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Castaway Skip-Bo more inclusive, Uno Undercover targets a very specific audience
on May 3, 2012
Personally, I prefer Uno to Skip-Bo, and for players of all ages and both sexes, the Skip-Bo game gets a way more democratic treatment in this set.
In the Uno game:
Seems like the heart of the game, the undercover adventure mode, is aimed exclusively at <12 year old girls. Within the first five minutes of the game, you find yourself picking out just the right bathing suit (one piece or bikini?) and evening gown (does this make me look fat?) for your character. Help. Heeelllllpppp!!!
You CAN'T change your character (you are an attractive young mother with two adorable children and a loving and handsome but clueless husband) or skill level (though I would guess the game has progressive levels of difficulty in the adventure mode).
While you CAN play a quick play game independent of the "Undercover" mode, you can't change the number of opponents you play against, and it appears you always play against the same four characters. Oops! Dang it! I broke a nail!!!
Gameplay for Uno is slow, even with the image quality box set to "Low".
Some aspects of UNO game mechanics are nice, though - you can easily arrange your hand the way you like, and a pointer around the characters makes it easy to keep track of the direction of play (wish the Nintendo DS & Kindle Fire versions of UNO had a couple of these features). You can play a single hand or a points game, and you can also set an option to manually or automatically call Uno. Plus, I did learn how to color coordinate my bathing suit with my hair.
Still, for a quick game of Uno, I'd prefer the manly friendly versions on my Nintendo DS or Kindle Fire.
The Skip-Bo game adresses most of these issues (although I can't make my Skip-Bo character middle aged with glasses and a bald spot, at least my Skip-Bo character has some testosterone running through his pixilated veins) and blows the UNO game away (tons of options, and if you just want to play the classic mode, it is available as an unlockable after you go through the tutorial).
All-in-all, this is a nice value, but unless you are the aforementioned <12 year old grrl, the Skip-Bo game will have wider appeal.