Uno Variation: House Rules

Cards: 1 or more Uno decks (any variety)
Players: 2+
Time: ~10 min/round
Rating: 8/10

These are the variations that we liked enough to make our default rules:

1) Play according to the Uno rules except where they conflict with the following rules

2) "Stacking Draw 2s": When a Draw 2 card is played, the next person has the opportunity to play a Draw 2 card immediately to avoid drawing cards. The next person then has to either draw 4 cards or add her own Draw 2 card. Play continues until a player cannot add a Draw 2 to the pile. That person then draws the number of cards equal to all of the Draw 2s that were stacked and play continues with the next person. (For a further variation, allow "Stacking Draw 4s").

3) "Starting Neutral": When the top card is turned over to begin play, it is deemed to have no effect (i.e. if it is a Draw 2 card, the first player is not required to draw). If the card is a Wild, the next card is turned over.

4) "No Scoring": The Uno rules suggest keeping track of players' scores at the end of each round. With this variation, the game ends when the first person plays his last card. That person is then declared the winner and a new game begins. Alternately, the remaining players can continue playing to determine 2nd place and so on.

5) "No-limits Draw 4s": Draw 4 cards can be played at any time even if a player is able to match the color in play.

Advantages: This variation turns Uno into a fast-moving game with a slightly more strategy involved in winning each round (particularly with the Draw 2s). This game is easily repeated to allow all a chance for some sort of victory, even those with less experience. And it is particularly fun for 2 player games.

Disadvantages: The main disadvantage to this variation is that some strategy is removed by taking out the scoring.

Overall: A great variation for quick, fun, casual games of Uno with a bit of an edge. Feel free to use and modify these rules and let me know what you think in the comments!


  1. if 6 people are playing and one player throws 2 reverse at a same time what will happen..?? please reply me fast on

  2. I assume you are referring to the rule where a player is allowed to play 2 cards at once if they are identical (which isn't in the house rules above). When we use that rule, the first card is treated as a buried card with no effect and the second card is given effect. In your scenario, that would mean that the order of play would actually be reversed.

    *I will email this to you as well per your request*

    1. The other way is that all card apply so the play continues as normal.
      So n stops = the next n players lose their turn
      n reverse = if n is odd, order of turns is reversed, if even it's not

  3. Huh, I've always played by these rules. Spoopy.

  4. We had too! It wasn't until I read the actual rules when creating this website that I realized our rules weren't all official.


  6. Me and my friends used to (and still do) play the whole game Stacked. There's no short way to explain it, so get ready.
    Basically we can stack any cards, and multiple cards in one turn. For example, if a red 3 is thrown, a red 5 and a yellow 5 can both be thrown (at the same time) by the next player in order to change the color, but youf can only change the color once per turn. Any f-up gets you two cards from the deck. Pick twos and wilds can be stacked in a similar way. If I have a yellow pick 2 and I throw it, the next person can throw a wild or wild pick 4, then a pick two of the color they called. Games end when one person empties their hand, at which point we add up the total face values in all of our hands. At the end of 5 or so games, the person with the lowest sum total wins the overrall match.

  7. I grew up in the 80's and 90's, your house rules above were exactly the rules I always played as a kid (but with the stacking draw 4s). I can't remember it ever being different, no matter who I played with. I was surprised when I read the official rules.