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David's Backgammon
David's Backgammon
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David's Backgammon

Version 6.4

Engaging backgammon game.

David's Backgammon overview

David's Backgammon allows you to entertain yourself at a game of Backgammon. Has 5 skill levels, as well as gives you advice on moves and the doubling cube, can take back moves and doubles of the cube, on-line help, can pick up more than one piece at a time, shows best moves, can set up any board situation, can change board colors or create your own, multiple board sizes, tournament play, extensive help system, keeps statistics on up to 4 pairs of players, can setup and rollout any game situation, plus much more.

What’s new in version 6.4

Updated on May 25 2015

Version 6.4:
  • Who Gets First Roll was always the default when the game program was started. Fixed.
  • Several minor changes for OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility.
  • Fixed any known problems

Information

License

Shareware

Size

2.2 MB

Downloads

30875

App requirements

  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.0 or later
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RossK6171
RossK6171
Sep 29 2014
6.3.1
5.0
Sep 29 2014
5.0
Version: 6.3.1
The most full featured and intuitive game of Backgammon on the market. Beats everything else by a country mile. Worth the price.
ScotC7846
ScotC7846
Jan 3 2014
6.3
5.0
Jan 3 2014
5.0
Version: 6.3
I bought this program to help me learn to play backgammon and it's been perfect. Different levels of difficulty, suggested best moves, lots of game analysis and recording tools and the capability to go up to the highest levels of play as I get better. Very satisfied; great value for what you get.
gtrsteve
gtrsteve
Oct 10 2012
6.2.2
4.5
Oct 10 2012
4.5
Version: 6.2.2
This is Supposed to be version 6.2.2 but it is 6.2.1. I had to go to the Developer's site to get 6.2.2.
Snapjack
Snapjack
Sep 10 2012
6.1.9
4.0
Sep 10 2012
4.0
Version: 6.1.9
I use to play this game, years ago. Does it still have 1989 graphics? Looks like it. Game play was always excellent though.
Priosantos Jan
Priosantos Jan
Sep 9 2012
6.1.9
5.0
Sep 9 2012
5.0
Version: 6.1.9
Why are all Backgammon games nonfree games? Strange. However, I downloaded every single one available and this is the best.
Kryten602
Kryten602
Jul 2 2012
6.1.3
5.0
Jul 2 2012
5.0
Version: 6.1.3
I obviously know of David's Backgammon as it's been around for quite a few years. But why would anybody pay for Backgammon when you can get CocoaFIBS for free and get to play people at all skill levels from any country online at any time?
drumogge
drumogge
Jun 11 2012
6.1.2
5.0
Jun 11 2012
5.0
Version: 6.1.2
I've been playing David's Backgammon on my Mac for more than a decade and no other computer backgammon even comes close. It is the best in its class -- online or offline. Of course, nothing beats playing a live opponent but the 5 levels of play match anyone's skill. Backgammon has been my favorite game since I learned to play at age 11 (over 40 years ago). David's Backgammon always revives my love for the game.
reves
reves
Apr 13 2012
5.9.5
5.0
Apr 13 2012
5.0
Version: 5.9.5
Finally a new version 6.0 available, works perfectly with Lion. Still the best Backgammon game, way ahead of the others!
Thyx
Thyx
May 9 2011
5.9.2
0.0
May 9 2011
0.0
Version: 5.9.2
It may be worthwhile to scroll down some comments, read Espiridon's, and check which ratings are not the only ones and written on the day of registration. 2 out of 4 or 5 in some years would still be cheating.
Carolewalsh
Carolewalsh
Nov 19 2010
5.8.8
5.0
Nov 19 2010
5.0
Version: 5.8.8
Great Backgammon game. Works perfectly in Mac OS 10.6, and I really like that it looks like a real backgammon set. Nothing flashy, just a good solid backgammon game.
Kathill
Kathill
Apr 10 2010
5.8.8
5.0
Apr 10 2010
5.0
Version: 5.8.8
Have always liked this version of the game, which I first bought nine years ago. Finally upgraded and so glad I did as many of the newer features are awesome. My only negative would be that I beat the opponent more often than my skill level warrants - maybe it is too slow to offer the cube? Or maybe I have just been having hot dice. I have never had a problem with the opponent's cheating (doubt it is possible) or anything else. Thanks David for a great game with great support at an affordable price.
