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  • Summary: Hearthstone is a free-to-play digital strategy card game where you can choose one of nine epic Warcraft heroes to play as.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 30, 2014
    100
    Blizzard has once again demonstrated their mastery of video games as a combination of competitive play and captivating artwork.
  2. Apr 16, 2014
    100
    Hearthstone is not only an example of a free-to-play model done right, but it's a must-play for card game enthusiasts everywhere. It's incredibly easy to get into, the picturesque art is easy on the eyes, and best of all -- it plays perfectly on an iPad.
  3. Apr 21, 2014
    100
    This World of Warcraft CCG spin-off is easy to pick up, almost impossible to put down, and most amazingly of all, totally free. Consider this your only warning.
  4. Apr 10, 2014
    90
    It doesn't matter what you're playing it on: Hearthstone is a fantastic CCG that gets the balance just right and needn't cost players a cent.
  5. Apr 18, 2014
    90
    Hearthstone on iPad is a flawless rendition of the addicting desktop game that can finally be played on the couch, in bed, at the airport, hiding at work or (let’s admit it) in your bathroom.
  6. Apr 18, 2014
    90
    A compelling distillation of everything that's great and good in collectible card gaming, brought to your iPad, for free.
  7. Apr 22, 2014
    80
    Hearthstone's main drawback is a matchmaking system that can often put new players in matches out of their depth, along with a few stability and framerate hiccups that pop up in the iPad port.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 8 out of 37
  1. May 30, 2014
    10
    Not the perfect Free to play but it defiantly isn't pay to win. Blizzards art style is perfect and the vibrant color scheme and sound effectsNot the perfect Free to play but it defiantly isn't pay to win. Blizzards art style is perfect and the vibrant color scheme and sound effects really make the game feel alive. Expand
  2. Feb 17, 2015
    10
    First off, let me start by saying I love this game. I play enough each night to at least win the daily challenges. It is unfortunate peopleFirst off, let me start by saying I love this game. I play enough each night to at least win the daily challenges. It is unfortunate people are calling this game a pay-to-win. I'd like to comment specifically to that since that is what most of the negative reviews call out:

    1. You do not need to buy anything to win matches. I had won plenty of matches without any purchased packs. I also have a 3:1 win/loss ratio with a deck that includes only one legendary card that I crafted. Often, I am able to defeat decks with 5,6, and even 7 legendary cards because I practiced a ton in order to get this deck just right and try to play the deck as smart as possible. That said, there will always be decks that are better or receive a better draw.

    2. Many people may have better decks simply from playing longer. I earn an average of one free pack every two days. If a person has played a long time and acheived that many free packs, they should be rewarded for their longevity, and thus have better cards/decks.

    3. Players who complain its pay to win must expect to seek legendary status without any work or effort. I typically end each season at or around levels 12 and 13. Over time, my level has improved as I continue to build my card collection. I find it fun to see how far I can make it with what cards I do have.

    4. People want to play this game for free? Yes, it's free to play, but if you spend time playing this, why not throw a little cash at the developers? I spend $60 on a triple A title for my Xbox One that I might play for 12 hours. I've logged at least 60 hours on hearthstone over the months and have spent less than $40. Seems like a good value for time spent (I spend more than that taking my wife to a two hour movie).

    5. The end goal should not be perfection. It should be improving. As one review said, this game is easy to learn but difficult to master. And right there is the crux of it of why people are frustrated. They don't want to take the time to improve. Or perhaps they are not smart enough to improve.

    if you really enjoy the game, then read blogs, try out different deck combinations, practice and just have fun. If it's not for you, then don't complain it's pay to win. Just don't play. You can play this game without spending a dime, but as I've mentioned, I have no problem buying the occassional $1.99 pack (I spend 3x that to rent digital movies that I don't even own).

    For me, this game is awesome. It's a blast to see what kind of decks other players have put together, how different cards interact with other cards, and the constant challenges that comes with playing with people from all over. Good graphics, good sound effects, lots of depth, love the ability to craft cards from cards I don't need and all with fast-paced game play.

    My only criticism- and it's extremely minor- I wish we could rank seperately with the different classes. I've invested all of my free gold and crafting building the best mage deck I can. Thus have neglected the other classes a little bit. Would be fun to try and rank with those decks but not at the expense of losing the rank my mage deck has earned. That is literally my only complaint.

    I am utterly addicted to this game and plan to keep playing for a long time. I hope expansion packs keep coming!
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  3. Apr 19, 2014
    10
    Excellent and addictive game. Very in depth and very colourful and distinct classes. The competitive side of the game is also amazing. OnlyExcellent and addictive game. Very in depth and very colourful and distinct classes. The competitive side of the game is also amazing. Only the ladder is real as Littlefinger says. Reaching Legend is for champions. lol. Expand
  4. Apr 23, 2014
    9
    Here's a thoughtful question: Why do we play games? Hopefully your answer was "because they're fun!". And honestly, deep down, that is trulyHere's a thoughtful question: Why do we play games? Hopefully your answer was "because they're fun!". And honestly, deep down, that is truly the essence of gaming. Haters be all, "THIS GAME SUX CAUSE YOU HAVE TO PAY MONEY TO WIN." The simple counter to that is no, no you don't. Can you pay money to gratify your insatiable insecurities of winning right away? Yeah, it's possible. But that makes you a pathetic person who desperately needs more than this game in his or her life. With that thought, I can't think of a better way to introduce a positively fun and engaging game than Hearthstone.

