Great Backgammon App (not a cheater)!
It amuses me to read all the reviews of people claiming that the computer cheats on level 3. I've been playing this app for over 3 years now and have played over a thousand games against the computer on level 3 and I have won a little over half of them. That is definitive proof that the computer does NOT cheat! That is what I love about backgammon, is that the strategies are so subtle that a novice player will always blame their consistent losses on bad luck or rigged diced. That is why I stopped playing online against humans because I got tired of so many opponents having meltdowns and cursing at me and swearing that I'm the luckiest SOB in the world, as I mercilessly pummeled them in games. I've been playing backgammon for about 10 years now and have come to be a pretty accomplished player but after thousands of games, I'm still learning new and better ways to play certain situations. My point is, backgammon is not a simple game like Sorry where you simply try to maneuver your chips safely around the board and whoever has the best luck wins. The computer appears to almost always have the perfect roll because the computer AI is always adjusting it's game to the current situation and it is creating many different opportunities for victory, whereas a novice player is relying on just one. If the level 3 AI is consistently beating you, pay attention to the moves it makes and ask yourself if you would have made the same move in that situation. If your answer is usually no, then you need to improve your game. The AI engine is very good. In fact I have disabled the doubling cube because it is much better than me at knowing exactly when to double and when to decline a double, which gives it a huge advantage in a multipoint match. Overall, I think this app is great, it plays a strong and fair game and the user interface is very easy to use and the graphics are decent. I have no complaints at all. If you enjoy backgammon and have two bucks, then this is a no-brainer. I highly recommend it, and if the computer beats you all the time, try to start learning from it or buy a book on strategies or read some of the countless articles online to help improve your game. There are no rigged dice here, just bad players. This app deserves far better marks than it has received.