Everyone knows UNO. The foolproof card game for lazy summer afternoons and car travel timewasting is available to download for your Android handset. It’s pretty much the same as the real thing expect with added digital pizzaz.
We’ve many a fond memory of family games of UNO played after a lush Sunday roast, so it was with some trepidation that we approached the official UNO app. We needn’t have worried.
While no board game app really succeeds in capturing the dynamic of cramming four players round a table and the heated competitiveness that ensues, this coloured card adaptation is better than most of its similar brethren. UNO works in part because the game is so universal, matching colours or numbers is a concept anyone can pick up and get hooked on in seconds.
The app is split into single and multiplayer modes, so you can get your UNO fix in pretty much every way possible. In single player you’re simply pitted against computer bots of ever-increasing intelligence. In fact, by the time you’re up to the Hard setting whether you win or not seems to come solely down to a matter of luck. Then again this is a game significantly based on chance.
The multiplayer modes are well executed, allowing for online, local and pass & play gameplay. This means even if you’ve got no friends and have been disowned by your parents and siblings, you should be able to find someone to play this app with. Online mode is especially good, although you’ll need to sign up to a free Gameloft account before you can log on.
So is UNO on your Android as good as its card game cousin? Of course not, but it is a worthwhile download if you’ve got some kids to keep occupied or don’t want to tax yourself with anything more complicated.