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Nov 1, 2014

Comparing Uno decks: original and the "Special Summer Edition"

Uh, Chinese products are bloating out today's stores in my area, so I had to review two Uno decks: the original and the Special Summer Edition.

The Uno Special Summer Edition is just a vacation-based version of Uno, without special cards, and having rules in Chinglish. Let's take a look on the cards.


Reverse of an Uno card (left: original, right: Special Summer Edition)

We see that the left card reverse is the original Uno (Chinese version that I own), and the right is, what the fuck? Crudely drawn sun? Hmm, it would look like that the Special Summer Edition, hmm, does not relate to the original Uno, but except for the logo, which is a little modified from the one mentioned on the left.

Top row: 4 cards from Special Summer Edition. Each one indicates the number 5 in 4 colors.
Middle row: 4 cards from the original Uno. Each one indicates the number 5 in 4 colors.
Bottom row: Wild and Wild Draw 4 cards, in both original and Special Summer Edition's looks

Aw, the Special Summer Edition's cards have a total reference to the pre-Mattel era Uno (the one from 1971 to 1992) and the backgrounds of the cards: red is sunset, yellow: what the fuck? Sun on sand with a crab? Uh oh. The green is some random forest, and the blue is a clear azure sky with a sea on the bottom half. However the numbers are solid.

For the Wild and Wild Draw Four cards, I see, what the fuck? The balls? Oh my god, this is no perfect than the other deck. (original one)

 Top row: Two cards: a red 6 and a red 9 (SSE)
Middle row: Two cards: a red 6 and a red 9 (Original)
Bottom row: Two blank cards that are different in color (SSE)

Hmm, when you buy a Special Summer Edition card deck, you'll notice that the numbers 6 and 9 have no horizontal bars below them, so people may mix them, such as placing a yellow 9 over a green 6 (does not depend on color or order). Don't forget to read what are the correct numbers, look on the top left corner of each card!

I also had to get out the blank cards, which are different in color shade! (Actually there are no red, blue, green or yellow blank cards, just those purple).

Top row: 3 blue cards from SSE (Draw 2, Skip, Reverse)
Bottom row: 3 blue cards from the original Uno (Draw 2, Reverse, Skip, note a little bad printed Reverse card)

Hmm, the shadow order is inverted, meaning you'll have to turn the card upside down in order to get normal shadow like on the original. If you flip the flipped card that has normal shadow, the reverse is upside down!

For the original, the shadow matches its order.


As I know the Uno rules since I've played the Flash version of it, I just felt that, when I got rules, I just detected Chinglish in it. For that, I'm going to show out a part of the rules that I got with SSE deck, as the quote:
Each player is  dealt seven  cards,  the remaining  cards are placed face down in the  center of the table to form the drawpile. The top ca rd of the drawpile is turned  over and placed next to the drawpile to form the discard pile.
The first player selects  a  card from his hand by matching  either  colour,   number, or word of the top card in the discard pile.
You see, this is example of how the SSE rules of Uno look like, just a short part. We see that the spacing is too bad, and you can see that the product may be possibly made in China.

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