“ Genre: Board, Card & Casino / Release Date: 2006 „
UNO is a classic card game played between four players, the object of the game is to get rid of all of your cards first. To get rid of a card it has to match with the colour (red, green, yellow, blue) or the number with the card in the middle. Of course it's not as straightforward as just numbers and colours. There are cards that will hinder your opponents progress such as adding 2 or 4 cards to the player next to you, switching the direction of play and also skipping the next persons turn.
It's a really simple game that works really well. Games can go on for ages, it's possible to have 15 cards at one point in a game, making a comeback to win. Of course this isn't the most tactical or challenging of games as there is a lot of luck involved, but to reiterate it's just simple and fun.
Well worth getting, especially at the low cost of 400 Microsoft points.
Well im sure most of us have heard of the card game 'Uno', well this is the Xbox Live Arcade version of the game, released shortly after the Xbox 360 was released, this game quickly became a hit with the XBL community.
Well lets start with the basics, this game supports offline play for 1 player only, vs up to 3 AI, play over XBL supports up to 4 players. So if you want to play a party game when you have friends round, this game isnt for you. Instead go buy Uno Rush, another XBLA game, that game supports up to 4 players offline, however the rules are slightly different from a standard Uno game.
This Uno game however works like a standard game of Uno, when starting a game you will be presented with various game options, after selecting the options you desire, you will enter the game.
You get this game with the XBLA Compilation disc 1, so i suggest you buy that for like £5, instead of paying out 800 microsoft points (or is it 400 now?) for this game. If you want a game for parties, then buy Uno Rush.
You can also buy various themes from the XBL marketplace to use in the game, such as a Project Gotham Racing 3 theme.
I spent large chunks of my childhood playing Uno with my family during rainy holidays in Scotland so thought I would indulge in a spot of nostalgia when I saw this was available for download from Xbox Live Arcade.
Xbox Live is Microsoft's online service for the Xbox 360 where you can play games online and download anything from themes and pictures to full High Definition movies and game add-ons. Another major feature is the ability to download full games on a service called Xbox Live Arcade; it is on this service that Uno is available.
Microsoft use a currency system called Microsoft points for all downloads over Xbox Live, these can be purchased in advance in shops or on Xbox Live itself. It is cheapest to buy them online from a shop such as Play.com where 2100 points cost £16.99. The cost of Uno is 400 MS points making it about £3.25 for the game which is actually cheaper than the card version!
The game itself is much the same as the original card game, there are four players who each take it in turn to play a card. The cards come in four coloured suits with numbers from 0-9. A card can be played on top of a card of either the same suit or number.
There are also wild cards in the game which allow players to change the colour of the suit in play and make the following players pick up additional cards. If a player cannot go they must pick an additional card up. The first player to run out of cards wins. A classic concept probably very poorly described but if you're reading this you almost certainly know the game anyway.
Although you can play against three computer players' multiplayer is where this game really stands out!! You can play against other players from around the world over Xbox Live. The online service on this game really is the best I have ever known. People can jump in and out of a game without interrupting the run of the game; they just take over where another player left. You can talk to your fellow competitors using a headset and if you have an Xbox Live Vision camera you can even see each other. All of this happens in real-time with no delays, absolutely seamless gaming.
There is no local multiplayer meaning two people in the same room cannot play each other. Although as you would be able to see each others cards I'm not actually sure how this would work in practice.
In addition to the original deck of cards you can also download additional ones which are based on popular computer games. Although this is a nice touch it doesn't really add to the Uno experience and they are not really worth paying for. You can sometimes get these for free in which case you may as well give them a go - they just have different wild cards and the novelty will wear off very quickly.
Xbox Live has achievements which can be collected by completing games to boost your Xbox 'Gamerscore'. The ones on Uno (worth 200) are easy to collect within 30 quick games meaning if you just want to boost your gamerscore this is a good game for you.
Uno is a classic card game that nearly everyone has played at some point. The xbox version is the same game but you can play online against people you don't know or with friends you do.
The aim if you don't know is to get rid of all your cards by putting down cards of the same colour than the one on the table or of the same number. Its a simple game to pick up and all the instructions are online with this fame if you want to read up before playing.
