Banish plane & train boredom with fast & furious word play: ZIP-IT®, the perfect travel game for ages 7-107, portable and ridiculously competitive, ZIP-IT® is a two-player crossword race that can be played anytime, anywhere in as little as 20 seconds. Launched by the creators of global word-game phenomenon, Bananagrams®, ZIP-IT is the must-have travel accessory this summer, whether you’re travelling by road, rail or air.

ZIP-IT (RRP £14.99) features 24 high-quality letter cubes packaged in a unique retro-style cloth pouch with scoring zippers. One round can take as little as twenty seconds, meaning it’s perfect for journeys of any length. Plus the ability to play compactly on an airplane or train tray-table makes ZIP-IT the ultimate travel game – everything you need is in the bag!

“We knew people were taking Bananagrams out and about with them to play in restaurants and pubs,” comments Bananagrams’ co-inventor and CEO, Rena Nathanson, “but we needed something more compact for taking on holidays or long journeys. After extensive playing, tweaking and testing, ZIP-IT was born, and we’re delighted with the results. Like all our games, ZIP-IT represents the very best in fast, furious and fun word play and is incredibly simple... yet addictive!”

To play, each person takes 12 cubes and races to form his/her own crossword grid using any side of the cubes. The first player to use all his/her own cubes calls "ZIP!" and scores a point by moving his/her own zipper up the pouch. The first person to score 10 points shouts "ZIP-IT!" and wins the game.

ZIP-IT comes packaged with Weords, Bananagrams’ all-new mini-dictionary featuring “weird words that win word games” (i.e., “Q” words that do not have a “U”).

STOP PRESS! Bananagrams has just debuted “Jumbo Bananagrams” and “Jumbo ZIP-IT” at the London and New York Toy Fairs. Jumbo Zip-It has even already scooped a Best In Play Award. Jumbo versions of the original games, perfect for playing in the garden with all the family, will be available to buy in the UK later in 2012. Bring on barbecue season!

ZIP-IT costs £14.99 and is available to buy from all good book and toy stores on the High Street or online from Learn how to play ZIP-IT here:

About Bananagrams
Bananagrams®, Inc., is the family-owned Rhode Island company behind a range of innovative word games, including the international phenomenon BANANAGRAMS - the fast, fun anagram game that will “drive you bananas!” Currently available in 31 countries and multiple languages, original Bananagrams has spawned digital versions on Facebook, the iPad™, iPhone™ and iTouch™ and a series of books. Bananagrams, Inc. also offers the award-winning Appletters®, Pairs in Pears® and brand-new ZIP-IT® and Fruitominoes®. All the games feature attractive cloth pouches and need no board, pencil or paper - ideal for children and adults aged seven to 107 who enjoy witty word play, at home or on the go.

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