Absolute Backgammon
Absolute Backgammon
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Absolute Backgammon8.9.9

15 January 2020

Backgammon board game.

Overview

Absolute Backgammon is a backgammon game that has superb graphics (more than 32 board styles to pick from), sound effects, speech, and many options and features including 5 skill levels for a fun game of backgammon. Easy to use, even for a beginner. Has a Tutor mode to help you improve your skills. You can also play using just your voice.

It supports game play in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Dutch. Many gameboard designs are available here.

You don't have to concerned about the game being fair. The dice rolls are random and do not favor either player in any situation except by luck. All of the dice rolls, to the used in the game, can be selected to be saved to a file at the start of a new game. These can be viewed to see that the game is actually using them. You can also select to use the computer's dice rolls if you feel it is luckier than you. Also, the stats, kept by the game, will show that the rolling of doubles is statistically correct for both players.

What's new in Absolute Backgammon

Version 8.9.9:
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114 Reviews of Absolute Backgammon

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johnbinford
04 November 2019
Version: 8.9.8

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It's ok. but slow from perspective of forced moves, especially during bearing off. when game is impossible to win during bearing off, it should just finish the game and declare winner.
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johnbinford
04 November 2019
Version: 8.9.8
It's ok. but slow from perspective of forced moves, especially during bearing off. when game is impossible to win during bearing off, it should just finish the game and declare winner.
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wackyracer666
04 October 2019
Version: 8.9.8
This game is as rigged and as genuine as a 3 dollar bill. The computer is waay too lucky with the dice. You win occasionaly but I would say, do not waste your time and money on this crap piece of software...
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Maylbu
25 July 2011
Version: 7.2.4
I've been playing with David's Backgammon over ten years. now. Great experience, no complaints. Absolute BG (same developer) is even better and support 64 bit structure which DB is not. Customer service is great, although you don't need much. David the owner/developer is quick to answer and always on top of everything.
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5
Macclaus
28 April 2011
Version: 7.2
Great game.... love it!
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0.5
Alan-Davis
26 March 2011
Version: 7.1.4
I just don't understand all the rave reviews. I find the play absurdly uneven. The computer rolls about 5 times as many doubles; never, I mean never, misses a blot; always covers its blots on next roll; and just gets the perfect roll 95% of the time. Yawn.
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Lekica
23 March 2011
Version: 7.1.3
I love Absolute Backgammon, it is very straight forward, has different options for you to get suggested moves. I like the way the dice is rolled, different board styles. It is a great value for money!
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Chain-Saw
05 August 2010
Version: 6.7.6
Absolutely absorbing! Most enjoyable game, with excellent graphics, several boards each with matching men and dice, several languages, and several skill levels. What more could you ask for? Absolute Backgamon is very keenly priced and the reply service is one to which others aspire. Well done.
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Ficheye
10 June 2010
Version: 6.7.5
I have never been happier since I started playing backgammon with real people again. That's the way to go. In fact, it's really the main attraction, the banter and human interaction, the click of the dice (real dice). Not a bad game if you can take the flames.
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Chasbo1
22 May 2010
Version: 6.7.4
I have used this since 2008, just now updated. No frills to speak of, but it remains a good, clean, straightforward backgammon app and the customer service is absolutely excellent. It's good enough to beat me (a very average player) about half the time. If I had one request it would be for an additional, higher skill level.
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5
Nbranney
22 May 2010
Version: 6.7.4
This is a very clean, straightforward game that works very reliably.
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5
Billsinatl
06 April 2010
Version: 6.7.3
Absolute Backgammon has been a challenging and fun diversion for years. David keeps updating it, making it even more challenging and enjoyable. It also should be noted that David's customer support is second to none, responding almost immediately for questions and help. This awesome game is a must!!!
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Ubris
28 February 2010
Version: 6.7
Absolutely, the best ever backgammon for Mac. Excellent for training. You'll enjoy it..
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Tom-E-Gun
06 January 2010
Version: 6.6.8
I wont buy this app I just consider its unacceptable to still release powerpc only soft nowadays, almost 5 years after Macs went intel. And please no more "You can still run it under Rosetta", that's just a lazy excuse imo.
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5
Patrick-Von-Buren
30 December 2009
Version: 6.6.5
Excellent game! Fast, smooth, easy to play, large graphics with well designed board.
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Mrglsmrc
04 December 2009
Version: 6.6.2
i have tried this software and i think it is nice. i used to play tournament backgammon in the seventies so i understand what a program should do here. i do not believe this is as strong as some pc programs which cost more but have good free trial versions, there will always be stupid reviews here and stupid reviewers, those who read regularly know who to believe and why. i am mortified to deal with a developer who flames reviews at an independent site for any reason because it shows poor judgement and suggests that any future potential problems may become the customer service nightmare from hell. i hope other developers don't make this mistake because macupdate is a sales opportunity and not an unselling opportunity.
