Two of my childhood favorites are making a comeback:
The UNO Card Game and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Okay, so the Ninja Turtles aren’t technically making a comeback; they have managed to maintain their popularity for the past 30 years and have become a multi-generational entertainment juggernaut. They rocked when I was a teenager back in the 80s/90s, and despite their ups and downs over the years, they still rock.
I’m not so sure about the upcoming TMNT movie, but it looks like Michael Bay is killing it, and not in a good way. But it has Megan Fox so…er…um…I mean, my 13 year old son loves the Turtles…so yeah, we’re gonna go see it when it comes out.
The Classic UNO Card Game
But UNO was pretty much MIA for years, as far as I know. So I’m actually really happy to see this one again. Brings back a lot of good memories.
I loved playing UNO when I was a kid. I remember we would always play it when I went over to my Uncle Mike and Aunt Janet’s house, back in the 80s. They had the old one – before the “Wild, Draw Four” cards were introduced in the Deluxe version – but I think they eventually got the newer version too, because I remember everybody oohing and aahing over the new Draw 4 cards and the huge deck size. So if you’ve never played, basically, here’s how:
How To Play UNO
- Each player starts with 7 cards.
- There’s a Draw pile and a Discard pile.
- Cards come in 4 colors (red, blue, yellow, green), and they’re numbered 0 to 9. But there are also special cards: Skip, Reverse, Draw Two.
- Then there are the Wild cards: Wild, Wild Draw 4, and PIZZA! (new to TMNT version).
- When it’s your turn, first…draw a card from the Draw pile
- Now you have to play that one or a card from your hand based on the top card of the Discard pile. So basically, if it’s a green 7, then you have to play a green card or a 7 of any color. Or you can play a Wild card, which allows you to choose a new color.
- You can only play one card per turn. If you don’t have a card that you can play (or if you simply choose NOT to play one), then you keep drawing cards until you get one that you can play.
- The goal is to get rid of all your cards.
- When you are placing down your next to last card, you have to call out, “UNO!” (which means, “One” in Spanish), to alert everyone that you are down to your last card and could possibly win the game on your next turn.
- If you place down your next-to-last card and forget to say “UNO!”, if another player catches you, then you have to draw 2 more cards from the deck.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
So on the new TMNT version, which is based on the 2012 TV show, it works pretty much the same, except there are images of characters from the TV show on the cards. Here are the characters you’ll find:
- 0 April O’Neil
- 1 Rat King
- 2 Foot Ninja
- 3 Donatello
- 4 Dog Pound
- 5 Raphael
- 6 Krang in exosuit
- 7 Michelangelo
- 8 Master Splinter
- 9 Leonardo
- Skip Dr. Baxter Stockman
- Reverse Leatherhead
- Draw 2 Krang/Utroms
- Wild The Shredder
- Wild Draw 4 The Turtles
- Wild Pizza Pizza on Raph’s sai
Enter: The Wild Pizza Card
There is also a new card in this version of UNO: the Pizza card. The way it works is, it’s kinda like the Wild Draw Four card — you play it, choose a color, and the player you use it on draws cards and then loses their turn — but here’s the difference: the player you use it against must keep drawing cards until they get a card with one of the ninja turtles on it (so, card #’s 3, 5, 7, or 9). This could add a lot of cards to that poor player’s hand!
Exit: Casey Jones
The game is cool, and the art style is just about the best the franchise has ever seen…way better than the old Archie Comics stuff, and just as good as the original black and white comics art, but in digital color! As you can see, it’s the current Nickelodeon cartoon style, and the images they chose are really, really good.
But where the heck is Casey Jones?!?!
My first response would be to give the game designers the benefit of the doubt. Hey, there can only be so many cards, right? So there’s going to be plenty of TMNT characters that won’t make it into the UNO card game, like Hun and Karai, for example.
There are TWO cards featuring the Krang/Utroms (Draw 2 and #6). So they COULD have had a Casey Jones card (he’s a MAJOR character in the TV shows), but either they overlooked it or they were total morons.
Okay, so that’s it.
A cool reboot of my favorite card game when I was growing up, combined with one of my all-time favorite comic book franchises! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles UNO card game is a lot of fun for kids and adults. My 13 year old and I play it like every single day. Even his grandma and his mom enjoy playing it with him too.
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Chris Desatoff is a blogger and cartoonist in
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Photos and text by Chris Desatoff
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