Best 15 Card Games Like To UNO: Similar & Different At The Same Time!

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Even the birds know how much we love UNO. How a great atmosphere it creates. How good skills it helps us develop, and many more benefits. But, even the best things have an ending, right? When you play this card game hundreds of times, it eventually starts getting a bit boring, just because you already know all the cards, you know how to react, and nothing’s new or exciting anymore. People, I’m speaking of experience here! 

We came up with a solution! As creative minds we are, we made our comprehensive research and came up with the 15 most similar card games to UNO. They give you the same feeling but have some extra rules & unique details. Every game is as much the same as it is different. This may sound inexplicable, but you’ll get the point for some minutes. 

  • Pieces of information about UNO you may want to know;
  • The games:
  1. Phase 10;
  2. Skip-Bo;
  3. No Thanks;
  4. Pearls;
  5. Monopoly Deal;
  6. Five Crowns;
  7. Push;
  8. L.A.M.A;
  9. 3Up 3Down;
  10. Sequence Stacks;
  11. The Great Dalmuti;
  12. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza;
  13. Play Nine;
  14. Blink;
  15. Farkle Flip;
  • Conclusion;

Pieces Of Information About UNO You May Want To Know 

  • UNO was invented back in 1971, in Ohio. Its developer was Merle Robins;
  • Even though it has been decades, UNO sales are still increasing. In 2017, it was the #1 selling card game, in the world;
  • It is unbelievable, but there are about 526 different types of UNO card games going on (including here the spinoffs);
  • There are 108 cards in the core game;
  • Cards belong in 4 colors: red, blue, green & yellow. Some of the cards are number cards, Draw 2, Skip, Reverse, Wild, Wild +4, and more;
  • UNO is designed to be played by 2 or more players. The required age is 7 or older;
  • The goal of the game is to be the first player who gets rid of all their cards;
  • Besides as a fun-bringer, UNO affects life skills, especially for kids. It’s great for developing color & number recognition, making decisions, strategic thinking, math skills, and also for fine motor skills;
  • If you’re looking forward to buying the game, it is available in thousands of shops. You may order it online on Amazon ($6.71), Target ($5.49), and more;
  • As a family card game it is, UNO tends to bring the whole family together & create stronger bonds;
  • Great news: If you’re willing to save some money, you may simply download the UNO app for both Android and IOS;

1. Phase 10

Phase 10

Available on Amazon ($12.05) & Target ($4.99) | 2-6 players | Ages 7+

What can we say about ‘Phase 10’?

Phase 10 is a game of challenges. Actually, if we define the game type, it is a rummy-style card game, with some extra details. Just as the name says, this game is made of 10 phases. Each phase has its specific number of sets, runs, and cards of the same color, in order to get completed. But there’s also one twist: each phase is specific for each hand. If you cannot complete it, you try again. You don’t get to improve to the next phase. If we’re talking about the cards, just as UNO, there are 108 cards, divided into color cards with numbers from 1-12, Skip & Wild cards.

What’s the main difference with UNO?

The game is divided into phases. No matter how long it takes, you can’t win if you can’t complete a single phase. 

What’s much of a muchness to UNO?

Both games have the same number of cards. Also, the cards type are pretty similar: colors, sets of number cards, wild & skip cards. 

2. Skip-Bo 

Skip Bo

Available on Amazon ($11.99) & Target ($4.89) | 2-6 players | Ages 7+

What can we say about ‘Skip Bo’?

The name gives me very horror vibes, with that Bo, but anyways… Let’s start with the cards. Skip-Bo contains a large number of 162 cards & also instructions. It is one simple game to play, and it only requires some concentration (and knowledge about numbers). Everyone is dealt the same number of cards (up to the dealer), but there should be some remaining for the draw pile. Using cards from your hands and the draw pile, all the players build their piles, but the only rule is that all cards should be in sequential order. The wild cards of the game are Skip-Bo cards, which you can use in any situation you need. Lifesavers! 

What’s the main difference with UNO?

While in UNO all cards should either be the same color or number as the previous card, in Skip-Bo, they shouldn’t have the same number. All cards go up sequentially. 

What’s much of a muchness to UNO?

Just as in UNO, when playing Skip-Bo, you try to get rid of all the cards in your stockpile. 

3. No Thanks

No Thanks

Available on Amazon ($21.81) & Target ($9.99) | 3-7 players | Ages 8+

What can we say about ‘No Thanks’?