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Espiridion
03 December 2009
Version: 6.6.2
I had an interesting experience with the upgrade policies. I originally purchased David's BackGammon. From what I recall, it turned out that I was entitled to free upgrades for only 6 months. This was in 2002. I decided NOT to upgrade. In 2003 I tried Absolute Backgammon. I don't recall purchasing it, though. For my needs I've used other Backgammon applications. I don't mind paying for upgrades, but I don't recall any other developer offering such a short time frame for free upgrades, even with the current 9-month policy. With a reasonable upgrade policy I would have probably paid for upgrades since 2002. This is definitely not for me.
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gryphonent
28 November 2009
Version: 6.6.1
I've been a registered user since version 4. Paid upgrade fee after upgrade fee from version 4 to 5 and finally to version 6. I liked the game and wanted to support the developer, although it was plain obvious that only minimal improvements were made. The game still looks and feels like version 4. When I wanted to play another game recently I found that my version 6 was running in demo mode. Further research showed that the author had changed his license policy without notifying existing user that had duly paid their registration fee for version 6, assuming that all 6.x version would be free. Unfortunately, this is not the case anymore: LICENSES ARE ONLY VALID FOR 9 MONTHS!!! Not 12, no 9 months… because it will make it more difficult for users to know when their license has expired, forcing them to fork out yet another $25 for another 9 months. The game also, contrary to other applications with similar licensing policies such as PopChar, doesn't provide any indication as to when the license expires. Sorry, but I had enough. I will see, whether I can dig out an older version from a backup. Thank God for Time Machine!!!
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5
Yogi123
13 August 2009
Version: 6.5.1
I've been using Absolute backgammon for about a year now and absolutely love it. The gameplay is intuitive, graphics are excellent and the developer has been very responsive to any inquiries I've had and has shown he is committed to improving the game. The new "tutor" mode with its many different evaluation criteria is great and will assist both beginners and more experienced players. If you are looking for quality Backgammon for the Mac - you've found it.
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Gammonsoft
28 July 2009
Version: 6.5
Too bad there are jerks around like Mario below The problems were on his side. The interface is not buggy. The game has been around for 6 years now. People love it.
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Marco-zunino
28 July 2009
Version: 6.5
Absolute Backgammon is the most painful experience I had with any application that I purchased. This is my first review on MacUpdate and albeit I usually do not like to write negative reviews, this time I am ANGRY! First of all, when you register it you do not get immediately the code. Instead you will need to send the author a mail with your name, address, and a 3 letter code that the program gives you. I did it, and I received an answer is a reasonable time. But when I tried to insert the code... SURPRISE! The 3 letters change and my password was not valid. I wrote to the author again, of course, and instead of sending me immediately a correct password, he started to ask me questions like if I installed the application of a different computer, which I did not. I found the whole experience frustrating and offensive. At the moment I still do not know if he will send me a correct code or not. So, essentially, even if you pay for it, you are not sure that you can play it. I guess this is the reason why you have also the option to purchase a pre-registered version, sent by email, at a more expensive price. The main reason for the one star is of course the one described above. Otherwise the program would be nice, albeit not perfect. The interface is a bit buggy. For instance, if you want to move two different pieces, sometimes you are forced to do it in a specific order. That is you will need to cancel the first move, do the second, and then do the first again. Also please notice that this is a PowerPC only application. It will work on Intel Macs, but why not to provide a universal version? I will have a try at BGBlitz instead.
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Kevinwparker
25 April 2009
Version: 6.1.4
I haven't played Backgammon on my Mac since the very old days when there was a black-and-white program that filled the 9-inch screen of my Fat Mac. So I was pleased to see MacUpdate offering a discount on this one. I've only played it for two days but am fairly pleased so far. It took some getting used to as some of the details on how to pick up and put down pieces differed from the old MacGammon (or whatever it was called). Once I got settled in to that, I was satisfied. Appearance is good, game play is good. I'm running with the default settings right now for the opponent, who seems remarkably aggressive to me, leaving pips exposed that I would never leave exposed, even to send one back. It seems to be at a competitive level for me, neither too stupid nor totally beyond me. I have some sympathy for the "cheating" accusations as it seems to be very good at getting doubles right after the stakes are raised. But I thought that about the old game, too, so I'm assuming it's just some quirk of human psychology. I don't know what sort of alternatives there are out there, but I'm pretty happy with this one.
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Paulthepiper
12 April 2009
Version: 6.1.4
I have played this game hundreds of times (am I sad?) and I am now convinced the dice rolls are contrived. I do not have a clue how it is done especially as I have checked the rolls against the random list that ends up on my desktop at the beginning of the game. You get this list by going to Preferences then misc. Check the box entitled Save dice rolls to "Random Dice Rolls" file. Most of the doubles are in favour of the computer towards the end of the game which removes the computer pieces very quickly and you loose. Also the rolls favour the computer in setting up "blots" in it's home board near the beginning of the game which makes it difficult for you to get back in. Now, there is a sure fire way to overcome these problems albeit that it slows the game right down. Use a manual dice (real or electronic) and select Enter Manual Dice Rolls from the actions menu. This way the game is played very differently none of the above mentioned problems occur and it is also guaranteed to be fair. On the plus side Absolute Backgammon scores very high for graphics and movements of the pieces. Just don't let it cheat on you!
