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  • The anagram game that will drive you bananas
  • Players race against each other to build crossword grids
  • For 1 to 8 players
  • Great for travel
  • Recommended for 7 years and up

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Bananagrams

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The Anagram game that will drive you bananas. The award-winning word game that needs no pencil, paper, or board. Fast and fun. Players race against each other to build crossword grids and use all their letter tiles first. Great for travel.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 3 x 3 inches ; 13.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: 1932188126
  • Item model number: BAN001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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Customer Reviews

A great game to have fun with friends and family.
Karen R. Moran
A friend brought this on a camping trip and it was a great game to play after dinner.
V. Broccoli
The game is simple but so much fun and fast paced.
Suzie Q

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

604 of 612 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 8, 2007
Do you like Scrabble but get hung up trying to use those special point squares, are bummed when someone "steals your spot", or dragged down by Debbie Dictionary ("just let me look up this one word") or Slow Joe (who takes 20 minutes for each turn)? Well you would love Bananagrams, because it solves those problems. There are no special squares (or squares at all), no points on the letters (all are worth the same) and no time to dawdle. You are instead rewarded for speed and flexibility in making your own crossword. You can completely pull apart your crossword and start from scratch if you need to or just swap out a letter here and there, but don't get caught with a bunch of spare letters when an opponent goes out!

It is exciting and challenging to play this game with adults, but it can be fun to include the kids. You can easily adapt the rules to suit yourself. We "handicap" the adults by drawing two tiles for every one the kids draw. You can play solitaire or have several players.

A similar game that I also love is Learning Resources' "Take Four". If you are the type who would prefer to have a grid to keep those tiles straight, or likes to have a few "jokers" thrown in, you might prefer this. But Banagrams is far more portable and much cheaper. I like both of these games so much (as well as the spelling card games Quiddler, My Word, and Tri-Virsity) that the old Scrabble board is gathering dust.
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119 of 120 people found the following review helpful By M. JOHNSON on December 4, 2007
This is a family favorite! There are a variety of ways you can play this game. We use three or four sets for our large "extended" family games. One of the best facets of this game is its portability--fits in a purse, backpack, or car glove box. We give bonus points at the end of each for the most creative word, longest word, etc.
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111 of 119 people found the following review helpful By J. McKeever on July 25, 2007
I played this game with a close family member and was in love with it at first sight. Unlike Scrabble, you play somewhat independently and are able to rearrange words constantly to make your letters fit and to create new words. You know that annoying friend or family who always takes your spot in scrabble??? They can't take the spot you wanted to use! You're truly working against the clock to be the first to say "Bananas!"
I've bought it for everyone I know as a gift since then. It's original, super fun and portable. A great game to travel with, play in hotel, at pool, on plane, keep kids busy at restaurant (or you and your friend/ spouse) while waiting for dinner! Lots of ways to use this portable, simple game.
I highly recommend and will continue to give this as a gift.
Only negative I can conceive...durability. Be careful of marking the letters somehow. We hope no one cheats, but if you scratch them on a black table...well then...try to clean it off.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mother Hen on November 27, 2007
I have nothing to add to all the exemplary praises of the other reviews, but did want to say that this game arrives in its zipped banana pouch carrier, with no bulky box or packaging. It's the size of a fat banana, and would fit neatly into a Christmas stocking.
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90 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Annette C. Nelson on May 5, 2009
This product appears to simply be official packaging for a game we've been calling "Speed Scrabble" for years. Just ditch the Scrabble board and use the letters. Each time a player finishes using all the letters he's drawn, he yells "Draw 2!" and everyone takes two more tiles. The first person to use up all tiles wins. Scoring is negative: just add up the values of everyone's left-over tiles, like at the end of Scrabble.
For three or more people, it does help to have two sets of tiles, of course.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Cusack on May 21, 2007
First purchased this game in Minneapolis. It's for all age groups over 5.
Before school the game was played by 3rd and [...] grandchildren. Just recently played it with 2 retired teachers, a lst grade teacher, and a librarian. We couldn't stop playing it. Later one of the friends called to say she had just ordered two of games; one for her home and the other for the granddaughters. Many ways to play. Exciting!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Toller Girl on May 27, 2008
I was shopping for a Christmas gift for my niece last December, and came across all of these rave reviews for Bananagrams. So I bought one for us 50/60-somethings instead (she'll get one this year.) It lives on the kitchen table and we play a few games almost every morning before we go to work. GREAT GAME!!!!! No waiting around for your turn, no angst trying to achieve the triple-word-value square, no getting stuck with hopeless letters turn after turn, no arguments, no dictionary - just pure love of and fun with words. It's complete flexible and you can easily change the rules, for example if you are playing with a novice or child, or just for a change (try playing into and building onto your opponent's pattern.) It definitely gets tossed into my travel bag from now on.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Remod Grampy on August 24, 2007
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I played this once and had to buy it for each of my grandchildren. Great game for all ages!
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