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True Backgammon (A Classic Board Game for Kindle)

by Compulab
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

Price: $1.99 includes free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet

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Product Description

True Backgammon allows you to play the classic game wherever you take your Kindle.

Said to be 1000 years older than chess, Backgammon is one of the oldest board games known. Gameplay involves a combination of strategy, probability and luck, with you and Kindle taking turns rolling two dice, while moving your pieces in opposite directions and eventually off the board. Each move offers opportunities to hit opponent's checkers or block fields. Like all good games, the rules themselves are easy to learn and the game comes with full built-in instructions.

Suitable for beginners and advanced players, you can play matches against Kindle at three skill levels. You can also play in landscape or portrait orientation, adjust various options and suspend a game at any time to resume it later.

Enjoy playing one of the oldest classic board games ever made, now on your Kindle.

Product Details

  • Version: 1.2 (What's new in version 1.2)
  • Release Date: April 13, 2012
  • File Size: 918 kB
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Compulab
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • ASIN: B004EVRY6O
  • Publisher License: Read
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,191 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love backgammon February 14, 2011
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I love to play backgammon. I have no one to play against, so I always look for a good Backgammon game so I can play against the computer.

Due to the way Kindle works, the game controls are not as easy as on a computer. However, I think the game controls implementation is as good as you can get. Although I didn't get my Kindle to play games on, it is nice to have a couple in case of really long waits at the pharmacy or something.

This version is worth the money and I'm very happy to have it on my Kindle.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good backgammon game to pass the time February 5, 2011
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This is a great game, well set up and easy to decipher. I'm not sure if I were an expert backgammon player, that I'd be playing on a Kindle, but that's just me. Works great for me, and gives me a nice break from Sudoku!
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100 of 125 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No, it does NOT cheat February 5, 2011
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OK, the accusations of this game "cheating" have gone WAY BEYOND COMPLETELY ABSURD AND RIDICULOUS!!!!!

NINE OF YOU that are apparently unwilling or incapable of reading instructions or accepting the fact that a simple 5 minute procedure COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY proves this game does NOT CHEAT.


IT IS A FACT!!!!!!

Would a single ONE of you NINE PEOPLE (over a QUARTER of the reviewers!!!!!!!!!!) please answer just ONE of these 4 questions for me:

1. Do you have ANY understanding (however small) of the laws of probability? (BTW so-called "laws" because there is no "law" that dice have to do anything) Do they absolutely forbid an opponent (real or Kindle) from getting a lucky series of rolls???? Throwing more doubles then you? Going first in 7 or 8 straight games? (Funny how the people who have been blessed with luck "over" the Kindle aren't here complaining that the dice aren't random, isn't it? )

2. HOW IN THE WORLD is the Kindle "setting the roll to what it wants" if you can see ALL the rolls ahead of time before the game is being played??????

3. What reason or motivation does the programmer for this game have to make it cheat????? (As a professional programmer myself, I can assure you it would make his job HARDER, not EASIER.)

4. Why is it that I, who have played backgammon for over 30 years have won over 80% of the matches against a Kindle program that "so blatantly" cheats?

There you have it. NINE of you. FOUR QUESTIONS for you to chew on and digest. Let's see if I get any response from any of you. I somehow doubt it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First Impressions March 2, 2011
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I hesitated to buy this item because of the lackluster reviews. I am a pretty good player and I regularly play against XG, Snowie, GNU, etc. I wasn't expecting too much from this program. The instructions give approximate ratings for each level in the game with expert being around 1700.

I just finished my first match set for three points. I won a gammon with the cube at 2 thus winning the match after game 1. The computer handled the checkers ok, I've certainly seen much worse both from computers and humans. It's not great but not bad for a kindle app. The double I offered should have been rejected and I sense that it's doubling knowledge is probably terrible. Winning matches will be much easier than it should be because of this. The simplest solution would be to play 1 point games and not worry too much about the cube. There are much better programs to play on the computer if you want the challenge. But for a quick game on the go this app will suffice.

As far as cheating goes, get real. Everyone thinks comps cheat and mostly that is because most people simply aren't very good and make tons of errors/blunders. The comp got some good rolls early in my game but then I rolled very well later. It happens. I've played thousands of games, both computer vs human and human vs human, and the dice do some unbelievable things. They don't call this the cruelest game for nothing.

In summary, it only costs two bucks. If you like to play backgammon then buy it. It's your only Kindle option and it does get the job done. Now stop bellyaching and go learn how to play the game the right way!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, fun game May 1, 2011
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I think this is a very well implemented backgammon game. The graphics are excellent, the playing procedure is easy. And I have not felt like the game was cheating, as some of the reviewers have indicated. If you like backgammon, I recommend this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Please Make A Pass n Play Upgrade! October 25, 2012
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I've never played backgammon, but my friend loves it and thought we could have fun with it like Scrabble, Monopoly, Chess, Yatzee, etc. for Kindle. I've looked high and low and haven't found a setting that allows two people to play. So, that's my request. Is there a way to do a future upgrade to include this feature?

As for playing against AI, for a beginner it was a tad frustrating at first, but now I seem to be getting the knack. I did see th reviews talking about the number of double thrown in the game (lots seeming to favor AI) and the comp most always winning the roll to start the game.

Well, my friend told me "look it's a game of strategy & will hit an open blot as much as possible." I've found ths to be very true and guess what? While I'm sitting on the bar I see lots of lovely doubles rolled in my favor, I just wasn't in a position to take advantage of them. So I'm not sure the computer rolls more doubles for itself, just that it's strategy (so far) is better than mine. As for winning the beginning toss, it will probably average out over time and going first isn't always an advantage, anyway.

Please for the pass n play so my friend & I can gammon together!
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