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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.
Plusses: Easy to move pieces, attractive set-up, customizeable tournaments
Minuses: AI not very aggressive and makes some odd choices, occasional run of doubles does make you question the randomness of the dice (it hasn’t happened often, but when it does, you don’t feel like you lost fairly)
Inexcusable: As others have mentioned, the scoring formula when a player declines a double is wrong. The correct score should be the amount on the cube, not the end value based on where your pieces are on the board. You only score the game as a gammon or backgammon when one player has removed all of their pieces, not when they decline. Considering the mathematical tables you can reference from the options page, it’s hard to understand how they missed so basic a detail in play. Until they fix this, it’s not worth declining a double if you have pieces in the back inner board, as you can almost certainly get out with at least with a 1 or 2 point loss rather than be punished with a 3 point loss from declining a probable defeat. If they don’t fix this, then it isn’t worth playing, as it discourages back play.
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.