Uno, a staple of every childhood gaming cupboard, has used its official Twitter account to clear up a certain rule, and the internet simply is not having it.
If it’s been a little while since you’ve played, the basic idea of the game is to be the first to get rid of all of your cards. While the majority of the Uno deck consists of numbered cards in a variety of colours, there are also a bunch of action cards, including those which can reverse the game’s direction, skip the next person’s turn, change the colour of the card in play, and force opponents to pick up 2 or 4 cards.
Now, here’s the thing, everyone has house rules for certain games an that’s absolutely fine, but according to Uno’s offical rules, a draw 4 card cannot be skipped by the next person if they put down a draw 2 card, essentially forcing 6 cards onto the following player. While many assumed passing the buck was an official strategy, Uno just laid down the law via a tweet.
— UNO (@realUNOgame) May 4, 2019
Naturally, the internet is calling the rule bullshit, with some pointing out that custom house rules apply anyway.
My deck, my rules…someone's eating this +24
— Kyle Smith (@absentstudent87) May 4, 2019
Instructions book says house rules apply so delete this asapually
— Darius is not a Cop (@uverneous) May 5, 2019
— G (@GeanniVersace) May 5, 2019
Interestingly, the official rules also say that a draw 4 CANNOT be played if you have a card with the same colour as the one in play. “With this card, you must have no other alternative cards to play that matches the colour of the card previously played,” the rules state.
“If you play this card illegally, you may be challenged by the other player to show your hand to him/her. If guilty, you need to draw 4 cards. If not, the challenger needs to draw 6 cards instead. If turned up at the beginning of play, return this card to the Draw pile, shuffle, and turn up a new one.”
Wild stuff. These may be the official Uno rules, but in my house, I’m making you eat 4 cards whenever the fuck I want.Image: Getty Images