Reviewed by Wendy
What it is: [Mattel product description] UNO™ is the classic and beloved card game that’s easy to pick up and impossible to put down! Players take turns matching a card in their hand with the current card shown on top of the deck either by color or number. Special action cards deliver game-changing moments as they each perform a function to help you defeat your opponents. These include Skips, Reverses, Draw Twos, color-changing Wild and Draw Four Wild cards. You’ll find 25 of each color (red, green, blue, and yellow), plus the eight Wild cards, inside the 108-card deck. If you can’t make a match, you must draw from the central pile! And when you’re down to one card, don’t forget to shout “UNO!” The first player to rid themselves of all the cards in their hand before their opponents wins. It’s Fast Fun for Everyone!™
Brain Benefits: logic & reasoning, short-term and working memory, sustained attention, visual processing
What I love: UNO is one of the simplest games to play and yet so fun! Just match one of your cards by color or number to the face-up card on the pile. If you’re unable to play a card from your hand, take a new card. But things get exciting with special cards, like Skip, Reverse, Draw Two, Wild and Draw Four Wild, the latter two which let you change the current color to your choice of color. Yell “UNO!” when you only have one card left and collect points from your opponents’ leftover cards if you go out first. The first one to 500 points wins.
What I would change: Maybe add a holder for kids who have trouble fanning out and holding their cards when they start to accumulate.