Classic Uno was created in 1971 by Merle Robbins, a barber from Ohio. The game was born out of a desire to provide his family with a fun and engaging card game to play together. What started as a homemade card game quickly gained popularity among friends and family, leading Robbins to produce a commercial version of Uno. In 1972, Uno was officially launched, and it has been entertaining players ever since.
Uno's rules are refreshingly straightforward, making it accessible to players of all ages. Here's a quick overview:
Objective: The goal of Uno is to be the first player to play all of your cards. The player who accomplishes this shouts Uno! to indicate they have one card left.
Deck: Uno is played with a deck of 108 cards. This deck consists of four color suits (red, yellow, green, and blue), each with cards numbered from 0 to 9, along with special action cards.
Action Cards: Special action cards include Skip, Reverse, and Draw Two, which add an exciting twist to the game. Wild cards and Wild Draw Four cards allow players to change the color of play.
Gameplay: Players take turns playing a card that matches the top card on the discard pile in either number, color, or symbol. If a player can't play a card, they must draw from the deck. The game continues clockwise.
Special Rules: Players can strategically use action cards to skip opponents, reverse the direction of play, or force others to draw cards. Wild cards allow them to change the color in play.
Winning: The first player to play all their cards shouts Uno! and wins the round. Points are scored based on the remaining cards in other players' hands, and the game can be played over multiple rounds.