TDmonthly Magazine!

Active ToyDirectory Member Since 2007
This ToyShow Preview was last updated on 7/20/2012

BANANAGRAMS, Inc. is the parent company of Bananagrams and other innovative word play games. Created by a word game-obsessed family of three generations and available in 31 counties in multiple languages, Bananagrams is a labor of love that that has quickly become an international phenomenon. Bananagrams is also available digitally as a free Facebook Application and on the iPad™, iPhone™ and iTouch™ as well as a series of books. Bananagrams recently launched two new word games, Appletters® and Pairs in Pears®, and will be releasing ZIP-IT™, “the 20 second crossword race that you can play any place,” in the coming months.

Starting the Game
Bananagrams is a FAST and FUN word game that requires NO pencil, paper or board. All you need is a table. One hand can be played in as little as 5 minutes. Great family fun as well as being educational! Bananagrams portability makes it perfect for travel. Just grab the pouch and go!

Each Bananagrams pouch contains 144 ivory-like letter tiles and instructions.

Watch the BANANAGRAMS® Video Watch Video Now

[Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Place all 144 tiles face down on center of table. These tiles are referred to as the "BUNCH". For games of 2-4 people, each player takes 21 letters from the bunch, keeping them face down. For 5-6 players, 15 letters are taken. For 7-8 (or more) players, 11 letters are taken.


Any one player says "SPLIT" whereupon all players turn their own tiles face up and proceed to form their OWN collection of connecting and intersecting words. The words may be horizontal or vertical, reading left to right or top to bottom. Each player may rearrange his/her own words as often as desired. Players DO NOT take turns, but play independently of each other and at the same time.

[Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Playing the Game
Winning the Game
When a player has none of his/her original letters left, that player says "PEEL" and takes a tile from the bunch. At this point ALL OF THE OTHER PLAYERS MUST ALSO TAKE A TILE FROM THE BUNCH and add it to their collection of letters.

At any time, and as often as desired during play, any player may return a difficult-to-use letter back to the center of the BUNCH, face down, but MUST TAKE THREE LETTERS IN RETURN. The player must declare this action to the other players by saying "DUMP". This exchange does not affect the other players.

[Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Play continues until there are fewer tiles in the BUNCH than there are players. The first player with no remaining letters shouts "BANANAS" and is the winner of that hand. The other players may now inspect the winning hand for misspelled or incorrect words. Proper nouns are not acceptable. Any available dictionary may be used. If all words are acceptable, that player is the WINNER OF THAT HAND. If any word in the "winning" hand is found to be unacceptable, that player becomes the “Rotten Banana” and is OUT OF THAT HAND, and must return his/her letters, face down to the center bunch and the game now resumes for the remaining players.

[Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
845 Allens Avenue
Providence, RI 02905
Ph: (866) 598-6339
Fax: (401) 461-4321

This ToyShow archives was last updated on 7/20/2012
TDmonthly > ToyShow Preview > Educational > BANANAGRAMS Previous | Next