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Description

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

ALL THE FACTS IN UNDER 30 SECONDS

* 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 8 or later required). Optimized for iOS 12.

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

NOT YET CONVINCED? READ ON...

ALWAYS READY WHEN YOU ARE - COMPUTER OPPONENT
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.

PLAY WITH HUMANS NEAR YOU - GAME BOARD MODE
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.

CONNECT WITH FRIENDS OR PLAY AGAINST RANDOM OPPONENTS ONLINE - GAME CENTER
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.

BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER - GAME BOARDS
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?

AAAND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BOARD, A MULTIPLE OLYMPIC CHAMPION AI - BEEE GEEEE BLITZ
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.

WHAT ELSE CAN WE SAY?
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.

 $2.99 in iOS App Store

Screenshots

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Version History

Launched Mar 31, 2010 (almost 9 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 6 months, on average.

Nov 10
2018
(Current)
Version 4.33

* Support for iPhone XR, XS and iPhone XS Max
* Support for iPad Pro 11" and iPad Pro 12.9" (3rd gen)
* Optimized for iOS 12

Sep 25
2018
Version 4.32

* Support for iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
* Optimized for iOS 12

Dec 08
2017
Version 4.31

True Backgammon is now optimized for iOS 11 and supports the new iPhone X.

What's New in 4.30/4.31:

* "Roll your own" dice dialog was out of position on iPhone X
* Dice roll animation problem with iOS 11.2 fixed

* Update of the BGBlitz engine, which is now stronger than ever
* Optimized for iOS 11
* Support for iPad Pro 10.5", iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X
* Minor bug fixes
* Requires iOS 8 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. Please also remember that all reviews and ratings are version dependent, so do not hesitate to resubmit your existing rating or review. Thank you!

Nov 02
2017
Version 4.30

True Backgammon is now optimized for iOS 11 and supports the new iPhone X.

What's New in 4.30:

* Update of the BGBlitz engine, which is now stronger than ever
* Optimized for iOS 11
* Support for iPad Pro 10.5", iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X
* Minor bug fixes
* Requires iOS 8 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. Please also remember that all reviews and ratings are version dependent, so do not hesitate to resubmit your existing rating or review. Thank you!

Nov 18
2015
Version 4.20

True Backgammon now supports iOS 9 and both the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and also the new iPad Pro.

What's New in 4.20:

* Guided help tour on first start
* Context sensitive help by pressing buttons a bit longer
* Specific sound effects for every board design
* Update of the BGBlitz engine to the up-to-date version
* Full 64-bit support
* Minor bug fixes

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. Please also remember that all reviews and ratings are version dependent, so do not hesitate to resubmit your existing rating or review. Thank you!

Nov 26
2013
Version 4.02

Version 4.02:

* Various crashes during game center matches fixed
* Black pip count was wrong
* Some more minor bug fixes

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. Please also remember that all reviews and ratings are version dependent, so do not hesitate to resubmit your existing rating or review. Thank you!

Oct 19
2013
Version 4.01

Version 4.01:

* A second tutor mode does not show the best move immediately, but offers an undo move for a second try.
* A new leather playboard is available in the in-appstore.
* A crash at the end of a game center match was fixed
* Minor bug fixes

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. Please also remember that all reviews and ratings are version dependent, so do not hasitate to resubmit your existing rating or review. Thank you!

Version 4 is a major update, which contains many new functions and improvements:

* Play against friends or random opponents through the game center network. Optionally a voice chat can be enabled, so you can talk with your friends while playing.
* The powerful BGBlitz gameplay engine is no available in the in-appstore, which makes your computer opponent a world class opponent.
* Also available in the in-appstore is BGBlitz tutor, which verifies and improves your play.
* Full support for all iOS devices, with and without retina resolution.
* Full support for iOS 7
* Requires iOS 5 or higher to run

Sep 26
2013
Version 4.00

Version 4 is a major update, which contains many new functions and improvements:

* Play against friends or random opponents through the game center network. Optionally a voice chat can be enabled, so you can talk with your friends while playing.
* The powerful BGBlitz gameplay engine is no available in the in-appstore, which makes your computer opponent a world class opponent.
* Also available in the in-appstore is BGBlitz tutor, which verifies and improves your play.
* Full support for all iOS devices, with and without retina resolution.
* Full support for iOS 7
* Requires iOS 5 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. Please also remember that all reviews and ratings are version dependent, so do not hasitate to resubmit your existing rating or review. Thank you!

May 25
2011
Version 3.01

*** We are aware of the problems using the current version under iOS 7. A new version is already submitted and will be hopefully released by Apple at the beginning of next week. Sorry for the problem! ***

New in version 3.0:

* as a universal app now also playable on iPhone and iPod Touch
* new expert play level
* improvements in doubling cube handling
* new option for manual dice roll
* new dialog for showing the dice stream and for creating new random dice
* new in-appstore initially filled with six wonderful boards
* new info text dialog about cheating
* iphone move type (tap-tap) also available on ipad as an option
* occasional crash when leaving in-appstore fixed (v3.01)

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. Please also remember that all reviews and ratings are version dependent, so do not hasitate to resubmit your existing rating or review. Thank you!

