Uno Flash : very first of all, what exactly is UNO flash? We all know what UNO is, it is a card game we have been playing since years especially on trips or sleepovers with friends and family. Uno Flash is, however, alien to us who have been playing only the original UNO. So what do you think it is?
How is it different from our UNO that we have been playing since our childhood?
Uno Flash Rules
What is UNO FLASH?
UNO flash is a like a computerized version of your regular uno. While playing uno we generally tend to play in a clock wise direction from person to person or in an anti clock wise direction, really depends on what your prefer. While playing the Flash version of our original UNO the players are supposed to take turns depending not on any particular direction but on the basis of a random light that blinks on the console of this new game. We never know who is going to play after us so we need to be more careful and we will have to play and make our strategies in a new way. The UNO flash takes on a much more faster paced gaming action than our original UNO. The game does not have some of the original cards however to make it much more interesting they have added so many more cards that make it super fun and interesting.
Objective of the Game
The main objective of UNO Flash is just like that of the original version, that is to make sure you get rid of all your uno cards before any other player manages to do so. A round will end when any of the players’ cards end. The difference is that when one person manages to get rid of his or her cards then a round . So by the end of the round the winner will collect points. Now these points really depend on the value of the cards that are left with the other players.
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The player will win if he or she is the first person who manages to get a whopping 500 points. We recommend to keep a pen and piece of paper next to you to keep track of the points and the rounds. You will have to write them.
The game unlike the original uno actually needs a battery to be installed in order to be able to play with. You can install batteries in the game through the bottom compartment. You will need a small screwdriver to be able to unscrew the device’s latch and then you can open the bottom compartment. When you do so you will notice that there are three battery slots that need to be filled. You need to place AAA batteries in these slots. The slot in the middle is where the battery has the positive terminal on the right end. You will have to place the other two batteries in the other two slots in the opposite direction.
You can now start playing. Before you screw the panel back into its place make sure you test whether it is working or not. Try turning on the power switch and then go to the ‘try me’ mode of the game.
If it is working properly then screw the panel back on.
How to set it up?
You can play the game in various ways depending upon how you decide to set it up. The console has two switches beneath it. Now, these switches control the computer’s processor and what it does for the machine. The first switch that is the switch on the right is what controls turning on and off of the machine’s power as well as this puts the device in trail mode if you want to. The second switch that is the switch to the left is what will control the time limit. You can set the timer to not any limitation to time by setting it to the horizontal line. This will ensure there is no time limit and the players can play as fast or slow as they feel comfortable with. If you want the players to make a turn within 6 seconds then you can set the switch to 6. You can do the same for making people play within 4 seconds by setting it on 4.
How to begin playing?
You have to begin by placing the machine on a plain, hard surface. Anything like a regular table is appropriate. The console should be easily in reach of all the players especially if you playing in a set time frame. As we do in the original game, here also each player begins the game with 7 cards each in their hands. There is not particular order to be played in as mentioned earlier the console will flash a light in front of the player who is supposed to play next hence the order in which people will play is completely random. The person will have to put a card on top of the pile of cards but this card needs to be either of the same color or of the same number as on the card you are topping it with. If you do not have a card that has the same number or the same color then at this circumstance you can use a wild card if you have any to change the color of the card that is to be played.
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If the player does not have any of this then he or she will have to draw 2 cards if they are unable to play a card within the time set earlier. The players are supposed to shut the button in front of them off to shut off the timer only then can they avoid the machine buzzing. If the machine buzzes the player has to draw two extra cards because they were unable to play on time.
As the machine randomly decides which player will play next there are chances that someone might be lucky enough to get 2 or maybe more than two turns in a row. It is pretty exciting as you always need to be alert as you never know when your turn will be next and you definitely can’t afford to draw two extra cards just because you were nit quick enough.
HOW TO WIN?
You need to play strategically in order to win not just randomly putting in cards. Make sure not to show your cards to any of the other players. The original uno has a reverse card that makes the game being played anti clock wise to clock wise and vice versa, but as this version has no fixed order and is completely random this card cannot be used. Hence they have introduced a new card for this version of the game that is called the Slap card. Now, the uno slap card in uno flash works somewhat like this, when a player puts the slap cards and hits the slap button then quickly each and every other player must also hit their slap button but the person who hits their slap button the last will have to unfortunately draw out two extra cards.
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If any of the players just has two cards left and he or she is about to put their last card down then they have to say UNO. If they forget to say Uno it is okay if and only if no one is paying attention. If any of the other players catch you not saying uno at your turn while playing the second last card, they player will have to draw out extra two cards and they almost lose the chance of winning.
When any one of the players play their last card, the round ends.
All the cards of the other players are given to the winner of that round and points are counted. Here is how the points are supposed to be counted.
The cards that have numbers, their number value itself are the amount of points that will be counted. For example, if the card is of number 8 then it will be counted as a card that has 8 points. This is done with all number cards.
The draw two cards hold 20 points each while the skip card also holds value of 20 points each. The wild card and the Wild draw are the cards that have the highest value that is 50.
Each of the player’s points are counted and written down following the same format.
Take a note pad and write the names of all the players. You can use a calculator to calculate each players’ total points and write it down below their names.
The player who manages to collect 500 points first will be the winner of the game.