Usually I’m fairly good at separating myself from my own feelings for a review. Uno has inspired a change in my nature. Five minutes in to the “fun”, I had a thought: why the hell would you subject yourself to this atrocity on a console with so many other choices at your fingertips? And so I’ve set the tone for the official Uno Review.
Look and Feel
It’s Uno. It feels like Uno. It also looks like Uno. One might even say it’s a digital version of Uno. Because it is.
In all fairness, the interface is clean and colourful. The performance is good because, well, it’s a card game. It’s hardly the most demanding of titles. Not since Monopoly has a game demanded such capable hardware, is what I’m saying.
If it has a redeeming feature, it’s that there are card pack themes to spice up the otherwise mundane Uno experience. Unfortunately the one they provide for free is Rabbids themed. Funnily enough, my Rabbids video is STILL our most popular video upload. I suppose this is Ubisoft’s way of coming to haunt me. Chickens coming home to roost and all that.
In case I’ve failed to make it abundantly clear; it’s Uno. Uno is a card game wherein the goal is to lose all of your cards. Four players take a turn each to place a single card. The rule is that any card of the same colour and/or number can be placed atop the previous.
There are wild cards that can be placed atop any card. They can do anything from changing the required colour of the next card, to forcing the next player in the turn cycle to draw four more cards.
The way that you can mess with your opponents using turn-blocking cards and special abilities in the Rabbids deck can be interesting the first time, but eventually you must return to the tedium that is digital Uno.
Finally, there are customisable rules that can help…. enhance(?) your Uno experience. Cater the Uno to your own, personal tastes. So, yeah. It’s Uno.
If you, for reasons beyond the comprehension of Earth’s finest scientists, find yourself enjoying digital Uno, there are options for you here.
Along with the traditional four player game, there’s also a two-on-two option. You know, just in case the party wasn’t wild enough to begin with. Co-Op Uno is almost as riveting as actual Uno.
There are, of course, online options to play Uno with people that mean even less to you. This may be more interesting than facing off against computer-controlled opponents, but not by much.
Do You Hate Uno, David? Be Real.
In essence, I actually enjoy the game itself. It just doesn’t belong on a console. It doesn’t need a digital counterpart. There are arguments to be made for Monopoly with all of its awkward pieces and money, but Uno does not have that problem. It’s a simple card game. Best experienced in person with your friends and/or family. Hell, go out and play it with strangers. Uno might break the ice! But I’d rather watch ice itself form from water than play digital Uno ever again.
To summarise: it’s Uno. It has always been Uno. It will always BE Uno. If the SEO and Readability options would allow me, I’d have just written “It’s Uno” and given it the same score.
Do you like Uno? Or perhaps hate the physical feel of cards? Is it possible that genuine human contact isn’t for you? Then digital Uno could be your salvation, my friend. Otherwise, take a browse of the digital libraries available to you and do something more interesting. Or whop out actual Uno cards and play this game how it should be played.
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