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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. 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
  2. Jun 7, 2014
    10
    I love this card game. the tutorial is teach you, how to play the game.
    Please note that the game is free!
    if you play a lot of
    I love this card game. the tutorial is teach you, how to play the game.
    Please note that the game is free!

    if you play a lot of Hearthstone immediately, we will see no pay to win game, but we were not trained in.
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  3. Apr 24, 2014
    10
    Great game from start to finish. Yes, there is some RNG but that is part of most card games, fact is the card that comes up next beingGreat game from start to finish. Yes, there is some RNG but that is part of most card games, fact is the card that comes up next being appropriate for the situation will always be part of card games. However, what makes this game great is its simplicity and addictiveness. This is exactly what the genre needs, its a good gateway to other more in-depth card games. Hearthstone is the best at what it intends to do; create a simple game, with complexity underlying that is very hard to put down. The game is free to play, and some complain that it is pay to win, however, you can get every card by grinding, yes it will take a long time, but if you intend to go the free route it is definitely possible. If you have a little extra cash then spend the amount you would spend on most game (say $20) and invest in some card packs or arenas, it will be worth it. Expand
  4. May 30, 2014
    8
    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
  5. May 18, 2014
    8
    The people complaining about Hearthstone being pay to win are a misguided bunch. ALL card games are in some shape or way pay to win.The people complaining about Hearthstone being pay to win are a misguided bunch. ALL card games are in some shape or way pay to win. Hearthstone does at least have a very viable way to earn gold to buy card packs. Again do not listen to the people trying to give this game a bad name by calling it P2W. All TCG's are pay to win to some extent. It is their very nature. Hearthstone is a very fun game that is easy to learn. It's colorful and vibrant. Give it a try you can not go wrong. 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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