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Backgammon

by AI Factory Limited
Rated: All Ages
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)

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What's new in version 2.1
  • 2.1:
  • - Fixes possible move selection bug when bearing off

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004DM1ZQY
  • Release Date: March 18, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,311 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Select moves easily with the clean, intuitive interface
  • Challenge yourself to topple the excellent AI or play a human opponent in two player mode
  • Get hints, statistics, and clearly highlighted legal moves
  • Choose to play single or multiple rounds and use a doubling cube
  • Use features like the "Undo" button and "Manual Dice input" option for greater control

Product Description

Same as our "Backgammon Free", but no Ads.

User friendly interface.
Strong Backgammon AI.
Full match play + doubling cube.
Hints, 2 player hotseat and stats.

*Does the Backgammon engine cheat? See "CPU Strategy" page + Manual Dice option (use real-world dice) to prove to yourself that it doesn't*

Technical Details

Size: 7.2MB
Version: 2.1
Developed By: AI Factory Limited
Application Permissions: ( Help me understand what permissions mean )
  • Read from external storage
  • Write to external storage
Minimum Operating System: Android 2.3
Approximate Download Time: Less than 1 minute

Customer Reviews

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, Hands Down September 23, 2013
By Trasd
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This completes my collection of core AI Factory games.

Without a doubt, this is simply the best Backgammon game available for the Android OS in existence.

Pros:
* Clean UI
* No IAP
* Fair (you can even use your own dice rolls)
* Die roll statistics (so you can see it doesn't favor the AI)
* Complete with "How to Play" for those new to this great game
* Ample options (set up game play how you want, INCLUDING REVERSING THE BOARD*)
* Intuitive
* Once license is verified, you CAN play offline

Cons:
N/A

Whether you know or like Backgammon, I highly suggest you add this game to your collection, you may find you play it more than any other, even if it's later. You'll not regret owning the license.

* To reverse the board, after you select "Single Player," choose the dark piece (checker, pip, etc) in the "Match Settings" "Play as:" option. To switch to white, in regular options, choose "Invert Piece Colours." This depends on who go first.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great game, 5 stars if the AI were well programmed September 23, 2013
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This game has nice graphics, five (supposed) levels of play, and convenient player cues when making moves.

What it does NOT have is an AI which knows anything about basic backgammon strategy. That makes the five levels of difficulty not really be five levels of difficulty, because the game plays the same flawed strategies at each of the five levels.

In fact, I've played several computer backgammon games over the last 25 or so years, and this is unquestionably the worst AI I've yet seen.

In particular, it doesn't have a clue how to best run to the inner table or how to roll off. Two games in a row when I was hopelessly out-pipped (as the AI had already rolled more doubles than odds make credible) the AI simply chose the least efficient method of filling the inner table and then rolling off. At times it will move up men on the inner table when rolling off instead of taking two men off of lower points.

It will "arrange" the inner table when there are still men to bring there. In one game at the "highest" difficulty, the AI had all but two men in the inner table, and needed 12 pips to bring those to the inner table. I had three men outside the inner table and needed more than 20 pips. On two turns in a row it "arranged the inner table" instead of advancing the last two men. In the meantime I brought all three of my men to the inner table, and actually rolled off my first pair before it brought in its last two.

In another game both the AI and I had all our men in the inner table, and his array was much more balanced, as I was piled up on 5 and 6. On a few turns the AI moved men up from its 5 and 6 instead of taking men off of 2 and 3. When it later rolled 5s and 6s they were wasted.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great app - used to have the free version. November 26, 2011
By BigO
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I played the free version for a year before finally springing for the ad-free version. Out of all of the ones I played, I like the setup and the UI compared to the others I tried (and I tried lots). There are multiple different options on how you want to play and it makes it for a more interesting game.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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Very user friendly! I love to play backgammon but have found other computer versions would allow the computer to win 99% of the time, which was very frustrating. I have to say, I have out played the computer the majority of the time and if the computer wins, it is fair and square. I have it on my Kindle Fire HD and love, love, LOVE it!
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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Game for Kindle December 18, 2011
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Purchased for Kindle Fire and works great. Difficulty level scales appropriately. Animations and piece movement are well done and easy to use.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, not up to my expectations December 5, 2012
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This game HAD to have been programmed by someone who has never played backgammon. Opening rolls are about the only thing that follows what you might expect. There are times it will hit every possible blot, and then other times, will not hit a blot that would be to it's advantage. The end game is ridiculous. The program wants to want to move all men to the home point FIRST - even if there are men that could be taken off a higher point. Unless I play with the doubling cube, I can easily beat the program 98% of the time at the top level. Graphics are very good, the game keeps better statistics statistics, the available moves are highlighted, and even the sound of the men 'shooshing' as they are moved are all pluses.
In comparison to the Compulab game on my Kindle keyboard, no contest!
But I wanted Backgammon for the Fire HD.....................

Three months later.
I am much more satisfied with the HD backgammon at this point. There is the feature that allows you to "undo" a move, because the touch screen can be somewhat sensitive. But you can "undo" all the way back to the beginning. I'll do that to see if a specific move was where the game fell apart. I still find the end game irritating. The statistics allow you to look at how many spaces could be moved, and the number of doubles in the game. After a total of over 700 games played on all levels, I moved my review up one star to four.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfair Doubles December 18, 2012
Dice rolls heavily favor computer, to the point of the artificial player getting rolls like double 5s 2 or 3 times in a row. The graphics, game controls and flow of the game are great, and for 2 real players it would be a good version to play but 1-player vs. the computer is a waste of time. The "difficulty" of the game is controlled by manipulated, unfair dice rolls, such as excessive doubles, rather than any attempt at AI. Waste of money.
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