Review by bbears

"Uno!!"

Uno is a popular card game that makes a natural fit as a budget title on the XBLA. Most people at one point or another have played this card game. As child growing up I remember this being one of my favorite past times while in day care. The game is simple and offers a surprising amount of options. Uno itself is largely luck based and little personal makes an impact when playing which is why it makes a good family game but as something to sink some time into over Xbox live Uno probably is not your best option.

PRESENTATION
Uno has a simple overall presentation to it. The cards are faithfully represented from the TCG and there are some decent animations with the cards in motion. The game has a bright color scheme and has an overall pleasant aesthetic. The backgrounds are pretty boring and there isn't much in the way of variety. Graphics certainly aren't important to this game but a little more effort would have been appreciated. The music though is a generic as you could imagine and sounds like it is something you would be forced to listen to while on hold. Custom soundtrack would have been a great addition but none is present unfortunately.

GAMEPLAY
Uno is chance based card game that uses a specialized deck and the objective is to the first person to get rid of all your cards. There are four colors and you can only play colors of the card that is on top of the pile. Also you can play cards that are same type but not the same color, for example you can play a yellow 7 on a green 7 changing the active suit. You can only play one card per turn and if you don't have a right type of card to play you must draw a card. Also the game gets its name from that you must call out when you have only one card left. If another player calls this out before you must draw card putting you back up to two cards. Additionally there are also a number of special cards that force other players to draw cards or change the color of the current suit.

VERDICT
This simple and cheap package is probably worth the few dollars that it asks for. However don;t believe this is anything other than a bare bones digital version of Uno.


Reviewer's Score: 5/10 | Originally Posted: 11/27/12

Game Release: Uno (US, 05/09/06)


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