I bet none of you will say no thanks to this card game! This is a strategy card game, specifically, our play or pay one. It contains 33 cards, and 55 tokens, which will work as coins. Simply, there are only numbered cards, starting from 1 to 33, the total number of cards. Taking turns, you flip over cards and check for the points. If you want to get stuck with the points, you take the card. If you have enough chips to play, you say ‘No thanks!’ and deny the card. So, your goal is to have the fewest point. Logically, you save your chips for the higher value cards and take the lower ones. 

What’s the main difference with UNO?

Now, your goal is to have the fewest points, not as in UNO where you try to reach 500 points. Also, here we’ll deal with some special equipment: the chips.

What’s much of a muchness to UNO?

Both games have simple rules and help with number recognition & math skills, especially for kids. 

4. Pearls

Pearls

Available on Amazon ($14.63) | 2-6 players | Ages 6+

What can we say about ‘Pearls’?

How much we love the ocean, the pearls… Before continuing, it’s important to know that the instructions and description in the box are written in German, but that doesn’t affect the cards or the game. There are 110 cards inside, and in one way or another, they all give you that aqua feels. Simply, it’s like diving deep into the sea and searching for pearls. Now, you gotta try to make sets of the same pearls (cards), so you increase your points. All your same cards create your bonus points. Don’t forget that after a time, you need to sell your collected treasures, just as in real life. Some pearls may be processed into pretty necklaces, just wanted to tell you that… And, cards have numbers on them, just as in the other games.

What’s the main difference with UNO?

Cards have different designs and playing ‘Pearls’ is a bit easier. There aren’t many types of cards, and there won’t be different actions performed. 

What’s much of a muchness to UNO?

In order to get points and to kinda get rid of your cards, you have to match cards. They need to have the same type (ex. number, color, or pearl), so they create sets.

5. Monopoly Deal

Monopoly Deal

Available on Amazon ($6.99) & Target ($5.00) | 2-5 players | Ages 8+

What can we say about ‘Monopoly Deal’?

Huh, how much we love card games under $10! Now, we’ll talk about a trading card game, which comes with a total of 110 cards. These cards may belong to any of the categories: rules cards, action cards, rent, money, property cards & property wildcards. Even though it has been released 2 decades ago, around 2001, Monopoly Deal remains one of the most popular ones. During the game, you’ll have to create your bank, complete actions, play property cards, pay the other players for properties, and many more. On each property card, is written a specific number, which tells you when the set of properties is completed. Once you complete 3 full sets of properties, you win! 

What’s the main difference with UNO?

Uno is simpler to play & has less equipment. In Monopoly Deal, besides playing the cards, you’ll have to do with deals, properties, payments, and so on. 

What’s much of a muchness to UNO?

There are different types of cards & each adds new stuff to the game. Action cards resemble me with Skip & Reverse cards since both change the game flow.

6. Five Crowns

Five Crowns

Available on Amazon ($11.97) & Target ($11.99) | 1-7 players | Ages 8+

What can we say about ‘Five Crowns’?

Let’s go to the royal world! Five Crowns is the rummy style, five-suited card game. Yes, there are 5 suits: hearts, stars, clubs, diamonds, and spades. There are 116 cards included, and they most likely look like a standard deck of cards, from Twos to Kings. Now, there are 11 rounds of gameplay. The first round starts with 3 cards, and in this round 3s are wild. Then, it continues with 4 cards, 4s are wild, and so on, till the last round, when Kings go wild! Every time you’ll try to make runs and books, discard cards, and similar actions. If you’re able to go out first, this is how you avoid scoring points. Yes, whoever has the fewest points wins the game!   

 What’s the main difference with UNO?

In UNO, you always try your best to score the highest points. On the other hand, in Five Crowns, if you have the highest points, you’re screwed up. 

What’s much of a muchness to UNO?

When playing UNO, you have to play cards, only if they match each other. In Five Crowns as well, you have to make books, which means the same cards, different suits. 

7. Push

Push

Available on Amazon ($12.99) & Walmart ($12.99) | 2-6 players | Ages 8+

What can we say about ‘Push’?

What will we push? Probably some luck! This card game contains 120 cards inside, and one die. Let me be a spoiler: because of its cute size, it is very preferred during trips or traveling. When playing Push, you’ll quickly understand that there are 5 deals. The first deal starts with 6 cards dealt to each player, the second with 7 cards, and continuously, till the 5th deal, where everyone is dealt 10 cards. On all of your turns, you always try to get rid of as many cards as possible, and you do that by playing melds. Melds can be sets & runs, which can be completed with the help of wild cards (twos and Jokers). You may also play in teams, dude. Now, if any player gets rid of their cards, the other teammates’ cards are the penalty points. After all the deals are completed, whoever has a lower penalty score, wins! 