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Studiopelletier
24 December 2008
Version: 6.0.9
I have to agree with WANGCHUNG. This game makes me mad with rage. I laugh (not because it's funny), i cry, i want to throw my computer up against the wall. I'm a fairly good player on the board but the way the computer consistently gets the best possible roll WHEN it needs it (and how i get the worse possible rolls) is out of this world. I have tried different settings but no luck. I do win from time to time, but after about 300 games the overall experience is just not fun. I so wanted to like this game. I refuse to play it anymore. Wish i could get my money back. An online version could be fun though, as in NOT playing against the computer.
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Perfectlycool
06 September 2008
Version: 6.0.6
I have played many different types of online backgammon. AB 6.0.6 is by FAR the best I have ever played! The board/s and graphics are superb. Shame about the talking voices (yes, I have turned them off). For $25. you can't go wrong. Buy and enjoy!
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17soft
07 July 2008
Version: 6.0.5
David Byrum's Backgammon game was everything I was hoping for and more. As commented on before, there is no lack of Backgammon games out there, but this one provides sophisticated options that allow for various rules, skill levels, and even the 'manner' in which your computer opponant approaches the game. The graphics are beautiful and many alternative styles are available for free downloads. Fun, challenging, and nice to look at. I'd call that a win.
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Leftnotracks
07 July 2008
Version: 6.0.5
Bugs in current version: A legal gammon was recorded as a single game win with all pieces in inner table, but none borne off. Perhaps the game's rules for what constitutes a gammon are incorrect. Still can't double beyond 64. There's no excuse for that short-sighted omission. Despite these, it still plays the most challenging game for any computer opponent. Thumbs still way up there.
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5
Greyowl54
24 June 2008
Version: 6.0.2
Backgammon games aren't hard to find .. but none looks as good as this one. Quite simply the look and feel alone are enough to make you want to keep playing. Me? I'm ready to go again, right now ..
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Richskin
18 May 2008
Version: 6.0.2
Fantastic software - just what I was looking for. David Byrum was extremely prompt and helpful. Highly recommended!
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Wangchung
11 February 2008
Version: 5.3.7
A very good game for beginners and intermediate players ONLY. Set the appropriate prefs and have fun. BUT.... I've played board Backgammon for thirty years, and Absolute Backgammon in its many iterations for as long as its been out. I refuse to play it anymore. I don't know if it's poorly written algorithms, the "random" dice rolls, the against-all-rational-odds moves, the "aggressive club champ" setting or just bad computer karma, but something is definitely rotten in Denmark. It should be IMPOSSIBLE for the computer opponent to consistently - and fairly - get the kind of rolls it gets at the exact moment it needs them. Period. Debate it all you like, but perhaps the human element just can't be replicated in coded Backgammon.
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Corpsecorps
29 December 2007
Version: 5.3.4
What the hell are you talking about? A "proving scheme"? Nothing more is needed. If all rolls are randomized before the game begins, stored to a file which can be examined, the player can choose either of the prerolled sets, and the predetermined rolls can be matched while playing to make sure they're the ones the game actually uses, what method can you propose which would still allow the computer to have an advantage based on rolls? Even if rolls were precalculated instead of randomized, the player can switch sets and the rolls cannot possibly favor both players unless they differ significantly in the way they play. The only other possibility would be that the pseudo-random number generator isn't truly random because it's incorrectly written. That would give one player or the other an advantage in some games, but a disadvantage in others. I've played many games and kept track of the numbers of all possible rolls that came up, and statistically they neither favor either player, nor are skewed in any particular way! End of story. Any particular anecdote about the computer making some unbelievable come-back or whatever can only be due to it's making the statistically most advantageous moves with each roll in a particular circumstance where the random numbers happen to come together in a way that allows that anecdotal tale to take place.
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Espiridion
24 December 2007
Version: 5.3.4
NOTAFOOL, if I recall correctly after six months of purchasing an older version of David's Backgammon I was asked to pay for an upgrade fee if I wanted to use the newest version. I contacted David and he helped me re-register my version which for some reason became unregistered, but needles to say I never upgraded to the new Absolute Backgammon. I don't know whether the current licenses are also good for about 6 months of free updates or so.
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Gammonsoft
22 December 2007
Version: 5.3.3
Since I don't know who you are, I can't answer your question for your situation. Please email me at: absolutegammon@aol.com I think you have answered your own question though, since you have not had to pay in the past for updates. My upgrade policy has not changed for this version. I think it would be much more productive if you would email me directly to find out what your situation is.
