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Posted: 7 weeks ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Bananagrams is a brain game where you arrange and rearrange letters to make words. You play by taking Letter tiles from a shared pile and organising them into a crossword grid. It is a game of speed, quick adaptation and that glorious feeling of joy when you finally fit your tiles into place.

You play by taking Letter tiles from the shared pile and organise them into words joined correctly together. As soon as you've done this you shout "Peel" and everyone takes two more tiles - whether they are ready for them or not. You then use the new Letter tiles with any left over to add another word to your grid.

As you play, you continue taking letters and adding them to your increasingly complicated grid. You first try to fit them into the words that you already have in place, but often you need to disassemble words and rearrange them to free up letters or to make longer words so that you have space to add in your new words. This continues until all the letters in the pile are used up and the first player to finish is the winner.

It's a game that delivers equal amounts of joy and frustration. No sooner have you felt the joy of completing a word, you are forced to begin the process of rearranging all over again. Combine this with being forced to take tiles by other players when you aren't ready for them and you have a speedy thinking game for those that like adapting, re-doing and fighting to finish first.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 7-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2006

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle, Race and Sequencing

Pieces: Bag and Tokens

Developer: Bananagrams (@Bananagrams)

Players: 1-8



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Learn to Play: This takes 5 minutes to learn. This is a simple to learn game, which should only take you a few minutes to fully understand. Here the complexity and interest come from the words that you make and order into which you have to construct them.

The first time you play it's worth trying the following:
  • Give all players chance to organise their starting tiles before saying "Peel" for the first time.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 8 players in the same room. Best with 3 to 5 players.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

7-10 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to have a wide enough vocabulary to be able to quickly fit the Letter tiles together. They also need the resilience to be given more tiles when they are not ready for them.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are many different versions of this game, which are adapted for different languages. There is also a large letter version for players with differing visual needs.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Bananagrams Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Bananagrams) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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