Objective of Blokus Shuffle: UNO Edition
The objective of Blokus Shuffle: UNO Edition is to play more of your pieces to the board than the other players.
Setup for Blokus Shuffle: UNO Edition
- Each player chooses a color. You will take all of the pieces and cards of the color you chose.
- Shuffle your cards and place them face down in front of you. This is your personal Draw Pile.
- Choose a player to start the game.
- Starting with the first player and moving clockwise/left, each player chooses one of their pieces to play to the board. They will play their piece to one of the corners on the gameboard. The piece must cover up the corner space.
- Each player draws the top two cards from the Draw Pile. They will add the cards to their hand without letting the other players see them.
Playing Blokus Shuffle: UNO Edition
Starting with the first player, the players will take turns. Each turn of Blokus Shuffle: UNO Edition consists of three phases.
- Play A Card
- Play A Piece
- Draw A Card
Once you have completed the three phases of your turn, play passes to the next player in turn order.
Play A Card
To start your turn you will choose one of the two cards from your hand to play. You will play the card face up to the table on top of your Discard Pile. After you play a card, you will take the corresponding action. For more details on what each card does in the game, see the Cards of Blokus Shuffle: UNO Edition section below.
You must play a card and take the corresponding action even if you don’t want to. The one exception to this is if you can’t take the card’s action. In this case you will just discard the chosen card.
Should you not have any cards in your hand, you will skip playing a card on your turn.
Play A Piece
After you play a card and take the corresponding action, you will play one of your pieces to the gameboard. You can choose to play any of your pieces that you have not yet played to the gameboard. You will play the piece to a section of the gameboard that is not yet covered by a piece.
To play a piece it must touch at least one of your previously played pieces. The piece can only touch your previously played pieces in the corner.
You cannot play a piece if it touches the side of any of your previously played pieces.
There are no restrictions on how your pieces can touch pieces played by other players.
If you cannot play a piece, you will pass your turn.
Draw A Card
You will end your turn by drawing a new card from your Draw Pile and adding it to your hand. You should not let the other players see what card you just added to your hand.
If there are no cards left in your Draw Pile, you will not draw a card. You will never shuffle your Discard Pile in order to get more cards for your Draw Pile.
The Cards of Blokus Shuffle: UNO Edition
Double Play (x2)
This card allows you to play two pieces on your turn. After you play your first piece this turn, you will immediately play a second piece. The second piece must touch a corner of the first piece you played this turn.
When you play a Draw 2 card you will draw two cards from your Draw Pile. You will immediately play one of the cards and take the corresponding action. The other card is put on the bottom of your Draw Pile.
Edge to Edge
This card allows you to break the edge to edge rule when placing your next piece. Instead of the piece touching one of your previous pieces at a corner, you will play the piece so it touches the edge(s) of a previously played piece.
The Recycle card lets you take one of your previously played pieces from the board and return it to your supply. For the piece you play this turn you can either play the piece you just took, or play a different piece.
When you play a Reverse card, the direction of play changes. If turn order was moving clockwise, it will now move counterclockwise. If it was moving counterclockwise, it will now move clockwise.
The next player in turn order skips their turn.
When you play a Warp card you will choose a piece previously played by one of your opponents. You will move the piece to another spot on the board. You must move the piece to a new location where it follows the normal placement rules (touches another piece of the same color at the corner, etc.).
The Wild card allow you to play your next piece as if it were any color. Before you play the piece you will tell the other players what color you are playing it as. You will then play it like it is of the color that you declared. This means that you need to follow the placement rules with regards to the color you chose for the piece. After placing the piece, it reverts back to its actual color.
Winning Blokus Shuffle: UNO Edition
The game ends when all of the players are unable to play a piece.
At this point each player counts up the squares on the pieces they were unable to play. The player that has the least squares that they were unable to play, wins the game.
Advanced Scoring in Blokus Shuffle: UNO Edition
If you want a greater challenge, you can choose to use advanced scoring to determine the winner of the game.
The game is played the same as the normal game except that players are trying to score the most points in order to win the game.
You will receive -1 point for each square you are unable to play to the board. For example a piece consisting of four squares is worth -4 points.
If you are able to play all of your pieces to the board, you receive a bonus fifteen points.
Should you play the one square piece as your last piece, you receive five bonus points.
The player that scores the most points wins the game.
Two Player Variant
If there are only two players you need to implement a few tweaks to the rules.
One of the players will control blue and red while the other player controls green and yellow. The playing order of the colors is blue, yellow, red, and green. On each of your turns you must play a piece of the current color. When placing pieces they must follow the placement rules of the normal game.
You will shuffle the cards from both of your colors together. You may use each of your cards for either of your two colors.
At the end of the game you will count up how many squares you were unable to play for each of your colors. Your score is based on your color with more unplayed squares. The player with the lower score (they had less squares remaining unplayed), wins the game.
Three Player Variant
In the three player game each player chooses their own color. The fourth color is controlled by all of the players. The players take turns playing pieces for the fourth color when its turn comes up. The turn order for the colors are as follows: blue, yellow, red, and green.
During the shared color’s turn, no cards will be played.
At the end of the game the winner is determined in the same way as the normal game. The fourth color’s score is ignored.
Year: 2021 | Publisher: Mattel | Designer: Nick Hayes, Bernard Tavitian
Genres: Abstract, Card, Family, Tile Placement
Ages: 7+ | Number of Players: 2-4 | Length of Game: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Moderate | Luck: Moderate
Components: 84 pieces (21 of each color), 56 cards (14 of each color), gameboard, instructions
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