This page is part of the Invented Games section of the Card Games web site. It is a collection of variations of the commercial card game UNO.
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After my gaming group had played UNO for a couple of years straight, weinvented this version of UNO out of boredom and found that it actuallyworks after a fashion: Standard UNO rules, only the cards are dealtface up and kept visible. There's considerable strategy involved whenyou know who holds the Reverse and Draw 4 cards.
Contributed by Frank Soukey ([email protected])
This is similar to the 'Uno From Hell' version of Uno.
As in Uno From Hell, special cards can be stacked on each other to avoid having to draw the cards. The variants for Cut-Throat Uno are:
For example: four players at the cardinal points, play is clockwise.
North plays a yellow Draw Two initiating a draw stack. East then plays a green Draw Two, passing four to South. South counters with a GREEN (Color matters!) Skip. The draw then skips South and is given to West, not North. West follows with a blue Skip. North counters with a blue Reverse. West plays a blue Draw Two leaving South to draw six cards. South has three blue number cards but no blue special cards so she slaps a Wild Draw Four on the stack and calls green. East has no green specials left and no Wild Draw Four's so, sadly, he draws ten cards, closing the stack. North returns to normal play with a green Reverse. Now East has a green special card so he plays a green Skip. It is now West's turn.
Note: We often played three player Cut-Throat and found it to be particularly vicious. The special cards weren't spread so thin so the draw stacks got quite large. The draw record in my circle was thirty-two! I know because I got stuck with it.
Contributed by Isaac Kuo ([email protected])
I was reading your web page about the rules to different card games,and thought you might be interested in an 'Eights group' type game which me and my brother made up.
We called it 'Deadly Uno', and it's basically just Uno played with normal cards, but with one major difference. If you can't play a card, you LOSE and immediately drop out of play (rather than merely drawing a card). The only ways to draw cards are if someone plays a 'Draw 2' or 'Draw 4 Wild' on you (in our variant, 2's represented Draw 2 and Jokers represented Draw 4 Wild), or someone calls out 'Uno' when you have only 1 card left.
This makes the individual games very quick and exciting (to us), because there are now 2 ways to win. Either get rid of all your cards or be the last person who hasn't lost. It also makes the question of whether or not to say 'Uno' when someone has only 1 card left a bit more puzzling.
I have a feeling this variation would work well with any 'Eights group' card game. It would certainly make any such game quicker!
A Slovenian Uno variation, contributed by Wei-Hwa Huang ([email protected])
See also the Slovenian Advanced Uno rules by Jure Leskovec.
When I was at the last World Puzzle Championship, I played a game called 'Ena' with the members of the Slovenian team (and other people). 'Ena' is apparently Slovenian for 'One', and the special deck was similar to an 'Uno' deck. It was quite worn.
I do not know if these are the official rules or just those used by the group I played with.
The game was similar to 'Uno'. Here are the differences:
Uno variation using at least two decks - one deck altered to make more special cards, featuring a lot of gratuitous strong language and profanity. From the Hot Death Uno page of BoardGameGeek you can download rules of the game and instructions for making the extra cards.
se-no-fee-uh ([email protected]) writes: 'My friends & i invented this tournament version of Uno while bored and trapped out in Ohio with nothing else to do. The rules of the game are pretty simple (yet they can get kinda complicated)..'
The first game is played using the official Uno rules (right out of the box the cards came in). The game ends as soon as the 1st person loses all of their cards. This person now becomes the 'uno master' and gets to create a new rule for the next game. Rules can run from the functional kind to the crazy kind - The only limit is your imagination.
The winner of the next game then gets to add on a rule of their own for the next game (or maybe just banish the previous one). The game is usually played in ten rounds (that's a lot of rules) before the slate iswiped clean. You can play in five rounds if you're a wimp!
try to avoid rules that will slant the game in an unreasonably unfair way - the group can veto a cheating rule. Still, any unresolved issues from aprevious game can cause you to be the victim (ex: everytime someone puts down a yellow four YOU <specifically> have to pick up four cards)
You will never get bored with uno again because everytime you play it will be a new adventure.
Contributed by Ronda
Two friends and I love planning Uno. I can OCCASIONALLY talk them into playing with some non-traditional rules. We each get to contribute one additional rule for R-M-D Uno (the first initials of each of our names.) By the way, they hate my rule (see ADD IT UP), but I think it really rocks!
Assume standard UNO rules. Add the following:
Contributed by David Swart ([email protected])
This is a wonderful game that can get dizzily confusing.
Similar to Deadly Uno, Speed Uno, follows the regular rules of Uno, with one major difference.
