UNO Rush first impressions

 

UNO Rush is upon us, has the long wait been worth it. Announced a long time ago as having Avatar support, it was thought by many to be a NXE launch title, so it has been a long time coming.

First off the use of Avatars is really cool, in the lobby they get twitchy while waiting for players to join, which is not for too long as the game is already well populated. You can move their heads around. It’s just a shame you can’t clap the winner or make them move more.

Now for the game play. Anyone who has played UNO before should be able to pick this up fairly easily. It’s still worth playing the tutorial in single player mode though, as it is different enough from UNO to be a little confusing at the start. People new to UNO should be able to catch on pretty fast, I would definitely recommend you play locally for a while to get the hang of the game before jumping into ranked matches though.

The basic premise of UNO Rush is that rather than picking what card to put down, the one at the top of your hand is the card in play. For example if the centre card is red and you have a red card at the top of your hand it is automatically placed on the pile. If you have organised your other red cards after the top card they will be put down automatically. It is possible to get rid of your whole hand if you have arranged your cards correctly.

UNO Rush, lives up to it’s name. You’re constantly having to reorder your cards as the colours change. Getting ready to lay the next one down can be frantic. Because of this some people who liked to play UNO at a more sedate pace are going to struggle.

A great addition is the local multiplayer, after all this is what playing cards is about, being in the same room as your opponents, it works perfectly and it is a game that should get the whole family round the Xbox.

UNO Rush is a great addition to XBLA and is a sure-fire hit, see you online.

 

 

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Xbox Days of Arcade dated

2nd edit:

For some reason MS have removed the release dates from the dashboard and changed the shedual.

Dishwasher was shedualed for 8th April but is todays game(1st April). I have no idea what this means for all the other dates.

Edit – For those of your sharp sited people out there you will have noticed that Flock was missing from this list. Well the good news is that Flock will be released along side The Dishwasher on April 8th. Sorry for missing it out originally.

MS have anounced the release dates of their spring XBLA line up via the Xbox dashboard. As if you weren’t all busy enough with Peggle.

Days of arcade, as they are call it was kicked off today with Hasbro Family Game Night. They are.

25th March – UNO Rush

It’s a frantic, fast-paced rush to play all your cards and stick others with the score. At last play Uno in local multiplayer.

 

 

1st April – Puzzle Quest: Galactrix

Match-3 and RPG genres combine in this new version of the Puzzle Quest franchise.

 

8th April – The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai

The much awaited Dishwasher. All must heed the absolute power of The Dishwasher!

 

15th April – Outrun Online Arcade

Experience the mayhem and action of OutRun, bringing your next-gen skills online with this coin-op classic.

22nd April – Lode Runner

The all-time classic action/puzzle game returns with more than 200 levels.

Days of arcade coming to Xbox Live Arcade

Courtesy of Major Nelson’s blog, we can bring you news of seven blockbuster XBLA games coming to you starting March 18th with Hasbro Family Games Night. We will let you know as soon as we know more dates.

Here is the full text;

Starting March 18th, we’re kicking off the Days of Arcade promotion. Much like the Summer of Arcade last year,  (but bigger) the Arcade team has lined up six-weeks of blockbuster titles :

 

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai

Flock

Hasbro Family Game Night

Lode Runner

Outrun Online Arcade

Puzzle Quest: Galactrix

UNO Rush

 

First out of the gate on March 18th is Hasbro Family Game Night. Following that, I’ll post each Monday what that weeks Arcade release will be.

 

As you can see, that we’ve got seven titles..for a six-week promotion. The Arcade team decided they’re going to surprise you one week when they double up the fun.