That’s a shame. I just played Bananagrams over the Memorial Day weekend, as a matter of fact. I sucked at it, but it was a fun game nonetheless.
I can’t understand why anyone who owns a scrabble set would buy Bananagrams. Well, aside from the awesome zipper case.
Oon (or whatever your name is), it seems obvious that you have no knowledge of the game, otherwise you would NOT be making such a crass comment! There are many reasons why anyone should buy a Bananagrams EVEN if they already own a Scrabble game. Bananagrams is a fast game and can be played in 5-20 minutes (unlike Scrabble). There is no scoring to keep track of, since it requires no paper, pencil or board (unlike Scrabble). It comes in a very small fabric pouch, which makes it very portable and allows people to take it anywhere by carrying it inside purses or even pockets (unlike Scrabble). It can be played as a solitaire game or between 2-8 people from age 7-97+, and since each person makes their own crossword, they are playing within their own capacity, so there is no edge for any of the players. That means people from any age or skill level can play together without frustration, just lots of fun (unlike Scrabble)! Unlike Scrabble, you can rearrange words at anytime. There are also a variety of ways you can play this game and players can even create their own rules in order to make the game more exciting. Now lets recap for a second… Bananagrams is fast, totally compact and portable, can be played anytime and anywhere, people from preschool to adults can play together, yet it is educational, exiting and totally fun… Gee, it beats the hell out of me why anyone who already owns a Scrabble set would still buy this game, aside from its cute zipper case! Duhhh!!!!
By the way, have I mention it costs less than $15.00? Yeah, you are so right, it’s not a-peel-ing at all!
I believe that Castiroon was asking not why Bananagrams is better than Scrabble, but why one should buy the physical item Bananagrams when one can play the game using Scrabble pieces that one already owns. Besides the nifty bananapouch, which you already mentioned. I can think of a few other answers: Bananagrams has more tiles (over 120, iirc); you may like the physical pieces of BG better than those of some cheap Scrabble sets; you support the designer / publisher; you want to give the game as a gift.
However, if you own Scrabble, I would certainly recommend trying the game out with your Scrabble pieces to see if you like it before buying BG.