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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.
- 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.
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.
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.