Backgammon with Buddies

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Description of App: 

Backgammon with Buddies lets you play backgammon with your friends whether they’re nearby or far away. You can open the app and play on your phone or tablet, just as you would with a board. It’s also possible to play with your friends through the Messages app, by sending the board back and forth after every turn. If you don’t know the rules, the app also contains a small guide to help you get started. Backgammon with Buddies also supports a wide range of accessibility features, such as Dynamic Type, reduced transparency, VoiceOver and custom rotors. This means that you can play Backgammon with all your buddies, not just those who can see or touch the board. — Features • Beautifully designed board with rich wood textures and felt lining • An integrated Messages app experience to play with far away friends • Highly accessible with VoiceOver and Dynamic Type • A lightweight app that respects your privacy

Apple Watch Support: 

No

Version: 

1.0

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

iOS Version: 

12.3

Accessibility Comments: 

This app is meant to be completely accessible, but it does come with a few quirks one should be aware of. But the developer is open to suggestions and listens to feedback if things are wrong.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver, but the interface could be easier to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

The developer went out of its way to make this app the first fully accessible Backgammon Game in the App Store.
Playing it does take a bit getting used to. If you‘re playing this one with VoiceOver, you‘ll want to practice the rotor gesture, as it gives quick access to many things.
Currently, VoiceOver sometimes reports wrong field numbers when offering moves. For example: If your Checker is on Point 24 and you are allowed to move it by three, VoiceOver may offer to move the checker to 4-points, while actually meaning 21-point. It‘s like VoiceOver is counting the fields the wrong way around. The actual move is then performed correctly.
Also know that in this version, as far as I know, you don‘t play against a computer opponent. You either find a buddy to play, handing your device back and forth, or you invite someone using iMessage. Please note that iMessage Games are initiated in the „Messages“ app rather than the game; currently, the developer has not yet added instructions saying so to the app.
Oh! And it does not hurt knowing how to play Backgammon either. :-)

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@BackgammonBuds