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Subject: The Purge: # 77 Bananagrams: Peel back a spot and spell some words! rss

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Jayson Myers
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Conclusion:

This is a better scrabble variant or game than scrabble (in my mind). It comes in a neat looking banana holder. The game is easy to play and score. Everything is contingent on how much you like to sit around and spell words. This is very much multi-player solitaire. There is very little interaction.

The components are about what you would expect (like scrabble letter tiles). The rules are short and concise. Overall, this is a fun little word game. I decided to purge, mostly because I don't want to spell words for fun.

Personal preference, but purge.



Components:

There really isn't much that comes with the game. You get a banana case, some tiles, and some rules. Everything is okay for such a cheap game.



Rule Book:


Hardly book and more like a small piece of paper. The rules are short, clear and concise. You can learn to play in seconds.



Flow of the Game:

You get some letters and you form words out of them. I'm not trying to be overly brief, but that is the game. That's it. If you are stuck, you can dump a letter to take three more. If you place a word, you say "peel" and every then draws a letter. The first person done wins.



Should I buy this game?

You like quick word games, then yes. If you don't want to spend your free time spelling words, then no. If you are a fan of scrabble and want to try something different, this can be a very cheap, quick playing game to scratch the itch. There are not points for building words, instead you just try to use all your letters.
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Randolfo Beunding
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Do not play this with a literature major, unless you are of the same fabrication. All I hear from my wife and daughter is "peal". Over and over and over, it is the same thing. They get mad at me when I sit their waiting for them to finish pealing as well.
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Jayson Myers
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Randolfo wrote:
Do not play this with a literature major, unless you are of the same fabrication. All I hear from my wife and daughter is "peal". Over and over and over, it is the same thing. They get mad at me when I sit their waiting for them to finish pealing as well.


Agreed. In a game like this where certain people bring more knowledge than others, you need to be on equal footing.
 
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Greg Austin
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Small rules quibble--players call "PEEL" when they have no more letters in their hand, not when they simply complete a word.

Even though the game occurs in your own space, it's a race game. There's plenty of tension and excitement to be had when a group can give each other friendly fire and talk some trash, especially when everyone gets to check the winning player's grid for errors.

It's a good "once a year" game for me at family gatherings.
 
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Randolfo wrote:
Do not play this with a literature major, unless you are of the same fabrication. All I hear from my wife and daughter is "peal". Over and over and over, it is the same thing. They get mad at me when I sit their waiting for them to finish pealing as well.


Add in theme words. For example, words must all be fruits and vegetables. Or names of sports franchises. Or cheese related.
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