I haven’t played Backgammon in a few years, but I’ve always enjoyed the game whenever I did get a chance to play. If you have a Kindle, I recommend that you check out True Backgammon. It is certainly a worthwhile alternative to the actual board game.
True Backgammon can only be played against the Kindle, but you can adjust the difficulty levels of the matches. Hopefully a Pass N’ Play option will be included in future updates.
One interesting tidbit: Backgammon is 1000 years older than Chess. I didn’t realize how long this game has been around. It is amazing how Backgammon has managed to stay popular throughout many centuries, society changes, cultural changes and technology advancements.
Since it has been awhile since I played Backgammon, I reviewed the detailed instruction manual that the game encourages you to take a look at. You can choose how you want the board set up. There is also a FAQ section. Did you know you can cheat on the game, but the Kindle can’t?
The gaphics are pretty good. The pieces are white and black. There are prompts to tell you when to roll and where you can move to. I moved around the board using a combination of toggle button and keyboard shortcuts. It is great for beginners and intermediate level players.
So, overall, True Backgammon is an easy to learn, classic game for all ages. I really like the look and feel of playing on a real game board, but the good part about the Kindle version is when you travel, you don’t have to worry about pieces.
“This is a great game, well set up and easy to decipher. I’m not sure if I were an expert backgammon player, that I’d be playing on a Kindle, but that’s just me. Works great for me, and gives me a nice break from Sudoku!”
“I’m a casual backgammon player, but I bought this game in the hopes that I would be able to pass some time playing one of my favorite games. This is exactly what True Backgammon has delivered. The interface is easy to use and very intuitive. The game designer has built in several different options for moving and rolling, so the user can choose which of the Kindle buttons they prefer. I like the ability to set the length of matches and assign different point values to individual games. The graphics are good, if slow, but this is not news to anyone who has played any game on a Kindle. ”