The past few years have seen our family collection of games grow by tremendous numbers thanks to the plethora of games for iPad and iPhone (and the low price tags). We still buy Mac games, but not as much. Why? It’s tougher to see the value. A comparable Mac game can be 10 to 20 times the cost of a similar game for iPhone.
Here’s an example.
This one is called Absolute Backgammon for the Mac, and as Mac games go, it’s worthy, though expensive. The iPad version of the same game is 25-percent of the Mac version.
Both versions give you options to play Backgammon or Acey Deucey. Play against others or against the Computer. Each version has multiple skill levels, suggestions for moves, and theme options.
Absolute Backgammon for the Mac has been around awhile. There are still versions available for PowerPC Macs going back to OS X 1.4, Snow Leopard with Rosetta, as well as Mac Classic OS 9. We’re talking ancient, folks.
Here’s the problem I’m having with adding to my game collection on the Mac. Price. Search for ‘backgammon’ on the iTunes App Store and you’ll get dozens and dozens of Backgammon games for iPhone and iPad– and they’ll range from free to about $8 each (some of the free ones have in-app purchase options).
Even Mac users have a dozen or so choices for Backgammon games in the Mac App Store, and, they too range from free to a few dollars. Except for Absolute Backgammon. Clearly, it’s one of the best of the lot, but the price differential gives pause. Is it any wonder that people buy and collect more iPhone and iPad games than Mac games?