It's alright when playing at lower levels. When playing at level 5, for instance, the AI cheats by rolling certain dice that offers it the advantage. For instance, it will get a number to kick you out almost every time you have a single piece on the board. Getting it back into game can be a challenge, too, as the AI will roll the numbers that just so happen to be occupied by it's own pairs (or above). Most recent - and egregious- example was when I had a piece out and the AI had only two columns occupied, the 6 and the 2's. Guess who had 2 double 6-6 cast in a row? This guy. Could not use it, of course, and lost the game. Recommend to use your own dice and input manually if you want a fair game at level 5. For that reason I could not give more than 3 stars. i know the dev states that the AI doesn't cheat, but what are the odds of getting 6-6 twice in a row when the 6 column is occupied? Yeah...
After not playing for ages until the CPU was stripped of its rampant cheating, I thought I would give it another try. Somehow they have made it worse. In one game I rolled 1 double to the cpu's 14. Get it in a panic & watch it roll doubles. Another thing it does is it has the ability to roll the exact number it needs time & time again. I have set up the game board to test this and 100% of the time it rolls a perfect roll. On level 5 the game will throw constant 5's & 6's to players 1's & 2's. This is evident in massive dice total difference in after round stats. Autobear is a joke and just moves all your pieces into the "6" column of home. I have gone back on losing autobear games and done it manually and won the game. Dev can't make it smarter, just makes random number pool smaller to assist.
I used to love this game and have been playing backgammon for 30 years but the AI will not you win on any level. It will roll twice the number of doubles versus what you roll. It 8s no longer fun when you can never win. I kept track of doubles every game and it always cheats!!! Uninstalling and looking for another game.
There's a problem with the cpu having robust advantage in its rolling doubles, along with the timing of those doubles, the amount of doubles rolled in total for each game, as well as rolling just what it needs way too often. The blanket response from the developer that there is no problem in light of the numerous complaints regarding this issue is disrespectful and disingenuous. PLEASE FIX THIS ISSUE!
Nice backgammon game, sometimes a bit trigger-happy, watch your fingers, or you'll make a move you didn't want to make (but it has an undo!). Still think that the game engine is , let's say, quite lucky. Do dispel this, I would love to have the ability to see cumulative stats (for all games played) for winning the starting toss, doubles per game, etc. for CPU vs. player. Basically, the law of big numbers, which should show presence or absence of trends. I have played well over 100 games by now, and still have the (wrong?) suspicion that the CPU has, on average, just a bit more luck with the dice than I do.
This game is truly brilliant and ive bought a lot of games on the play store. Graphics are good and gameplay total addictive. One tiny criticism, it is not clear while playing the free version that there is a paid for version. The adverts drove me potty until I clicked on see more games and then realised that peaceful bliss was only 99p away. A true classic. Take no notice of all the moaners whining about the cpu cheating......some people are incapable of losing anything gracefully. I've played hundreds of games and the cpu has shown no advantage whatsoever.
- Fixes potential stats collection bug related to viewing the score board mid-game