During play, if you have the same card as the one lying at the top of the pile (same colour and same number/word) you can play it before the next person plays his card, and then the play continues from you.
A few notes:
David Rutter contributed the following additonal / alternative rules for Speed Uno.
Contributed by S D Rhodes ([email protected])
This is essentially a variant of the 'Stacking' version of Uno. For those who are unfamiliar with it, in regular 'Stacking' Uno, Draw Two cards can be stacked on each other to avoid having to draw the cards (and to 'spread the love'). If the player preceding you plays Draw Two, and you have a Draw Two in your hand, you may play your Draw Two on top of his, and the person after you must draw four cards, unless, of course, he plays a Draw Two, in which case the person after him must draw six, unless he plays a Draw Two, etc.
The variant for Uno from Hell is this: ANY WORD CARD CAN BE STACKED ON ANY OTHER WORD CARD. The 'word cards' are simply any non-numeric card: Draw Two, Reverse, Skip, Wild, and Wild Draw Four. Color is irrelevant: putting a Red Skip on top of a Green Reverse is a perfectly legal play. If it's your turn and the top card is a Wild Draw Four with Blue being the announced color, you are nevertheless free to play a Red Draw Two on top of it. All cards serve their normal purpose -- Reverse reverses the direction, Skip skips over a player, and Wild changes the base color (although this doesn't matter much since the next player is free to play a word card of a different color on top of it). Any time a Draw card (be it a Draw Two or a Wild Draw Four) is played, its value is 'stacked' to the total. The first person unable to play a word card is the poor sap who gets to draw however many cards (the record in my circle of friends is twenty-four).
EXAMPLE OF PLAY: Four players are playing; for convenience, call them North, East, South, and West. Play is passing to the left. North plays a Red Draw Two. East must play a word card or draw two. East then stacks a Green Draw Two on it. Now South must play a word card or draw four. South plays Yellow Skip; now North must play a word card or draw four. North plays a Blue Reverse; now West must play a word card or draw four. West plays a Wild Draw Four and calls Green; now South must play a word card or draw eight. South plays a Red Draw Two (he is free to ignore the 'Green' because he is playing a word card); now East must play a word card or draw ten. East plays a Blue Skip; now West must play a word card or draw ten. West again plays a Wild Draw Four and again calls Green; now South must play a word card or draw fourteen. South lays a Wild on top and calls Blue; East must play a word card or draw fourteen. East now ignores the called color and plays a Yellow Reverse. South can not play a word card, so he must draw fourteen cards. It is now West's turn. Because a Yellow Reverse is on top, North may play any yellow card or any word card.
Contributed by Diana Crain ([email protected]).
In this game you need two uno decks. You play like normal, except that when you play any #2 card, you give the next player 2 cards out of your hand.
Contributed by Allen J Price ([email protected])
The game follows normal rules of play, with other variations and such added as desired. However, the play does not end when someone plays their last card ('goes out'). Instead, the person responsible for allowing that player to go out is eliminated from the game.
The responsible player is the person who played the immediately previous card to the pile (this is not necessarily the person next to the one who went out). The responsible player must now give all of his or her cards to the player who went out. The responsible player is eliminated from the game, and the other players continue playing. This continues until only one player is left in - the winner.
So the way to win the game is never to play a card that allows the next player to go out. If you can go out yourself, so much the better, as this eliminates one of the other players, whose cards you then inherit.
Contributed by Moonbeam ([email protected])
All the regular rules apply, accept the player takes 20 cards to start with. They then hold the cards as a stack and go through them one by one, putting down whichever one is applicable. 'Skip' and 'Reverse' obviously have no use other than to conveniently change the colour. When one encounters a 'Draw Two' or 'Draw Four', they draw the cards and put them in their pile from the back/bottom. When they're sure that none of the cards they have will work for the next play, they start drawing cards, putting them on the top of their pile and keep drawing until they find a usable card, then continue with their own stack as before. You win the game when you use up all your cards.
Contributed by Paul Bryant ([email protected]), who writes:
I believe the rules that I use are the natural evolution to the game. The new rules are simple, but make the game play much better. I know for a fact that my University of Leeds (UK) friends have spread it around the county, and even to a international Christian mission in South Africa - so who knows where it is being played now?
Contributed by Bryan Brady ([email protected]), who has named it after the person who taught it to him.
As in other variations, Draw Two and Draw Four cards are cumulative.
Ex: Player1 plays a Draw Two on Player2. Player2 has a Draw Two and plays it, Player3 must now draw four, unless of course they have a Draw Two also, then Player4 would draw six and so on. I have seen this bite the person who started it :) Same applies to the Draw Four cards. The last person to play the Draw Four chooses the color.
