UNO the card game is almost 50 years old, and it’s still going strong today. The aim of UNO is simple… Try to get rid of all your cards, the quickest! It takes 30 seconds to explain the rules and even less than that to set up the game.
You’ll need some smart hand-management skills, alongside the grace of Lady Luck to win a game of UNO. Up to ten players can join in the madness, with each player starting with a hand of cards. There are standard number cards (0-9), and some action cards. There are four colours – red, blue, yellow and green. On your turn, you get to play one card from your hand. It must match either the colour of the previously played card, or it must match the number. If you can’t meet those requirements: tough luck! You’ll have to draw a card from the deck and add it to your hand.
UNO is devious, because of some of the sneaky cards in the pack that feature ‘take that’ elements. Some make the next player skip a turn. Other cards switch the order of play from clockwise to counter-clockwise (or vice versa). Some cards force the next player to pick up two cards. There are two types of Wild Card too, that let you select a colour the next player must play. The most dreaded card is the Wild Card that forces the next player to pick up four cards!
Whenever a player gets down to one card left, they must declare, “UNO!” when they play their penultimate card. If not, they cannot win on their next turn, even if they can legally place their last card. Forgetfulness forces you to pick up an extra card, instead. UNO by Mattel is a simple card game that anyone can play, whether you’re 6 or 96 years old.
Player Count: 2-10 players
Time: 30 minutes
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