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A particular group of card games like UNO are redefining what a mobile game is while simultaneously eliminating the need for physical card games. UNO is naturally a skill-based game and luck-based game hence, these apps won’t be short of an audience!
UNO can appear as a standalone game or integrated into a multiplatform game app like Winzo, or Skillz. As the owner, the choice is yours.
“With over 100 million downloads and a 4.4-star rating from over 1.3 million reviews, UNO is #2 in free card games on the Google Play store.”
UNO is matched in rivalry by Solitaire; however, if you are interested in other games like UNO, read on to find out what the top 15 card games like UNO are.
Crazy 8 is perhaps the closest to games like UNO among all the mobile apps out there. It features a similar strategy with actionable cards, except in Crazy 8, actionable cards don’t have the fancy appearance and are instead regular numbered cards.
Players must be the first to finish their cards.
What makes Crazy 8 really popular is the fact that it’s a multiplayer game playable with friends or players across the globe. All this available within a mobile app is sure to be popular, and with over 100,000 downloads, it is.
Players get 5 cards each.
Playing an “8” allows a player to pick the next suite to play on.
If a player does not have a card (card of the same suit), they must pick from the stock deck until they get a playable card.
This game’s name might throw you off, but you need to play it once to realize it is one of those card games like UNO that a group of friends can enjoy regardless of where they are located.
The game’s objective is to be the last player alive.
Pick out all the Exploding Kittens cards and calculate the number of players -1 and place them back in the deck. So, 3 players should use 2 and 4 players should use 3.
Hand 1 diffuse card to every player and place 2 back into the deck.
Your turn ends when you draw an “exploding kitten” and don’t have a diffuse card to play.
The card game like Skip Rummy is based on sequencing cards from 1 to 12. If a suitable card is not available, users use cards of the same denomination. Examples are 2,2,2,2 instead of an 8 card which the player may not have.
A Jack (J) acts as a wild card and replicates any card the user wants.
Anyone containing a minimum of 3 sequence cards can start the game.
The app Wild and Friends comes very close to being one of those games like UNO that die-hard fans wouldn’t mind playing. This mobile game features the same cards that the UNO game has, except this game lets you play with family, friends, and even people on the leaderboards.
Action cards are: +2, +4, Wild card, Reverse, and a Block card
Players must shed all of their cards before anyone else to win
Launched by the same company that owns UNO, Phase 10 does have a catchy strategy that UNO players would relate well to. The game consists of several phases in which players must rush to be the first to complete it.
However, each phase may consist of one or more objectives. Objectives could include collecting a pair, a series of three, or four cards. Also, the presence of action cards intensifies gameplay. Wild cards act as any color while skip cards are self-explanatory.
Players get a discard pile and a hand
A Wild card can be used to cover for any card the cardholder does not have
The Spite and Malice game shares the same gameplay with the game Cardparty, the objective being to finish all the cards in your hands before anyone else. Cards must be stacked one upon another based on numbers.
Players are given 5 cards in hand and 20 cards on a discard pile
If all 5 cards are played, the player draws 5 more and continues their turn
The player that has the higher face-up card on the stockpile starts. If the cards are the same, they shuffle and try again.
The Card Party card game works upon the strategy of stacking cards one on top of each other according to the card number. That means users will stack cards starting from 1 through 12, where a Joker acts as any card you want it to be. This appears to be one of the most common card games like UNO when searching for alternative UNO apps.
At the start, a card is dealt to everyone. Anyone with the highest card will start.
Players are given 5 cards each.
Each player gets a discard pile on which they can keep cards. However, only the top card of the discard pile is visible.
Users stack a pile with either a 1 or a Jack
This popular game entails a simple task: make as many ‘books’ as possible. Books are a collection of four cards of the same denomination. The person with the most books wins.
Players draw a card each and the player with the lowest card is the dealer.
Each player gets seven cards if there are 2-3 players or five cards if there are 4-5 players
Players who are ‘fishing’ can ask another player for a card and their turn continues as long as they keep receiving cards.
If you’ve never heard of the Rummikub app, you’re missing out on a great card game for the whole family. The game’s objective is to finish all your cards. You can do so by sequencing cards based on cards of the same color or the same number, regardless of color.
Once someone finishes their cards, they call out Rummikub, and the rest of the players must total their score and add it as a negative score.
Players must complete their moves within 2 minutes. If they don’t, they must take back all of their cards.
Each player must draw 14 cards which are sorted into three layers.
Once a few rounds have passed, negative and positive scores are deducted, and the person with the highest score wins.
Triominoes differs greatly from your regular UNO card game. Instead of featuring cards, the game makes use of triangular pieces that have 3 numbers printed onto them. The objective is to match the numbers and make a shape while doing so.
Tile must be placed down and each user picks up 10
The player having the highest same digit tile starts the game
Rounds end when a user has used all their tiles
At least two numbers per tile must match
People who’ve had experience with the game five crowns probably have also heard about five crowns solitaire. Players have to work to complete 11 hands of cards by creating a run or a book.
Stack cards in the following pattern:
Run- a minimum of three cards of the same value
Book- a minimum of three cards in sequence
The game of Spades is a bit more complicated. Each player will have to give off a card where the highest number in the suite wins. When anyone with a spade makes a play, they usually win the round especially if it is higher than the other cards on display.
Prior to play commencement, players must make a prediction about how many bids (rounds) they will end up winning.
As with other apps, players draw a card to decide who will be the dealer.
Brought to you by Mattel163 Limited, the same company that owns UNO, Skip-Bo is another one of those games like UNO that brings family and friends together (on mobiles). This official Skip-Bo only launched on mobile platforms in 2021. Leaving much room for you to develop several card games like UNO and Skip-Bo.
Being from the same developer as UNO, Skip-Bo doesn’t stray much from the original concept of the former game.
Players must play their cards sequentially till they are all finished.
All players draw a card and the highest number becomes the dealer.
Dominion is yet another classic game like UNO that has been successfully converted into a card game. This game boasts of having 500 unique cards spanning across 13 expansions. Unlike the other games like UNO, Dominion is a bit more complex as cards are graphic and vary greatly in meaning and effect.
Gameplay consists of three phases:
The game ends when most of the stock piles are empty. In the event of a draw, the player who had fewer turns wins.
Canasta differs from the other apps on this list because it offers much control and options to the player. That said, users can play online or offline, single-player or multiplayer. Plus, they can even control opposition difficulty.
Same as Skip-Bo (without the skips!)
Other card games like UNO that don’t have a mobile app yet are as follows:
UNO just celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021 and it’s highly unlikely that such an app would become obsolete any time soon. In fact, as you have just seen, UNO has inspired and continues to inspire mobile card games on all platforms.
The strategy behind card games like UNO are actually ingenious and any app applying such a strategy could stand a high chance of success if it gets the traction it needs. The other half of success will depend on which board game development company you choose to hire.
If you want a service provider that you can truly rely on, Artoon Solutions is the answer, with 14 years of experience, we know the in’s and out’s of mobile game development. Contact us today to start your dream game.
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