*************************    How to Play ADUNO    ************************

                  (Release 1.6-UHA, February 1996 -- Freeware)

                                 by Ken Dowst

                               for Adrian Dowst

                    Special Version for RLC110/111 at UHa

Requires:  IBM PC or compatible, color monitor (CGA or better).


What's New in Release 1.6?


     1.6 is the same as the first public release (1.5, also February, 1991), 

with this exception:  REGISTERED users now get their name on the title screen 

and get a "Thank you" at the end.  

The Game in a Nutshell:


     Play a card that matches the last card played in color or in value.  If 

you cannot play any card, you must draw one.  Some cards do special things.  

The game ends when one player gets rid of all his cards.  

The Game in Detail:


     ADUNO is similar to the card game UNO.  The deck comprises 108 cards.  

8 cards are wild; the other 100 each have a color (blue, green, red, or 

yellow) and a value.  The value may be a number (0-9) or a word (Reverse, 

Skip, or Draw Two).  The wild cards (colored magenta) comprise the normal 

Wild and the powerful Wild Draw Four.  

     Your hand is shown at the top of the screen.  Your goal is to play 

(discard) all of the cards in your hand.  You can play a card if it matches 

the last card played in color or in value.  When you play any "word" card 

(excapt Wild), you get to play again immediately.  When you play a Draw Two or 

Wild Draw Four, your opponent must draw 2 or 4 cards from the deck (the 

computer takes care of the drawing automatically).  

     Here's how you play a card in ADUNO:  Move the cursor to the card you 

want by pressing the arrow keys.  Then press {Enter} to play the card.  The 

cursor is a bright white border that jumps from card to card.  


     If you cannot play any of the cards in your hand, you must draw one card 

from the deck (press {End}).  If you still cannot play, you must pass (press 

{End} again).  Then it's the computer's turn to play a card in *his* hand.  

     You may draw a card even if you are already holding a playable card.  You

may also "reneg": after you have drawn a card, you need not play it (and only 

it) or pass--you may play any playable card in your hand.  

     You can play Wild at any time; you can play Wild Draw Four only when you 

have no cards the same color as the card in play.  After you have played Wild 

or Wild Draw Four, you announce the color you want the card to be.  You may 

choose any of the four regular colors.    

     The player who manages to discard all his cards wins.  He is then awarded 

points based on the cards still held by his opponent: wild cards are worth 50 

points, other "word" cards are worth 20, number cards are worth face value.  

Traditionally, new games are played until one player acquires a total of 500 


Your Options at the "Your turn" Prompt:


     Your keystroke options are listed at every "Your turn" prompt.  They are, 

          {4 arrow keys}  Move cursor to desired card

             {Enter}      Play card at cursor

              {End}       Draw or Pass

               {S}        Toggle sound (beep at each prompt) on/off

               {C}        Toggle CHEAT mode on/Supercheat/off

               {?}        Call Help screen

     One other option is not listed there: press {Esc} to quit immediately.  

     The computer will not allow you to make an illegal move.  

Some Notes on Operating ADUNO.EXE:


New Note, 2/16/96: If you're a Windows fan, you can have Windows add an

icon for Aduno, and you can then just click on it to play. Don't ask me

how (I forget--I don't use Windows unless I have to), but it can be done.

Or you can just start the program from Windows' "File Manager." 

     (1) For "Fast-start" mode, enter  ADUNO F  at the DOS prompt.  This will 

shorten the title screen and skip the initial message.

     (2) To get more quickly past the title screen and (in normal-start mode) 

the initial message, press a key.  

     (3) You do not have to hold down {Shift} when pressing {?}.  

     (4) The cursor is a bright white border for a card.  In the unlikely 

event you cannot see it, adjust the contrast of your monitor.  

     (5) The computer plays a fairly good game, but you should be able to 

outsmart him . . . which doesn't mean that you'll necessarily win, since 

chance plays a large role in ADUNO.  

     (6) If you try to play a Wild Draw Four illegally, you will get a 

message like, "You must play your red cards first."  Don't worry: your 

computer-opponent does not ever know what cards are in your hand--does not 

know whether you are holding any red cards or not--does not even know how 

*many* cards you are holding.  If anybody is cheating--or reasoning 

deductively--it's you!  

     (7) Apologies to rodentophiles: mouse support will have to wait for

Version 2.0 (not due anytime in the near future).



Normally I announce that ADUNO is shareware and invite users to send me

$2 if they like & want to keep the game. This special version of Aduno is

offered free to students in RLC 110/111 at the University of Hartford, as

a way of encouraging them to develop their computer skills.  If they can

download it from our Web page, they can have it for free.

                                                 Ken Dowst

                                                 Hartford, CT

                                                 March 30, 1991

                                                 (rev. 2-16-96)