretty good, but several annoying bugs

The graphics are nice, and it's easy to move the pieces, but there are several annoying bugs. As others have noted, the "Easy" mode is ridiculous — I have *backgammoned* the A.I. opponent four times in a row, on more than one occasion. One issue with the graphics, though: the board should have the alternating colors arranged so that any even number lands you on the same color, but their board doesn't do that when you "round the bend." Also, several times now on my iMac, the sound has quit for no apparent reason, and the only way to get it back is to restart the whole Mac. I haven't kept count, but the frequency of doubles does seem suspiciously high, especially for the computer player. "Boxcars" should come up only 1 in 36 rolls, but each player typically gets it two or three times per game.

Don’t Waste Your Time

The layout of this game is great, and the pieces are easy to see and move with 1 or 2 clicks unlike other versions. That said, this game is rigged in favor of the computer, especially on the “Hard” difficulty level. On the easy and medium levels, the game is so easy that it’s a joke. At first I thought it was all in my head, but when I read the other reviews it seems that many of us agree that the computer has extraordinary luck. The computer rolls a ton of doubles, especially at the end of the game, while the player gets 1s and 2s. I wish this game actually simulated backgammon, because it is great functionally and aesthetically, but it is incredibly frustrating to play a computer that (for lack of a better word) cheats.

Backgammon
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  • Free
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.2
  • Size: 18.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.5 or later

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