 What’s the main difference with UNO?

In Push, there are 5 deals of gameplay, and each time, players get dealt a different number of cards. That doesn’t quite happen in UNO!

What’s much of a muchness to UNO?

Well, in both games you have to be the first who gets rid of all their cards, in case you want to win.  

8. L.L.A.M.A

L.L.A.M.A

Available on Amazon ($14.39) & Walmart ($9.99) | 2-6 players | Ages 8+

What can we say about ‘L.L.A.M.A’?

Is it just me or this is actually one of the coolest game names? L.L.A.M.A is a card game made of 56 cards & 70 markers. But what will we need them for? Well, you have to play cards in that way that you continue the sequence. There may be one dillama… What do I do if I don’t have a card to play? That’s what markers are for! For every card you can not play, you get a marker. If you’re clever enough and get rid of all your cards, you get rid of a marker as well. Don’t be thinking you’re lucky for getting markers. At the end of the game, whoever has fewer markers, wins the game. So, your markers count up against you. In other words, try your best to fight the Lama! 

What’s the main difference with UNO?

Now, you don’t have to match cards to play them. You just have to continue the sequential order.

What’s much of a muchness to UNO?

In both games, you get punished when you can’t play a card. In UNO, you get to pick up a card from the pile, which doesn’t let you win, while in L.L.A.M.A, you get a marker. 

9. 3UP 3Down

3Up 3Down

Available on Amazon ($12.95) & Walmart ($12.99) | 2-6 players | Ages 7+

What can we say about ‘3Up 3Down’?

3 up 3 down what? Well, probably the game is named 3Up 3Down because three of your cards are not revealed till the very end of the game! This card game has a total of 84 cards, divided into clear cards, numbered cards, and so on. Everyone can take a look at 3 of their cards, and place 3 other cards, face-down, in front of you. Going clockwise, everyone takes their turns. You may play cards from your hand, only if the value of that card is equal to or greater than the value of the card in the discard pile. On the other hand, when you play a clear card, the whole discard pile is cleared. In short words, the goal of the game is to get rid of all your cards, before your friends or family.

What’s the main difference with UNO?

In Uno, you have to play only cards that match. In 3Up 3Down, you may also play cards greater than the value on the discard pile. 

What’s much of a muchness to UNO?

In Uno & 3Up 3Down, your goal is to get rid of your cards as fast as possible. 

10. Sequence Staks

Sequence Stacks

Available on Amazon ($8.90) | 2-4 players | Ages 7+

What can we say about ‘Sequence Stacks’?

As the name says, this is a game of sequence. Contains 120 cards & about 40 playing chips. Using cards from your hand, you play into the sequence pile. This pile can only be started with a 1 or a wild card. Cards will go sequentially from 1 to 5. If you don’t have an appropriate card to play, you should discard cards from your hand, and place them into your personal discard pile. Besides numbered cards, you’ll also run into reverse cards (reverse the direction of the game), skip the next player), block(block a sequence), discard thief (steal a card), and chip thief (steal a chip). The winner is whoever earns 5 chips, from them at least two red & 2 blue.

What’s the main difference with UNO?

In Sequence Stacks also include chips, which determine the winner as well. It has nothing to do with points. 

What’s much of a muchness to UNO? 

Both card games have skip & reverse cards. Their action is pretty much the same while playing. 

11. The Great Dalmuti 

The Great Dalmuti

Available on Amazon ($13.72) & Walmart ($13.72) | 6-8 players | Ages 8+

What can we say about ‘The Great Dalmuti’?

First things first, this gives me the feeling of something antique, the name, the design… There are 80 cards in this deck, including cards ranked from 12-1 and 2 Jokers (Jesters). The numbers on the cards, besides telling you their rank, also tell how many of that card is in the deck. All the cards are dealt to each player equally. Similar to what we showed above, you must play cards in the center, only if they have the same rank. The first person to run out of all their cards first becomes the Great Dalmuti. But, the game doesn’t end this fast. Next, the other players change their positions and begin the new round. The game may continue for as long as you want. Ps. Jesters are wild cards, they may be used in any situation. 

What’s the main difference with UNO?

There isn’t a specific number of points or rounds where the game ends. It may continue till y’all get bored of it. 

What’s much of a muchness to UNO?

In UNO, you’re free to play cards if they’re the same rank. That’s what you do in The Great Dalmuti as well. 

12. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

Available on Amazon ($9.84) & Target ($9.99) | 2+ players | Ages 8+

What can we say about ‘Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza’?

