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
We've been busy fixing bugs and adding new device support.
Ratings and Reviews
I have the ad-free version of this app and I love it nearly to the point of addiction. I primarily play backgammon, but the app also offers nackgammon, acey-ducey and Old English versions. I greatly enhanced my playing skills by using the app's "achievements" feature and progressing through easy, medium, then hard categories and earning badges as I completed fun tasks. After honing my skills against the computer, I graduated to the online version of backgammon, where I enjoy playing "live" against opponents. I rarely have to wait more than a minute for the app to match me with a player. Lastly, I appreciate comparing my growing skill level by referring to the stats on the leaderboards. I have several backgammon apps on my iPad, but this is by far my favorite!
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.
WAS a great backgammon program
I’ve been playing this game every day for 3 - 4 years. I was very pleased with the program. It was part of my daily routine. Usually had a dozen games going at once with real people in the multiplayer mode. I could play for a while, then leave in the middle of games and come back later to pick up where I left off ... until this past weekend! It looks like the developers decided to change things. I had 11 games going with several people and now there’s no way to get back to them, they’re gone. It appears that the only way to play someone is in real time. And if you leave before completing the game, there’s no way to come back later and finish ... it’s gone. And you can no longer “Undo” a move before submitting it because the “Undo” button has been removed. Unless the developers are in the middle of a redesign and will be restoring some of the former features, what was once a great backgammon program has, in my opinion, gone down in flames. Oh, the reason I give it even 1 star is because they added the option to “ Chat” with an opponent ... and you can still play with the computer. PLEASE bring back the former version. I miss it.
- WildCard Classics Inc
- 79.2 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2016, WildCard Games Inc
- In-App Purchases
- Acey Deucey $1.99
- Christmas Theme $0.99
Challenge friends and check leaderboards and achievements.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.