If you are looking for a card game to enjoy with friends, try Uno! Each player starts with a hand of seven cards and on their turn tries to match one of their cards with the one face up in the center of the table. The first player to run out of cards wins the hand. The others count the points and the game continues until someone reaches 500. Once you have mastered the basic rules, try a few variations, so you don't get bored.
Method 1 of 2: Start Playing
Step 1. Shuffle the cards and deal seven to each player
Take a deck of One and shuffle all 108 cards, then deal seven to everyone, who must keep them face down.
Uno is a game for 2-10 players who are at least 7 years old
Step 2. Put the other cards in the center of the table
The deck must be covered. From here the players will draw cards during the game.
Step 3. Turn over the top card of the deck to start the game
Place it in the center of the table, uncovered. You will use it to start the game and it will make up the discard pile.
Step 4. Play a card of the same color, number or symbol as the face up card
The player to the left of the dealer may discard a card from his hand if it has the same color, number, word or symbol as the card that is face up in the center of the table. At that point the hand passes to the next player, who will have to do the same.
- For example, if the top card of the discard pile is a red 8, you can play all red cards or all 8s, regardless of color.
- The game usually proceeds clockwise.
if a player has a wild card, he can always discard it during his turn.
Step 5. Draw a card from the deck if you cannot play one
When it's your turn, but you don't have cards of the same color, number, or symbol as the first discard, draw one from the deck and add it to your hand. You can play it right away if possible.
If you cannot play the newly drawn card, the hand passes to the next player
Step 6. Pay attention to the action and wild cards
In addition to the normal Uno cards with numbers, there are three types of action cards. If you play a Joker, choose the color to use for the next hand. If you play a Draw 2, the player after you draws two cards and skips their turn. With Turn Change you reverse the sense of play, so it will be the turn of the person who played before you again.
- The Turn Change card has two arrows pointing in opposite directions.
- If you have a Stop card, which features a circle with a bar running through it, you can have the player after you skip the turn.
Did you know that?
: You can play a Joker Draw 4 like a normal Joker, but the player after you will have to draw 4 cards and skip the turn.
Step 7. You must say "One" when you have only one card in hand
Continue the game until one player is left with a card. At that point, he must say "One", or he will receive a penalty if another player notices the infraction.
If a player forgets to say "One", he receives 2 cards as a penalty, but only if one of the other participants notices the infringement
Step 8. Play the last card to win the hand
Once you have only one card left (and if you said "One"), wait for it to touch you again. If you can play your last card before another person runs out of it, you will win the hand!
- If you can't play your last card, draw another one and continue until one of the players runs out of cards.
- If you have a Joker, try to keep it as your last card. That way, you can be sure you can play it and win the hand!
Step 9. Count the points in each player's hand at the end of each hand
Whoever wins the hand earns a score equal to the cards of their opponents. Score points after each hand and continue the game until someone reaches 500 and is declared the winner.
The hand scores are as follows:
- 20 points for each Draw 2, Change Turn and Stop card in the opponent's hand
- 50 points for Jokers and Peaches 4
- The value of the numbered cards (for example an 8 is worth 8 points)
- You can also count the number of cards a player has after each hand and declare the first to reach 100 points the winner, even if this is a variant of the official rules.
Method 2 of 2: Simple Variations
Step 1. Play double cards to finish the game faster
If you prefer a faster, more dynamic game, allow players to discard more than one card in the same turn. This way the hands will finish in fewer turns.
- For example, if there is a yellow 3 on the table, a player may discard a yellow 7 and a red 3.
- If you prefer the game not to end faster, you can have players draw 2 cards each time they cannot discard.
Since the hands will be faster, you can raise the winner's points odds to 1,000 instead of 500.
Step 2. Customize the Wild Cards
If you are playing with a recently produced Uno deck, you will likely find three customizable Joker cards. To use them, write the rules yourself, in agreement with all the participants. At that point you can play them like the other Jokers. For example, try these custom rules:
- Everyone must draw two cards.
- The next player must sing a song or draw a card.
- Exchange 1 card with the player next to you.
Step 3. Swap your hand with another player if you have the Swap Hand card
This is another card recently added to Uno's decks. You can play it as a Joker and decide which player to steal the hand from.
For example, if you have this card, wait until the game is almost over, then steal the hand of the player with the fewest cards
Step 4. Play Uno on the Internet or on a console
Don't worry if you can't find friends to play with in person! You can easily find ways to play Uno online with a search. If you prefer, you can buy UNO's game on your PC or your console, such as PS4 or Xbox One.