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Backgammon

by AI Factory Limited
Rated: All Ages
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)

Price: $0.99
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 1.742
  • - Fix for Fire OS 4 (bug prevented play)
  • - Added Rotate Board and Auto-Roll options
  • - Game stats now log winner of first dice roll
  • - Screen can be used in either landscape orientation.
  • - New board and piece set (if you have more than one of our games, or use the paid version)
  • - Other bug fixes

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004DM1ZQY
  • Release Date: March 18, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882 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: 4.8MB
  • Version: 1.742
  • 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

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, Hands Down September 23, 2013
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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 33 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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15 of 18 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars OVERALL GOOD, BUY MAY USE LOADED DICE
Overall, I love this game, but it amazes me how, at the higher levels, the CPU, without fail, manages to get any roll it needs. Read more
Published 3 days ago by H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent game
Published 7 days ago by rampage 30
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great game! And I love that you can set the score to 15 points...so the game lasts longer!
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful wooden case.
The case is made of wood,and it is beautiful. The only problem is the lack of felt on the pieces, so they don't stay put. I am going to buy some felt and glue it on the backs.
Published 13 days ago by Jo Webnar - Author
1.0 out of 5 stars Stay Away-Don't Buy It!
This app doesn't work. Theirs even a warning saying it's not compatible with Kindle. So why sell it? If it's not fixed soon I will ask for my money back.
Published 15 days ago by Richard L. Kinkel
1.0 out of 5 stars questionable
Dev claims that the AI does not cheat, but last round I played the AI rolled 3 sets of exceptionable convenient doubles in its last 5 moves, to come from far behind to win, while... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Pedro
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great version of the game. Good graphics and very playable.
Published 19 days ago by Charles Pitman
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not working.
Published 1 month ago by Katherine Philippon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good version of the game.
Published 1 month ago by DLNH
3.0 out of 5 stars CPU dice rolls coincidentally appear to favor the CPU in ...
CPU dice rolls coincidentally appear to favor the CPU in single play. Far to often the dice turn up in favor of the "house."
Published 1 month ago by GaryK
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