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Bananagrams Game

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Addictively simple, and simply addictive, BANANAGRAMS is the fast and frantic word game enjoyed by millions! Players and their opponents aim to use all of their letters to build a word grid in a race to the finish. The first player to use all of their tiles is crowned "Top Banana"!

BANANAGRAMS requires no pencil, paper, or board, and comes in a small portable banana-shaped pouch that's perfect for ages 7 and up —at home or on the go.

Setting Up Bananagrams

 Place all 144 tiles facedown in the center of the table. These form the BUNCH.

Each player now takes their ‘STARTING TILES’ from the BUNCH:

2-4 players: Start with 21 tiles each

5-6 players: Start with 15 tiles each

7-8 players: Start with 11 tiles each

How To Play Bananagrams 

Object: Be the first to use all your letters.

To start, any player calls out “SPLIT!” Everyone simultaneously turns their tiles face up and races to arrange them in their own intersecting word grid... Words must read left to right horizontally, or top to bottom vertically. You may rearrange your grid at any time, and as often as you like.

Whenever a player places their last face up letter in their grid, that person calls out “PEEL!” Every player—including the one saying “PEEL”—then takes another tile from the BUNCH.

At any time during the game, you may call out “DUMP!” and put one of your letters back, facedown in the BUNCH. However, you MUST take three more tiles in exchange! This has no effect on other players and there’s no limit to the number of times you may DUMP.

Winning

When the BUNCH is depleted to fewer tiles than number of players, the first person to use ALL their letters in a connected word grid and call out “BANANAS!” wins that hand and is declared TOP BANANA!

Other players may now inspect the winning grid. If it contains a misspelled word, proper noun, abbreviation or other unacceptable word, the other players call out “ROTTEN BANANA!” and that player is out of the game. The ROTTEN BANANA’s letters are returned to the BUNCH facedown. Play resumes for the other players until one of them calls out “BANANAS!”