Play the #1 Backgammon on the App Store! Now with the best online Backgammon experience with background match-making and live games via Game Center. Challenge your friends, play against random opponents, compete for leaderboard glory, and earn achievements.
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** Recommended by MacWorld as a Top Download for your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad in their November 2010 issue.
** “Backgammon Premium is the crème-de-la-crème ‘gammon’” 9 out of 10 stars Appaddicts.com!
** Nominated for “best dice game of 2009 in the 2009 Best App Ever Awards hosted by bestappever.com!
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Backgammon is believed to have started in Persia, eventually finding its way to Britain with the Roman conquest in the 1st century and was played by Emperor Claudius who even had his carriage equipped with a playing board! It became such a gambling mania that it was declared illegal under the Republic.
Playing on the history of the game, there are 6 visually pleasing, rich board designs; Egyptian, Roman, Medieval, Victorian, Modern and Classic.
We also offer, out of the box, two classic game variations: “Old English” and Nackgammon. “Old English” is the most popular game variation in England. Nackgammon is a more challenging variation designed to add more creativity and skill to the game.
With integrated Bluetooth Peer-to-Peer support you can play with your friends over Bluetooth with no network required! You can also play against the computer in either Easy, Medium, or Hard difficulties.
- Play live against opponents worldwide with Game Center!
- Background match-making: search for opponents while you play!
- Single Player Games (with Easy, Medium, Hard or, soon, with our brand-new Expert player)
- Match support! Play to 3, 5, 9 or 15 points with Doubling. Matches use the Crawford Rule
- Move-Assist, highlights available moves
- Unlimited “Undo” in single-player games
- Extensive game statistics
- Designed for iPhone & iPad
Updated for iOS 16 with a bunch of bug fixes. Thanks to all of our players and please keep the great feedback coming!
Ratings and Reviews
This is it!
Looking for a great inexpensive backgammon game. Try this one, no need to try any other. The game has been further improved is even more challenging. My last review was in 2022. In an uncorrected recent review sent in error, I mis quoted this date. I promised in that review to send another review when I could regain my status as 5 to one, playing the hardest level against the computer. January 2023 saw me regain my 5:1 position. I am now heading fast to a 6:1 status against. I have reached level #143. The random dice generator is excellent. However, the game is programmed to reward good play and punish bad. One weakness I take advantage of is, if I am about to be gammoned or backgammoned, I simply hit forfeit and lose only what’s on the doubling cube. I avoid losing the gammon or backgammon. After some more study, I am now fast approaching my 6:1 goal against the computer at hardest level. Want a challenge, this is it! (Please pardon any typing errors. Thanks.)
Nice Game, But Biased Toward AI
Nice visuals, and accurately responsive to touch. But...As other users have said, on the "Easy" level (the only one I have tried thus far), the proportion of doubles rolled by the AI far exceeds chance, given the proportion rolled by the player. I don't have to be a statistician (although I am one) to know that, if these dice rolls are random, there is a very, very slim likelihood of the AI getting 10 doubles in three games, when I rolled only 2. Is it mathematically *possible*? Of course it is. So is winning the lottery ten times in a row or getting hit by asteroids...multiple times. But given the other comments along this line, the data overwhelmingly suggest a strong bias in favor of the house. To have this bias so blatant at the "Easy" level rather defeats the purpose of an "Easy" level, and would be annoying at all levels. I am an experienced backgammon player and have won enough "real life" games that I'm not whining because I lost a few. I just don't like a blatantly stacked deck! I hope that the developer will adjust the algorithm to give players *on average, across games* as many doubles as the AI receives.
Always my game of choice
This specific backgammon app was the first I downloaded and it's my go-to game. I've played it for YEARS, first on my old desktop computer, then my smartphone as well as iPad. It's provided countless hours of entertainment while waiting for dr appts, during sleepless nights, riding public transportation, and whenever I need a stress reliever. I'm not a backgammon pro; I don't play this expecting to be challenged in a difficult way nor do play just so I can win every time. While some seem to provide great detail and in-depth reviews regarding the technical aspect, I just know what I like. For many years, through many upgrades, I've enjoyed this particular game of backgammon by the app developer. As the saying goes, don't fix what ain't broke! This is a reliable app, it always works, I've never experienced glitches, so I'm sticking with what I know is a winner.
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- 135.4 MB
- Requires iOS 13 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 13 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 13 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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