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Gammonsoft
21 December 2007
Version: 5.3.3
Response to NOTAFOOL's post: This is a demo version of the game. The game has always ended a random half of the games prematurely. There is nothing new here. This allows you to evaluate the game to see if it is worth purchasing. David
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Legal-Eagle
21 December 2007
Version: 5.3.3
This version 5.3.3, released on 19 Dec is a lemon. It keeps quitting unexpectedly in the middle of a game. Previous versions never did that. Note - all reviews currently appearing on MacUpdate are of EARLIER versions of this software - NOT of version 5.3.3
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Justies
01 December 2007
Version: 5.3
Nice designed game. What about using the game field as window,it looks better without frames.
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Tarras
30 August 2007
Version: 5.2.1
Great service from the developer Best recomendations
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Kerrala
18 August 2007
Version: 5.2
How dare you. Firstly sort out your software. Secondly, I have reviewed based on value for money and compared it to a game where there they have got their software right regardless of the overlaying complexity. I am not attached to any competitor at all. Make such a claim again and I will initially report you to the site management.
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Gammonsoft
18 August 2007
Version: 5.2
Get Real! KERRALA is obviously helping out a competitor. There is not really any competition there. They have some funny animation but no real backgammon opponent.
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Kerrala
18 August 2007
Version: 5.2
I can only agree with veggiedude that you get a far better experience (for $24.95) and value (4 games) with the freeverse backgammon. Sort out your algorythm dude
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Gammonsoft
19 June 2007
Version: 5.1.6
Ancient_Eagle_Spirit obviously has not read the description of the game above or read the manual or checked-out the features of the game that make it certain that his accusations are not true. Better luck Ancient_Eagle_Spirit
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Ancient-eagle-spirit
03 June 2007
Version: 5.1.4
Anyone who knows anything about probability, and has played this game enough times, knows that the author obviously did not have the skills required to generate an algorithm that could actually present a challenge to an experienced player if the rolls were truly random. Instead, he biased the odds in favor of the computer in order to give it chance of actually winning once in awhile. It is likely that when faced with an upcoming critical roll, the program determines the optimal roll, and the random roll, and then applies a probability roll (biased to the computer . . . say 60% chance), and therefore the computer will get the roll that it needs in a critical situation 60% of the time (percentage is estimated for illustration purposes). The other 40% of the time it will get the random roll. This presents the appearance that it is always random, but the computer's "luck" is better than yours! Watch the rolls for example whenever the computer has a man open, and needs to bring a man on when you have an open man in your home area. How often does the computer get exactly the roll (the ONLY roll) that it needs to not only knock your man off, but at the same time cover it's own open man? You will find that this happens FAR more often than random chance would allow. This game is a lie. Save your money.
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Gammonsoft
15 May 2007
Version: 5.1.1
VEGGIEDUDE, in this case, you get what you pay for.
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Veggiedude
01 February 2007
Version: 5.0.2
The best Backgammon game I have found is by Freeverse, and it is one of numerous games in a single package for about the price of this one game. It won the Apple Design Award, so check it out: http://www.freeverse.com/bbbg/
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Cheffychef
10 January 2007
Version: 5.0.2
Would anyone recommend this for someone that's a beginner? My father has recently gotten the backgammon bug, and I wanted to surprise him. I've heard of this program, but don't know much about it outside of the great reviews.
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Corpsecorps
08 January 2007
Version: 5.0.1
_ I cannot believe that after 3 years, people are *still* debating the random die roll issue. Too funny. I think ill repeat what i said ages ago: -------------- A great game. It looks good, plays well, and has a slick interface. Don't buy any of the nonsense about play somehow favoring the computer with timely die rolls. Done some checking myself, and never found any such claims to stand up. If you're like me and it seems you only roll doubles when you're unable to use them because you have a blot which cannot escape the bar, or your !@$&^@# opponent always gets the right roll to send you there, i'm affraid it's time to face the fact that you just aren't that great a player! This thing HAS, however, improved my play significantly.
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Gimmee
24 December 2006
Version: 4.9.4
I have been looking for a decent backgammon game after playing one on my Palm Tungsten. I have been using David's backgammon in demo mode for a while and then finally decided to upgrade to the full program. The after sales service is also very good Great Game.
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4.5
Slor
21 August 2006
Version: 4.8.5
I have played a lot of backgammon over the years. I am seen many cutesy variations that make me sick. I just wanted an attractive well-behaved game. Absolute Backgammon is that game! I used Absolute Backgammon 3.x for several years. I loved it. I downloaded VersionTracker Pro and it told me I was out of date on many pieces of software. Amongst other things it told me I was behind on Absolute Backgammon. I downloaded version 4.8.5 and it is great. It plays faster than the previous version I used. It works with all the extra game boards I have downloaded. It was well worth the $15 upgrade field.
