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Backgammon

By DoraLogic

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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

Skill or Luck

This game does have its issues. On the lower levels it is too easy even for the beginner. On the highest level it is a bit more challenging, but it is still weak in game play. I have been playing this game for a while and it does appear that what it lacks in skill is made-up for in luck. The AI opponent can get extremely lucky at times and it is impossible to beat it at that point. I can’t say it is cheating but it does get quite a few perfect throws and can blot several men with a single roll. It can also have a long string of doubles while the human player gets none. One thing that has to be considered is that Backgammon is a game of skill and luck, and at times luck can turn. In the long run I can beat the AI about 80% of the time and I am not all that strong of a player. I have played other programs and they are similar in skill level so this is a good game to pass the time and keep your brain working.

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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