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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Play a game of Hardwood Backgammon against the computer, against a friend on a single console, or against on online opponent over Xbox Live. Move all of your checkers onto your home board, and then bear off before your opponent does. Roll two of a kind to double your[Xbox Live Arcade] Play a game of Hardwood Backgammon against the computer, against a friend on a single console, or against on online opponent over Xbox Live. Move all of your checkers onto your home board, and then bear off before your opponent does. Roll two of a kind to double your number of moves. Catch your opponent with a vulnerable checker, and send him to the bar. And once you're sure you're going to win, use the doubling cube to bring you even closer to ultimate victory. Play two players on Xbox Live or on the same console. Computer opponent: Go up against world-class play using Neural Net technology. Customizable items: Change environments (backgrounds, some with sound), dice, doubling cube, checkers, and playing board. Communicate: Fooms, much like emotes, don't affect the game, but they might affect your mood - send Fooms such as a Kiss, Fireball, or Lightning at friends or opponents to let them know how you feel. [Xbox.com] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. It’s a straightforward backgammon game that’s great for a round or two when you’re waiting for your game of Quake to load (ohhh, dis)
  2. Backed by identical(and cheesy)interfaces and feature sets, all three do an excellent job of re-creating there respective game, though their finest hour comes over live multiplay. [Jun 2006, p.64]
  3. 68
    The computer is a challenging opponent, and often you'll feel that its dice are loaded, but this proves to be a nice way to learn backgammon. Without a tutorial mode though, it's trial by fire. But hey, you get what you pay for.
  4. Those who truly enjoy backgammon or want to try it for the first time may be interested in this game because of the low price (400 MS Points), but anyone else should use their MS Points elsewhere.
  5. It's a great outlet for fans of Backgammon to go and play their favorite game with other people, without the need to wander around with a small briefcase looking for other players.
  6. Strategy fans will dig this game's effortless online experience, which alleviates the need to travel around town with a small vinyl briefcase full of checkers and dice, looking for fresh backgammon challengers.
  7. Backgammon is the worst game in the world. [Issue#23, p.97]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. JayR.
    Feb 22, 2006
    7
    The interface is pretty and customizable. The controls are intuitive. I had never played backgammon before and wanted to learn. I had all the The interface is pretty and customizable. The controls are intuitive. I had never played backgammon before and wanted to learn. I had all the rules down in about fifteen minutes. This is a fun, challenging game that even my wife will sit down and play with me. It is definitely worth the price. Expand
  2. X.Box
    Feb 13, 2006
    0
    Who the h..l would make a game about backgammon?!? I'd rather watch my fish swim around for 2 hours!