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Word game with a safe online multiplayer focus.

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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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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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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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:September 29, 2009
Category:Word Games
Publisher:Majesco Entertainment
Minimum software requirements:iOS 2.0 or later

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Teen, 14 years old Written bydr duck November 3, 2010

Board game doesnt port well onto iPhone.

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