Rachel-R-
Rachel-R-
Feb 5 2010
5.8.6
5.0
Feb 5 2010
5.0
Version: 5.8.6
I did not expect to enjoy playing backgammon against a computer, but it sure is fun. It is also humbling. I thought that I was a pretty good player, but it turns out that at the "club champ" setting, the computer beats me quite often. I appreciate that the program allows you to replay a game, and also to switch roles. It is especially satisfying to win from both seats! And when I lose, it's fun to figure out what I could have done differently. I just got the game a couple of weeks ago, and so have only just begun to try the different settings-- not only are there different skill levels you can set for the the computer, but three different strategies to choose from as well-- "conservative", "normal", or "aggressive." I am grateful to David for developing such a well thought out game, and for his expertise in backgammon ability and computer programming to really make it fun and challenging to play against the computer. I also appreciate the sound effects-- from the rolling of the dice to the clinking of the backgammon pieces. This is my first computer game, so I have nothing to compare it to. All I know is that it's fun to play, and fun to be learning from the computer on how to improve my skill.
Judy-Gruhn
Judy-Gruhn
Jan 8 2010
5.8.6
5.0
Jan 8 2010
5.0
Version: 5.8.6
I have been playing both David's Backgammon or Absolute Backgammon for as long as I can remember. I thoroughly enjoy playing a few games at the end of the day- or even during the day when I most certainly should be doing other things! My only complaint about either program is that the computer moves in David's Backgammon are VERY fast. I would like them a bit slower but can see no way to do this. Also now and then the game makes moves for me which is a bit startling to say the least. However, neither of these are major problems. The support from David is fantastic! Just about the best support I've ever seen! I recently had request my 3 letter id as I downloaded the current version and my old one wouldn't work. ( I had some major computer corruption and had to create a new user account, thus loosing a lot of passwords, etc.) He replied in less than 24 hours. I can't recommend either game enough! Enjoy either or both!
Espiridion
Espiridion
Dec 4 2009
5.8.6
0.0
Dec 4 2009
0.0
Version: 5.8.6
I originally purchased David's BackGammon around 2002. From what I recall, it turned out that I was entitled to free upgrades for only 6 months. Because of this policy I decided NOT to upgrade. After all, most other companies gave me free upgrades for at least a year or until a major release came out. 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. With a reasonable upgrade policy I would have probably paid for upgrades since 2002, although now based on the author's comments towards me when I posted yesterday about my experiences with his software (Absolute Backgammon), there's no way I will ever purchase any of his products regardless of the upgrade policy. It's interesting to notice that the positive reviews come from people who have not posted other reviews. Before the author attacks me again, I'm only saying it is "interesting." Is it possible that the reviews are sincere? Sure, anything is possible. I just find it interesting that for David's Backgammon and Absolute Backgammon, many of the positive reviews come from people who have not reviewed anything else, both here and at VersionTracker. In some cases reviewers have left negative comments about competing software, so maybe that counts as more than one review. I no longer play Backgammon on my computer that much. I got Big Bang Backgammon for free a while ago, and also found an old copy of BGBlitz which I updated last night. My advise is to try the demos and decide which works for your needs. This one is certainly not for me, but YMMV. I did like it when I originally purchased it years ago.
Saul-Laniado
Saul-Laniado
Jun 21 2009
5.8.2
5.0
Jun 21 2009
5.0
Version: 5.8.2
Had a personal, not program problem, in configuring my game. Received nothing but A1 support, information and help from David. I bought David's to get reacquainted with backgammon and it has fulfilled all my expectations. I highly recommend David's Backgammon.
