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Spicy Uno Rules

– how to play spicy Uno

If you love to play Uno, you should have a look at a version of this classic game called Spicy Uno.

Spicy Uno is not an official game but a regular Uno game with some additional house rules that has become very popular.

This game comes with two significant differences from the original game. But the difference between Uno and Spicy Uno is a little bit more than that. There are several other rules you can choose to add making this version a bit more spicy and exciting!

The best part? You only need your regular Uno playing deck!

Let’s have a look at how to play Spicy Uno. The first thing you need to know is how to play Uno.

Spicy Uno
The regular uno rules

The regular Uno rules in short

Let us look at the regular Uno rules to remind yourself how to play this game before adding on the special Spicy Uno rules. Uno is played with 2-10 players. The game’s goal is to get rid of all the cards on your hand to win the round.

A regular round is played out like this:

  • Each player sitting around the table is dealt 7 cards. They are dealt one card at a time.
  • The remaining deck is placed in the middle of the table.
  • The top card of the remaining deck is flipped up to create a discard pile next to the remaining deck.
  • The player seated to the left of the dealer plays first.
  • Cards that match the top discard card in color or number can be played and placed on it.
  • When players can’t play any cards, they will have to draw one card from the draw pile. If this card can be played, it is. If not, the play moves on to the next player.
  • When a player has only one card left, he has to announce UNO! This should be done when he plays his second to one card.
  • The winner counts his score by adding the points of the other players’ remaining cards together. The first player to reach 500 points is the winner, so you will have to play several rounds to get a final winner of the Spicy Uno game.

You can read our Uno rules walkthrough or download the Uno Rules PDF but a lot of our visitors appreciate the quickstart guide to the original rules to Uno, which you can save on your phone, computer, or print out:

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Special spicy uno rules

The special Spicy Uno cards

In Uno, you have 4 special cards; this is the same in Spicy Uno. These cards are:

The Skip card

The Uno Skip Card can be played on a matching-colored discard card or on a previous Skip card. When you play this card, the next player’s turn is skipped.

The Reverse card

This card can be played on a matching-colored discard card or on another Reverse card. With this card, the direction of the play is reversed.

The Draw 2 card

This card can be played on a matching-colored discard card or on another Draw 2 card. When this card is played, the next player has to draw 2 cards from the draw pile, after which the move goes on to the next player.

Wild card

The Wild card can be played to change the color. The player that places it on the discard pile will state the color. Now, the next player has to play a card with the color mentioned. There is also a Draw 4 Wild card. When this card is played, the next player has to draw 4 cards from the draw pile. After this, the next player has to play a card of the color stated by the player that played the Draw 4 Wild card.


Uno scoring

Uno scoring

The player that wins the round is awarded points based on the cards remaining in the other players’ hands.

The point values of the Uno cards are as following:

Cards 1-9 – Face value

The Skip card – 20 points

The Reverse card – 20 points

The Draw 2 card – 20 points

The Wild card – 50 points

The Draw 4 Wild card – 50 points

Use an Uno scoring card to record the points for each round. You can find the free Uno scorecard here If you don’t have special Uno score sheets for the Spicy Uno card game, you can always draw one on a simple sheet of paper.

Spicy Uno Rules

Rules on Spicy Uno that makes all the difference

Once you know the regular Uno rules, you are ready for the special Spicy Uno rules that make all the difference. There are 2 special Spicy Uno rules that you need to remember:

1. The red card rule

If a red card of any kind is played, no one can talk. If you forget and say something after the red card has been placed on the discard pile, you will have to draw a card for every word that you say! As soon as someone puts a different color on the discard pile, everyone can start talking again!

When you have one card left

When you have one card left and need to say, Uno, you can’t do so with a red card on the discard pile. Instead of saying Uno, you will have to wag your finger in the air. If you forget and say the word Uno, you will draw a card because you uttered one word. The same is true if you don’t wag your finger and anyone notices (even though they can’t utter a word themselves). They can point out that you did not wag your finger by pointing the finger at you.

2. The 6 rule

The other rule for Spicy Uno has to do with the 6 cards. Whenever a card with the number 6 is placed on the discard pile, everyone has to slap their hands on the table. The last person to pound the table has to draw 2 cards.

If you lay a 6 on the discard pile, you need to remember to slap it right away. After that, you keep track of who is the last one around the table to slap their hand on the table.

Spicy Uno directions

Spicy Uno directions for the best experience

You could try and play Spicy Uno online, but that will sort of miss the point. What makes Spicy Uno so much fun is the interaction in real-time around the table. Try slapping your screen and see if anyone notices…
Even if you find a Spicy Uno online game with buttons for slapping or some function to announce silence, it will never be the same.

Also, know that Spicy Uno is best with many players. Can you play Spicy Uno with 2 players? Certainly! But the fun comes from all the mess and catching people talking when they shouldn’t. In Spicy Uno, the more, the merrier!

Complete deck

Make sure to have a complete deck of Uno

Before you start playing Spicy Uno with a group of friends, make sure that you have a complete deck of Uno to play with. If you have an Uno Flip deck, this can also work. Just make sure everyone understands what Uno rules you are playing with.

Advanced spicy uno rules

Advanced Spicy Uno rules

We have just described the official Spicy Uno rules, but there are versions of this Uno game, and you can add on another set of rules to make it even more fun.

You can play with the following Spicy Uno game rules:

7 for silent instead of red

It is pretty common to use the 7 as the signal for silence rather than the color red. This might shorten the time of the silent period if any other card leads to the break of the silence. But you can also play with the Spicy Uno rule that a new 7 must be placed on the discard pile before anyone can talk again.

Swap hands

If you play a 0, you can swap your hand with another player. This is optional. If no one wants to swap hands with you, nothing happens.

Play exact card right away

If you have the same card as the card placed on the discard pile, you can quickly put your card on the pile even when it is not your turn. Just as long as you get your card there before another player acts, it is allowed. This is a move that can make people talk when they shouldn’t, so it can be really cool to play with this Spicy Uno rule.

Spicy uno is for all ages

Spicy Uno is for all ages

If you can play Uno, you can play Spicy Uno! With this said, smaller children that find it hard to follow many different rules might get annoyed with all the turns. If you have younger children in the game, you might opt for the 2 official Spicy Uno rules and skip the aforementioned rules.

Don't Forget to check out our Uno articles!

If you enjoy this article and guide, you might be interested in other versions of Uno. If that is the case, make sure to check out some of our other articles. In our article section, you can find all our articles in one place. You can read more about the Uno attack rules and exciting Uno game with a shooter, or if you are a fan of pixels and Minecraft, the Uno Minecraft rules might be of interest.

But that is far from all our articles; we also have a bunch of other Uno versions like Uno Flip, Dos card game, Uno Stacko, and Uno Spin. But if that is not enough, make sure to check out the Super Mario Uno Rules, Uno Emoji rules, or Uno Dare rules.

You will also find a bunch of articles about different subjects related to the game, like the history of Uno, why the Uno skip card has taken on a life of its own, and about the ancestor game of Uno Crazy Eights. Last but not least don't forget to check out our articles about games similar to Uno, like Phase 10 and Skip-Bo as well. Still there is more so make sure to check out our other articles as well!