This free computer Backgammon game is a fun brain training exercise. Backgammon trains concentration and strategic thinking.
To begin, click the Small, Medium, or Large link or Very Large button under the picture.
Note: The HTML5/Mobile version works on desktop computers, tablets, and phones. It is the same type of game but made by a different game developer.
This version of backgammon isn't bad. But for a really excellent one, check out 247 Backgammon. It's on this site, and it's free also.
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.
KNOWN GLITCH. The Adobe Flash version of the computer backgammon game above has a glitch related to the rolling of doubles in a particular situation. The Flash version is the one that opens when you click the Small, Medium, Large, or Very Large link.
The glitch is this: When the computer's black tokens are trapped and unable to move from their own end and doubles roll, the black tokens ignore the fact they are trapped and they jump over the white blockers.
Thanks go to several visitors, especially Bill V., who reported this to me. Unfortunately I do not have the ability fix this issue as I am just a game publisher, not the developer.
Even with the glitch, this backgammon game is still quite playable. But if you find it too irritating, my advice would be to try the other computer backgammon games on my website - including the HTML5/Mobile version above which is not the same as the Flash version. With luck you might find another one to your liking.
Besides this page, the other backgammon pages on my site are: 1) Backgammon Online and 2) Backgammon Windows. Both those pages have an Adobe Flash version and separate HTML5/Mobile version of online backgammon.
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