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Joseph-Stinson
15 August 2006
Version: 4.8.3
excellent backgammon play - aggressive mode is tough to beat and challenging program is recommended, customer support is excellent
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3.25
Mktrashy
06 August 2006
Version: 4.8.3
There is NO way that this game is not cheating somehow. All rolls may very well be random, but that does preclude not the possibility of cheating, e.g. if the computer generates the random number file then the computer knows all rolls in advance. The only sure way to eliminate this possibility is to include an option where values from actual, physical dice rolls could be entered during the entire game and then compare the outcomes of these "manual" games to those where all rolls are computer generated. Often the computer will land on my piece 4-5 times in a row. It takes me 5 rolls to get off the bar with only one space open, while the computer will roll the number it needs after 1-2 rolls, repeatedly. It crashes with something like "555" and "array out of bounds" errors. Also, if the doubling cube can, according to backgammon rules, be doubled by either player "AT ANY TIME" then why not include this as a feature?
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Gammonsoft
03 August 2006
Version: 4.8.3
LeftNoTracks you can finish a random half of the games in the demo version. Since you have been playing it for a long time now (years by your own admission in a previous post), I think you have had plenty of time to evaluate the game. Don't you think it is time to register it? Thousands of people are enjoying the game without it crashing. It must be something with your machine. If you would email me, perhaps I can help determine what the problem is. The cube works fine the way it is. I have tried to make the game as realistic as possible. I have no plans to change it to go beyond the 64 on real cubes.
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Leftnotracks
03 August 2006
Version: 4.8.3
This program crashes. A lot. Seems that picking up a second piece is causing a freeze. That, plus the 3/4 of the games that can't finish, plus the tendency to cancel a game just as the tide is turning in my favour, make this one of the most fustrating Mc programs I've ever used. Please fix the crashing and provide a briefe grace period in which all games can be finished. Oh, and get the cube working properly, too.
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4.25
Peterseagull
01 August 2006
Version: 4.8.3
Well done program. Clean graphics and works great with the Mac. Well worth having.
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4.25
taratorme
19 July 2006
Version: 4.8.3
great game! Love to play it!
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Vandrake74
16 July 2006
Version: 4.8.3
Very nice, user friendly, reponsive and quick game. The computer overtly cheats which takes away from this game being ideal. Still it is a beautiful game that functions seamlessly with OSX. Thanks.
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Leftnotracks
20 May 2006
Version: 4.8
I think this is an excellent backgammon game. It knows the ruls better than most (exceptions follow) nad plays a pretty mean game. It's also very clever about the cube, able to exaluate the players' positions. It doubles when it's advantage is enough, but not too much, and accepts or declines appropriately as well. But there are still (years after complaints) two prblems with the cube. There is no limit to the cube's value. In backgammon, one can legally double far beond 64. This limit in a computer game, which is not bound by the six sides of a physical cube, is a baffling violation of the rules of the game. Also missing from the cube is a way to double when locked into the bar. It's not always a stupid move, and either way it's an arbitrary violation once again. Players locked onto the bar may legally double their opponents. I do hope there is an upgrade on the way which addresses these two oversights. Then it will be just about perfect.
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Gammonsoft
30 March 2006
Version: 4.7.3
The previous reviewer's comments are absolutely untrue. The dice rolls are random and do not favor either player in any situation except by luck. All of the dice rolls, to the used in the game, can be saved to a file at the start of a new game. These can be viewed to see that the game is actually using them. You can also select to use the computer's dice rolls if you feel it is luckier than you. Also, the stats, kept by the game, will show that the rolling of doubles is statistically correct for both players.
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Hotspur61
29 March 2006
Version: 4.7.3
Anyone who actually thinks that Absolute Backgammon is fair is being rational over experience. I really don't care what the programmer says about it's randomness, the only thing random about this game is it's sense of fair play. Hiding behind complicated algorithms doesn't compete with the actual experience of playing the game. I've played literally hundreds and hundreds of games against human opposition and never have I experienced the sheer convenience of dice rolls this program produces for itself on a regular basis. Not only does it give itself far more doubles than the law of averages can happily account for, it's version of luck in ordinary play verges on occasions on the Satanic. Nor does it give such convenient dice to you, the user. It's a game that produces as much ill feeling as good, not because it's annoying to be unlucky on occasions but because I'm actually sick and tired of playing two players: the program's pieces and the dice. Would only recommend this game to confirmed masochists.
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Shmerls
20 February 2006
Version: 4.6
I have been looking for a good backgammon game after getting hooked on the one for my Treo Palm phone. I was using David's regular backgammon game in demo mode for awhile and then finally decided to upgrade to the full program and got the top of the line version, AbsoluteGammon. The graphix are worth the extra few bucks alone! I was pretty good at the game and then stopped for a few years, so I'm slowly getting the rust out and see David's game as a way to do that. You have time to analyze the computer's moves and there are excellent suggestions for your moves too. As said, graphix are cool. When you mouse over a point, the board shows you where you can move, which I'd like to be able to turn off as it makes you lazy and goes against learning to read the board intuitively. Perhaps there is a pref for this, but honestly, I haven't sought it out yet. The add-on boards for additional graphix is really cool. I'm using the Turkish board right now. Anyway, if you need a bg game, try out David's. I bet you'll be a buyer soon. Certainly well worth the investment. Steven
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4.75
Tank
13 January 2006
Version: 4.5
If you like backgammon, you HAVE to have this one!!! Also, you've got to download extra boards! This game was produced with loving care. I also have felt at times like the game was receiving extra lucky rolls, but usually only when I lost. And really, even when playing a human opponent face to face with real dice and losing, don't we always wonder if they cheated somehow when they got unbelievably lucky rolls? So it's really like playing a real live game with a person! Also, even though I have only been using this software for a few days, I have played about 30 games with the computer skill level set at "Club Champ", normal personality. I have a running point total higher than the computer. I don't think I could have achieved that if the computer was "cheating". I LOVE IT!!! Thanks Dave!