Match: If you have the exact card played, you can play it out of turn before the next person plays.
Ex: Player1 plays a Red 7, it's now Player2s turn, but Player4 has a Red 7 so he yells 'MATCH' and plays it before Player2 gets the card down. If Player2 happened to have beaten Player4 to the punch Player4 gets to keep his Red 7.
This only works with the exact card, i.e. a blue 7 wouldn't be a match. There are only 2 of everything in a single deck. Obviously if you play with multiple decks this could get nasty.
0 Switch: If a player plays a 0 he can switch cards with anyone. The switchee doesn't get a vote on this one. Sometimes we play that the switchee can prevent this by playing a 0 (out of turn if necessary). As there are only 4 0s in a single deck this is rather rare.
Wild Winning: Since a wild is a lame way to win we usually play that you can't win on a wild.
Ex: If the last card in your hand is a wild, you draw a card. Simple. This adds a degree of strategy to the game.
Contributed by Charles ([email protected])
Here's a variation which can make the end of a hand dramatic - if the winner of the hand goes out with a +2 or +4, the next player in turn has to pick up the 2 or 4 cards and count them towards his/her total.
With this variation, it's quite possible to nail someone with a lot of points they can't get rid of.
Contributed by Steve Beard
This version requires using the two blank cards from your original Uno set. Draw your own design for the face of the card (same on both). I've chosen a Cartoon House, with the four standard colors splitting the house into four quarters (like a wild), with a black background (because they are Specials) and 'House' written (with a tiny house shape in the four colors below it) in the top left and bottom right corners.
The way these are used is:
House Rule Card rule choices are almost limitless, but can include:
Bounce - Plays like a Wild, allowing color change, and when played against a Draw 2 or Wild Draw 4, also makes the player who played the Draw card pick up the required number of cards instead. Play then continues on as normal. Can be used as the final card.
Big Skip - Plays like a Wild, allowing color change, and skipping everyone else, giving the player a second turn. Can be used as the last card.
Absorb - Plays like a Wild, allowing color change, and also requires the player with the least amount of cards to take one card from the player on the left, one card from the player on the right and pick up one card from deck. If two players have the same number of cards when played, the card acts like a plain Wild. Can be used as the final card.
X-Ray - Plays like a Wild, allowing color change, and also allows the person who played the card to see the hand of a player they nominate. They are not permitted to tell the rest of the competing players. Play continues on as normal. Can be used as the final card.
Reveal - Like X-Ray, except that a chosen player must reveal all of their cards to the rest of the players. Can be used as the final card.
My Turn - Plays like a Wild, allowing color change. This card can be played by the player who is being 'Skip'd or 'Reverse'd against. It allows the player of the card to negate the effect of the previously played card. Play then continues in the original direction as normal. Can be used as the final card.
My Turn Plus - Same as My Turn, and allows the player to have their turn also (i.e.: they play another card after the House Rule Card).
NO!- A combination of Bounce and My Turn rules, it stops the effects of Skip, Reverse, Draw 2 and Draw 4 cards, as well as being Wild. Cannot be used as the final card.
Swap Hands - Player chooses another player to swap hands with. Cannot be used as final card (think about it!). This one comes from Mattel's 'Uno Attack'.
Double Skip - As it says.
X - A card that can be played as any color and number. Can be used as final card.
Snap! - This card plays exactly the same as the card previously played onto the discard pile. Can be used as final card. e.g.: Snap! becomes a Green Draw 2 if played onto a Green Draw 2.
Super House Wild - The dealer chooses a combination of the rules your house currently allows for the House Rules card. The card has all the powers named by the dealer simultaneously. Cannot be used as the final card.
Feel free to invent your own rules for the House Rule Card (and let me know how yours works)
Disclaimer: I have gleaned the 'Absorb' and 'X-Ray' cards (They're called 'SuperAbsorbancy' and Secret Recipe') from Spongebob Uno Special Edition and All New Special Edition, by Sababa Toys.
Contributed by Kylewho writes: 'This is my favorite game, and i want everyone to play it.'
This version, contributed by Jonny Oakland ,has the following differences from the published rules.
The following extra rules are recommended for advanced players.
Example: West plays [Green 4]; North is about to play .. but misses their turn because .. East slides in another [Green4]. Now South continues play as normal.
Example. Play is clockwise. West plays [Yellow CD] changing to anti-clockwise. It should now be South's turn but before he or she can play East slides in another [Yellow CD] changing back to clockwise. North effectively misses a go because East's card sets the direction back to clockwise. South continues play as normal.
