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Uno: one card game to rule them all

posted Feb 16, 2017, 5:13 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Robby Timmler, Staff Writer

Posted February 16, 2017

Uno is a card game that has been around since 1971.  Uno was made by Merle Robbins from Reading, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati).  When his family started playing more and more, he raised $8,000 dollars to be able to make 500 decks of Uno for sale. Merle then started selling it in his barber shop and eventually, local businesses started selling them too. Merle then sold the rights of Uno to a group of friends headed by Robert Tezak for $50,000 dollars plus royalties of 10 cents per game. After that, Robert made International Games, Inc and in 1992, International Games, Inc became part of the Mattel company.

The rules of Uno are simple: flip the first card on top of the deck. Whatever color or number the card is what you have to match your card to. If you don’t have a card that matches with the color or number you could play a Wild, Wild Draw Four, or pick from the deck. If you pick a card from the deck that’s playable you can play it right away, if not you just put it in your hand. The goal of Uno is to be the first person to get rid of all their cards, but when you're down to one card you have to shout Uno, if not and you get caught you have to pick 2 from the deck. Cards that can be used to stop your opponents are Skips, which skips the next person’s turn, Draw 2, which makes the person after you have to pick 2 cards and miss their turn, and Reverse, which switches the rotation of who gets to play.

Uno is fun for the whole family and can get very competitive at times, while still remaining super fun. Uno rates 10/10 stars.