Uno Attack rules
How to play Uno attack
On this page, you will find the Uno Attack rules. We will take a closer look at the updated version of Uno, Uno Attack. Press here: Uno Rules for the original Uno Rules.
Besides learning the Uno Attack rules, you will also learn:
- Everything about the Uno Attack cards meaning.
- How to play Uno Attack.
- Uno attack directions.
- Uno attack scoring.
- Which original Uno card that’s missing.
And much more!
In other words, if you want to learn how to play Uno Attack, you are in the right place.
How to play Uno Attack
If you know the Uno Rules to the original Uno game, you basically already know the rules of Uno attack. However, there are some additional cards, a card-shooting machine, and some questions that often arise because of that.
But don’t worry, here on this page, you will find everything you need and learn how to play Uno attack!
The big difference in how you play Uno Attack is:
- There are some new cards you have to learn, the amount depending on your version of the game.
- The draw pile is placed in the Uno Attack machine, which randomly shoots out cards.
In a second, we will take a look at the meaning and gameplay of Uno Attack. But before we do a couple of words about the game and shooter.
About Uno attack
Uno attack is an updated version of the original Uno card game. The big difference is the random card shooter that makes the game even more exciting. It adds another dimension to the game, which makes it unpredictable and can be even more fun.
When you buy the Uno attack game, you get all the classical Uno cards (and some new special cards) as well as the random card shooter. When you press the button, it shoots out between 0 and 12 cards. The shooter runs on 3 C-sized batteries (not included).
In a minute, we will take a look at how you add the cards to the shooter and how it works. But before we do that, just a quick note on the different versions of the shooters.
If you bought the older versions of Uno Attack, it contains the old shooter. It has a shelf where you put the discard pile (more about the discard pile in a second).
The big difference with the new shooter is that you insert the cards into the machine. If you ask some experienced players, they might tell you that the newer machines also tend to spit out more cards. If this is true or not, we don’t know, but please share your experience with us!
The new shooter also seems to have a stronger shoot-out mechanism making the cards fly at you at a faster speed. The design is more contemporary and sleek.
With that said, if you have an older version of the Uno shooter, don’t despair; it works just as well!
To play Uno attack you will need:
You don’t need much to start playing Uno Attack.
- 2-10 players
- A deck of Uno Attack cards
- An Uno Attack shooter
- Scorecard to keep track of the points
You can download our very own Printable Uno scorecard here!
The goal of the game
The goal of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all your cards. After you finish the game, you count the points and add them up. The player to reach 500 points is the winner!
If you want suggestions on how to score Uno in other ways, you can check out the homepage with the original Uno rules.
Uno attack scoring
Scoring Uno attack is easy. The player that wins each round gets all the points from the cards that the other players have. Just count the cards left in the other player’s hands and add them to your points.
Uno attack scoring table
The scoring is calculated according to the value of each card. Please note that you might not have all these cards, depending on the version of your Uno Attack game.
- All number cards (0-9) = Face value
- Draw 2 = 20 points
- Reverse = 20 points
- Skip = 20 points
- Discard all = 30 points
- Trade hands = 30 points (Older version)
- Wild = 50 points
- Wild Attack – Attack = 50 points
- Wild All Hit = 50 points (Older version)
- Wild Hit Fire = 50 points (Older version)
We know what you might be thinking. This is confusing! What are the Uno attack card meanings? But don’t worry, we will explain the importance of each card. Speaking of which…
Uno Attack Cards – Action cards
In this section, we dig deeper in regards to the Uno action cards. The number cards work as usual. Match the number of the card in the discard pile or the color of the card.
Let’s take a closer look at the Uno Attack cards to try to answer the question: what is the Uno attack card meaning?
Uno Attack Discard All
This is a card that, when played, allows a player to get rid of all the cards that are of the same color! If you are familiar with the official Uno rules, you can only discard one card at a time. But with this card, you can play all the cards you have with the same color.
Just play the Discard All Cards card and place all the same color cards on top. If this card is the first card drawn, the first player begins to play with the same color card.
The Reverse Card
The Reverse card is familiar if you have played Uno before. It reverses the order of play from going clockwise to counter-clockwise and vice versa. If played as the first card, the turn goes to the player to the dealer’s right.
Yet another familiar card If a player plays the original Uno. When a player plays the skip card, the next player, in turn, forfeits his/her turn. If this is the first card to be drawn in the game, the first player’s turn is skipped, and the second player needs to match the Skip card’s color.
One of the best cards in Original Uno, the Wild card’s importance still holds true in Uno Attack. This card allows a player to choose the color of the discard pile. Worth noting is that the player can choose to keep the same color.
The Uno Wild card can be played at any turn, but please remember that the player playing this card can only play it alone and choose a color. Not play the card and add an additional card on top of the Wild card. The turn then moves on to the next player.
Wild Attack- Attack Card – (Uno Attack X Card)
The Wild Attack – Attack is one of the “new” Uno Attack cards. It is also known as the “Uno attack x card“. If you play the Wild Attack -Attack card, you can choose both:
- Which player to attack
- The color you desire
Turn the shooter towards the person that you are attacking and press the launcher button twice! The person you are attacking must collect all the cards, and the play continues with the next player.