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3.75
gryphonent
02 January 2006
Version: 4.5
I've read about the lucky rolls of Absolute Backgammon before registering the game. Thing is, I didn't believe that the program tweaks the outcome of a game in its favor... and overall Absolute Backgammon is by far the best looking and most advanced Backgammon application on the Mac. So, why do I have mixed feelings about the application? Because it is unnerving to play against the computer. Thing is that the computer constantly rolls the dices needed to strategically move forward (i.e. hardly ever has a piece standing alone) or kick off one of my own pieces. Also, the amount of doubles rolled by the computer is 3:1... an average taken out of ten games. This is not random at all and undermining the enjoyment of playing the game. So, dear developer, while logging rolls is a nice feature to have... it does not help when trying to prove that the computer seems to roll exactly the numbers needed in a particular moment, i.e. when one of my pieces is alone on a square or when the computer needs to make progress (rolling four times a six or five). This is difficult to prove, and I seriously don't have the time to make my point through scientific research... but when you play the game you will see for yourself and share the feeling I'm referring to: being somehow cheated.
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4.75
Civ
29 December 2005
Version: 4.5
This is by far the most professional backgammon game I found. I'm playing it since version 3.2 and it is getting better with every upgrade. It complies with most known rules. The playing strength and speed can be adjusted at will. Very good graphics, You can even use the computer's dice roll. There is however one additional feature I'd love to see in a future upgrade, i.e. match play, with the options to play 3, 7, 13 or user selectable point matches, where the match winner is the player who wins first 3, 7, 13 or user selected points respectively. In this option the stats should count the number of matches won.
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5
Voodooboy
03 December 2005
Version: 4.3.1
Excellent game in every way. If you enjoy a game of Backgammon, you will have fun with this on your Mac.
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3.25
Anonymous
22 November 2005
Version: 4.2.9
I like most of the features, the graphics, and the quickness. However, the computer rolls are a little too lucky for my taste. Why does it crash sometimes in the beginning? OK game, but I think I'll look at others.
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4.25
Anonymous
29 October 2005
Version: 4.2.9
This looks like David's Backgammon. It plays a very good game, and shows great attention to detail. The interface is simple and effective, permitting the player to pick up multiple pieces and place them afterwards. Nice touch. I'm also happy to see the graphics improve dramatically. But it's not perfect, expecially with regards to the doubling cube. I made these comments years ago on David's Backgammon, and am disappointed to see them unadressed. First, the cube has no limit. 64 is merely the highest double available on a single cube (assuming you use 64 for 1 to start). There is no limit to doubling in backgammon, so imposing this artificial limit is arbitrary and violates the rules of hte game. Second, there is no way to when locked on the bar behind six points. Legally, it is my turn, and I am permitted to double. I have had oppportunity to double from such a position (for example if I have borne off several peices already and an early escape would be a near certain victory). In fact I have won from that position. Doubling in legal in the game, but again is not permitted in AB. I would like to see these issues addressed.
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David Byrum
29 September 2005
Version: 4.2.5
The game already has features and options to show that the game doesn't select the dice rolls to fit the circumstance. Also, if you feel the computer gets better dice rolls, then you can even select to use the computer's dice rolls. The software's AI play algorithm is much too complex to expain in plain-english. It would take days to manually figure out just one move using the algorithm. The algorithm , as it is now, was developed and enhanced over a period of many years (started in 1988).
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Anonymous
21 September 2005
Version: 4.2.5
Perhaps the author should publish a plain-english version of the software's AI play algorithm to make the cheats/doesn't cheat argument go away. Just a thought.
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Anonymous
17 June 2005
Version: 4.1.4
LOL. I cannot believe these die roll does-it-or -doesn't-it-cheat issues are still being rehashed after so long.
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3.5
Anonymous
16 June 2005
Version: 4.1.4
Absolute Backgammon is a very nice implementation of Backgammon on the Mac. I registered that game last year, and played it quite often. The developer requires an upgrade cost for me to play the latest version and I quite occasionally miss it. In regards to people's concerns about the "randomness" of the rolls: I absolutely believe that the rolls are random, however I am convinced that computer often uses knowledge of upcoming rolls (its own and the human opponent's) to determine its strategy. If you are familiar with standard techniques for game-playing AI, you can easily see how this would be a great shortcut to writing an effective player AI. The upshot is that the rolls aren't random in the sense that most people think of as random. The computer is definitely working without knowledge that a human player would have. Which is why I haven't re-registered. It is very frustrating to play against an opponent who cheats...
