Bananagrams

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Word game with a safe online multiplayer focus.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The rules are simple. Moving the tiles around can be a bit tricky at times, since they are so small. You can zoom in, to make it easier, but then there's a chance that you'll forget or miss a tile that's hidden off screen.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bananagrams, a word game along the lines of Scrabble, has a solo mode, but the app is geared toward multiplayer gaming. With only a screen name and icon to represent them, kids can play in large online groups. They can also invite people, including strangers, to become their "buddies." Buddies can challenge each other to one-on-one games. There is no chatting. However, there is obviously some cheating, based on too-good-to-be-true scores on the leaderboards.

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Adult Written byDaniel L. December 21, 2016

Try this app instead

I couldn't find this app in the app store, but this other game called Babel seems to be very similar and is quite fun! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bab... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bydr duck November 3, 2010

Is it any good?

BANANAGRAMS plays like a free-form version of Scrabble -- there's no board, no grid; just a table on which players create and link words using the set of letter tiles selected. Playing solo is basically just practice. The real game is in the online multiplayer parlors. There players will find sometimes a dozen others all working to see who can use of all their tiles the fastest. The size of the tiles can make them tricky to move sometimes, and there will likely be occasion when a player accidentally moves the wrong letter, or several letters at once. It's not too frequent, but can be annoying. Sadly, there are also players who have found a way to cheat: The leaderboards, which list the fastest times, show players who supposedly used all their tiles in as little as one second -- a physical impossibility.

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