"Timeless table game gets a heavy makeover"
UNO & Friends converts the classic card game into an online gaming experience, where you can pit your luck against your friends or another random users across the globe. The rules are the same as the ones you know and love from playing this around the dinner table with your family - you even have to hit the "UNO!" button when you get down to that famous last card.
I like the idea of connecting digitally with friends to play something that used to be simple tabletop fun; unfortunately, the UNO & Friends app is much too weighed down with extras to make the experience equally carefree. The app crashed in the middle of games several times for me, and I noticed my iPhone heating up significantly throughout gameplay. A barrage of ads, needlessly flashy graphics, and an extensive token/coin system seem to have loaded down the game far beyond its elementary rules.
Playing with human strangers instead of against computers could be intriguing, but instead it tends to result in inattentive competition that constantly times out. I also see a lot of simply poor play - is UNO really that complex of a strategy game?
Networking with people you know in real life in order to play a few rounds through UNO & Friends could be a good time. However, I might suggest meeting in person with actual, tangible cards instead - it's much less likely to end in a crash.
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