How to play Uno by yourself

Uno is universally famous as a game that brings people together. Families love Uno as it is the perfect game for all game nights. A lot of the time people complain, why can’t they play this amazing game alone? The answer is, they certainly can.

Single-player Uno is just like Uno, which involves one player where the player has to discard one card when his or her turn comes. They must play a card that matches the colour, number, or sign of the discard pile’s top card. 

Solo Uno rules

The rules for solo Uno are the same as the traditional Uno. The basic rules are given below.

  • Seven cards will be placed, the first one will be facing up, in a straight line one by one. After that place another 6 cards, make sure to put the 1st card in the 2nd series to view upwards over the 2nd card of the 1st series.

Keep repeating this process until you build 7 piles. Each pile should have 1 card, 2 cards, etc. Keep building the pile until there are 28 cards on the deck. 

  • The beginning card can be any card from the Discard pile. But whichever card is taken and placed on the top of the Discard pile, you will have to play a card matching that top card.
  • In order to play solo Uno, you will have to take out some cards from the deck. After that, you will have to memorise the cards according to their ranking. The primary concept of solo Uno is that you must considerably modify the deck’s structure in order to play in a manner close to more classic solo games.

Difference between Solo Uno rule and Original Uno rule

Traditional Uno is played among 7 to 10 players whereas solo Uno is meant for one player. As the number of players is different, the rules will also differ. But the basic rules are not that different from the traditional ones.

In traditional Uno, players don’t need to memorize the numbers or the sequence of the cards. Whereas in Uno solo, the player needs to discard a few cards and memorize their ranking. This will make the game appropriate for one player.

How to play Uno Solitaire

  • Step 1: Set the cards

When you’re playing Uno alone, at first, you’ll have to shuffle the cards and set two piles. As there’s only one player, you don’t have to pick the dealer. Just keep 7 cards after shuffling and proceed.

  • Step 2: Card values and the equivalent amount

The core concept of UNO solo is that you must subtly adjust the deck’s structure in order to play in a manner identical to more classic solo games. The Zeroes must be removed from all UNO solo versions. You may have to take out the Wild Cards based on if you’re playing Onani or Branlei.

You will have to learn how to use the Substitute Ranking System in both versions, which is a way for matching action cards with the face value of the cards and rank.

  • Step 3: Choosing the rules
  • Standard rules: In the standard rule, you will have to deal with 3 cards at one time from the pile of remaining cards. This will form the “Discard pile.”

If the first card of the discard pile has a face value “One” or has a similar colour and a value lower than the card on the actual pile then you can transfer the card to that pile and take the next card to the discard pile.

When all the cards of the pile will be over, you can place another 3 cards in the pile and keep repeating the process. After you’ve placed all the remaining cards in the pile, face them upside down and distribute three cards at one time to create another pile.

Keep repeating the process until there are any more cards left.

  • Vegas rules: The Vegas rules follow the core concept of the standard rule. The difference is you just handle one card at one time. You will have to go through the pile once.
  • Step 4: Scoring system

The scoring system of Uno solitaire is exactly the same as the Uno traditional. The numbered card’s score is the face value of the card. For example, the blue 9 will score a 9.

The wild cards have different values. The “Reverse” and “Skip” have 20 points. All the other wild cards like “Draw 2” and “Draw 4” have 50 points.

Cards in Uno Solitaire

Cards in Uno solitaire are not different from the traditional Uno. But you will have to memorize them differently. The order is given below:

The cards with the face value 1 will be known as “Ace,” the cards from 2 to 9 will remain the same. “Draw 2” will be called “Jack,” “Reverse” cards will be called “Queen” and finally “Skip” will be called “King.”

Memorize the rank of action cards as D-R-S and remember that their ranks are reversed.