True Backgammon 4+

Enjoy this Classic Board Game

CompuLab, Markus Gömmel

    • $2.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



One of the most successful Backgammon games on the iPad/iPhone, one of the most powerful computer opponents worldwide, now has gotten even better.


* 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.

* Available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (iOS 9 or later required). Optimized for the latest iOS.

* You could be playing backgammon like never before in under a minute. What are you waiting for?


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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

What’s New

Version 5.09

* Native support for all new iPhone 14 devices
* General stability improvements
* Needs iOS 12 or higher to run

If you like this app and want to support further development, please rate it 5 star, or even better, write a nice review. I appreciate your support.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings


Programmer won’t answer question

Question: If the dice are truly random, why does the first roll never end in a tie? Still waiting for an answer.
My answer is the dice are not random. The higher the level you play, the bigger disparity in the rolls. At BB2, the computer rolls at least 4 x the number of doubles the player gets. If you trap the computer with only one move to get out, they always seem to roll it, especially doubles, flipping the game quickly. The higher the level of computer play, the more it seems the computer is just programmed to win. When you on trapped in your opponent’s board, good luck rolling a number to get out until the game has flipped. Please spare me the standard response about random dice and check the rolls coming up.

Developer Response ,

Look, if you would have read the "standard response", you should not ask the questions you are asking. This is kinda "Don't bother me with facts, when I already have my fixed opinion". You can look into the dice in the dialog I mention in my usual response, you can do this before starting a game, you can do it during a game, and you can even press "New Dice" whenever you like. The answer to your question, why no tie is happening at the beginning, is, that the app simply roll dice again when this happens, as real players would also do. Sorry that this is not shown in the animation. But you can have a look into the dice list, and there you will see that the random numbers at this point are doubles. You can also use the internet link which is listed in this dialog, and can have a look into the numbers the website shows, and you will see they are the same as in the app. You can even have a look into the source code of this website (which is written in Javascript) and can compare it to the "Mersenne Twister" algorithm which is available for free.

lopinabqqq ,

All we want are randomized dice rolls!

This backgammon is just like the rest of them…laughably predictable dice rolls to the advantage of the computer. If you leave any uncovered, they will get you. If they leave any uncovered, you won’t get them and their next roll will neatly match up so they’re covered. If they get you out in the second half of the game, there is almost zero percent chance you will roll anything to get back in. The computer gets back in on the first or second roll. What’s even funnier is that 9/10 times, you’ll get a high doubles after these little entrapments, after the computer is well on their way to bearing off. Please—just give us randomized dice rolls.

Edit (after getting the developers canned response): The AI knows the upcoming dice rolls too. Which is why they know exactly which spaces to leave open because they know the human will not roll the correct dice. This happens often: the AI leaves multiple marks open (even in home) and my dice sold never allow me to hit them. The only explanation is that the program watches the upcoming rolls and adjusts accordingly.

Developer Response ,

From time to time the app shows an information dialog about the various possibilites the app is offering to help users prove that the app is not cheating. A list of all upcoming dice rolls can be displayed by pressing the small dice symbol in the right app menu to convince users who think that the computer rolls dice depending on the game situation. A button inside the dice dialog is available to create new dice at any time for people who think that the computer derive a benefit from the fact that he could know the upcoming dice. And there is an option to switch the app to manual dice roll, so that everyone can prove with one or two matches up to 15 points that the success rate against the computer will not increase. Believe me, as the programmer of this app I do not have the slightest benefit from writing an app which cheats, and which makes customers unhappy. This simply does not make sense. The BGBlitz-Engine from Frank Berger, available in the In-Appstore, is probably the best backgammon engine in the world. No human player will often win against such an AI, those engines are made mostly for training purposes. The feeling that the computer is cheating is even higher when playing against such an engine. The main reason is, that in a Backgammon game that one best move does not exist, but it is all about probabilities to play the game in a way, that your opponent is unable to use most possible dice rolls, while you are able to use nearly every dice roll. And this is something a computer can do much better than most casual gamers. The result is that a human most of the time has a feeling of never get the dice he is hoping for, while the computer always gets dice which fit into the game.

jazzman 98 ,

Good game but…

I know the developer insisted that the game is fair and that the dice aren’t loaded but when the cpu in some games gets one double after another and nine times out of 10, your unprotected player is caught, I wonder…In reality, no human player is that lucky. Randomness flies out the window. I take back my words. I do win from time to time although it gets frustrating when I don’t. The CPU is a very good player. I’ve been playing this game for some time now and admittedly I win (rarely) but having observed the dice rolls I’ve come to the conclusion that this game is definitely slanted toward the computer. In almost every game, the proportion of doubles and rolls that inevitably result in knocking out your player and protecting his in the same move to the player’s is uncanny.

Opponent: 4 doubles in a row at the end of the game. That doesn’t happen in real life. I’m lucky if I roll one double in a game. Too bad this game isn’t more true to life. It would be a lot more fun

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