Firstly, memorizing this name is an extreme sport! The designs may look a bit childish, but you don’t know how fun they are! It has a total of 66 cards in the deck, and all of them are either a taco, a cat, a goat, cheese, or pizza. Every player takes their time to flip one card from the pile – without looking at them. While flipping, you should also say the words in order: taco, cat, goat, cheese, pizza. So, each player would remember this order, and when it’s their turn, they say one of the abovementioned words. Now, once the word you said, and the card on the center of the table match, you all race to slap the pile. The last player to do so takes the entire pile. Whoever runs out of cards first, wins. There are also some special cards: Gorilla, Groundhog & Narwhal, and they all have different actions. 

What’s the main difference with UNO?

In this card game, you don’t have to match one card with another. What you look forward to, is matching what you say, with the card in the center of the table.

What’s much of a muchness to UNO?

No matter which game you play, you’ll definitely find special cards, which add fun to the game.

13. Play Nine

Play Nine

Available on Amazon ($16.99) & Walmart ($16.29) | 2-6 players | Ages 8+

What can we say about ‘Play Nine’?

Any idea why it is named Play Nine? Well, most likely because there will be 9 holes! It includes 108 cards, and they are ranked from -5 to 12. First, each player gets 8 cards, in two rows of 4, face-down. The remaining cards are placed in the center of the table. Everyone takes a turn turning over 2 of their cards. Next, each player draws cards either from the draw pile, or discard deck, trying to make combinations. Also, in every turn, players should turn over one card from their deck. 2 of the same cards in the same row, cancel each other. Just as in Golf, the game continues for 9 holes. After the ninth hole, all the holes are tailed, and the player with the lowest score wins the game. If you’re lucky in life, just add some of your skills and you’ll do great! 

What’s the main difference with UNO?

You can’t affect the other player’s game, as you did in UNO. There isn’t such a thing as skip, reverse, +2, or anything like that. 

What’s much of a muchness to UNO?

You get rid of cards, only if you match them with each other. This happens in both UNO and Play Nine!

14. Blink

Blink

Available on Amazon ($5.99) & Walmart ($8.53) | 2 players | Ages 7+

What can we say about ‘Blink’?

Cheers to the world’s fastest game! This 2-player card game requires you to be quick and concentrated. The game contains 60 cards, and all of them have different shapes drawn on them & different numbers. There are 6 available shapes: star, triangle, diamond, flower, moon, lighting, and raindrop. You play cards, trying to get rid of them. There are 3 ways you could play a card: cards match the color, the shape, or the number of shapes. So, if you’ve played, let’s say, a yellow 4-triangles, you may play any yellow card, any triangle card, or any other card that has 4 objects in it. Just as simple as that is! If you’re the first to get rid of all your cards, you win! 

What’s the main difference with UNO?

Unlike UNO, in Blink, you won’t perform any action. You just look up cards that match. 

What’s much of a muchness to UNO?

In both games, you may match cards by their color, or their number. Well, in Blink you can also match by shape, but that’s not the point…

15. Farkle Flip

Farkle Flip

Available on Amazon ($5.49) & Walmart ($5.49) | 2+ players | Ages 8+

What can we say about ‘Farkle Flip’?

The name is very specific, huh? It includes 110 cards, and most likely one dice. Start by giving each player 1 face-down card. Let the remaining cards in the center of the table. While drawing cards, if you draw a number, you may play them either in front of you, or on other players’ decks, but the point is to create strong combinations. Now, if you draw a Frakle card, you have to stop drawing cards. All cards in the playing area, after you play a Frakle card, become your cards. Strong combinations are, for example, two triplets (1,500 points), six farkles (3,000 points), six of any number (3,000 points), 1-6 straight (1,500 points), and many more. It’s optional, but the game usually ends when someone scores 10,000 or more points.

What’s the main difference with UNO?

Now each combination has its own score. It isn’t something set for all the cards. It all depends on what cards are combined together. 

What’s much of a muchness to UNO?

In both games, there’s a specific value of points that determines the winner & the ending of the game. 

 Conclusion: Are These Games Fun?

Look, personally, I hate copied items. You know, in our case, games that are all identical to UNO. Where’s the fun then? We did our best to find games similar to UNO but always focused on each game having its details that make them special. 

Just so you could clearly see the difference, we added the parts where we compare each game with UNO, the main difference between the two games, and what makes them similar.

Make sure you choose the games based on the number of players, the appropriate age to play, the level of difficulty (you may see that on the rules we explained), the skills required to play, and so on.

Well, remember you never know someone well until you play UNO with them, and they, unashamedly  I’m, hit you with a Wild +4 card… 

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