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5
Anonymous
27 May 2005
Version: 4.1.2
David has taken the time to create a fun, beautiful-looking game that is truly a pleasure to play. I purchased the full version two days ago and have played at least 30 matches so far. The computer is a tough opponent, to be sure, but I am confident that my game is improving as a result of my matches, and I can't wait to jump on CocoaFIBS of YahooGames and see how I stack-up against my old opponents!
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4.25
Anonymous
05 March 2005
Version: 4.0.3
The best version I've found for learning how to play. Lets you take back a move...lets you slow down movements so you can see what the computer is doing. However, I agree with two others that the computer's rolls are not random. Yes you can save the rolls to a file, but the computer's rolls seem to be at the right place at the right time far too often. Leave two pieces "alone" and the computer will all too often find the one combination that will take both out. It just "gets lucky" a lot...much more often than other games.
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2.75
Anonymous
03 March 2005
Version: 4.0.3
"You'll be able to finish half the games"???? That's a load of crap. I've tried to play 8 games and it didn't let me finish a single one!! Apparently the developer gets his jollies from tricking users of his software. And the rolls seem a little favored to the computer. Yeah, I know, Mr. Developer, they're all random... blah, blah, blah.
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Anonymous
01 February 2005
Version: 4.0.3
The previous reviewer's comments are absolutely untrue. The dice rolls are random and do not favor either player in any situation except by luck. All of the dice rolls, to the used in the game, can be saved to a file at the start of a new game. These can be viewed to see that the game is actually using them. You can also select to use the computer's dice rolls if you feel it is luckier than you.
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Anonymous
29 January 2005
Version: 4.0.3
When play the "club champ" all computer moves are predictable (i.e. when in a bind, the next series of rolls will be weighed toward the computer). However, it's fun kicking the pips out of the champ!
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5
Anonymous
23 December 2004
Version: 4.0
I totally agree with the last reviewer. Great fun. A plethora of options. Real eye candy. For beckgammon lovers, this one is a must-have!
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4.5
Anonymous
17 November 2004
Version: 3.2.8
Wow! It's getting better and better! It is absolutely the best backgammon game in town. Native OS X. Incredible number of options and features, fast graphics and nice sound efects. Great set of skill levels from beginers to pros. Addictive fun!
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2.75
Anonymous
07 November 2004
Version: 3.2.6
This thing won't let me finish a game!!!!! Graphics are nice, though. Sometimes doesn't start.
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5
Anonymous
03 October 2004
Version: 3.2.4
This is a wonderful little game. The graphics and game play are both smooth as silk, the opponents are worthy at every level, the programmer (David) is attentive and thorough, and open to conversation, comment, etc. I've been every kind of PITA user, paying for the wrong product at PayPal, debating the dice rolls that seemed always to favor the computer (they don't, and you can choose to use the computer's rolls rather than the player's if you don't believe), upgrading my Mac and misunderstanding how the registration codes work. Throughout, David has been patient and polite, and has responded promptly every time. Get it, play it, buy it - and wish every vendor would follow David's model!
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1.5
Anonymous
23 September 2004
Version: 3.2.4
Wow! I can say enouhh good thinks about this game. The proggrammer really way has way too much time free on there hands. The graphics is good to last, and its msot stable, except for a few strong crashes then. It beats me all the time, but i must be beggeting better bacause im good now and it onlty beats me most. It might be less louder if it could be. Thats the only think i didn't like it. Otherwise, doit. DOIT!
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4.5
John Whitesell
21 September 2004
Version: 3.2.4
Absolutely the best backgammon game on the market...it has provided me with hours of fun on the ground and in the air!
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5
Anonymous
22 August 2004
Version: 3.2.4
I've never played a more satisfying computer backgammon game -- the graphics are fantastic, and the play is excellent (even if it does beat me more often than I beat it). In fact, it's replaced the chess-games on my Mac as my favorite time-killer. Check this puppy out!
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Anonymous
22 August 2004
Version: 3.2.4
The "randomness" of the rolls in this game is a joke. The computer lands on my pieces all the time, and gets off the center bar on the first or second roll every time, even with only one spot open. Also, count how many times the comupter gets doubles within its first 3 rolls vs. your first 3 rolls.
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5
Anonymous
19 August 2004
Version: 3.2.4
A great game. It looks good, plays well, and has a slick interface. Don't buy any of the nonsense about play somehow favoring the computer with timely die rolls. Done some checking myself, and never found any such claims to stand up. If you're like me and it seems you only roll doubles when you're unable to use them because you have a blot which cannot escape the bar, or your !@$&^@# opponent always gets the right roll to send you there, i'm affraid it's time to face the fact that you just aren't that great a player! This thing HAS, however, improved my play significantly.
