Nonpartisan UNO and UNO Showdown Review (Mattel)

Nonpartisan UNO and UNO Showdown
What It Is

Elect to have fun at your next game night with brand new versions of UNO.

Nonpartisan UNO takes out all the red and blue cards so that no one talks politics or takes sides during play. Instead the colors are yellow, orange, purple, and green. No conflicts there. A special Veto card lets you skip anyone who starts talking politics. The rest of the cards and gameplay are the same: play a card from your hand that matches the color, symbol, or number on the top card of the discard pile. The first player to get rid of all their cards wins. Just don't forget to shout "Uno!" when you're down to your last card.

You may be able to handle having red and blue cards in your deck, but can you handle the excitement of the card-spitting Showdown unit in UNO Showdown? This version plays the same as original UNO but with the addition of Showdown cards. If a card with a Showdown symbol is played, it's time for a head-to-head face-off. Place cards into the unit and wait for the countdown. When the light flashes green, the first player to press down on their paddle flips all the cards to his opponent. That player must add those cards to his deck. If it's hard to tell who won because of where the cards land, use the lines on the side on the unit as an indicator. The player with the most cards on his side of the line must take them and add them to his hand. The first player to get rid of all his cards wins.

Is It Fun?

If your family likes playing UNO, then they might like these new editions. The Nonpartisan version is kind of a silly novelty because it's an election season, but UNO Showdown is definitely a version that everyone in the family can enjoy no matter what the year. It's got card-flipping action that changes up the traditional gameplay and just makes UNO a little more exciting.

Who It’s For

Both games are for two to 10 players ages 7 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

UNO Showdown requires three AAA batteries, which are not included.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy

    3 AAA batteries required