True Backgammon HD
Developer: CompuLab, Markus GÃ¶mmel
Current Version: 4.20
Last Updated: 4 months ago
Download Size: 27.9 MB - Download
One of the most successful Backgammon games on the iPad/iPhone, one of the most powerful computer opponents worldwide. Now available on OS X.
ALL THE FACTS IN UNDER 30 SECONDS
* Play against computer or humans. Choose from three difficulty levels. Play on a cool modern wood or metal board or choose from beautiful and richly ornamented optional boards. Play from left or right or play using black or white checkers. Play against friends in the same room or play against people anywhere on the internet. Your choice, your game.
* One of the best backgammon AI in the world (BGBlitz) is available as an in-app purchase as your opponent or tutor. Find out how good you already are and let BGBlitz teach you how to get better. Because, who doesn't love to win?
* Connect with friends by playing with them in 2-player mode on the same device or anywhere in the world over the network. An occasional game is a great way to stay in touch with friends or to meet new people.
* Fully supports fullscreen mode and retina displays.
* You could be playing backgammon like never before in under a minute. What are you waiting for?
NOT YET CONVINCED? READ ON...
ALWAYS READY WHEN YOU ARE - COMPUTER OPPONENT
No matter if it is in the middle of the night or your coffee break, your computer is always ready for a match. Choose from three difficulty levels, according to your skill. For those who only want to play against the best, there is an world class artificial intelligence opponent available as an in-app purchase (more below). Casual play or competitive match? True Backgammon has an opponent for you that is fun to play with or that is a teeth grinding challenge.
PLAY WITH HUMANS NEAR YOU - GAME BOARD MODE
Imagine you are together with friends and you want to pass some time with a match? Or you sit on a train, playing against the computer and one of your commuters turns out to be a backgammon player too? You don't need to carry a real board with you all the time. Instead True Backgammon is your board. Play against friends and acquaintances, any time and anywhere.
CONNECT WITH FRIENDS OR PLAY AGAINST RANDOM OPPONENTS ONLINE - GAME CENTER
You prefer to play against humans rather than an AI, but there is no prospective opponent in sight? Become part of the daily growing community of people who play True Backgammon online on an iPad, iPhone, iPod, iMac or MacBook. There's always someone willing to play a match. And you don't just play with them, you can also talk to them via built-in voice chat.
BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER - GAME BOARDS
We didn't just strive to make a good AI and fluid gameplay, we also made it our mission to make it look good. No, not just good... we wanted to make them look drop dead gorgeous good. We found a skilled designer and then tortured him with feedback until we were satisfied. The result are two boards (metal and wood) which look awesome, while providing little visual distraction to let you focus on your strategy. And for those who love a little distraction, we let the designer run wild with a selection of (optional) fancy boards, rich with decor and beautiful details. Which one is your favorite?
AAAND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BOARD, A MULTIPLE OLYMPIC CHAMPION AI - BEEE GEEEE BLITZ
From time to time there is an olympic tournament for backgammon programs. We managed to convince the maker of the three times winner BGBlitz to make his AI available to the users of True Backgammon. This AI is a world class opponent for those who only want to match up against the best. And it is a patient mentor. BGBlitz offers a tutor mode, that will point out moves that are less than optimal, and it will show better ones.
WHAT ELSE CAN WE SAY?
Long story short, we put a lot of effort into this app, not just into the game play, but on every level. If you choose it, we are sure you will not be disappointed.
* Guided help tour on first start
* Context sensitive help by pressing buttons a bit longer
* Specific sound effects for every board design
* Update of the BGBlitz engine to the up-to-date version
* Full 64-bit support
* Minor bug fixes
Most Helpful Reviews
Very good app - I've been looking for a realistic backgammon app for quite awhile now and believe this to be the best out there. I purchased the in game app BGBlitz engine and have been playing on expert level. I began with playing matches with the tutor on to see how that worked. If the tutor believes you're making a poor move it will tell you how bad a (slight, medium, big) mistake it feels you are making and show you the presumably better move. I played a few matches following it's advice, to brush up on my game, and a few ignoring it for the most part to try testing the tutor reliability which seemed to play conservatively. The roll generator appears to be as random as if playing a live game and seems to be without any bias towards the computer. After turning off the tutor and playing on expert level I've won slightly more than half the matches. In Blitz engine mode the game is more difficult yet still seems to be unbiased on the rolls. You can also play the computer rolling your own die and telling the game your move to test the bias. The only knock is that I've been unable to connect through the network mode to any other player. I don't know if it's because of a glitch in the app or if there just aren't enough other users out there looking for a match. It would be nice if there was an in-game ability to track matches won/lost record at the different levels of play.
Save your money - Game is rigged for the computer. Even on casual you can never wing a game, most opportune rolls. Ripped at the App Store once again, they need a try and buy for these scams.
More Reviews for Current Version
dice generator corruption - My father’s tennis partner was the world champion backgammon player ( he is the author of the most difinitive book ever written on this game) , therefore I grew up with this game and I am quite good at it. While this version is fun I have zero confidence in the dice generator. While I consistantly beat this game I have noticed an amazing coincidence in that if you leave men open with a one in sixteen chance to be hit this game magically seems to do it around 100% of the time. Go figure. Gammon Empire, which the apple platform does not support, is the best backgammon plateform out there. This is true of most games in the Apple world, inconsistent, easy and corrupt. Gaming is one area that is far better supported in the microsoft world.
The Lock - This is the first review of an app I have ever written. After beating all levels of the free version I purchased the advanced game. The computer is a better player than I and so it is bound to get more favorable rolls as each game progresses. However, in neutral situations, bearing off and opening rolls, the dice greatly favor the computer. In my last 21 games the computer won the first move 17 times. This is consistent with my sense of the odds over a much larger sample. Likewise, in bearing off, the computer rolls doubles, and big ones, with great regularity. Of the few doubles I roll in this situation, about half are such that I can’t take any pieces off the board. I rejected the idea in other reviews that the dice were skewed in favor of the computer. What sense would that make to annoy the customer? I still don’t know what sense it makes but, in my opinion there is no doubt, the dice heavily favor the computer. Once you believe that, there is no sense, or fun, in playing.
Used to be good, but now useless - This used to be a good game, but something has changed recently. You can no longer throw the dice! It very weirdly displays the dice at the bottom of the board, and makes you pick the dice for all moves. WTH were the developers thinking??? If we pick the dice for moves ourselves (for both our selves and the computer), that makes this game pointless and useless. What a shame…