The bonus of playing it online is that there is no chance of cheating, seeing other peoples cards or making mistakes in dealing. You still have to call out Uno on the last card by pressing a button and if you get caught out you have to pick up some cards.
The only problem is you lose the feel of playing with friends round the table and the laughs you can have. But if you just want to pass some time or can't be bothered to go out this is ideal.
Uno is a card game and is a downloadable title part of the Xbox 360 Arcade.
The game has two modes of play, online and offline, unfortunately no players on the same console as it would be difficult to hide your cards from each other!
The basic game of Uno involves you trying to get rid of your hand of cards, there are three opponents which all attempt to beat you to it. Cards are different colours and numbers from 1-9, there is a card in the middle and you must match either the number or colour of the card to be able to play it and get rid of your card, so for example if there is a green six in the middle you can play either any green card or a six of any other colour.
In addition to the numbered cards there are a number of cards you can use against the other players, you can use cards like a +4 to an opponent's hand but if it wasn't your only available move they can call you out and if correct you take the cards instead! If wrong they will pick up even more cards! You are also able to use +2s and a switcher which reverses the direction of play. The game is pretty much based on luck and is really rewarding and frustrating in equal measure making it an addictive game!
The game supports a custom rule system too so if you are used to combining the effects of your add cards you are able to do that as well as tweak various other settings like the ability to draw cards, how many times you draw, draw till you are able to play and so on.
The games graphics are pretty basic with just the colourful cards on screen along with your Xbox Avatar who will perform different facial expressions depending on what just happened.
Uno is a really addictive and fun game both online and off, available for the bargain price of 400 points (£3.60) it is probably less than the deck of cards!
It's cheaper to download Uno on Xbox Live than it is to buy a deck of Uno cards. Your average pack of real, hold-in-your-hands Uno cards will usually cost you a fiver, while the digitised version will cost 400 Live points, which roughly equates to £3.60. Given that the Xbox version comes with three players who are willing to play at all times, you really can't knock it for value. Unless you've already got an Uno deck, which you probably have. Check the cupboard in the hall. Nan probably bought it in 1989.
Whether it's online or on your Nan's shopping list, the rules for Uno are simple yet strangely sadistic. Each player is dealt a hand of seven cards from a deck of one hundred and eight. Turn-taking goes around the circle of players, each one discarding a card when it is their go. The card must match either the colour (green, red, blue or yellow) or number (0-9) of the card on the pile preceding it. If he hasn't got a suitable card in his hand, he must draw another. Play continues in this way until one player is down to his last card, at which point he must yell "Uno!" or face the wrath of a spiked mace (or whatever your house rules are). If that player can then get rid of his last card, he wins!
Of course, this wouldn't be any fun without some funky penalties thrown into the mix, so mixed in with the 0-9 numbered cards are the following nasty little blighters...
+ 2 - The person next in line to play must pick up two cards from the pile
Missed Turn - The player next in line misses his go.
Reverse - Flow of play turns 180 degress, so the person who played before you goes next.
Change Colour - The player gets to declare what colour the next card should be.
Change Colour + 4 - A combination of the Change Colour card, which whacks the next player with four extra cards. Has been known to end otherwise peaceful relationships.
Uno on the Xbox translates this game faithfully and competently onto your HD screen. The basic game is a simple Single Player ordeal which pits you against three CPU controlled players of questionable Artificial Intelligence. Playing the game is easy, as visual clues flash up on screen to tell you what actions you can take at that time (Call Uno, draw a new card etc). To simplify things even more, you can also team up with a CPU player for Partner Uno, and work together to complicate life for the other two players. Finally, you can customise a game completely, switching the rules to match your own preferred style of play. This is an excellent option, because some people have strange ideas.