Marcdesweemer
Marcdesweemer
Jun 9 2009
5.8.2
5.0
Jun 9 2009
5.0
Version: 5.8.2
I have used this game for more then two decade and NEVER be worried about the dice points. It worked with ALL Apple Systems since 7 and if there was an error it was ALWAYS fixed in less then a day. I'm 62 and a Mac user since 1985 and I have fun with it, and that is what I want ! Thank you David for all this funny years. Marc De Sweemer Belgium
Gammonsoft
Gammonsoft
Jul 23 2008
5.7.3
0.0
Jul 23 2008
0.0
Version: 5.7.3
Glad to hear that the last 2 guys have been enjoying the game for so long. The dice rolls are selected at the time of the roll using a random number generator. That is true for all skill levels. No cheating going on. Years of programming and research, as well as playing backgammon, went into creating the skill of the computer opponent, not cheating.
Ficheye
Ficheye
Jul 8 2008
5.7.3
0.0
Jul 8 2008
0.0
Version: 5.7.3
Well now. I enjoyed reading a comment that reflects, exactly, what I have felt about this game for some time. Thanks for the well worded vindication. The game is really good, but questions arise when the skill level seems to be defined by the dice rolls and not by actual game play.
Bgaddict
Bgaddict
May 21 2008
5.7.3
3.0
May 21 2008
3.0
Version: 5.7.3
I became a backgammon addict many years ago before the advent of computers. Because there weren't always humans around to play, I played the game less and less as the years went by. I discovered David's game and quickly became addicted (I work for myself at home and have too much non-work time on my hands :) ). David is very prompt and courteous in his responses to questions and makes the game easy to buy. It's easy to play and a challenge -- to a point -- even for someone who fancies himself a pretty good player, as I do. The problem is, as I played more and more (at the Club Champ level), it seemed to me more and more that the computer was using the dice rather than strategy to be competitive. I have no scientific basis for this observation, but after a lot of gameplay it just seems that the computer gets the great roll when it needs it. In particular, when the computer needs a particular number, it often seems not only to get that number very often, but also doubles of that number. I suspect that it's programmed to get a high occurrence of that particular number on one die with the other die being random which, of course, often results in doubles of that number. Also, whenever I'm on the bar I have a much more difficult time getting back in than does the computer, even if there are 3, 4 or even 5 open points. When on the bar I get an extraordinary number of double 6's, which serves 2 purposes: (1) it makes the computer a "better" player; and (2) if someone were to analyze dice rolls, they would find I get my share of double 6's although, unfortunately, almost always at the wrong time. And I can't tell you how many times I've set myself up very well for a prime, needing only to roll either, for example, a 2, 3 or 5, but will consistently fail to roll one of those numbers for several rolls, which is a mathematical improbability to say the least. I don't want to get overly critical because there is a paucity of backgammon games on the market and David's seems to be about the best. But when you play intensely and reasonably well, as I do, only to see the computer miraculously roll the perfect dice (or roll the worst for me), it gets very frustrating. At lower levels of expertise I suspect the game is more fun for those who haven't been playing backgammon for more than 30 years (as I have) or for those who are just learning or are novices. I'd love to play a game where the dice rolls are truly random and the AI sophisticated enough to play at my level without the help of the dice. But I've yet to find such a game. This game is quite a good effort by David but falls short from the AI perspective, at least at the highest level of play.
Ted-S
Ted-S
Mar 22 2008
5.6.2
0.0
Mar 22 2008
0.0
Version: 5.6.2
I'm a former Vista user and needed backgammon for OS X. This is a great game; however, on my large monitor the dice appeared proportionately small. I emailed David and within a few hours he sent me an upgrade. The dice are right for me now. That's incredible customer service!
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