Backgammon has been around for quite a time. Its pedigree reaches back to the time of the ancient Egyptians, with tenuous links to games played around 3000 B.C.
A computerised version of Backgammon has been the goal of many a programmer, and this version for the Spectrum follows the classical (traditional, not Egyptian!) layout. It is a one player game just you versus the computer.
The tape loaded perfectly every time and the cassette inlay contains a summary of the International Backgammon Association Rules together with a brief but explicit introduction to the game for beginners. The screen display is clear and easily understood in colour. In black and white, through, the black pieces merge with the background.
Once you understand what the game is about it is simple to play - but not so easy to win! Technically, the computer plays a reasonable game. Its play is straightforwared and predictable, without any great finesse, but unlike a human player it does not make silly mistakes. It is also fast, taking only about four seconds to decide what to do and then do it.
Do not try to match its speed of play... take your time and plan your moves carefully. Like many of the classic games Backgammon is quite addictive, so allow yourself plenty of time to get your own back on the computer!