Probably the only BG game on the Play store that uses a proper, non-cheeting engine. This is possible because the developer ported the open source GNU Backgammon engine which is more than great. However the developer needs to improve on the controls and the stability. For example for just several games I hit a stopship bug twice, which does not allow you to bear your checkers out.
I would rate this much more highly as it is an excellent player but its throws from the bar are incredulously accurate. This has varied from 6 - 11% better over approx 45000 throws each at world class level using their own stats.
Very strong AI engine though it sometimes gives up too many points upon resignation. I would give this 5 stars if that is fixed and two features were added: 1. toggle prompt for double during the game. There is nothing more frustrating than bring asked if you want to double before every move when you're completely blocked and will remain blocked for a while. 2. Auto move option if your move is forced. Perhaps add a fast forward feature along with auto move so you can skip ahead to when you have an actual decision to make. Overall, great app.
What else can I say? Impossible to reach FIBS dye to comms errors, being unable to end some games properly. This app loses pace with the FIBS server, failing to refresh the board with the actual game position, forcing you to stop, restart and then pray for the app to reconnect to the sqme game without any major problem. The worst is the FIBS client drops connection whenever the mobile switches networks, dropping the game, major nuisance. Disgusting.
Disappointed The dice appear loaded against you in many games is played at advance level. I had recently tried all the different levels but after an update today the stats have reverted to a previous time and show only the advance level games
Just installed today and have already had a problem with not bearing off. GNU Backgammon is the best neural net program out today but this port has problems.
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