Backgammon is one of those classical board games that are easy to learn but difficult to master. Playing against the computer might not be the best way, but it sure as hell beats playing against yourself.
For all who might not know how to play backgammon, there's the rulebook included, but it's really quite easy and you'll learn as you play. Now the real game has many variations which add to the game's depth, but here there's only the basic game.
There are also the backgammon in-game rules, which explain how you can play this computerized version, but not the actual game.
This computer adaptation is very simple and features no sounds and only the basic graphics. The pieces you move are represented by X and the computer pieces are Os. The spaces you can move to are represented by numbers and the dice roll automatically.
I guess that all you need to know about this game. It looks and feels basic only, but it does offer a simple game of backgammon (and I do mean simple, because the computer AI is not really good).
Not really recommended, unless you wish to learn and practice a basic game.
Backgammon, Poker, and Blackjack are very early PC versions of popular parlor/casino games, published by ShareData in the mid-80s. There is not much I can say about these games, except that they are pretty decent titles by 1987 standards, with non-existent but serviceable ASCII-only "graphics" and concise on-line rules of each game. In this day and age, all these games seem horribly dated, and even in their time they were far from the best available. IBM's Backgammon, for example, features nice CGA graphics and many more play options - even though it was released 3 years before ShareData's game. Poker is probably the best game of this bunch, but that is not saying much either. Worth a look as early pioneers of PC gaming history, but not recommended to anyone who actually want to play them.
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