Uno Review

Xbox One

Did Ubisoft do enough to bring you back UNO to the console?

Uno is one of the most popular card games of all time. Whether you play by the rules or make up a few of your own, everyone seems to have their own version of the game. Ubisoft takes those different versions and crams them into a video game.

You may be asking, isn’t there already a console version of Uno? The answer is, there was. Many moons ago, Microsoft released their own version of Uno as one of the first Xbox Live games available on the Xbox 360. It was one of the ways they enticed gamers to try out Kinect.146894549521

Now Ubisoft has bought the game back and added their own spin.

Graphics

Uno is not bad on the visual side considering that it’s just a card game. you can customize your cards however it’s not a lot of customizable options to choose from. It would have been nice to see more customizable options such as adding your own created theme. But at the end of the day, it’s still just a card game, so customizable options are not going to hurt the final product.

The Rabbid cards do add another flare. With the cartoon popping up from behind the deck of cards to stick a bomb to the deck, or rushing you to make a decision, it’s an added bonus to the game that makes it seem less boring at time.20160818125025.00_05_49_14.Still004

 

Gameplay

Outside of the Rabbid version of the game, its pretty boring. I’m still on the fence on whether its boring because of how slow the game is, or if it’s the players playing the game.

The old Xbox 360 version was much faster. So much so, that I could play a card while the previous player was still drawing 2. This current version of UNO is not going to break any speed barriers. You can skip a player and it takes a few extra seconds to pop up a skip graphic on the screen. Same goes for any card as a matter of fact. It slows down the game so much that its hard to complete a match without dozing off a few times.

It seems that Ubisoft may be giving players way too much time to even pick a card. Speeding up this process could make the game at least bearable.

One area where gameplay did shine was with the different modes. Specifically introducing the 7-0 mode. Simply put, if you play a 7 card, you can switch cards with anyone on the game. Play a zero card and you will switch cards with the player next to you. It’s a great addition to the game and helps keep players engaged.20160818125025.00_04_34_28.Still003

Team play also has a twist in UNO. You no longer have to assume what cards your teammate is holding. You can see them. So if my partner has UNO, and is sitting on a red card, I know if I hit the next guy with a Draw Four, I can select his color to win the game. Most would consider it cheating, and I agree, but it makes the game interesting.20160818125025.mp4.00_11_30_21.Still001

Summary

Uno is a fun game in itself. Whether your playing on console or with a live deck, it can be entertaining. Ubisofts job was to make it more enjoyable than what it already is, and it fails to hit the mark. UNO would be a decent game if it wasn’t for how incredibly slow it is. The older Xbox 360 version is much faster than the current gen version. The older version was also half the price.

If you literally have no one to play with, you can consider this game. But if you have a couple of buddies around,  it’s better to just pick up a deck at your local store.

 

Good

  • Fun game features
  • Online/Offline mode

Bad

  • Gameplay is extremely slow
  • Doesn't punish quiters
  • Takes a while to search for a game
  • A.I. makes way too many mistakes
6

Fair