- #: 35811
- Price: $3.99 In Apple Store
- Category: Games
- Updated: 2010-08-03
- Current Version: 4.2
- 4.2 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
- Size: 4.20 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Tom Keith
- Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
- © Tom Keith
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Backgammon is a lot of fun with iGammon. It's easy to move the checkers by dragging them. Or touch a checker you want to move, then the point you want to move it to. The smooth animation gives the game a great feel."The interface in…..
What's New in Version 4.2
Fixed bug where a checker is flipped on edge at the start of a new game.
Rated 1/5 based on 3 customer reviews.
UPDATED REVIEW: Congratulations, Tom Keith!
Adam Schramm write:
UPDATE: Let's give a round of applause to iGammon developer Tom Keith for winning the award for "Most Outrageous Statement By a Developer Regarding Their App" for his claim, "...the dice at all levels of iGammon are random and fair." It was a close contest between Tom; Zenessa, for all of Professor McMurphy's Subliminal Techniques apps; and Hudson, the developers of Nikoli Sudoku, for claiming they originated Sudoku. Once you've played iGammon for more than 5 minutes you'll quickly see why Mr. Keith is so deserving of this high honor. Congratulations, Tom!
When I first read the reviews for this backgammon app I thought, "yeah, yeah...all computer backgammon programs cheat at least somewhat in the dice rolls, stop whining." But my god! This thing cheats more blatantly and frequently than any other BG program out there! Almost always rolls EXACTLY what's needed and prevents you from making any kind of plays at all. Only way to even have a chance with this game is to offer doubling very early if you're at all ahead, otherwise you're likely to be dead. I have won a few games but beating a full match of games is almost impossible. One of the most annoying game apps I've ever downloaded. Thank god it was free! The only plus to this beast of an app is that it has a good sense of where you intend to place a piece after you roll; you can point your chip in the general area of the roll and it will automatically land there. Other than that, don't pay any money for this unless you enjoy endless frustration.
The game won 48 out of 52 first rolls...Need I say more?
Outstanding, BUT dice are loaded for opponent
Tom, are you paying attention? How about a fair/different algorithm for the dice rolling? Too many people are complaining for this to be isolated. The game is no fun when playing a loaded opponent.
This would be an OUTSTANDING app except for one major drawback. I have never seen such "lucky" rolls for the opponent. The opponent reguarly gets precisely the roll it needs while the dice aren't as friendly for the player. The regular distribution of rolls in favor of the opponent is skewed by the game.
Build in a better random generator for the dice, and you have a 5-star rating.
Tip - when the computer offers the doubling cube, take it no matter how good of a position you think you are in. The odds of the opponent getting exactly what it needs on the very next roll to break the game wide open is very high - even when you are mostly covered and only a lucky roll could bust you.
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