Playing by yourself gets boring quickly due to the lack of challenge and variety from the CPU players, so the real life and soul of Uno comes from the various multiplayer options. Like most online games these days, you can play a Player Match or a Ranked Match with your friends or complete strangers. Player Matches involve whatever rules the host decides to cook up, and players can join and leave as and when they feel like it. Ranked Matches pit you against three human players and involve a complicated series of statistics and a leaderboard, with each game played to strict, traditional rules and wins, losses and skill are all tracked. Players can voice chat through the game, although few seem to do so. I have experienced no lack of players when battling online, and there do not seem to be any cheaters or glitches lurking around. Plus, the game uses Xbox avatars, so you can watch your opponents' virtual selves celebrate and grumble as you play. It's the world of tomorrow - today!
Unless you're a massive fan of the card game already, Uno might grow a bit stale. Luckily, help is at hand. There are a handful of extra decks to purchase, including Street Fighter and Kameo themed ones. Each deck costs between one and two pounds worth of points, but if you're a fan of the games involved (Uno, Street Fighter or Kameo) then these are nice additions. Each one has a whole heap of new graphics, sound effects and gimmick cards that alter the gameplay. Even if you don't want to pay any extra, have a look at the Downloads section anyway, because there is a free '35th Anniversary' deck to download which adds some life to the game.
For those who keep track of such things, Achievements are quite easy to earn, and are mostly based on using a certain number of cards or winning a certain number of matches. I have got all 200 of the available Gamerscore points, and it did not take me much longer than a week of semi-casual play.
So, the game is of unquestionable high quality, with its only negative quality being its possible lack of staying power. The game is well crafted and lacks for nothing, and, as mentioned above, it is cheaper than a real deck. Uno Rush is also available for the Xbox 360, at twice the price. I haven't played it so I can't really comment on what it offers the player, but I do know that the original Uno already has a massive established online fanbase and its as cheap as chips with a freebie download too, so unless you're passionate about the 'Rush' rules, then I think the original should be the way to go. Its cheap, pick up and playable and easy to play. An essential addition to anyone's Xbox Live collection.
Uno is the classic card game of strategy, wits and luck. The online sensation of Xbox has a new arcade game to go along with it's already vase group of successful titles. Uno is addictive as well as fun, with friends or you can search for other players over the Xbox live function. Simply the game is to place a card that is either the same number, either one above or below or of the same coloured suit of the card that was previously placed down by the previous player. The first player to use all his cards wins the round.
This simple idea is amazingly fun for anyone and is easy to learn, hard to master. It however does lack game modes and matches have a maximum of four player slots Apart from that its a cheap and fun way to kill time, this is a must have title!
I have to admit, if there was such a group as Uno Anonymous, I'd be there for every single meeting.
I'm addicted to this game on levels you cannot believe.
I had never played the Uno card game until I played the demo for this. I bought it, and now I'm hooked.
There are many more options for this game than playing the Classic Uno.
I personally prefer the Kameo Edition of the game. It has so many more wild cards, special cards and modes than the traditional game.
There is also the online multiplayer game, and you can play by yourself against the console.
I would seriously recommend this game to anyone and everyone who either has kids who are too young for games like Halo and Gears of War, or someone who has loads of time on their hands to kill. This is Xbox's solution to Solitaire for the PC!
I have had this game for well over 2 years now and its the sort of thing you will never get board of. This game has been around for years and now Microsoft has turned it into a really addictive and fun electronic Xbox live enabled arcade game.
On Xbox live you can talk to other players from around the world and joke around especially when you have the penalties progressive setting turned on as you can shove the pick up 2 cards to the next player if you have another pick up 2 card and it keeps going till someone doesn't have the card then you can see the other players reaction by using the Xbox Live Vision camera!
Along with the Xbox live functions there is the DC or downloadable content for example the 35th anniversary, project Gotham Racing and Kameo Dark Elements decks which have all got there own unique cards for example the Kameo card switches another players cards with yours.
Along with all these great features there is the Xbox 360's achievement feature which prolongs most of the games especially this one as you have to keep playing to win loads of hands or win online against real players.
One thing which this game falls on that a proper card game that's not electronic wouldn't is that there is no local multiplayer function as you would be able to see there cards so it wouldn't work. You can still play against them if they have a separate Xbox 360 console and Xbox Live.
All in all this is a great Xbox Live arcade game for everyone to enjoy I would highly recommend it
Thanks for reading! J