Julia and Ivan have been loving all things board games ever since we went to this year’s ChiTAG back in November. Since then, we’ve been spending a few nights a week having family game night by playing different games together after dinner. Sometimes we even play while we’re eating. Such rebels, I know.
Our regular go-to games for family game night have been Monopoly Empire, Bounce Off, and Barbeque Party; but UNO ATTACK! is quickly becoming a favorite.
If you are familiar with the original UNO, then you basically know how to play this edition.
UNO ATTACK! differs from other UNO versions because it comes with a special launcher. Yup, kinda like a rocket. Rather than having a pile of cards to draw from, you simply press the button on the launcher if you need a card. Sometimes you press the button and nothing happens. Other times, a handful of cards will shootout at you! There’s also this sound that occurs when you press the button. It reminds me Jaws. Kinda gets your heart racing a little!
UNO ATTACK adds speed and surprise to the game because you never know when an attack is coming! When you push the button on the card launcher nothing may happen…or you might get a stream of UNO ATTACK! cards!
There are also a few different cards in this version that weren’t in the original UNO. There’s a Discard All card so you can get rid of all the cards that match the color of the discard pile. There’s a Hit 2 card which forces the next player to hit the attack button twice. But our favorite card is the Attack-Attack, which lets you “attack” any player by having them press the launch button twice.
Julia and Ivan usually gang up and use all their Attack-Attack cards on me. Then they laugh their little butts off when cards come flying out. I don’t mind. They get a laugh, and I love hearing their giggles during our family game nights.
5 TIPS FOR HAVING A SUCCESSFUL FAMILY GAME NIGHT
Being a mom AND an elementary school teacher, I’ve played my fair share of board games with children. Here’s a few things that I always do to make sure that everyone enjoys themselves…especially on family game night.
- Have one person pick the game. (This helps eliminate any arguing of which game to play.)
- Set up the game together.
- Go over all the rules before playing.
- Use encouraging words and phrases throughout the game. Remind your children that you’re all playing to have FUN…not to determine who is a winner or loser.
- Once the game ends, clean up together and talk about how fun the game was.
It sounds simple, but these 5 things really help make the game fun for everyone and helps create a positive atmosphere for family game night.
We were given an UNO ATTACK! game during this past season’s Chicago Toy & Game Fair. All opinions are our own.