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Sponsored Game Review: Backgammon Live

March 13, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

Although Backgammon Live app will not dazzle you with currently fashionable 3D graphics, you’ll discover that this online backgammon app is a fast-paced and at the same time comfortable, relaxing and familiar parlor game of old.  Backgammon Live offers an authentic backgammon experience in an online backgammon club where you can chat, play and compete  against other real players and fall in love with the game that’s been played for thousands of years now.

Description: It’s said that the Egyptians devised Backgammon and while there’s no arguing they didn’t do a good job, there’s always room for improvement. Backgammon Live aims to add a little bit of the high-tech to the board game through the use of online play and competition. You can compete against others – regardless of an available WiFi connection or not – in single matches or tournaments. There’s integrated chat built in and the game that you might know and love is still underneath it all, just as you remembered. Take a look at the video below for more info:

How it Works: To get started with Backgammon Live, you’ll have to go ahead and download the game from the Play Store. Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to go ahead and create an account to play online with others.

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Once you have an account created, you’ll be able to see all of the available rooms to play in, start your own and see who else is playing around the world right now:

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On the right of the game table you’ll see that there are a number of different game options available.  You can play single point games/matches as well as multi-point matches.  You can play for free or, if you are an experienced player, you can elect to play for Tickets (1 $Ticket = $1 USD).

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If you’re unfamiliar with the rules of Backgammon, the game will let you know how to play. Essentially, you have to get your piece over to the home board on the far right of the board. You do this by rolling the dice and then moving your pieces to the corresponding amount.

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It’s not too difficult a game to play and it’s something that has a really nice pacing to it, it’s quite relaxing and if you know how to play backgammon quite well – I don’t, I’m afraid – then you’ll have a lot of fun with it. You can invite your friends to play as well.

Opinion: Backgammon Live is certainly not a game for everyone, after all those that prefer fully-fledged 3D games might not take to something like this but, board games work very well on mobile. Fans of the original game are going to have a lot of fun here and the ability to compete against other players around the world is certainly a bonus. There’s a good sense of competition here and if you’re not carefully you could find yourself playing repeatedly until you win a game.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – The game runs well and there are no connection issues when playing online, either over 3G or WiFi.
  • Features (4/5) – This is essentially the board game online, but the added online competition add a nice modern twist to it.
  • Theme (3/5) – Backgammon Live looks okay but, it could certainly look a lot better. It’s fine for now though.
  • Overall (4/5) – If you’re looking for something with a more relaxed pace but still with an online presence, then Backgammon Live might be a good option for you to try.

Pros

  • Connecting to others makes the game feel a little more modern.
  • Competition is a large part of gaming these days and playing against each other here will have you coming back for more.
  • A more relaxed pace, compared to other Android games, might be perfect for a lot of people.
  • You don’t need to be connected by WiFi to play online.

Cons

  • Could use a fresh coat of paint.
  • Might be too much of an “oldschool” game for the younger audience.

Conclusion: There’s a lot to love about a game that tries to revitalize the games of old with a modern touch, we’ve seen Backgammon games on pretty much every digital platform but, here you can play online as well. Competition is human instinct and getting a healthy dose of it, no matter what it is you’re doing, is good for the soul. This could be a great chance to get to grips with the game if you’ve never played it before and if you have fond memories of playing the game then this will bring them all back. Backgammon Live is a game that has a nice, relaxing pace to it that you can play whenever and wherever, making it perfect for bite-sized gaming or longer sessions. It’s certainly a game worth giving a try, follow the link below and see if you’re good at playing Backgammon.

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