My Number One Card Game: Uno
I know I sometimes come across as a bit of a tough guy, always talking trash about certain board and card games, but really I’m very warm and approachable. In fact, I’ve had enough of the lies. It’s time to come clean.
I love Uno. Love it like a spoonful of butter dusted with brown sugar. Below the jump, I’ll give three reasons why I think it’s one of the best card games ever designed.
Reason #1: It’s Simple, Perfect for Learning And Teaching!
Want to know the rules to Uno? No problem! I’ll just quote the rulesheet:
Each player is dealt seven cards. The remaining cards are placed face down in the center of the table to form the drawpile. The top card of the drawpile is turned over and placed next to the drawpile to form a discard pile.
The first player (normally the youngest player) views his/her cards and tries to match the card in the discard pile. You have to match either the number/type or the color, for instance if the discard pile has a red card that is an 8 you have to place either a red card or a card with an 8 on it. If the player has no matches they must draw a card.
The game continues until a player has one card left. The moment a player has just one card they must yell UNO. If they are caught by another player, the player who was caught must draw two new cards. Once a player has no cards remaining the game is over, points are scored, and the game begins over again.
Simple, right? The best part is, everyone can play Uno! And I mean everyone. Yes, even your bedridden grandmother. Yes, even your comatose sibling. Just fan out seven cards in their brittle hands and help them out! Good play, grandma!
Reason #2: You Can Play It with Your Loved Ones
Some card games are way too racy to play with family, especially Cards Against Humanity. But Uno isn’t like that at all. It’s totally friendly — no, really, I’ll prove it. Just look at those cards: entirely inoffensive. Just numbers and colors, and maybe the occasional special card, though if those are too much for your family it’s easy to just take them out.
Oh, I forgot to mention the special cards. My bad! They really spice up a game of Uno. For instance, you might play a Reverse card, which means you have to reverse the order of play. So if you’re going clockwise, you switch to counterclockwise. Crazy, huh? Then there are wild cards that count as any color, and even Wild Draw 4 cards that make the next person draw four cards. The Draw 2 card makes the next player — you guessed it! — draw two cards.
If there’s one card I always take out, it’s the Skip card. It skips the next player’s turn, and that’s way too mean for my tastes.
Reason #3: “Uno” Means “One” in Spanish
I bet you didn’t expect to get a dose of high culture when playing a game of Uno, did you? Well, you were wrong. Dead wrong. Because Uno means “one” in Spanish.
Some people think this is because of the rule where you get to shout “Uno!” when you only have one card in your hand, but that rule was actually added in the mid-’80s. The original 1971 rules, only recently rediscovered thanks to new techniques in document recovery, state that the game is called Uno because it’s the best there is — as in, literally, the game is “Number One.”
History is so cool!
In conclusion, Uno is the best. I heartily recommend it. It offers tight, crunchy gameplay, and it’s super portable, which matters a lot to me because I travel like once a year.