Product Type: Bananagram board games
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A pocket-sized banana full of fun!
Member Name: redhead78
Advantages: Fun, easy to understand
Disadvantages: Needs a lot of space to play
We were given Bananagrams by some American relatives for Christmas, who told us that they play it all the time over there and that it's really popular. I was sceptical as I'd never heard of it, let alone seen the little banana packages on shop shelves! But it fast became our favourite game to play over the festive season.
So what is Bananagrams? It's kind of like a cross between a crossword and scrabble, with a little healthy competition thrown in for good measure.
Eash player starts with 15 tiles and then proceeds to make their own little scrabble board from their letters, trying to use as many of them as possible. The competition comes in as you have to beat the other players, taking more tiles when they do and switching ones you can't find a use for, until eventually there are no more tiles left to take from the pile and the winner has used all their tiles up.
It's hard trying to concentrate on what you're doing but still have to keep an eye on everybody else as well, but that all adds to the fun and the tension!
As an ex-primary school teacher I can see that this would make a great game for improving literacy too!
The only downside to this game is that, although it would be perfect for a travel game as it comes in a very small package rather than a huge box like most boardgames do, you do need a lot of space to play it.
All in all this is a great little game, that doesn't take long to play and will definitely be on my shopping list for next Christmas for stocking fillers.
Summary: A great game, that is more exciting than it sounds initially!