I have wanted to play this game for a long, long time and I was lucky enough to receive it in a goodie bag from my trip to BlogOn MOSI. During our regular games night, we played Bananagrams and thoroughly enjoyed it.
This game contains 144 tiles in a banana shaped, yellow case for 2 or more to play. As 2 of us played, we placed all of the tiles face down and chose 21 each. This anagram game meant that we needed to think of words that we could make using the tiles and arrange them in our own crossword-type arrangement individually. This game required players to work independently of each other and at the same time. Once you have used all of your letters, you get another from the pile or if you want to swap a letter that you can’t use, you pick up 3 tiles instead. We continued this until all of the tiles were used and the winner was the player that had used all of his or her letters in their own crossword-type grid.
It took us both quite some time to arrange and re-arrange the letters to fit properly in our own grids. We both really enjoyed playing the game and we often play it when we have a good amount of time to devote to it. As my games partner is not as confident as I am at word games, she found that playing Bananagrams helped her to feel better about this. She felt more in control of this game when comparing it to when, for example, we have played Scrabble, where the words she puts down depend on another player’s letters.
There are many different ways to play Bananagrams, which are listed on the instruction leaflet inside the pack. Overall, we were very impressed with this game and will play this again in the future (many times!).
Disclosure: I received one Bananagrams game from my visit to Blog On MOSI 2014 to review. We were later send Appletters and Pairs in Pears in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.