Ohhh yeah! It was like lightning
Everybody was fighting
And the music was soothing
And they all started grooving
Yeah, yeah, yeah yeah yeah
And the man in the back said "Everyone attack!" and it turned into Backgammon Blitz
And the girl in the corner said "Boy I wanna warn you it'll turn into Backgammon Blitz"
Backgammon Blitz, Backgammon Blitz, Backgammon Blitz, Backgammon Blitz
"Backgammon's back... with a bang!" say Backgammon Blitz [official site] publishers Nomad Games. I only know backgammon as the one boardgame my nan had (with no instructions, of course), so it's all new to me. My nan's board only had ice when she didn't have the heating on, so I assume the ice power-up I see in the trailer from its 'Blitz Mode' is part of that bang. I'll trust Nomad when they say:
"In the last 20 years, Backgammon has been transformed into a truly competitive tournament game, played in world-class events across the globe. The game is enjoyed by the young and old internationally and is growing in popularity in the showbiz world. Famous fans include the likes of Tobey Maguire, Morgan Freeman, Madonna, Lady Gaga, John Paul Jones and Vladimir Putin."
Gosh! I've missed out on so much since my nan last whipped it out. If only I'd picked up those... pucks? Are they pucks? It's played by flicking like Subbuteo, right? Developers VooFoo Studios (them lot behind Pure Pool) released Backgammon Blitz on consoles in 2013, but it's only just arrived on Windows.
A 25% launch discount on Steam brings it down to £5.24. I do like the look of these pretty boards, with their peacock feathers and geometric woodwork, and surfaces it's played upon, like leafy pavements with wee flasks of tea: