Summary UNO is a family card game that was invented in 1971. Instead of using a standard pack of playing cards, you have a pack of coloured cards with numbers or symbols. The aim is to be the first to get rid of all your cards or have the lowest scoring hand.
Players take it in turn to play a card, which must match either the colour or number of the previous card. There are also special cards that can reverse the order of play, change the colour of a card, make an opponent pick up extra cards, or skip their turn. Numbered cards are worth their face value, and special cards are 20 or 50 points.
When you are left with two cards in your hand, you must shout 'UNO' before having your turn or be forced to pick up two cards.
UNO & Friends allows you to play online with friends on your Android tablet.
Description Type: Card Game
Players: 4 player
Age: Any Age
Game Time: 5 - 10 minutes
Developer or Designer: GameLoft
Fun ranking system encourages you to keep playing
Run out of tokens quickly
Doesn't explain how to use chat tool
Need internet connection
I love UNO, so was really looking forward to playing this online. It has lived up to most of my expectations. The game has bold coloured, attractive graphics, is easy to use, and retains the social aspect of the physical card game by allowing you to play against real people rather than a computer. That does, however, mean that you need an internet connection to play, so unless you have 3G or are in wifi hotspot, then you are restricted to playing at home.
Because it has an integrated chat system, there are a set of parental controls so that parents can prevent children interacting with other people. This means that this family game remains child friendly.
I think the chat system is the main downfall of the game. There are no instructions on how to use it. You have to figure that out for yourself, which isn't easy when you are playing a live game, and need to keep tabs on when your turn is coming up.
I eventually figured out that you need to spend virtual coins (which you earn from playing the game) to make comments, which I think sort of ruins the social aspect.
This doesn't bother me so much since I am not interested in chatting, just playing.
The only thing I do think is a bit of a downer is that you need to pay two tokens to play each match. You have an initial start up of tokens, can win them with a daily scratch card, and earn them by levelling up or watching video ads. These don't get you very much though. To get a bulk of tokens you have to pay.
UNO & Friends is addictive, and I soon found my tokens dwindling. If you run out of coins and want to play for free, it will take several days of scratch cards before you can play again.
What makes the game so addictive is the ranking system. It encourages you to maintain your winning streak to get extra coins and tokens. Your winning streak is only maintained for a day or two, so if you stop playing, you lose your progress.
You can increase your chances of winning by buying boosts (with virtual coins), and once you reach level six, you unlock weekly tournaments.