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If you are someone who likes games that require a bit of skill, then you will love Uno Rummy-Up. It is a combination of the card game Uno and the board game Rummikub. It is suitable for age 7 upwards and you can have 2 to 4 players. The Object of the games is to rid yourself of all the tiles before your opponents and to score the highest number of points.
100 tiles are included with the games, similar to those in Scrabble but have numbers rather than letters. They come in 4 colours namely, blue, green, yellow and red. There are 72 number tiles (numbers 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10,11 and 12) - 2 in each of the 4 colours. These are the easiest to play when you are first learning the game. There are also 24 word/number tiles (numbers 2, 5 and 7), again 2 of each colour. These are handy tiles to have for the following reasons.
Tile No.2 - if you play this tile the next player has to pick up 2 tiles and miss a turn.
Tile No.5 - Playing this means the next player misses a turn.
Tile No.7 - Playing this reverses the direction of play.
There are also 4 Wild Draw tiles. These tiles may be used in place of another and forces the next player to pick up 4 tiles and miss a turn.
HOW TO PLAY
All tiles are turned upside down on the table. Each player has to choose 14 tiles and place on their tile rack. From the remaining tiles on the table, 4 are turned face up. Each player takes turns by playing at least one tile, up to a maximum of four in each turn. Tiles are played by creating Runs or Sets. Runs must be at least 3 tiles in the same colour and can go up to 12 tiles. Sets must consist of groups of 3 or 4 tiles of different colours with the same number e.g. 4 red, 4 green, 4 blue. Although there are 2 of each colour you cannot play the same colour twice in a Set.
Tiles are played by adding to Runs or Sets or by forming new ones from your rack. Long runs can be broken apart as long as the remaining parts end up with the minimum 3 tiles at the end of the player's turn.
When a player has only one tile left they must shout "Uno" otherwise they have to pick up two extra tiles. The game is finished when a player has no tiles left. All the remaining players add up the points in their racks and the total is given to the winner of the round. Each tile is worth is face value, with the exception of the 2, 5 and 7. These are worth 20 each and the Wild Draw tiles are worth 50 point each so it is worth trying to play these before some manages to play all their tiles. The first player to reach 200 points is the winner.
This game combines the fun of Rummy tiles and uno cards!