This free computer Backgammon game is a fun brain training exercise. Backgammon trains concentration and strategic thinking.
To begin, click the Play Game link or button under the picture at left. This opens the game in a pop-up window.
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The object of Backgammon is to move all your pieces around to the other side of the board before your opponent does the same. After rolling the dice, drag your pieces around the board using the mouse.
This computer backgammon game actually includes two difficulties - Easy and Hard. Choose the difficulty from the main menu screen when the game loads.
Your goal is to move all the white pieces from the top of the board counter-clockwise to the lower right. You can move one or two pieces based on what the dice show.
HOW TO PLAY. In this computer Backgammon game, you control the white pieces, and your opponent controls the red. You have the first move. To begin, roll the dice by clicking the ROLL button.
Your moves must match the number of dots shown on the dice. For example, if you roll a 5 and a 6, you can either:
Move one piece 11 spaces, or
Move one piece 5 spaces and the other piece 6 spaces
If you roll doubles, you can make 4 moves.
CAPTURING. Slow down your opponent by capturing his pieces. If a single piece is left in a space, the opposing player has the opportunity to capture the piece and send it off the board. (The piece sits on the bar in the middle.)
To prevent this, try to time your moves so that there are always two or more of your pieces in a given slot. In other words, avoid stranding lone pieces.
If one of your pieces is captured, you can rescue the piece on the next turn and return it to the board.
To do this, first roll the dice, then pick one of the two die values as the slot in the upper right section of the board where your piece will be returned to. Click that slot to move your piece from the bar to there.
The left and right of the board shows the current pip count for each player. I am not sure what the pip count represents.
If you get confused about whose turn it is, simply look at the message on the upper middle of the game. This message indicates whether it is your turn or the computer's turn.
For further instructions, please see the in-game help which is more detailed. To view the help page, click the "Instruction" button on the main menu screen.
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