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Backgammon, Beautiful

By Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Yes, it's beautiful, but imprecise controls mar experience.

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BACKGAMMON, BEAUTIFUL is a very lovely looking version of backgammon, but despite the "HD" in the icon it does not have an iPad-resolution version. Instead, on an iPad you have to use the screen-doubling option, which doesn't look as clean. The game itself is well-done and has plenty of help screens to teach you the game, which can be played against the computer opponent (hard or easy) or against a friend using the same device.

The biggest difficulty is that the controls are imprecise -- it's often difficult to drop a piece exactly where you want it. Instead, the piece keeps snapping back to its original position, and it can be especially frustrating when you can't see the piece underneath your finger on a small screen. If the interface issues could be solved, this would be a fantastic version of backgammon. For now, it's pretty but gameplay is only adequate.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Release date: May 13, 2011
  • Category: Dice Games
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 22, 2016

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