    The layout, sound, and visuals right off the bat immerse you into this world of electronic card gaming. The Innkeeper tutors you through several practice sessions, where you'll learn the basics. He'll helpfully give you hints along your Hearthstone journey, never really leaving you hanging. As you practice against the CPU, or play against online strangers or friends, you'll unlock loads of various cards by leveling up your character (and characters can also be unlocked when you beat them). The arena for battling is designed superbly, complete with flashy graphics and sounds, making you feel either satisfied after destroying a minion, or devastated for witnessing your own minion's casualty. It captures both feelings well.

    If I can pinpoint an exceptional feature, it would be the sound. It's subtle excellence and quirkiness throughout the game capture the atmosphere Blizzard has created within the WoW universe perfectly. I've just started picking up on the silly one liners and sayings from various minions, and they're hilarious!

    Attention to detail not only includes sound, but every other aspect of this game (and sound is a big one). Stylized graphics and staunch animations include many details most people overlook, but still have that subtle added effect to make the game so darn fun to play.

    Downside? Not as many modes as you'd think. Practice, ranked or casual play, and the arena make up the game modes. Super fun, but still... Something a little more would've been nice. Added fun and depth include the deck and card creator, which you could spend literally hours pouring over to perfect the most epic deck.

    This game is free, fun, and deep without spending a dime. Yeah, there's micro-transactions for the instant gratifiers. But you seriously don't need that to have fun and win, as long as you work at it. And isn't that where the fun truly lies anyway?
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  5. Jun 4, 2014
    8
    Blizzard did a good job making a engaging and simple card game that anyone can pick up and play. Unfortunately, Blizzard isn't known for fastBlizzard did a good job making a engaging and simple card game that anyone can pick up and play. Unfortunately, Blizzard isn't known for fast content updates and may ultimately ruin their own game. Time will tell but with their track record I'm skeptical. Expand
  6. May 4, 2014
    5
    A virtual casino with Pay 2 Win elements.

    There are tons of P2W games out there, and in part I've accepted them as necessary evil. Then I
    A virtual casino with Pay 2 Win elements.

    There are tons of P2W games out there, and in part I've accepted them as necessary evil. Then I saw Hearthstone. Beneath the pretty and polished exterior hides a machine designed for one purpose only - to squeeze money out of its players for years.

    Hearthstone ruthlessly exploits the "unfair" feeling within the player, as after half a dozen tutorial games they are thrown to play against other players who either have beefy decks or are exploiting the "flavor of the month" rush deck. This causes newbies to seriously consider buying decks or arena runs.

    The most devious invention of Hearthstone, is the "Arena". Unlike premium account, each arena entry costs real money (or requires hours of grinding). An arena run is why I call this game gambling - you spend real money to get random cards and fight random opponents. Win and you want to win again. Lose and you want to win. It's an endless cycle that will cause people to spend real money just about every day they play the game.

    Unlike a traditional P2W game, like World of Tanks, where you buy premium account and in-game currency to spend on concrete purchases, everything within Hearthstone is completely random. You NEVER know what you get for your money. A pack contains random cards, arena runs are random. Draws within a match are random.

    Buying packs provides a number of random cards split among 9 classes. The "guaranteed rare" card can be for any class. This means that even if you buy dozens of packs, it's really hard to get the cards you really want. You are left with the choice of disenchanting dozens of rare cards to "craft" the cards you want, or keep drawing.

    The in-game "quests", offering a chance to win 1/5 to 1/3rd arena entry most frequently require winning a number of games with a random class. This means that you cannot just focus on one deck or class. Instead, you are tempted to play all classes, thus increasing the investment you need to play this game.

    Seeing the features like paid arena entry makes me seriously concerned about the future of P2W games. There are already dozens of WoW clones out there. What happens when Pay 2 Win companies get wind of the kinds of profits Blizzard will make with these new money making schemes?

    After playing Hearthstone, I started to believe that games like these should be regulated like gambling.
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  7. Mar 5, 2015
    0
    It is a rigged pay to win game. This game is a complete and total SCAM! It should not be even be legal.
    It has gambling ( you spend real
    It is a rigged pay to win game. This game is a complete and total SCAM! It should not be even be legal.
    It has gambling ( you spend real money and you do not even know what cards you will get ). It is huge time pay to win. The cards you have on one server you can not use on another.
    What cards you will get in packs is rigged so that you get a lot of bad cards. The card draw, classes you face etc. is also rigged. It is not random, it is scripted.
    There is no balance. They will only nerf some cards after the new expansion in order to force people to buy cards from the new expansion. The game is made by worst company ( blizzard/activision ). If you did not know blizzard is owned by activision.

    p.s. ok EA is also a pathetic company.
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