There are many places you can find to play Uno other than buying a deck and playing at home. The internet, mobile community, and gaming systems offer a variety of choices that it would be almost impossible for you not to be able to find one you like. You can play for free online, download an app on your phone, or buy Uno (on a gaming system like Nintendo) for a reduced price.
The Nintendo DS is able to play Uno 52 which is a variation of Uno. You discard your cards just like in the original game, but the gameplay runs like poker. This means, after each hand, the player with no cards left shares his/her winnings with the best poker hand. This game is easy to understand for kids, and it is also a good travel game. The latest Nintendo able to play Uno is the Nintendo Switch, launched by Ubisoft in 2017.
On the Playstation Network you are able to create an avatar that can react emotionally, depending on the current gameplay going on. You are also able to enforce different rule sets and specific parameters along with being able to play with anyone from around the world. Playstation has different trophies you can achieve with each game they come out with. It’s more of a personal best and a comparison with your friends more than anything since there is no real use of the trophies.
Xbox Live has solid four player online support where you can join and leave a game at anytime and a computer stepping in to take over for real players that have left the game. They offer a good amount of rule customization and gives you the option to tweak several different variables. Competition sets in as the scoring system lets a game of Uno go on for multiple rounds and allowing a ranked competition mode. Xbox also has achievements like Playstation’s trophies. Again, they serve no real purpose other than a personal best or comparison with your friends.
Crazy Games : This site uses an old Flash program that loads up the classic Uno game and allows you to play against 2 other computer-controlled players. There is no multiplayer option to allow more than one human player, while the AI is not complex, and therefore – winning is pretty easy. However, for fans of Uno, it is still a decent way to get your dose of Uno online on desktop.
iPhone / iPad / Android
For mobile apps, the current official one is the one by Mattel163, simply named Uno. The link for it on Apple’s iTunes store is here, while the you can get it for Android over here. Previously, the license holder was Gameloft, but their license expired in January, 2019. Uno & Friends can still be played (if you still have a copy of the app on your mobile device), but their game servers will shut down on February 28, 2019.
Mattel163 now owns the rights to publish and modify the gameplay with their own version of Uno, although to their credit they have opted to maintain the classical rules and gameplay. The app is technically free to download and play (it uses its own In-App “token/coinage” system), but the Coins you can get every day may be a bit limited unless you can win constantly and earn/unlock enough rewards to keep going – or purchase them.
In terms of gameplay, the new Uno app lacks the Animal Companions and Boosts from Gameloft’s Uno & Friends, but it is still very engrossing and addictive, while sharing many similar features. Players who loved classical Uno will certainly love this app. There are no Boosts here to distort the effect of the Action cards, although there is a Fun Room where new rules apart from the classical rules can be tried out. Most players will likely be going for the Classic Mode, where you can choose to partner with someone (2 vs 2) or go it alone in 4-player games.
The 2 vs 2 mode in which you choose someone random or invite a friend to play with you, is one of the best features of this game as it emphasizes cooperation and increases the chances of winning. In this mode, both players in the same team can view each other’s cards. If two skillful players team up, they can definitely swing the winning odds more to their favor. On the other hand, the downside is if one is partnered with a newbie, or someone with less skill, or does not cooperate!
There are plentiful rewards in terms of Coins, Diamonds (the In-App currency used), Medals, Trophies, etc, for almost every little achievement in the game besides leveling up – and even rewards for getting hit by a string of Action cards or completing a tutorial game. All in all, this new Uno app is a worthy successor for the wildly popular but discontinued Uno & Friends app.
As said before, there are many places to play Uno, even varied versions of it. You can try Uno on a gaming system, online, or on a mobile app. If you feel you need the ultimate Uno experience, you can always play the game in all three ways!