The domino game where you don't connect the DOTS... You connect the LETTERS! Originally designed with younger players in mind, APPLETTERS features three levels of play to amuse children and challenge adults. The free-standing tiles are easy to handle and can be used to play three different games. Another quality game by Bananagrams. Ages 5 and up.
Appletters by Bananagrams
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NOTE: Appletters has been recently "improved," so game variations will differ based on the edition purchased. Appletters is designed for 2-6 players (1-4 players in the "improved" edition) and includes game variations for ages 5 and up. The object of Appletters is to be the first player to use all of his or her tiles by forming words that, depending on which game variation is being played, can be connected to other words in a snake/worm-like or crossword-style manner.
$14.95 (at the time of this review)
How to Play
There are several different ways to play Appletters, however, since this game has been "improved," game variations will differ based on the edition purchased.
Players start with 9 tiles (12-15 tiles in the "improved" edition), which they keep hidden from view of the other players. After the first word is played, players take turns adding words to the first and last letters to "make a snake/worm" in a manner similar to dominoes. The first player to use up his or her tiles wins.
This variation is played like Appletters except that players start with 21 tiles instead of 9, and they can replace another player's word with a larger word. (The number of tiles a player starts with stays the same in the "improved" edition.) When a player's word is replaced, the player gets his or her tiles back. This makes it more challenging for players to use up their tiles.
This game is different from Appletters and Apple Turnover in that players play their tiles crossword-style instead of making a snake/worm. Score is also kept, and players try to build the longest words possible to earn bonus points. Once a player has used up his or her tiles, the player with the highest score wins. (This variation is not included in the "improved" edition.)
A player starts with 15 tiles and proceeds to play Appletters with a goal of making a snake/worm. If you can’t make a word, you pick 3 additional tiles. Use all of the tiles in your hand as quickly as possible, trying to do it faster each time. (This solo play variation is new in the "improved" edition.)
Educational EmphasisEach game variation develops word building and word recognition skills and helps children improve their spelling. Having to form words beginning or ending in a specific letter adds an educational twist to word building.
The GoodWith the exception of Applescore, the game variations challenge players to think of words beginning or ending in a specific letter. Rules can be modified so that players at different skill levels can play together.
The tiles are designed to stand up so that other players don't see them, but they can tip over fairly easily if the playing surface if bumped.
We recommend Appletters to families homeschooling primary and middle school students.
Where to Buy
You can find this game at most toy stores, teacher supply stores, and on many online websites, such as:
This quality word building game is great for reinforcing spelling and word recognition skills. Since there are multiple game variations and levels of play, it's appropriate for both primary and middle school students. Appletters is a fun, quality game and has earned our Seal of Approval!