When I was a kid, every Tuesday night was “Family Night”, which meant that we had to turn off the TV and do something together. Tuesday was chosen because it didn’t coincide with anybody’s favorite show. I’ll date myself a little to tell you that this was in the days before anybody had VCRs, so it was particularly important not to conflict with a really good episode of anything.
So we ended up sitting around a table and playing board games and card games. One popular choice was the card game UNO. It was great fun. My goal wasn’t necessarily to win, but more importantly to make my brother lose. Oh how I relished the moment when I could slap down the dreaded “Draw 4″ card in front of his turn.
When I saw that Concrete Software, makers of the smash hit “Aces Texas Holdem”, had come out with a version of UNO for BlackBerry, I immediately got a copy and indulged in a bit of nostalgia.
For those who don’t know, UNO is a card game where the goal is to get rid of all the cards in your hand before anyone else. Players take turns either laying down a card from their hand, or drawing one if they can’t. To play a card from your hand, you have to lay one down that’s either the same color, or the same number as the one that’s been discarded by the previous player. To mix things up, there are special cards like the wild card that matches any color, the reverse card which changes the direction of play, and the dreaded and aforementioned Draw 4, which makes the next player add 4 cards to his hand.
Game play on the mobile version is true to the original game. You play against 3 computer opponents, taking turns laying down cards. You can tell which cards in your hand are playable because they slide forward a little bit as your thumbwheel selector scrolls over them.
Selecting a Card for Play
Like all Concrete’s games, the graphics and interface of UNO are intuitive and well-done. There are some nice card animations as well as options for sound and vibration. You can also customize the game to change your avatar, the game background, and the game table.
Selecting the Next Color After Playing a Wild Card
While playing against the CPU was great fun, I did find myself longing to play against real people. The social aspect of UNO begs for a multi-player version, and my hope is that as network speeds increase, developers will create versions of these types of games that let me play against real people in real time.
If you like UNO, you will like this game. It offers a refreshing change from the typical card games available for mobile platforms. You can download a trial version or purchase the game at ConcreteSoftware.com.
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