UNO & Friends Review

UNO & Friends Review

Jun 12, 2013

UNO & Friends is a re-polished take on the classic shedding-type card game that tosses in some interesting new features and multiplayer functionality.

The standard gameplay applies. Play commences against three other players, each player being dealt seven shuffled and random cards from a deck of four colors (yellow, green, blue and red). The rest of the cards, face down for surprise chance effect, make up the deck and the topmost deck card is turned over and becomes the starter card. The first player then places a card that matches the color or rank of the starter card; each succeeding player then takes a turn in clockwise fashion, also trying to play a card that matches the last card played. If a player does not have a card to play can take it from the bank; if it is playable, it has to be played immediately. The first player to play all uno1his/her cards wins.

What this game does well is to present the cool parts of the game (the wild and action cards) in an enhanced state. In “real” UNO, there a special cards which can alter the gameplay significantly. They can force detrimental actions from other players, like drawing extra cards or reversing direction of the play. In this game, it is possible to enhance these actions with power-ups.

The feature I liked the most was the multiplayer functionality. Linking was a bit temperamental, but when it was connected, it was a lot of fun, even though I was not a fan of the linking to Facebook that is required to play mulitplayer. It is possible to jump into a random game, or invite friends to table or join one that has been extended. I did think this part of the game was a bit clunky.

The colors are very reminiscent of the original game; I like that that was not tinkered with, but I am not blown away; blame Gameloft itself for creating high expectations. The pre-game music takes some getting used to as well. A lot of stuff is customizable… for a prize (game coins or real).

All in all, I think the game has a lot of potential. It could be much more with a few tweaks (again, “independent” multiplayer), and I hope Gameloft soups up more with updates.

Gameloft Releases Uno Free to Android Market

Gameloft Releases Uno Free to Android Market

Dec 12, 2011

Gameloft has launched a free version of the perennially-popular Uno card game on the Android Market. Uno Free is an ad-supported version of the game, with support for up to 4 players in the game’s multiplayer mode, over local wifi, Bluetooth, or online wifi play. This is part of a wider Gameloft push into free games, from their previous “Free+” releases and the new Brothers in Arms 2 Free+ game that was released recently on  Android Market. Gameloft’s PR has indicated that they are experimenting with this business model, and Uno’s new free version is a big part of this push. It’s one of the most popular franchises that Gameloft has, with some of their biggest casual appeal, so it makes sense for them to try and push this title as a free game. Freemium and free to play are business models that big publishers may need to exploit for continued success in the mobile market, and Gameloft appears committed to work at this model. Uno Free is now available from the Android Market.

UNO Review

UNO Review

Jul 15, 2011

The wildly popular card game UNO has made its way to a number of digital platforms over the past few years, and recently, the Android OS has been added to the lengthy list of platforms supporting it. Does the classic card game work well on the Android platform, or should you hand it the skip card? Read on to find out.

If you’ve made it to the point in your life where you own an Android device, but you’re unfamiliar with the classic card game UNO, it’s time to sit down and seriously evaluate the direction your life has taken, but we’ll go over the rules real quick just to be on the safe side. Each game of UNO starts with a card face up on the table, and the first player has to throw down a card of the same color, or number. Each player repeats this process until someone gets down to one card, at which point they have to shout “UNO”. If they don’t call it, any other player can challenge their UNO, and force them to draw two more cards.

Special cards can be thrown down to spice things up. Any card thrown down will affect the next player in rotation. So, if a player throws down a draw two card, the next player will have to take two more cards into their hand.

So, now that the three of you who just emerged from the cave you’ve been living in all your life (thanks for visiting this site before doing anything else by the way) know how to play UNO, let’s address the real question here – does it work well on the Android platform? For the most part, the answer is “yes”. To play a card, you just have to tap it, then drag it to the pile in the center of the virtual table. If you need to challenge someone else’s UNO, just tap the challenge button that pops up before it goes away.

If you’re just looking to squeeze in a few single player games of UNO when you have some free time, you won’t do much better than UNO for Android. If you’re looking to play UNO with your friends, you’re better off picking up a deck of UNO cards instead of dropping three bucks on this app. There’s no online multiplayer, and the local multiplayer has you passing your phone around the room to each player.

UNO is a lot of fun, but the lack of online multiplayer is kind of a bummer. Still, if you want to squeeze in a quick game of UNO while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store, this app is the way to go.