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Game Review - CAR-GO UNO

Let me start by saying that this is not a review of the game UNO, pretty much everyone is familiar with the game and you either like or not. This is a review of the CAR-GO version of UNO. What makes the CAR-GO version different from other versions? Unlike some of the themed versions of UNO this version does not come with any new rules or cards. The packaging is what makes this version unique.

The concept was to create a version of a travel version of a family classic that could easily be taken and played on long car trips. This was achieved by creating a container that would fit inside of a standard automobile cup holder. The game comes in a cylinder container about 2 inches in diameter and 10 inches tall, about the size of Venti Starbucks cup.



This container comes apart with storage area for the components and instructions. The round cards are stored on a spindle in the container that is also used as the draw stack during play, and the instructions are stored in a small compartment in the lid. The lid is also used as the holder for the discard stack. While this basically works as a container that does fit in the automobile cup holder, some of the finer points of the design fall a little short.

The container has a lot of unused space, almost the half the container is not used. The container could be about half the size and still do everything it does now. Or this unused space could be used to hold a pencil and paper for keeping score. The biggest problem with the design is the cards themselves. First they are round, not a really big deal, but it does make shuffling a bit of a problem. But the main issue is the thickness of the cards, they are very thin cardstock, slightly thicker than paper. Unless you are very carefully they can be easily bent, which I think will happen after a couple of long car trips.

So at a price point that is about 50% more than a standard UNO deck I feel that the CAR-GO version of UNO is really not worth it. While a standard UNO deck will make playing the car a bit more difficult they will hold up longer, take up less room, and be better suited to play with at locations other than the car.
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