The commercial version has more bells and whistles most notably a
doubling cube. I wondered what happened to the program since I D/L'ed
the beta. It seemed to disappear over night. Nice to see it resurface
as a finished program.
I plan to purchase this thing as soon as the trial period expires. for
$15 you get a very aggressive program with a pretty good AI for
something that occupies less than 50K of ram. I like that the fact that
I can whip out my PalmIII and rattle off a game anywhere... waiting in
line at the fast food joint, walking, whatever. The interface is very
easy and fast, if I am not playing too carefully I can go through 5
games in 5 minutes.
I would rate myself as coming into advanced play, certainly not a
veteran advanced one. I have played the beta version thousands of games
and win about 55% of the time in both total points and games, (the beta
has no cube) I have seen the program get on a roll and be nearly
impossible to beat for 50 games or more, I have done the same. Were it
not for the mistakes it makes I would win maybe 53%, more if I was a
Here is where (MY PET PEEVE) they always complain about cheating dice
rolls. I have read cheating complaints about even PMI Backgammon for
the Palm which plays only at a beginner level. Yahoo dice cheat,
Jellyfish cheats, Snowie cheats. OH and a few can even predict the
rolls Yahoo dice gives to whatever opponent plays them! This program
does not cheat nor have I ever played a program that does. Ever notice
how these people get really lucky and attribute it to their skill? But
if a program gets lucky it cheats? LAME!
I am not sure but it seems that the AI in the commercial version has
been tweaked a bit. Not much but it seems, for now, to be playing a
little better. It's hard to tell without playing 500 or so games. It's
great to have the commercial quality interface and the cube. Match play
would be a nice addition.
Jellyfish or Snowie would both beat it bad, but I can't play them 10
games while standing in an Airport terminal line. It's improved my game
and for any BG fan with a Palm Pilot it's a definite take.
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