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I saw my first TV add for this game last night, and so I figure it's my duty as the only BGG member yet to comment on the game to give it a proper review. Hopefully this will inform you all of what you're getting into if you purchase this game that is sure to get a lot of advertising. But just so everyone is prepared going in...This review is written with the expectation that you know the mechanics of the basic Uno game.

What do you get with UNO Flash?
In the box you receive a complete deck of Uno cards (similar to most any other Uno game, the rule pamphlet, and the electronic Flash game unit.

How does UNO Flash work? In order to start the game, you turn the game unit on and select whether you want infinite, 6-second, or 4-second time limit set. Then each player is dealt 7 cards and they press and activate the red button that is closest to them (this will be their button throughout the game.) When players are ready, someone presses the small yellow Play/Pause button.

The first difference you will notice between UNO Flash and standard Uno is that the game unit will randomly select whose turn it is by sending the blinking red light to one player's button. Play will not go clockwise, but will randomly shuffle around the table. Occasionally a player will even get two turns in a row. After a player plays their card (obeying the standard color/number matching rules of standard Uno) they must tap their button in order to send the turn to the next player.

If you have set a time limit of 6 or 4 seconds, the players have only that many seconds to make their move and hit their button before the timer buzzes at them and they are forced to draw 2 cards. The one exception is that a player who is hit with a Wild Draw 4 can pause the game briefly to draw their cards and suffer no penalty.

The last difference in this game is that there are no Reverse cards in the deck. Instead they have added Slap cards. When a player plays a slap card, instead of hitting their own button, they hit the larger yellow Uno button. Then it is a race between the other players to see how fast they can hit their own button. The slowest person will have their light blinking and will be forced to draw 2 cards.

What does Blott think of UNO Flash? I feel somewhat weird saying this, but I actually enjoy this Uno variant. It's certainly not the greatest game of all time, and if I play it too often I'm sure I'll tire of it, but it's just fun. There is something about the time pressure closing in that seems to make this game feel more like a party game than another boring game of Uno. I also really enjoy the slick way you can play your slap cards and catch people off guard (it kind of reminds me of the card game Spoons.)

Who will enjoy UNO Flash? This is a tough call. I'm sure that many gamers will despise this game just as much as the base game, because there is even less strategy (i.e. there is no reason to call a color other than the one you have on a wild card because the turn could come right back to you, and you can't predict who will be punished by the draw cards.) However, those people that have relatives that won’t play anything other than Uno might see this as a great escape. It will give them that Uno feel, but will be done in a much quicker timeframe (a full game only took us about 30 minutes.) Also kids will love this, it is just crazy and chaotic enough to keep them entertained throughout. Finally, I suspect that gamers who are fans of party-style games with lots of laughing and shouting will find some fun here as well.

Any parting comments about UNO Flash? Despite the familiarity of all the game systems, we find ourselves laughing and shouting more with UNO Flash than with any other Uno variant. In fact, we walked away from our first game and my nephew said, "That was a great game. I really loved it." And we have had the same success with other couples our own age. The only major drawback is sometimes a player will feel like the game unit "hates them" because they won't get a turn for a little while, and when they do they get skipped or have to draw cards. This is just the nature of the game, though. Everyone seems to go through a slump where it seems they are getting no turns. UNO Flash is not going to light the gaming world on fire, but it is a welcome change to a very boring traditional game.
 
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This actually looks like a lot of fun. I'd be willing to give it a try with the right group of people. I've been thinking about getting this as a Christmas present for my buddy and his wife.
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stormseeker75 wrote:
This actually looks like a lot of fun. I'd be willing to give it a try with the right group of people. I've been thinking about getting this as a Christmas present for my buddy and his wife.

It might be worth it (and you certainly shouldn't have trouble finding a copy.) It seems unlikely that anyone could play this game and not have a little bit of fun.
 
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hi some places here in uk are out of stock, but it sounds interesting :)
thanks for the review.
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