You can play Uno on the Yahoo! site by clicking here.
Uno is a classic card game that can be great fun if you have a few friends to play with, but until now Uno cards were somewhat useless if you were alone. Luckily Yahoo! has taken the game and created an online version for you to play against some electronic foes.
Unfortunately the gameplay is not as easy to understand as we would like. The rules of Uno haven’t been changed so if you’re familiar with Uno, you’ll pick this up right away. If you haven’t played before then you’ll have a bit of a learning curve because Yahoo! doesn’t do the best job of getting you started with the game. If you have never played Uno before then I would recommend reading the somewhat lengthy instructions here. If you decide to forgo the instructions then you can jump right into the game and quickly read the in-game instructions. We’ve taken some screenshots of the in-game instructions so you can check them out in the images to the right.
You don’t have to be registered to play Yahoo’s version of Uno – you can click the button to get started immediately. Upon opening the game, you will be given a little over 40 seconds to read all the rules on two pages. The font is very small and is a gray on white text so it’s not real high contrast. Also, you are only given about 20 seconds to digest each page of instructions and there is no way to go back to them. Thus the game is neither Easy to Understand or Easy to See right off the bat.
Once you are on the game screen you will be introduced to some very high quality graphics that are colorful and pleasant to look at. Some people might find them distracting, but our only complaint is that the buttons didn’t stand out enough, which would have made them a little Easier to See. Everything on the screen has a 3D quality about it, but that doesn’t allow the buttons to stand out like we would hope.
The game moves pretty quickly and you electronic foes are pretty ruthless. I wasn’t able to pull out many wins, but it was fun to play a game I grew up with again.
Yahoo! really wants you to register to play the game and they go through great lengths to make you register. You can only play one round at a time if you aren’t registered and you are sent to a registration page after every round. Registration was quick and painless, but it is annoying that you can’t use your Yahoo account information to play and that you have to register a new games account to play their games. Once registered, you can pick from one of many game types to suit your desires.
The Cool Factor of this game would be much higher if Yahoo! just did a better job of letting you move through the game instructions at your own speed. Also, I can use my Yahoo! account to play fantasy sports games so why can’t I use it here?
What do you think of Yahoo’s take on Uno? Try it here.