In February 2007, Johnny Oakland contributed the following modifications:
The new Uno decks contain a blank card of each colour. We have adapted our rules to accommodate these new cards:
Online wager sites. In the 'advanced' rules above, a blank card acts as a 'pass the penalty' card. For example, the +2's are going down and mounting up to make you pick up and you don't have another +2, but instead you have a blank you can play the card to pass the penalty on to the next player, who may then continue play as normal by picking up, playing a +2 or playing another blank.
The coloured blanks come into play with the same rules as above but, when a blank is played, the colour is changed to the suit of that card. Blanks are playable any time on any card.
Example: Player 1 plays a green 7, Player 2 plays a blue blank, Player 3 must now play either a 7 or a blue or a blank or a black to continue play.
Coloured blanks are worth 100 at the end of the game but, if you have the blank of the suit of the card that game play finished upon, then the blank is worth 200 points!
Example: Player 1 finishes the game on a yellow 3. Player 3 has the yellow blank in his hand so instead of the normal 100 points for a blank he takes 200 instead.
This partnership version of Uno, contributed by Wayne Shaw is for four players in fixed partnerships, players sitting opposite their partners.
Normal Uno rules are used, but with all cards face up. Each player's hand is laid out on the table and the drawing stock is stacked face up so that the next card to be drawn can be seen. It is legal to draw a card even if you had a card in your hand of the required color that you could have played.
'Draw 2' cards can be played cumulatively: when a 'draw 2' card is played, the next player can play another 'draw 2' card instead of drawing, in which case the following player must draw 4 cards unless he or she can also play a 'draw 2' card, requiring 6 cards to be drawn, and so on.
A team wins as soon as one member of the team runs out of cards.
This variant, contributed by Shane Traceski ,was developed on a research boat returning from the Chukchi Sea.
It is based on the standard game with 7 cards dealt to each player.
During each player's turn, a player can discard as many cards as legally possible according to the following rules.
Here is an example of a legal play:
Green reverse ; green +2 ; red +2 ; red skip ; red 6.
In this case the person that the game was reversed to will draw 4 cards and then be skipped.
blue 6 ; blue 9 ; wild ; red 2 ; red 7 ; red 3 ; wild+4 ; yellow 8 ; yellow +2 ; yellow 5 ; green 5.
This forces the next player to draw 6 cards. Note that on top of the wild +4 any card can be played.
Another example: If a person has called UNO having only a +2 card, this person will need to draw from the pile next turn even if the +2 is of the same color as the top card in the discard pile, since the game cannot end with a face card on top of the pile.
Rule 4 requires some explanation. If a player plays two consecutive cards of the same number but different colors, this is known as a Traceski color change' or 'wild pair'. This is used to change the color being played. The bottom card of the 'wild pair' must be the color as the top card in the discard pile. Three or more cards of the same number can be played so long as no 2 cards of the same color are played consecutively after the first card of the set.
After any 'wild pair' or extension of it is played, it will end the players turn because of rule 4.
For example if the top card is blue and you play blue 7, blue 4, red 4, green 4, you cannot then carry on with more green cards, though you could play another non-green 4 to create a top hat.
A 'baptism' is a reverse card is followed by a Turkey of sixes. In the event of a baptism gifts are given, meaning all players attending the 'baptism' will draw one card from the deck.
Contributed by Linda Stahnke
Players agree on the target score to win the game, for example 500 or 1000. In addition to the basic UNO rules, the following additional rules apply:
Contributed by Danny Bruggeling
This is played with a standard deck of Uno cards dealt out as usual, but players must hold their cards with their backs towards them, so that all other players can see them, but no one can see the faces of their own cards.
Uno is now played by the normal rules, except that on your turn you must choose a card from someone else's hand and play it. If no one else has a playable card, the player whose turn is next must draw a card without looking at it and add it to their hand. If it is playable you must play it for them.
A draw card affects the player whose turn is next after the person who plays it (not the person after the player who held the card). As usual a wild draw 4 card can only be played if no other playable card is visible. A skip card skips the player whose turn to play would have been next after the person who plays the skip card.
A player who has only one card left must call 'UNO' - if they fail to do so they are penalised as in the normal game. The game ends as usual when a player wins by having no cards in their hand at the end of a turn. This will be a pleasant surprise for the winner, since they will not have known what their last card is or whether it is playable.
Note that if you have only one card in hand and the player immediately before you plays it, you do not win if it is a draw card. Instead you have to draw cards as specified by the played card and miss your turn, and the game continues.