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Uno Attack Randomness Improves The Fun

Reviewing: Mattel Uno Attack  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
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Uno Attack is one of the few games that everyone in our family will agree to play. We have a wide range of gaming abilities, and this is fun for everyone, at least for a few games.

This version is similar to, yet quite different from the familiar Uno game. There is a double deck of cards, similar to the regular Uno deck. After hands are dealt, the remainder of the deck is placed in a plastic launcher which is powered by batteries. Instead of the draw two or draw four cards in the standard game, if you play a “Hit” card the next player pushes a button on the launcher, and the machine will spit out anywhere from zero to a handful of cards. When you push the button there is an alarming beep. Other new plays are a card which allows you to change your complete hand for a new one, a card which requires everyone to play a card of a certain color, and a card which forces everyone to hit the launcher. There are still the “Skip” and “Reverse” cards, and the Wild Card. The randomness of the action makes this game much more exciting than the original.

The launcher unit is fairly sturdy, although we don’t have any small boys any more! It is a bit difficult to set the unit up if it has been stored in the box. The cover for the launcher has to be carefully forced to fit over the roller unit. If it is not attached properly the machine will not launch cards. This means that you may need to store the unit assembled if younger children will be using it often. This could be a real annoyance.

The cards have pictures as well as words, so even very young children can join in the game. If nothing else, it will teach you to be a good sport, since you may get no extra cards when you push the button, or you may get ten!

Everything associated with the batteries in this game is annoying. It takes 3 C batteries, which is an odd number since they come in packs of 2 or 4. It is also a less-used size, so that 4th battery just ends up being lost. The battery box must be opened with a phillips screwdriver, and the screws are long and must be completely removed. And since we play this only at Christmas when everyone is now home, we’ve found that we need new batteries each year. C batteries are also rather expensive!

So, with a game so random, and so governed by chance, I ask you, “Why is it that the middle son wins 3 out of every 4 games? “