UNO has been one of the most popular card games in the world ever since it was first released in 1971. The thrill of laying down cards and racing to be the first to shout out “Uno!” is a thrill that never dies down. If you’re looking for a card game to play for your next family trip, look no further—the classic UNO is the way to go!
Make Your Match
The goal of the card game UNO is to get rid of all of the cards in your hand before one of the other players does the same. This is easier said than done, however, as cards must be played in a very specific order. You’re also up against competitive opponents who will skip your turns, force you to draw cards, and hit you with a last-minute “Uno!” to steal victory away from you.
Players all draw a hand of 7 cards, placing the rest of the cards facedown to form a draw pile. The first player will then turn over the top card of the draw pile to begin the discard pile, which each player will take turns discarding cards into. If a player can’t play any cards, then they have to draw a card and lose their turn. If the card they draw can be played, however, they are allowed to play it during their turn.
The main UNO cards come in different numbers and colors, such as red 5s and green 7s. In order to play a card on the discard pile, your card must match either the number or the color of the previous card. This means that if there’s a red 5 on the discard pile, you have to play either a red card of any number or a 5 of any color.
Wild and Special Cards
There are a few cards that throw a wrench in the works and screw up the other players. Skip cards will skip over the next player in line, while Reverse cards will reverse the direction of play. There’s also the dastardly Draw 2 card, which forces the next player in line to draw 2 cards and lose their turn.
These cards each have different colors, which must match the color of the previous card in order to be played. This means that the most powerful of all the cards in UNO are the Wild cards. The regular Wild card allows you to change to any color you choose, while the Wild Draw 4 card does the same while forcing the next player to draw 4 cards and lose their turn.
The trademark of UNO comes from what happens when you get down to the wire. When a player discards their second-to-last card, leaving them with only one card left, they must shout “Uno!” If another player beats them to the punch and says it first, then that player must draw 2 cards. A forgotten “Uno!” has been known to derail many close victories!
There’s a sequel card game to UNO called UNO Remix that features the traditional UNO gameplay with a fun new twist. This remix allows you to add special personalized cards to the deck at the beginning of each round. With the personalized cards, you can mark the card to do whatever you like. For example, you can force a specific player to draw 2 cards or even block a penalty card.
This remix of the original UNO takes the ordinary cutthroat competitiveness of the original card game and turns it into a bloodbath. You’ll be sure to fight fire with fire once you get your hands on a personalized deck of UNO cards!
Call It Like It Is with UNO
UNO is playable by 2-10 players, making it an excellent card game for groups of all sizes. It’s suitable for ages 6 and up, so you don’t have to worry about younger kids being left out of the fun on family game day. Playing time lasts around 30 minutes, but you can play an infinite number of rounds (and you most likely will want to).
Buy UNO today and enjoy the fun you feel when you hit your sibling with that awesome Draw 2 card!