Senet Deluxe 4+

game of the pharaohs

RoGame Software

    • 2.5 • 6 Ratings
    • $2.99



the Ancient Game of Life and Afterlife

Senet Deluxe - The Ancient Game of Life and Afterlife

Senet is an ancient Egyptian race game and the predecessor of our modern Backgammon. The oldest known form of the game is shown in a painting from the tomb of Hesy (circa 2686-2613 BCE). Many pictures of the game and artifacts have been discovered and are displayed in Museums around the world. The commonness of these finds indicates that the game was very popular in its time.

The main adversaries in Senet are the Spools and the Pyramids. These pawns follow a path from their start positions to the House of Horus in an inverted 'S'. The player moving all of his pawns off the board first wins. Fields on the Senet board are called houses. Some of these have special significance and are adorned with icons like the Ankh symbol. Instead of dice flattened sticks are used. Each stick has a bright side and a dark side. Every bright side is a point. If only dark sides are showing the player is awarded 5 points. When a 1, 4, or 5 is thrown the player gets another turn.

When moving into a field occupied by an opponent, the pieces switch places. If, however, the opponent's pawn is part of a row of two or more, it cannot be beaten. It is possible to 'jump' over an opponent if it isn't part of a row of 3 pieces or more. 3 pieces are considered a block and are an important strategic tool.

Through symbology Senet hints at the afterlife as seen from an Egyptian point of view. If one's piece is beaten on one of the last three fields or the jump over the House of Water is not successful one moves back to the house of Rebirth. In such the game alludes to reincarnation and the journey of the dead.

Senet Deluxe is a truly unique strategy game. It features great animation, a soundtrack, an intelligent adversary, enforceable backwards moves, highlighting for acceptable moves, game statistics and online help. Be prepared to spend many hours with the most popular game of the antiquity.

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What’s New

Version 2.2.2

This version includes several minor updates, improved animation and some fixes for iOS 15.

Ratings and Reviews

2.5 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Gene 11223344 ,

Programmed to cheat

I kept a log and over 90% of the time the computer get extra rolls to my single rolls. Also for some reason 100% of new games the 1st roll is a 3. Clearly not random

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much for your review. That is frustrating of course, but we are unable to reproduce either behavior described at this time. Please consider sharing those logs.

System2600 ,

V2.2.2 Broke the game

Pieces are skipping all over the board. I rolled 2 and the piece I selected moved 10spaces??? On another roll I selected to move and my piece chose to move backwards when a valid forward move was available. This update broke more than it fixed. Completely unplayable now 👎

Halloween!!!!!! ,

It cheats

The computer gets the numbers it needs. The computer gets to roll again much more often than the human. It appears that better rolls for the computer were a substitute for actual strategy algorithms. Frustrating.

Developer Response ,

Hi there and thanks for your review. Devs are finally allowed to answer, so here goes. There is no bias. All players use the same random number generator. Then there are several difficulty settings and one can switch sides even, but results will even out eventually. The algo at its base assigns the same value to all possible moves it can make. Then it picks a random one. It could still beat an opponent just with that, mind you, because luck of the dice plays such a big role in the game. In the higher difficulty settings, however, the algo will prefer moves that constrict its opponent so that they lose turns at throwing sticks as they can't move. That is the basic math of Senet – the more often you get to toss the sticks – the better your chances at winning.

The program evaluates boards several moves ahead in this fashion – counting basically. There is a bit more to it as there are also opening and endgame considerations. But still, these methods are easy and more effective than trying to sway a random generator one way or the other. Let's also not forget that Senet is a predecessor of modern turn-based games. One-move turns as in chess, checkers are a later abstraction. In Senet you usually get 2-3 throws to reposition your armies once it is your turn. That is the rule – if one throws anything other than 2 or 3 one gets to go again.

Games have been known to be rigged of course, but there really is no upside to it and we wouldn't think of it. Thanks again for taking the time to review Senet Deluxe.

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