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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: 23 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34
  1. May 8, 2014
    10
    Honestly this game has got me addicted, and i'm not usually a player of card games. But everything from the art style to the simplicity of the mechanics is brilliant. Of course the mechanics are simple on the surface but it will take a good amount of time invested to get good at the game.

    The game is probably a 9.5 for me but rounding to a 10 because judging from a lot of these comments people just don't know how to play. It is most definitely possible to build a good deck and have fun and climb the ranks without buying loads of packs.
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  2. 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 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
  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. 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 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 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
    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. May 25, 2014
    0
    PAY TO WIN! The game is a joke. Pay to win game with a ton of problems and developers that are completly ignoring the people playing this game. the game is a joke Expand

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