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5
Anonymous
11 August 2004
Version: 3.2.4
Absoutly awesome. It is fun, easy, and helps you get better at backgammon!
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4.5
Anonymous
12 July 2004
Version: 3.2
Superb game - very addictive. I love the smooth graphics and game options provided.
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Anonymous
02 July 2004
Version: 3.2
The developer misinterpreted my statement. Given equal opportunities to land on an opponents piece that is six or fewer spaces away the computer did land on my piece 2.3x more often than I landed on its pieces. This has nothing to do with the raw number of opportunities for this event, and therefore nothing to do with playing style, risk taking, etc.
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David Byrum
24 June 2004
Version: 3.2
The previous reviewer's conclusion that the dice rolls are not random if his pieces can be hit more than he can hit the opponent's is not correct. This can happen if the computer opponent is better or if the player has a risky play style. The dice rolls are random for both players in all situations. Many features have been added to the game to convince anyone that the dice rolls do not favor either player: cummlutive statistics on dice rolls, the ability to save the dice rolls, to be used in each game, to a disk file before the game starts plus the ability to use the computer's dice rolls instead of your own.
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3.5
Anonymous
19 June 2004
Version: 3.2
Great graphics, but the "random" dice rolls are a joke. Out of the over 52 games that I monitored, the computer was over twice as likely (2.3x actually) to land on one of my players as I was to land on one of its players. Statistically this is unlikely to be due to chance. I only counted instances when a single player was within 6 spaces of an opposing player. I think the developer needs a new random number generator.
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Anonymous
14 June 2004
Version: 3.2
...after choosing your dice set.
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Anonymous
12 June 2004
Version: 3.2
It is true. I've encountered this bug also. In maybe 1 out of 20-30 game starts no dice are shown.
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David Byrum
11 June 2004
Version: 3.2
The previous anonymous comments are not true.
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Anonymous
08 June 2004
Version: 3.2
has bug on starting. not always shows dice and has to click new game to work.
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4.5
Anonymous
03 June 2004
Version: 3.1.2
Best backgammon game by far. It's smooth, fast, smart, and convenient. The "Easy Move" feature lets me move pieces quickly, and in the same manner that I strategize my moves. The "tutorial" mode is unobtrusive, but gives instant feedback about your choices. Its worth my $25, hands-down.
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4
Anonymous
01 May 2004
Version: 3.1.2
simple et rapide. merci david
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Anonymous
10 April 2004
Version: 3.1.1
Previous reviewr's idea not bad. Does the developer object to this?
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David Byrum
08 April 2004
Version: 3.1.1
The dice rolls are random and do not favor either player in any circumstance. The game will save the dice rolls, to be used in the game, to a disk file before the game starts. So, there is no way the game can favor the computer opponent in certain situations, as previous reviews suggest. The game also keeps statistics on all dice rolls for each player. No-one has shown me yet any statistics that can back up what they say or show that the dice rolls are not random for both players. I challenge these "Anonymous" reviewers to say who they are and to send me the data they are referring to. I have included my email address.
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Anonymous
08 April 2004
Version: 3.1.1
How about if the developer includes the option to allow the player to choose which group of dice rolls to use (1st group or 2nd group) after (not before) they are randomly rolled and collected in the stored file? Yes, I realize that people could go through the entire set and pick the more advantageous group of dice rolls, but, hey, if they want to cheat then that's their problem.
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2.5
Anonymous
08 April 2004
Version: 3.1.1
I'm not buying it. I had ALL but one piece in my LAST 3 home spaces The computer's pieces were scattered all over the board. Guess which player won. Yup, not me. The computer landed on my last piece EVERY single time I moved it, managed to block its home, then started spitting out doubles like crazy. I got only one piece off the board when the game was over. One! I guess the computer's just too good for me. Hah!
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4.25
Anonymous
06 April 2004
Version: 3.1
The developer is right: the dice rolls are randomly assigned before the game begins, and therefore AB can't predict when it will need a given roll. The reviewers below are experiencing "selective memory," where they remember the rolls that work out well for the A.I. and forget about all the rolls in-between. I just wish AB had all the features of David's Backgammon, the developer's other product. Otherwise, it is nice to look at and plays a decent game of Backgammon.
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Anonymous
24 March 2004
Version: 3.0.3
The dice rolls are random and do not favor either player in any circumstance. The game will save the dice rolls, to be used in the game, to a disk file before the game starts. So, there is no way the game can favor the computer opponent in certain situations, as the previous 2 reviews suggest. The game also keeps statistics on all dice rolls for each player. No-one has shown me yet any statistics that can back up what they say or show that the dice rolls are not random for both players. I challenge these "Anonymous" reviewers to say who they are and to send me the data they are referring to.
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2.5
Anonymous
11 March 2004
Version: 3.0.3
What a crock! Under equal circumstances the computer lands on my players twice as often as I land on its players. No way is this random!
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