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Backgammon is a lot of fun with iGammon. It's easy to move the checkers by dragging them. Or touch a checker you want to move, then the point you want to move it to. The smooth animation gives the game a great feel.

"The interface in iGammon is clean and easy to use. Best of all, it just works."



• Landscape or portrait orientation.
• Fast animation.
• Autoplay forced moves.
• The "auto finish" feature plays both sides to the end of the game.
• Undo button lets you to take back moves.
• Repeat button lets you see your opponent's move again.
• Running pip count.
• Choose direction of play. Bear off either to the left or to the right.
• Reverse colors. Choose red or yellow checkers.
• Human-vs-human play. Use your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch as a traveling backgammon board!
• Tutor mode tells you when you've made a mistake.
• Hint feature gives you a suggestion if you can't decide what to do.



There are three modes of play: "single games", "table stakes", or "match play".

In SINGLE GAMES, each game is played without a doubling cube. You get one point for a normal win, two points for a "gammon", and three points for a "backgammon".

In TABLE STAKES, you and your opponent start with an equal number of chips. The goal is to collect all the chips before your opponent does. Use the doubling cube to increase the stakes. If you play with the "Jacoby rule", gammons and backgammon don't count unless the cube has been turned. If you play with the "Beavers rule", a player who accepts a double may immediately redouble and still keep the cube.

In MATCH PLAY, the goal is to be the first player to reach a specified total number of points. Use the doubling cube to increase the stakes. The "Crawford rule" says that the doubling cube is out of play for one game after either player gets to within one point of winning the match. (The doubling cube shows a "C" during the Crawford game.)

You offer a double by sliding the cube over to your opponent's side of the board. Opponent can accept the double by pressing "Take" (the game continues at twice the previous stakes), or reject the double by pressing "Drop" (he loses the game and must pay the previous stakes.)



The computer AI is VERY strong. There are four styles of player: Cautious, Wild, Advanced, and Expert. All of them are fun and challenging. [By the way, the dice in all levels of iGammon are random and fair. Sometimes you will get bad luck. (Yes, backgammon can be a cruel game!) Don't let bad luck affect your game. Concentrate on doing the best you can and you will see your game improve over time.]


Thank you for all the suggestions. If you have a feature you'd like to see, please email me at Many user suggestions have already been incorporated into this app.

I hope you enjoy iGammon. Thank you for playing!

Tom Keith, June 2010.

What's New in Version 4.2

Fixed bug where a checker is flipped on edge at the start of a new game.


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Customer Reviews

Some nice features, glad I am not betting real money on this

The application is nicely designed and the pace of the game can be pretty fast which I like. The option to play different variations of the game is also nice. The game is, indeed, challenging. Mostly because the odds of winning seem to be fairly stacked in favor of the player that is rolling the dice--the iPad. I have managed to win a good number of matches and even full sets. But I have seen plenty of games where the probability of the app player getting the right combinations to win were pretty small and I was pretty confident the game was in the bag. And, suddenly, 2 sets of pairs later (and sometimes 3 pairs in a row) I am the one looking at defeat. Doubling a bet is almost always a death sentence and never take the app player's offer to double to a bet of 4 points. Accepting an offer to double to a bet of 8 points is certain death no matter what. Still, the game is enjoyable and I would not want to play it if I could win all the time--a little less frustrating moments would be nice, though.

Stop Whining Already!

Ignore all those negative reviews-this is a GREAT app! I'm a very good player, with years of experience. Stop whining when the computer beats you, turn on its amazing tutor function, and shut up and learn something! Be grateful that Tom Keith is willing to turn you into an expert backgammon player for free! I play against the computer at the expert level, and I've gotten to the point where I win about a third of the time, which sure wasn't the case when I started. Easy to use, great graphics, and yes, the dice are fair, whether you think so or not. If you're an intelligent person, and you want to have a great time while really learning to play backgammon, then this app can't be beat. But if you're a whiny baby who just wants to feel superior to a computer, then take a pass.

Great bg app

This is my favorite backgammon app for the iPhone. It has a VERY strong computer opponent --- about as close as you can get to GNU Gammon on a mobile device. If you want to win a lot of games without much effort, this is not the app for you. However, for veteran players it's the best there is. I think the people who complain about it getting the 'right' roll too often are weaker players who put themselves in vulnerable positions more than they might initially think (any skeptics can use game analysis software to calculate their best moves and see the improvement).

For those of us who are very strong players, though, the layout and design are the most outstanding parts of this app: moving is ridiculously easy, and gameplay is fast and smooth.

5/5, would buy again!

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $3.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: Aug 03, 2010
  • Version: 4.2
  • Size: 4.4 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Tom Keith

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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