Setup: The game is for 2-10 players ages 7 and over. Every player starts with seven cards, and they are dealt face down. The rest of the cards are placed in a pile face down. Next to the pile a space should be designated for a discard pile. The top card should be placed in the discard pile, and the game begins!
Game Play: The first player (normally the youngest player) views his/her cards and tries to match the card in the discard pile. You have to match either the number/type or the color, for instance if the discard pile has a red card that is an 8 you have to place either a red card or a card with an 8 on it. If the player has no matches they must draw a card.
There are two different ways to play regarding drawing new cards. The Official Uno Rules states that after a card is drawn the player can discard it if it is a match, or if not, play passes on to the next player. The other type is where players continue to draw cards until they have a match, even if it is 10 times. The game continues until a player has one card left. The moment a player has just one card they must yell UNO. If they are caught by another player, the player must draw two new cards. Once a player has no cards remaining the game is over, points are scored, and the game begins over again.
Cards: Besides the number cards there are several other cards that helps mix up the game. “Reverse” – If going clockwise, switch to counterclockwise or vice versa. “Skip” – When a player places this card, the next player has to skip their turn. “Draw Two” – When a person places this card, the next player will have to pick up two cards. ” Wild” – This card represents all four colors, and can be placed on any card. The player has to state which color it will represent for the next player. It can be played regardless of whether another card is available. “Wild Draw Four” – This acts just like the wild card except that the next player also has to draw four cards. With this card you must have no alternative cards to play.
Scoring: When a player no longer has any cards and the game ends, he receives points. All opponents cards are given to the winner and points are counted. All number cards are the same value as the number on the card (a 9 is 9 points) “Draw Two” – 20 Points “Reverse” – 20 Points “Skip” – 20 Points “Wild” – 50 Points “Wild Draw” – 50 Points The first player to 500 points wins the game.