BCM300 Game Experience of Digital UNO

PROCESS
The process of how I accessed the game: 
– Downloaded the free application on my iPhone from the apple app store
– Opened the application once it downloaded
– Followed the step-by-step guide as to how to set up play the digital version of UNO
– Created a profile by selecting my avatar and typing in my username which I did as ‘Annesha’
– Selected UNO class mode
– Waited for opponents 
– Pressed start

From my experience, it very easily accessible for a consumer to access this product as it is a free application, it is available on several platforms, it initially provides a step-by-step guide for beginners and plays well on my phone, laptop and tablet.

The process of how I learnt how to play the digital version of UNO includes following the simple step-by-step guide when first opening the application. The steps of the rules included:
– Shuffle the cards and deal 7 cards to each player
– Put the rest of the uno cards in the centre of the table
– Turn over the top card from the draw pile to start the game
– Play a card to match the colour, number or symbol on the card
– Draw a card from the draw pile if you can’t play a card
– Pay attention to action and wild cards
– Say “UNO” if you only have 1 card left
– Play your last card to win the hand

EXPECTATIONS
The expectations I brought to the experience include:
– Being a fast-paced game (there is a timer for 3 minutes set in the corner of the screen)
– Choosing how many players to play with, ranging from 2-4
– Strategic gameplay 
– Creating own avatar/user
– Shouting out “UNO” when myself or another player has one card left
– Getting extremely competitive as I would in the original physical version of UNO

AFFECTIVE RESPONSE
Personally, I was very impressed with my experience of playing as I found the digital design of UNO to be extremely practical as I: 
– Did not have to shuffle a physical deck of cards, instead it is automated
– Was able to play wherever I like
– Was able to join multi-player mode and connect with friends and/or family
– Was able to join single-player mode and play whenever I wanted with random people around the world and/or bots

I found myself playing this game whenever I had the chance throughout the day. I even encouraged my family and friends to play the multi-player mode with me because I enjoyed it so much. The practicality was fantastic, with quick 3-minute games, allowing me to pass time when I needed a distraction. 

PRIMARY GAME MECHANICS
The primary game mechanics of the digital version of UNO include:
– Turns: Each player gets a turn each round unless an abnormal card is drawn, such as reverse, cancel or wild card
– Actions: The actions each player performs include playing a card to match the colour, number or symbol on the card and shouting “UNO” when you have one card left
– The aim of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all the cards in their hand
– 3 minutes per game

THEMES
The themes of digital UNO include:
– Numbers: Uno is a numbers game and teaches younger children an important basic skill of number matching
– Colour coordination: Emphasises the importance of a basic skill
– Family game: UNO is a classic family card game that is produced for people aged 7+
– Abstraction: The abstracted experience requires players to make a set of specific decisions that are not complex but very rewarding
– The concept of ‘last man standing is first to finish’
– Set building

SETTING
Uno has no setting, and it operates in a voidless sphere. The lack of setting is appealing and is a major part of what makes uno so successful. It can be present in almost any situation where you have a device, meaning it is very portable. 

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