Objective of UNO Minecraft
The objective of UNO Minecraft is to be the first player to get rid of all of the cards from your hand.
Setup for UNO Minecraft
- Choose a player to be the dealer. They will shuffle all of the cards.
- The dealer deals seven cards face down to each player. You can look at the cards that you are dealt, but you shouldn’t show them to the other players.
- Place the rest of the cards face down on the table to form the Draw Pile. Flip over the top card from the Draw Pile to form the Discard Pile. If the flipped card is an action card (not a number card), ignore it and flip over another card.
- The player to the left of the dealer starts the game. Play proceeds clockwise to start the game.
Playing UNO Minecraft
On your turn you are trying to play a card from your hand to the Discard Pile. In order to play a card it must match at least one of the following:
If a card matches one of the previous criteria, you can play it to the Discard Pile. You can only play one card on your turn. If you play an Action card, you will take the corresponding action. See the Cards of UNO Minecraft section below.
If you do not have any cards in your hand that match the card on the top of the Discard Pile, you cannot play a card. Instead you will draw the top card from the Draw Pile. If the card you just drew matches one of the criteria of the top card from the Discard Pile, you can play it immediately.
Should the Draw Pile run out of cards, you will shuffle the cards in the Discard Pile in order to form a new Draw Pile.
While you normally want to play a card whenever you can, you can choose to not play a card on your turn even if you have one that you can play. In this case you will draw a card from the Draw Pile. After you draw a card, the only card you can potentially play on your turn is the card that you just drew.
After you have drawn or played a card, your turn ends. The next player in turn order takes their turn.
The Cards of UNO Minecraft
Number cards do not have any special abilities. You can only play the cards if they either match the color or number of the top card from the Discard Pile.
When you play a Draw Two card the next player in turn order draws two cards from the Draw Pile. They will also lose their turn.
Playing a Reverse card reverses the direction of play. If turn order was moving clockwise, it will now move counter-clockwise. If it was moving counter-clockwise, it will now move clockwise.
When you play a Skip card, the next player in turn order loses their turn.
Wild cards match every other card in the game. Therefore you can play them at any time. Additionally the player that plays a Wild card gets to choose the color of the Discard Pile.
Wild Creeper (TNT)
Whenever you draw a Wild Creeper card (TNT) from the Draw Pile you must immediately show it to the other players. As a punishment for drawing the card, you must draw three additional cards from the Draw Pile. If any of these additional cards are also Wild Creeper Cards (TNT), you do not have to show them to the other players or draw additional cards.
After the Wild Creeper card is in your hand, it acts like a normal Wild card.
Wild Draw Four
A Wild Draw Four acts like a Wild card. It matches every color and you get to choose the color of the Discard Pile when you play it.
The Wild Draw Four does differ from a normal Wild in a couple ways though. While the card matches every other card in the game, you can only play the card when you have no other cards in your hand that match the color of the Discard Pile. Wild cards count as matching the Discard Pile’s color.
When a Wild Draw Four card is played, the next player in turn order has two options.
First they can accept the play of the card. They will draw four cards from the Draw Pile and they will lose their turn.
Challenging A Wild Draw Four
Otherwise they can challenge the play of the card. If they decide to challenge the play of the card, the player who played the Wild Draw Four shows them all of the cards from their hand. What happens next depends on whether the Wild Draw Four was played correctly.
If the player played the card correctly (they had no cards in their hand that matched the color of the Discard Pile), the challenge fails. The challenging player has to draw six cards instead of four. They also lose their turn.
If the player played the card incorrectly (they had a card in their hand that matched the Discard Pile’s color), the challenge is successful. The player that played the Wild Draw Four card is forced to draw the four cards. The next player in turn order does not have to draw any cards, and they do not lose their turn.
Whenever you only have one card left in your hand, you need to call out “UNO”. This is to let the other players know that you are close to winning the game.
If you do not say UNO and another player catches you not saying it, you will be forced to draw two cards from the Draw Pile. To challenge a player you must call them out before the next player starts their turn.
Winning UNO Minecraft
The first player to play all of the cards from their hand, wins UNO Minecraft.
If you would like to play multiple hands of UNO Minecraft, you can choose to use the optional scoring rules.
When a player wins a hand, they will collect all of the cards left in the other players’ hands. The winner of the hand then scores points for each card:
- Number Cards: Face Value
- Skip, Reverse, Draw 2: 20 points
- Wild, Wild Draw 4, Wild Creeper: 50 points
Each player keeps a running total of the points they have earned from previous hands. The first player to reach 500 or more points wins the game.
Year: 2017 | Publisher: Mattel
Genres: Card, Family
Ages: 7+ | Number of Players: 2-10 | Length of Game: 5-60 minutes
Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: High
Components: 19 Blue Number Cards (1-0, 2 of each 1-9), 19 Green Number Cards (1-0, 2 of each 1-9), 19 Red Number Cards (1-0, 2 of each 1-9), 19 Yellow Number Cards (1-0, 2 of each 1-9), 8 Draw Two Cards (2 of each color), 8 Reverse Cards (2 of each color), 8 Skip Cards (2 of each color), 4 Wild Cards, 4 Wild Draw Four Cards, 4 Wild Creeper Cards, Instructions
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