UNO manages to leave us impressed with every edition it brings. One of the newest, and the most entertaining too, is the Show ‘Em No Mercy card game, which is a blast itself! I played it several times with my family and a bunch of friends, and couldn’t wait to share the news and information about this release with you while having no mercy about the spoilers!
- How does it look?
- What is different?
- The rules & cards;
- Where to find;
- Final Thoughts;
How Does UNO Show ‘Em No Mercy Look?
First things first, we gotta know how this new release looks. Just in case you go and search for it, and know what you’re looking for.
This is it. A red box, with large UNO cards written on it, plus the edition name: Show ‘Em No Mercy! As the front tells us, it is brutal, ruthless, and unapologetic, by all means. Let’s see what’s in the back, shall we?
The back is full of information, as obvious. You may find lots of extra information, and they are pretty useful when playing: the extra instructions, the 25-card rule, the contents of the game, and more. You may also find information about the manufacturer (Mattel), creators, corporate address, and so on.
As the back of the box tells, the colors and decorations may vary from copy to copy, so once you find something with the same name, feel free to get it, regardless of the color or illustrations.
What Is Different From Other UNO Editions?
I bet UNO, especially the wild and draw cards, has destroyed some of your friendships as well. Now, the Show ‘Em No Mercy UNO is 10 times more brutal. And ruthless. We’re not even exaggerating. You’ll understand why once we present to you all the cards.
Firstly, this new edition has a deck of 168 cards, which is 56 extra cards compared to regular UNO. Well, not only in the number of cards. The actions are quite tougher than usual UNO actions. This probably leads to the game being suitable for only 2 to 6 people, and not up to 10, as the main game of UNO is. However, the age range (7+) is the same.
Besides all, there are other rules added to the game: the stacking rule, the swap-hands, the mercy rule, and more. We’ll explain them all in a blink of an eye.
Ps. Did you know that you can play other card games with UNO cards?
The Rules & Cards Of UNO Show ‘Em No Mercy
Babes, you know how the standard UNO is played, right? Well, the same rules are applied in this edition too, but there are some extras included, and we’ll finally talk about them. First, let’s see what the UNO Show ‘Em No Mercy contains:
In all 4 colors:
- 2 cards of each number: self-explanatory.
- 3 Skip Cards: Skips the next player’s turn, after this card is played.
- 2 Skip Everyone cards: It’s basically your turn again.
- 3 Reverse cards: Reverses the direction of play.
- 2 Draw Two cards: The next player draws 2 cards.
- 2 Draw Four cards: The next player draws 4 cards;
- 3 Discard All Of Color cards: All players can play (discard) all cards in their hand that match the color of this card.
- 8 Color Roulette cards: The next player picks a color, and draws cards until they get a card of that color, but must skip their turn.
- 8 Reverse Draw Four: It’s an all-in-one: changes the color, reverses the direction, and the next player draws 4 cards.
- 4 Draw Six: The next player draws 6 cards.
- 4 Draw Ten: The next player draws ten cards;
Take a look at how all these cards look:
Well, one of the main reasons why you will make your friends mad, or vice versa, is that you may have to draw 4, 6, or 10 cards, which is mindblowing! It keeps getting better. Here are some added rules:
The Stacking Rule: When someone plays a Draw card, the next player (who’s supposed to draw cards), can play another Draw card, and pass the added penalty to the next player, the third one (or even continue it longer). So, if you played a Draw 2, the next player played the same as well, the third player must draw 4.
The Mercy Rule: If after getting penalties, and drawing cards several times, you’ve ended up with 25 cards in your hand (even though you started with 7), you’re knocked off the game. There’s no mercy.
0’s Pass: Once someone plays a 0, all players must pass their hand of cards, to the player on their left, and everyone continues playing with the new hand of cards.
7’s Swap: The player who played a 7, can pick a player of their choice to swap hands with.
Of course, the main rule of UNO is the same: once you’re left with one card in your hand, you must shout ‘UNO’. However, that is not the only way to win. You may also aim to knock your friends off (if they have 25 cards in their hands), so, you’re the last player remaining, therefore, win the game!
You may apply the rules of Drunk UNO rules in this game as well!
Where To Find This New Edition Of UNO?
Considering the fact that UNO Show ‘Em No Mercy came out in September of this year (2023), it’s hard to find in most of the shops. Almost impossible. However, you may currently buy it at Walmart for $9.97, online only. It will be available in Walmart’s local stores as well, but not at the moment. Yes. It is a game under $10, luckily.
However, people are selling their packs online too. You might find a pack on eBay for $45.00. We’ll keep you updated once it comes in other shops too (pretty soon hopefully).
We come to a conclusion: we’ll never get bored of UNO products. We’ll be fans of every game they bring. But the Show Em ‘No Mercy is definitely one of the realest, most fun ones to play with your mates. You will love it, get mad, have some laughs, and probably become crazier than when playing UNO All Wild!