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Uno is a very popular card game that has been in production since the 1970’s. It is very well known and is commonly played by young and old alike. Often seen at parties, reunions, or family gatherings, Uno is often the center of a squabble among family members.
The game of Uno is based on players discarding cards from their hand until they are out of cards. The first person to play their last card wins the hand.
Points are tallied up, and the race to the target score begins.
Uno the card game was developed to be played by anywhere from two to ten people. So you can absolutely play Uno with just two people however it often isn’t as fun as playing with a lot of people.
The only real change in Uno with two players is how the “reverse” card affects play. Instead of reversing the order of play, it is treated like a “Skip.”
However one thing that can make playing with two people not as much fun is the fact that it can easily become monotonous and even annoying.
Imagine one player is dealt with a couple of skips or draw cards. They can easily stack them up making it their turn over and over again which takes a lot of the fun out of the game.
Uno is a relatively easy game for anyone to learn the rules and it also has a fairly quick pace; although, some games can last hours if players are perceptive and get the right cards to play.
One thing that is very common at any table that has a game of Uno going would be the house rules.
Like Monopoly, not many people actually stick to the rules as written by the publishers of Uno. From stacking to jumping in, almost everyone who plays has something unique to their family.
So make sure you clarify the rules at the start of the game.
To see all of the different Uno editions and spin-offs currently available you can click here.
Can You Play Two Cards In Uno? (And other common house rules)
Uno the game was written and originally published by Merle Robbins. In the 1970’s, Mr. Robbins would have never imagined that the rules to his simple game would get so out of hand.
Usually when a game is made, the rules are followed so that, at the end of the game, there is a winner. With Uno, the rules seem to only be an initial suggestion on how to play the game.
Though the official rules are shipped with every set of Uno cards, my guess is there are very few homes that actually use all of them.
Some common house rules include: Stacking, Seven-0, and Jump-In.
Although some people have accepted the ruling that you can play multiple cards of the same type, the official rules only allow you to play one card at a time.
Another widely used Uno house-rule (Progressive Uno) was the topic of a Twitter post by Mattel in 2019. It was through this social media platform that Mattel made it clear that you can’t get out of drawing cards once a draw two has been played by throwing another on top.
With Uno, it is sometimes hard to know what rules are legit and what rules you have always played by. My guess would be that most people have never actually read the rules, and the variation of random house-rules grows daily because of it.
How to Play Uno (The Official Rules)
Uno consists of 108 cards with four colors, and two different “wild” cards. The majority of the cards are numbered zero through 9 in each color (Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow)
Each color also contains two Skip, Reverse, and Draw Two cards. Finally, there are four “Wild” and four “Wild Draw Four” cards.
At the beginning of play, the cards are shuffled and each player is dealt seven cards face down, and then the next card in the deck is flipped over into the “discard” pile. Once each player’s hand is full and the first card is in the discard pile, play will begin to the left of the dealer.
On your turn, you will have a few options.
First, you can play a card from your hand. That card must match the top card in the discard pile in either color (red, yellow, green, or blue) or value (equal number or similar action card).
Second, you can play a “wild” or a “wild draw four”. Once you play one of these cards, you can select a new color for players to continue with.
Lastly, you can draw a card from the deck. After the card is drawn, you can place it on the discard pile if it would be a legal play. Otherwise, it is added to your hand and the next player’s turn begins.
Play continues this way until a player plays their last card and they are the winner for the hand.
Each player will now count up the points in their hand and the score keeper will tally the points and add it to the winner’s score. The first player to reach 500 points wins the game.
There are five unique cards that affect the way a round is played. They are:
When this card is played, the next player in turn is skipped. If this is the first card on the discard pile, the player to the left of the dealer is skipped.
When this card is played, the direction of play is reversed. If this is the first card on the discard pile, the dealer plays first and play continues to his right.
3- Draw 2
The next player draws two cards and loses their turn. If this is the first card on the discard pile, the player to the left of the dealer draws two cards and misses a turn.
The player that lays this card declares the color to be played by the next player. If this is the first card on the discard pile, the player to the left of the dealer selects the color to be matched.
5- Wild draw 4
The player that lays this card declares the color to be matched, and the next player draws four cards. This card can only be played legally if you have no cards of the current color. If this card is the first in the discard pile, return it to the deck and shuffle. Then flip a new card.
Another unique rule in Uno, is when a player plays their next-to-last card, they must call “uno” as a warning to other players that they are almost out.
If the player does not call uno when laying down their next-to-last card, and is caught before the next player in sequence takes a turn, they must draw two cards as a penalty.
The final rule that many forget is when someone plays the “wild draw four”, the following player can challenge its use.
The player that used the draw four must show that player their hand and if they have a matching color, the challenged player draws four cards instead. If the challenge is wrong, the challenger draws six cards instead of four.
Uno is a classic game that can be enjoyed by as few as two players or many more if you combine a few decks. It is easy to learn, and can be a very social game at a party.
With all the different house rules and variations of the game available, there are undoubtedly hours of fun-filled play available to you and your family and friends.