What is it:
Uno Flip (technically “UNO Flip!™”, but I get annoyed by products with exclamation points in their names) is basically the classic card game Uno, but with an additional deck of card faces printed on the back sides and an additional “flip” card that, when played, means everyone needs to literally turn their hands over and play the cards on the backs.
Uno itself is essentially Crazy Eights, a game played with a standard deck.
Who is it for:
Anyone who likes cards, and Uno specifically, will enjoy Uno Flip, it’s not more complicated than regular Uno but is much more dynamic because of the flipping feature.
What Kids Like:
It’s fun and fast. We’ve tried other card games (hearts, poker, go fish, etc.) but the kids found the games too boring or too complicated. Or at least, we could find a game that all ages could play together. We’ve even tried another Uno variant called, believe it or not, “Dos” which is also pretty good, but requires a little bit of math every time a card is laid down, which really slows down the action.
But Uno Flip is one that kids of all ages can play together, with or without adults. The rules are simple enough to get the hang of it without much effort but the action is fast enough to stay interesting.
What Parents Like:
Beyond basic numeral recognition, there’s not much in the way of mathematics education, but games like this have a lot to offer in terms of social dynamics. For example, if someone is close to winning, do you work together to team up against that player?
Games are quick, so when someone loses, there is another chance in just a few minutes. Everyone gets a chance to be a gracious winner or loser. And the nature of the game is that the first to lose their cards wins and leaves, but the rest continue play, so most players end up having the thrill of not losing.
And of course, having an alternative to video games and other screen-based entertainment is always welcome.
Also, this game is very portable and very tolerant of losing cards. Any Uno deck with a few cards missing is still perfectly playable. So it’s a good game to take in the car to grandma’s house or whatever.
What the Critics Think:
I can’t think of any. We had a lot of with this.
Who Made it / History:
From the Uno Wikipedia page
The game was originally developed in 1971 by Merle Robbins in Reading, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. When his family and friends began to play more and more, he spent $8,000 to have 5,000 copies of the game made. He sold it from his barbershop at first, and local businesses began to sell it as well. Robbins later sold the rights to UNO to a group of friends headed by Robert Tezak, a funeral parlor owner in Joliet, Illinois, for $50,000 plus royalties of 10 cents per game. Tezak formed International Games, Inc., to market UNO, with offices behind his funeral parlor. The games were produced by Lewis Saltzman of Saltzman Printers in Maywood, Illinois. In 1992, International Games became part of the Mattel family of companies.
Uno has loads and loads of variants. I can’t tell when Flip was released, but I think sometime in 2019 or 2020.
Where Can I Get it:
Uno Flip is available for $5 to $6 at most retail places that sell games.
More info at the official page