UNO, like Monopoly, is one of those games that everyone seems to just have. The back of my copy of UNO tells me that there are half a billion UNO cards printed every year, so no wonder it is everywhere. I think we ended up with this game back when my wife was really big into extreme couponing and rolling over CVS extra care bucks. There was a system, that as long as people were not picky with what they got they could get all kinds of free stuff from CVS. At one point or another, UNO fell into this. We have had this copy of the game for a year or two, but we had to "break the shrink" for our play through on our quest to play through all of our games. So is there any fun to be had in UNO?
In UNO, the goal of the game is to be the first player to play all of their cards. In the deck there are four different colors numbered 0-9. There are also special cards such as draw 2, skip, reverse, wild, and the powerful draw 4 wild. On a player's turn they can play a card to the center stack. The card played must either be the same color or number as the previously played card. If a player can not play a card then they draw one card. If that card can be played, they play it immediately. If not, they keep the card and their turn ends. When a player is down to one card in their hand they must say UNO! Once a player plays their last card, they will get points for the cards left in other player's hands. cards give points equal to their numeric value. Special cards are worth 20 points, and wilds are worth 50 points. According to the rules the first one to 500 points wins.
The Game We Played
We played a four player game, and we agreed up front that we would only play to 300 points. For the first four rounds a different person won, and I was in the lead with 124 points. For the next two rounds my wife's mom went out first and this bumped her all the way up to 285 points. I then went out again to get a few more points. Fortunately, My wife's mom went out first again and got more than enough points to win. She blew us all away with a final score of 422. I finished second with a score of 197.
My Rating: 1.5 (Do not like)
My Thoughts: Occasionally UNO offers a decision, such as I do play out my last color or do I follow the number and switch to a color I have a lot of. However, the majority of the time this game practically plays itself and is devoid of meaningful decision. As a time waster, to do while spending time with people then I am "whatever" about the game. However, when keeping score I get frustrated. The game does not give negative points, but it is close.
Her Rating: 2.5 (Do not care for)
Her Thoughts: As a game, this is not the best and we have so many others that are better. But it is very easy to play and anyone can play it so it is still a good game to play with people who do not play a lot of games.
Combined Rating: 4
Despite not really liking the game, we will keep this game to play with our son. He knows his colors and is beginning to learn number identification, so this will be a great game for him. I think if we take the special cards out, he can play it now with assistance. There are better games, but UNO can be good training wheels to learn the basics of following the rules before we move him on to the better games.