UNO RUSH Review
UNO RUSH box art
System: X360 (XBLA) Review Rating Legend
Dev: Microsoft 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Microsoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: March 26, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Also, initially there were a ton of multiplayer connection issues in UNO RUSH. Connection quality was artificially bad, party formation was often difficult, syncing up games often led to long waits, and players joining mid-game could cause crashing and disconcerting lag. Thankfully, the recent Xbox 360 firmware update seems to have done away with most of the technical issues that plagued the game at launch.

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UNO RUSH is a very complete game that offers Xbox 360 owners support for all the LIVE bells and whistles they crave. First, the title touts full Avatar support - a function that is surprisingly satisfying, especially because of their expressive nature and players' ability to shake their heads with the right analog stick. Second, LIVE Party and voice chat makes hooking up with friends and meeting new friends (and enemies) a snap. Third, full guest support means playing with friends locally doesn't mean you have to sacrifice going online. I found this to be a quite compelling feature, indeed! Finally, peripherals like the Xbox LIVE Vision camera and even the Big Button controller are supported, though you won't have enough time to pay attention to video feeds and the Big Button controller is far less precise.

As far as presentation is concerned, the crisp visuals are transmitted in 1080i. The game board is clean and the Avatars are a lot of fun. The only visual hiccup seems to be that the stacked cards are a little too small to read when you have a lot of them. The background music is catchy, reminiscent of the original Uno release. Sound effects are generally very good, but the scaled-sounds whilst discarding steal the show; talk about satisfying!

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In summation, UNO RUSH is a great LIVE Arcade title. While some may be initially discouraged by the title's frenetic pace and seemingly unforgiving controls, once you get the hang of things, you'll never want to let go!

By Jonathan Marx
CCC Editor / News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.1
Graphics
The clean-looking game board and expressive Avatars are great! Cards can be difficult to distinguish at times.
3.8
Control
Controls are inefficient, but this usually adds rather than detracts from the fun. However, a few advanced commands would have been nice.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is very catchy and the sounds are perfect!
4.5
Play Value
Once you get the hang of things, this game is full of amazingly addictive content.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Xbox LIVE exclusive: UNO RUSH is the sequel to the number-one selling Xbox LIVE Arcade title UNO, and is exclusive to Xbox LIVE Arcade.
  • Full support: Full avatar, LIVE Party Chat, Xbox LIVE Vision camera, and Big Button Pad support is provided.
  • Multiplayer action: It's couch play for the whole family, with up to four players per console, and full guest support for multiple users per console over Xbox LIVE.
  • Exciting UNO-style gameplay: Several special command cards affect different aspects of the game, including skipping the next player's turn, reversing the direction of play, changing the color of the discard pile, scrambling the next player's hand, or making the next player draw two or four cards.
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080i (Standard HD).


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