May 16
2011
Version 3.00

New in version 3.00:

* as a universal app now also playable on iPhone and iPod Touch
* new expert play level
* improvements in doubling cube handling
* new option for manual dice roll
* new dialog for showing the dice stream and for creating new random dice
* new in-appstore initially filled with six wonderful boards
* new info text dialog about cheating
* iphone move type (tap-tap) also available on ipad as an option

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. Please also remember that all reviews and ratings are version dependent, so do not hasitate to resubmit your existing rating or review. Thank you!

Nov 08
2010
Version 2.01

Bugfix in version 2.01:

* In rare cases some checkers could not be moved!

New in version 2.00:

* New left starter menu
* New metal board (in addition to the wooden one)
* New option to gray out dice already moved
* A double can be moved in one big step (instead of 2-2)
* You can move in reverse direction to undo moves
* Up to four checkers can be moved simultaneously (using four fingers!)
* Improved doubling decisions in pure race games
* Bar checkers are now calculated as 25 pips
* Doubling cube now finally stays on the correct side after using redoubling
* Ready for iOS 4.2

The internal move handling is totally rewritten. I really hope that I did not break something. If any problems occur, please send me an email (cause I cannot answer to app store reviews).

Have fun!

Nov 07
2010
Version 2.00

*** Version 2.00 has a bug, which prevents checkers from being movable sometimes. If this happens to you, please select 'Play Direction' in the menu twice. A fixed version is already submitted. Sorry for the trouble. ***

New in version 2.00:

* New left starter menu
* New metal board (in addition to the wooden one)
* New option to gray out dice already moved
* A double can be moved in one big step (instead of 2-2)
* You can move in reverse direction to undo moves
* Up to four checkers can be moved simultaneously (using four fingers!)
* Improved doubling decisions in pure race games
* Bar checkers are now calculated as 25 pips
* Doubling cube now finally stays on the correct side after using redoubling
* Ready for iOS 4.2

The internal move handling is totally rewritten. I really hope that I did not break something. If any problems occur, please send me an email (cause I cannot answer to app store reviews).

Have fun!

Jul 15
2010
Version 1.06

New in version 1.06:

* Mersenne twister algorithm (best random number generator available on earth) now used for random number creation
* AI will no longer use the doubling cube when its value is already high enough to win the match
* Fixed a bug in the total match len field of the sgf export file
* Logic bug fixed, which resulted in the AI not necessarily move both dice if possible

Have fun!

May 20
2010
Version 1.05

As promised, this version contains a fully rewritten AI. It's far from perfect, but much better than the old one. Improvement in this area will continue.

Improvements:
* Dice random numbers are now created by divide and round instead of modulo (better distribution)
* Unlimited match points option added
* Fast animation option now also fasten dice roll
* New game AI (far from perfect, but a good start)
* Final match score is now written in red color
* Score opens after each finished game (not only after a won match)
* Hidden feature to email .sgf match data file (triple tap the score box)

Bug fixes:
* In rare cases a checker hung somewhere in the board
* Computer wanted to double even with doubling cube option disabled

Have fun!!!

May 03
2010
Version 1.04

First of all, thanks for your continuous support. I'm happy receiving your emails with suggestions, ideas and bug reports. You are helping a lot making True Backgammon better. If you like True Backgammon HD, please write a short review, or at least vote with some stars, which helps a lot. Thank you!

At the moment I'm fully rewriting the AI code. You can expect the new engine in the next update. Thanks for your patience.

New in version 1.04:
* Some AI improvements (better openings, end game, holding game)
* New doubling interface
* Redouble feature added
* Correct handling for doubling in 2-player mode
* Crawford Rule handling
* Match points will be reset to 0-0 after match is finished
* New option to speed up game play animation

Bug fixes:
* Computer AI did not double
* Computer AI did accept all doubles
* Double tap feature did not work in rare cases
* Resigning a game between dice take and dice roll in 2-player mode resulted in incorrect match point counting
* Moving a double where only the first two moves could be moved resulted in a deadlock

Have fun. Next update will follow soon!

Apr 16
2010
Version 1.03

Version 1.03 have fixed all known problems. Please let me know if everything doesn't work as expected. I'm happy to receive customer email :-)

New in version 1.03:

* Two finger support added (take two checkers at once)
* Double tap support added to move stones with a unique destination (helpful during bear off)
* 2-player mode now waits for one touch to take dice and another touch to roll opponents dice
* Longer delay between initial dice roll and move to winners side

Fixed in version 1.03:

* Sometimes markers did not disappear after a move
* In rare cases white or black dice rolled twice
* Resigning a game now takes doubling cube into account

Have fun with the new functions!!!

Apr 10
2010
Version 1.02

First of all, thanks to all people who helped me finding and fixing the following problems:

* Fixed bug which resulted in changing options without user interaction (mostly 1/2-player mode switching)
* Fixed multiple problems with the undo function, which caused all of the known problems
* Shadow sorting improved

Sorry for the bugs. As already mentioned, I have a lot of ideas for this app, which will be included constantly. Thanks for already part of the game :-)

Mar 31
2010
Version 1.00

Previous 3 versions
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4
7
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3
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3
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Total Ratings

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4
120
3
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2
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1
140