UNO enhances the classic card game experience on your Android

by Caitlin M. Foyt

Gameloft has done a fantastic job digitizing one of the greatest family card games. UNO for Android is not only a perfect preservation of the original game, but it has also enhanced the overall experience by adding more gameplay modes, online play and even achievements.

If you're taking a quick poll, you may be hard pressed to find a person who doesn't like UNO. It's an easy game to teach and learn, people of all ages can play and the game never excludes anyone because it allows for so many players. If you're a fan of the original card game, chances are, you'll also love this version, too.

UNO for Android offers several different gameplay modes, which cater to whichever kind of game experience you could possibly be looking for: quickplay, tournament and multiplayer. You can choose to duke it out with an AI player, go up against whomever's siting next to you in the back seat, or play with people online.

The UNO live, online gaming experience is really what sets this app apart from other apps like it. You're able to drop into a game whenever you like, without issue, just like you might with a game of online poker. Even better, the gameplay experience doesn't have any noticable hiccups. It seems to work like a dream.

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Once you differentiate one gameplay mode from another, you'll find that UNO is a very easy app to navigate. It has a functional design, sharp graphics and fun sounds. The sounds, I think, add a little something special to the traditional gaming experience, but you can easily shut it off if you need to.

The games' controls are pretty simple to use, click and drag as though you would with any other Android game-- but I do have one minor complaint here. When it was my turn, regardless of what gameplay mode I was in, I would experience some difficulty trying to fish out the card I wanted. The app is designed to let you easily fan through your hand, but the cards can tend to stick together when you try to grab for a certain one. This can sometimes be frustrating.

UNO includes achievements depending upon how often you win. You can sometimes unlock new user icons or are awarded puzzle pieces, which makes winning even more rewarding than usual.

One other minor irritation I have with this game is the fact that flexibility with individual hands is limited. When I used to play the card game with my family members, I would often draw a new card to avoid playing my wild card, skip or reverse cards. These cards were my go-to strategy and safety net. Unfortunately, in this digital version, you don't have to option to draw new cards. You have to play the cards you have

This is the kind of game you can play again and again without getting bored. Whether you're just waiting for a bus or on a long road trip, it's a great addition to your app library.