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Backgammon

by AI Factory Limited
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)

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What's new in version 1.731
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  • - Reduced installer size

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004DM1ZQY
  • Release Date: March 18, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,808 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
Backgammon
Backgammon can highlight all legal moves to guide players

Play the ancient tables game of skill, strategy, and luck on your phone with Backgammon. This version of the game is full-featured and free of advertisements, with challenging AI, pass-and-play multiplayer, and a host of helpful options.

The uncluttered, attractive interface of Backgammon makes it easy for experienced players to jump right in and new players to learn the ropes. A helpful "How to Play" link on the home page runs you through playing and choosing gameplay settings for Backgammon with your phone's controls. From there you can read the rules if you are unsure of how the game itself is played.

Let's Get Started

Once you're ready to start, you'll either select a single player game against the challenging AI or two-player pass-and-play multiplayer. You'll then get to choose the color of your piece (white or black), set the difficulty of the AI from one to five, choose between one and fifteen points to play per match, and set the presence of the doubling cube on or off. Keep it selected to raise the stakes of a round and put pressure on your opponent.

You can also choose to turn off CPU-controlled dice rolls with the "Manual Dice input" feature on the "CPU Strategy" page. With this option selected, you provide the entries based on dice rolls from an outside source, like real dice or a dice app.

Backgammon
Keep track of your gameplay history in Backgammon
A Helping Hand

Backgammon provides an "Undo" button during gameplay if you decide to change the previous move and a "Hint" feature in the menu to suggest what the best possible move would be for a player to choose next. It also can optionally highlight all legal moves on the board to assist players with seeing their options and speeding up the gameplay.

This app is all about convenience for its mobile audience, catering to it with speedy play options like the ability to speed up turn movement animations. If you're playing on the go or need to exit quickly, the game also has a "Save and Quit" option to keep your game progress.

Keeping Track

Backgammon tracks the current match statistics--including the score, dice total used per player, and doubles used--which you can view with a simple menu option. The app also provides historical gameplay statistics, including total points scored, opponents' pieces hit, doubles rolled, and amount of matches and rounds won by the player or the CPU on each difficulty.


Technical Details

  • Size: 3.8MB
  • Version: 1.731
  • Developed By: AI Factory Limited
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Write to external storage
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 1.5
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 30 seconds

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
39 of 41 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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30 of 32 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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48 of 55 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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30 of 35 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good version July 9, 2012
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Game is good for beginners and seasoned players. It has modes that allow you to play without move tips and for newer players, has one that shows what the right moves would be. Only improvement I can think of would be a "forfeit" option for those games where my butt is getting kicked :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
POOR INSTRUCTIONS DO NOT KNOW HOW TO PLAY
Published 6 days ago by Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great game!
Published 14 days ago by A. Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Good design
Great game with different skill levels. I like it.
Published 22 days ago by Normal Consumer
5.0 out of 5 stars worth buying the non-ad version
Great game with varying levels of difficulty. Priced reasonably.
Published 26 days ago by V. Pettus
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
My husband and I like it well enough
Published 1 month ago by paula wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Great App!
My husband is in the hospital so instead of dragging a backgammon board to help pass the time I downloaded this app. It's great! Read more
Published 1 month ago by MissElaineous
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Nice Backgammon
I used to sit and play Backgammon with a couple friends for hours on end. Since I moved I haven't found anyone interested in learning to play. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Keith Blodgett
5.0 out of 5 stars Backgammon game is a challenge
I enjoyed the backjgammon game very much. I enjoyed the challenge it gives me. I recomend this game to everybody.
Published 3 months ago by Bob Smyser
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Fun game to play when you have no one to play against. The opponent is predictable after a few games though.
Published 4 months ago by Kathy
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs a tutorial
It's been a few years since I learned Backgammon, and I needed a refresher. Game didn't really give me a chance to learn before wiping the floor with me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Team Worm
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