Ancient game of stones and dice

Growly Backgammon

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Version 2.0
Free • MacOS 10.8 or later

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This might be the oldest board game in the world, but every game is a different contest.

Starting with fixed positions, you and the computer player try to move your pieces onto the home area and then off the board. The dice control what moves are possible, but your strategy determines who will win. You can jump over board positions that your opponent controls, or hit solitary stones, sending them to the bar. The computer player is fanatical about stomping on unprotected stones, but you still have the edge: you’re human.

You can play either black or white, and use the keyboard or the mouse, or both. Preferences allow you to tone down the computer player’s aggressiveness.