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The game of Uno is basically just that, it doesn't attempt to do anything original while restricting social features from the last version.
A fun and fast-paced card game is let down by limited online social interactivity.
UNO won’t change the way you play board games, but it’s also made a fairly good transition to the video game front – at least, a better one than the version offered in the previous generation.
Now out on the Nintendo Switch, Ubisoft's UNO does not reinvent the wheel in this reissue. Nevertheless its use of the Switch multiplayer function as well as adding 3 themed decks might be a good pick for families that never played the game on previous platforms.
The biggest barrier for people would be that not only is UNO cheaper to buy in its physical form, it also allows you to play proper competitive matches against friends and family, which isn’t possible on the Switch unless you have multiple consoles and multiple versions of the game. Playing this version of it does have its advantages, but whilst you can only play against the CPU and online on the digital version of UNO, there’s no reason why you couldn’t play a co-op match with the physical deck. But overall, if you are looking for a streamlined and easy to play version of the classic card game, then why not try your hand with UNO for the Switch.
With the very welcome addition of themed card decks - featuring Ubisoft characters - providing an additional flourish to the game, UNO for Switch is a digital recreation of the popular card game, which is all you can ask for.
The game takes inspiration from it's predecessor yet fails to do anything unique with it, so it you're itching for a match of Uno, your money is better spent towards buying a physical deck of the game.
With Uno, Ubisoft has taken an old classic and tweaked the formula just enough to make it feel fresh without losing the familiar, addictive gameplay that it's renowned for. It's just a shame that the social aspects that made previous iterations an entertaining, unpredictable place to hang out, have been completely neutered, leaving behind an online component that feels comparatively sterile.
As with many classic board and card games, Uno isn’t perfect. It’s driven by luck, games tend to go overlong, and Ubisoft’s no-frills approach is workable, but workmanlike. Despite that, I do really enjoy the core game of Uno in short bursts, and for people who regularly play online with family and friends (and can thus do away with the occasionally irritating random players), this is a great, low-cost way to spend a Saturday evening together when separated by distance.
The presentation is very neat; menus are slick and easy to both use and understand while the gameplay flows clearly and at a steady pace