Older Uno Attack cards
Depending on your version of the Uno Attack game, you might also encounter these special cards.
Trade Hands Card
This card is a powerful card that allows a player to trade his/her hand with an opponent’s hand. Just note that you can’t end the game on this card! This hand is so good that you can trade your hand with an opponent with (much) fewer cards.
Although this card is not a part of the original Uno, it can be a part of some versions of the classical games and other versions.
Wild All Hit
This card forces everyone in the game, except the player playing the card, to hit the Uno Attack launcher button once. If this card is turned up as the first card of the game, all players (including the first player and dealer) must hit the button once!
Wild Hit fire
If there is any card that you don’t want the player before you to play, it is the Wild hit fire. When played, these cards force the next player in line to hit the launcher button.
Now you might think, What’s the big deal?
In contrast to the other cards that force you to hit the button, you have to hit the button until it releases some cards! As you know by now, the Uno Attack machine does not release cards each time, but with this card, it is a certainty that comes cards will be disposed of!
Uno Attack 4x card
If you are familiar with the original Uno game, you might have noticed that there is one card missing. Can you guess which one?
You got it (or not)! The Uno 4x card is also known as the Uno Wild Draw 4 Card! In the Uno attack, the 4x card is not included. Maybe because it means that you would need to hit the Uno attack button 4 times and, in a worst-case scenario, get 48 cards (12 x 4)!
Now that you know the Uno Attack Cards and the special cards’ meaning, it’s time to take a closer look How to play Uno Attack!
How to play Uno Attack – Gameplay
Each player draws a card. The player with the highest point value is the dealer. Remember that action cards count as zero!
Put the cards back in the deck and shuffle the deck.
The dealer deals seven cards to each player, places the remaining cards into the Uno Attack shooter, and closes the lid.
In contrast to the original Uno, there is no draw pile. Instead, the draw pile is inside the machine. The dealer draws the first card from the shooting device and places it face-up in a separate pile called the discard pile.
Uno Attack – Who starts?
Uno Attack Direction: The player to the dealers left (gameplay usually goes clockwise) starts by placing a card that either:
- Matches the color of the first card.
- Matches the number of the first card.
- Matches the word or symbol of the first card.
- Any of the wild cards.
If the first card is a special Uno Attack card, you can see how to proceed in the instructions above. Just check which card and if there are any special rules.
Uno Attack Target
Start playing the cards and remember to target the Uno shooter towards the player whose turn it is.
Uno Attack – No matching cards
If it is your turn and you can’t play any card, you have to draw a card. In regular Uno, you just draw one card. In Uno Attack, you have to press the launching button.
The machine spits out cards in a random matter, between 0 and 12 cards. That means that you may not receive any card, and the play moves on, or you may receive a lot of cards at once!
Special Uno Attack Rule
The player that pushes the Attack button must pick up all the cards that shoot out. Yes, that also includes the cards that might get stuck halfway in the launcher!
Going out – Uno!
When you have one card left, you must say or yell, UNO! before playing your next to the last card. Failing in doing so can (but does not have to) result in a penalty draw from the Uno Attack machine.
If the player fails to say “Uno!” and the other players point this out, there is a two or four-card penalty. But if no one notices, there is no penalty.
Mattel’s official rules say there is a four cards penalty for failing to communicate “Uno”; however, many players play with a two-card penalty. We leave it up to you to establish the penalty amount before the game.
This Uno rule might need some clarifying:
- It would be best if you said “Uno” before playing your next to the last card.
- Your card has to touch the discard pile before anyone can call you out for not saying “Uno!”.
- If a player places the card in the discard pile and doesn’t say “Uno!” The opponents can call the player out until the next player begins their turn.
- Beginning a turn is defined as either drawing a card from the draw pile or drawing a card from your hand to play.
- You may not catch a player for failure to say Uno until the player’s second-to-last-card touches the discard pile.
From the horses mouth (The Mattel game rules)
“Before playing your next to last card, you must say “UNO”. If you don’t say UNO and another player catches you with just one card before the next player begins their turn you must pick FOUR more cards from the DRAW pile.
If you are not caught before the next player either draws a card from the DRAW pile or draws a card from their hand to play, you do not have to draw the extra cards.”
“If you forget to say, “UNO” before your card touches the DISCARD pile, but you “catch” yourself before any other player catches you, you are safe and not subject to the 4-card penalty.
You may not catch a player for failure to say “UNO!” until his/her second-to-last vard touches the DISCARD pile.
Also, you may not catch a player for failure to say it after the next player begins his/her turn.
“Begining a turn” is defined as either drawing a card from the DRAW pile or drawing a card from tour hand to play”.
Source: Mattel UNO rules
Who wins Uno Attack?
The player with no cards left on his or her hand is the winner of the game! Count the score, reshuffle the deck and start playing again!
If you are curious about special situations or rules, you can check out our official Uno rules or our extensive FAQ. Remember that most special cases are the same in Uno Attack as in Original Uno!
And that, ladies and gentlemen, are the Unorules.org rewritten original Uno Rules. Easy to read, easy to remember, and implement.
Now there is just one last thing we want to share with you, Good luck, and may the Uno Attack shooter be kind to you!
Don’t forget to check out the Mattel website as well!