When you have writer’s block and sit at your keyboard drooling trying to perform witty verbal gymnastics, a card game isn’t the best subject matter to tackle. Especially a card game that doesn’t involve poker faces, stripping off or crudely drawn animals on the back of the cards. Confetti that tumbles down the screen is as flashy and eccentric as Uno gets. Another 260 words to write, you say? Sigh.
Okay. The rules will take too long to explain but the quick of it is, you have to get rid of your cards by playing the colour ‘out’ on the table and can change colours by playing the same number as one already ‘out’ on the table. We’re not sure if putting ‘out’ in inverted commas is helping our explanation at all but hey, those are the rules; we didn’t make them, so don’t complain. It’s no Strip Poker, that’s for sure, but Uno is very easy to get into. Due to its simple nature, you can play without worrying about royal flushes, three of a kind or which bit of clothing to take off next. If you’re wondering where the skill comes into it… well, it doesn’t. Skill had the day off when Uno was made. This is all about luck, which is the good and bad thing about it: good because you’ll win a few matches without ever really knowing what you’re doing and that’s always good for the soul, bad because you’ll probably get bored of it pretty quickly. Sure, you can pretend to take it seriously and get all sweary while playing it because, you know, it’s a card game and you like to think of yourself as a card shark who takes these things far too seriously. But everyone will just laugh at you. It’s Uno. It requires no skill.
Still, Uno is a good laugh in multiplayer, it only costs 400 Microsoft points and even a dribbling child could get all 200 GamerPoints from it. And those, friends, are three of the best things in life, with the possible exception of cake, so it figures that Uno is a decent enough game to make it worth your time.