Uno/Skip-Bo/Uno Free Fall Review
The developers of Uno / Skip-Bo / Uno Freefall appear to believe in truth in
advertising because the title tells you exactly what you get. The game is three
games in one, providing you with, you guessed it, Uno, Skip-Bo, and Uno
Freefall. Let’s look at each one of these in turn.
Uno is based on the card game of the same name which challenges players to be the first to get rid of all of the cards in his or her hand. A card can only be discarded on your turn if it matches the top card in the discard pile. Cards match if they’re the same color or number. If you don’t hold a matching card in your hand then you’re forced to draw another from the deck. Things are complicated a bit by special cards that can reverse the direction of play or force the next player to draw extra cards or miss his or her turn. Uno is a game that is perhaps 10% strategy and 90% luck, and has become popular as a family game due to its simple rules and enjoyable play. That being said, the electronic version of Uno lacks the whole family fun time, party atmosphere you get when playing the card game. Sure you can play the game wirelessly against other people, but why not just pull out the Uno deck instead? Still, if you can’t find other people to play this game does do a good job of providing you with some competition from its AI players.
I found myself spending a lot more time with Skip-Bo than Uno. Skip-Bo is played by dealing each player 20 cards in a pile and the object is to be the first player to empty his or her deck. Unlike Uno, only the top card in the deck can be played and you do not have the luxury of seeing which cards you have remaining. Cards are played from the deck by placing them into one of four community piles of cards in the middle of the table, and cards can only be played on top of a card with the preceding number – you can only play an “8” if there is a pile in the middle with a “7” on the top. Each player is also dealt enough cards at the beginning of his or her turn so that he or she will have five cards in his or her hand. These cards can be played into the middle in an attempt to make it possible to play the top card off of the deck, to block your opponent’s discard, or simply to get rid of the cards so that you can draw new ones next turn. Skip-Bo involves a greater degree of strategy than Uno, which is probably why it is more appealing when playing against the computer. It feels somewhat like a competitive version of solitaire in which you not only have to match cards to empty your deck, but need to look to block your opponents’ moves as well. If you enjoy solitaire style games you may find yourself getting hooked by Skip-Bo.
The last game included on the cartridge is Uno Freefall. This game is a departure from the other two in that it is a puzzle game rather than a card game. Uno Freefall resembles Tetris in that cards fall from the top of the screen and stack up on the bottom. The object is to eliminate the cards and prevent any of the stacks from reaching the top of the screen. Cards can be eliminated by matching three or more of them according to the rules of Uno. Things are made a bit more complicated by the inclusion of Uno cards which serve as blockers until a neighboring card is eliminated, turning the Uno card into a new card with a random color and number. If you’re lucky, then these new cards will match their neighbors and set off a cascade of card eliminations. Uno Freefall is enjoyable enough, and I can pretty much say if you like Tetris you’ll like Freefall and if you don’t, you won’t.
The game features some nice extras to round out the experience. You have several options of game styles for each game, such as playing to be the first to reach a given point total or playing for a set number of rounds. There are also a number of background and music options to add a little variety to the games. Finally, the game will track your stats in all of three modes so you can see how good a player you really are. My only real complaint with the game is that it can take a long time to finish a session because the cards are dealt rather slowly and the AI players are equally as slow in playing their cards. Overall though this is a nice little collection of games and is recommended to anyone who enjoys this sort of thing.
In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 78%. If Uno and Skip-Bo solitaire with a touch of Tetris thrown in sounds like your kind of thing, then you’re sure to enjoy this game.