Uno is one of those exciting card games from my childhood, and Mattel has developed a version for Facebook. Yes, you can log onto Facebook right now and play it. This fast-paced card game is waiting for you.
This new online version allows you to play with others, but does not allow you to choose who you play with. You cannot invite your friends, but that invite a friend feature is coming when the game is out of beta. For right now, you simply begin a game or join on already in progress.
If you have never played it, players take turns placing the same color or same number on the top of the pile. For example if the card on the top of the pile is a green two, the player can toss a green card or a two on the pile. If he or she does not have of those cards either a reverse, draw 2 or skip can be played as long as it is the same color.
You do not have to click card to draw them when you get a draw two or draw four they come automatically. You do however need to draw a card if you cannot play one in your hand. Then you can click pass, as the game will not let you draw multiple cards that way.
If you forget to press the say UNO button when you have one card left, you are tossed two cards. The game will even say UNO when you press it, so make sure your headset or speakers are not turned up loud.
There is also a chat feature within this game, but unless you like to talk to random strangers, the chat is not that much fun. As you can see in the screenshots with the blue and green backgrounds that chat feature is small, so it does not get in the way of the game.
There is no scoreboard that you can brag about outside the game; however after you finish the game it does tell who won. You can see in the screenshot with the red background, the scoreboard. A man named Gus won and I came in second because the other two players bailed on us, but only the winner was shown.
I would like this online version more if my friends could join me, but it does provide some fun if you like the game.
If a player has no cards to play, they can toss down a wild card or a draw four wild card. The draw four wild cards make the next player draw four cards so it can make the game exciting.
Merle Robbins who invented it for his own family to play introduced the game in 1971. It quickly caught on with friends and today sells many copies around the world. It is sold in stores around the nation, but now if no one at home wants to play, log into facebook to get your fix. It is a great game even if it is 38 years old.
Uno was a widely popular game back in my childhood and it was a family favorite any time of the year. Of course, it traveled with us on our vacations each summer, and is a game that multiple generations could play together.
I remember on particularly bad hailstorm we got one summer while camping. While pea size hail fell from the sky, the storm seemed not so bad because we all were playing our daily game of uno.