Review by Drunky

"A game for practically anyone, fun and addicting."

Uno, to say the least, is simply addicting fun for the whole family. Based on the card game, with a few graphical improvements, Uno has made its way on to the Xbox Live Arcade just in time for its 35th anniversary. However it doesn't matter if you grew up playing it or have never even heard of it, the simplicity and entertainment of Uno can appeal to almost anyone.

Just like the regular Uno card game, (or Crazy Eights if you ever played that version), the objective is to be the first one to get rid of all of your cards. Now you cant just throw them all down and declare victory, you'll take turns with 3 other players playing a card each. The game mechanics are very simple to learn, you start with a handful of cards, the cards are either blue, green, red, or yellow and they each have a number or special function. You have to play a card of either the same color or the same numeric value as the one in the discard pile. If you don't have a card that you can play, you have to pick one up. There are a few special cards that can be played that will skip the next players turn, reverse the playing order, make them pick up 2, 4, or 6 cards and can even change the color of the discard pile. Easy enough, but then comes the bluffing. The Wild Cards, which can be played regardless of the color of the discard pile, should only be played when the player has no other alternative, but you can choose to bluff in the hopes of slowing down the player beside you or preventing them from winning. Playing this card makes the other player pick up 4 cards, but if they think you're lying and have a playable card, they can challenge you and make you pick up 6 cards, unless they're wrong, in which case they pick up 6. In true Uno fashion, the game also requires the player to yell out UNO! when they're down to their last card, failing to do that lets a player challenge you and make you pick up 2 additional cards.

The game awards points based on the number of special cards played, and whoever is the first to discard all of their cards wins the round and receives the points. The game can be set to a number of points, such as 250, and whoever accumulates that many points wins the game. Incredibly simple to learn, and the games are only 5-10 minutes long, making it the perfect game that you can just pick up and play whenever you choose.

The graphics are rather simple, being an arcade card game and whatnot. For this particular game the graphics are hardly a major aspect seeing as the only real element of the game are the cards. Nevertheless, the game has incredibly vivid colors and animations when playing the cards and in the special 35th anniversary deck they have a rather festive theme and even confetti and banners when playing the special anniversary card.

The sound is very fitting for a card game, similar to Muzak you'd hear in elevators or shopping malls. There is nothing really special about it, but then again I cant think of any music that would fit this kind of game. The sound effects are just enhanced noises you'd hear in a real life card game, such as the swiping of cards. Then there are the most musical notes that play during a challenge or the playing of a special card.

The play time is practically endless, the standard gameplay lets you play with computer opponents or you can go online over Xbox Live and play other gamers from around the world. There are always people online to play with unlike many other online games that are offered through the arcade. The special card decks that are offered can even vary the gameplay with the addition of new special cards and rules.

Gameplay: 10/10
Completely addicting and extremely easy to learn. Perfect for all gamers.
Graphics: 8/10
Simple graphics, vivid colors and fun animations.
Sound: 7/10
Great sound effects, don't personally like Muzak, but at least its fitting.
Replay: 10/10
Practically endless, always people online.
Overall: 10/10

I'd definitely recommend anyone purchase it. It can be played by anyone, regardless of age or Uno experience. This game is definitely one of the must have arcade games, and for only a few dollars it's a great gaming investment.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 05/30/06

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