622 of 630 people found the following review helpful
fast, portable fun for anyone who can spell,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
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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Initial post: Jan 20, 2010 6:57:47 AM PST
Dolores M. Culver says:
I like this review because it tells me what the game is all about.
Posted on Feb 22, 2010 12:57:14 PM PST
! Aesop - Sam says:
An informative and helpful review indeed!
Posted on Jul 4, 2010 10:50:27 AM PDT
Shirley Labadie says:
Thank you for your review. I was wondering how this game was played. It sounds easier like you said, without the restrictions of the scrabble board. I just might have to buy this.
Posted on Sep 25, 2010 7:13:51 PM PDT
Thanks for the great review. I was hoping this was how the game was played ... perfect for my 8 year old who loves to spell, but thinks Scrabble is too slow and too many point variations.
Posted on Nov 29, 2010 9:25:58 AM PST
Mother of Twins says:
Very helpful review. Thanks so much for taking the time to help others : )
Posted on Jan 13, 2012 11:07:43 AM PST
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David Clark says:
I always found Scrabble a bit stifling and tedious, so it's good to know there are other more "flexible" options out there. So you might want to check out THE Book of Word Games: Parlett's Guide to 150 Great and Quick-to-Learn Word Games.
Posted on Jan 20, 2012 9:43:16 PM PST
Glenn Sugarman says:
Thanks Cristy for the review. This is a fast, fun and addictive word game. We play it a lot as well!
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