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  • Summary: Hearthstone is a free-to-play digital strategy card game that anyone can enjoy. Players choose one of nine epic Warcraft heroes to play as, and then take turns playing cards from their customizable decks to cast potent spells, use heroic weapons or abilities, or summon powerful characters to crush their opponent. Expand
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  1. Positive: 42 out of 42
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 42
  3. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Apr 25, 2014
    Between its friendly design and its flexible approach to a free-to-play economy, Hearthstone has successfully pulled me into a genre that I didn't care about in the least. But even more incredibly, it's kept me rapt longer than any games I've played in years, and shows no signs of letting up.
  2. Apr 14, 2014
    Blizzard's first Free to Play-game offers depth without becoming complex. It takes players seriously and is very playable without spending (a lot of) money. Atmosphere, speed and great sound effects make for fast yet satisfying games, where luck and tactics go hand in hand.
  3. Mar 14, 2014
    Hearthstone is a wonderful game. Nostalgic, simple and best of all: fun. This is the best online collectible card game you can play. Just be careful how much you spend in it.
  4. May 26, 2014
    Hearthstone, the newest card game from Blizzard, will keep you hooked for hours thanks to the amazing presentation and the tactical, deep gameplay. This is free to play done right.
  5. Jun 28, 2014
    Simple rules, high production values, low system requirements and huge tactical freedom make Hearthstone one of the best card games available. And if you take into account the free-to-play model – it’s the best one. [05/2014, p.62]
  6. May 11, 2014
    One of the best free-to-play games on the market because you can actually play this one for free and have a good time while doing so. It is easy to learn and fun to master. [Apr 2014]
  7. Apr 8, 2014
    Hearthstone is a well-executed and fun card game, one which lives the “easy to learn, hard to master” mantra to the utmost.

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  1. Negative: 94 out of 247
  1. Mar 12, 2014
    Hearthstone is casual at first glance but I am unsurprisingly terrible at it, as it has depth that isn't that noticeable at first. It is extremely fun though, even losing is enjoyable to me and I can't wait for Blizzard to start expanding upon the game.

    For what it is now, I give it a 10/10 for being a well balanced and extremely fun game with enough depth to last for quite a while.
  2. Apr 13, 2014
    There are a lot of reviews on here saying this game is P2W and it si totally not true.

    Hearthstone is one of the best F2P titles I have
    ever played. There are some great examples out there of decks using no legendaries or epics that have won international tournaments.

    And to be honest if you want the legendaries just treat it as a full price game and pay $60 for it like you normally would a WoW expansion and get more packs than you'll ever need.

    They have also increased the quest amount since BETA

    Essential and one of the best things to come out in years.
  3. Mar 25, 2014
    It is fun, it is user friendly and moreover u see "Old familiar faces" from Warcraft and WoW. I've never played card games before, and some friends(who plays CCG like MtG, Berserk) says that there are bags in mechanics, but hey! Hearthstone is ot about board game mechanics! Is is about having fun with Jaina, Rexar and all other characters u have loved while playing WC. It is a chance to have a new experience with them. It is totally free, it has no duties, nothing to lose, only to give! In summary: if you like Warcraft universe this is must play game for you! Expand
  4. Apr 22, 2014
    As fun it is, some decks are definitely overpowered compared to others. There are certain other drawbacks, like the game is not rewarding enough for your efforts, card gains are limited if you don't pay for anything. We know that Blizzard has a taste to charge people for extras but that system just blew up with D3 Auction House. I wonder why they still create a "pay to win" style game while their experiences should have urged them otherwise. Expand
  5. Mar 17, 2014
    The animations and mechanics are extremely satisfying. The voice acting is as good as Blizzard has always delivered, and makes you reminisce about what made WC3 so great. But this game is plain and simple a pay to accelerate to drain the pockets of preteens. Not worth anyones time. Expand
  6. Jul 23, 2014
    Graphics are nice, but the game itself is pay to win at its worst. Add to that how incredibly imbalanced the game is along with many, many bugs, and you have a huge waste of time. If they bothered to balance the game and simply gave us a game that we could purchase instead of being nickle and dime'd, there might be potential. Expand
  7. Jul 7, 2014
    Played this a whole bunch in the early betas and boy was it fun.. Until I got a taste of the arena. Priest after priest after priest of people abusing some seriously broken and overpowered builds. Waited a while for them to patch it and they did. But then another class got overpowered, then nerfed, then another class... And so on.

    It's the exact same f*cking rubbish people have been putting up for over 8+ years now in Wow where they can't reach a balanced consensus and instead resort to just mixing everything up randomly every other week and If they are already doing this in the beta and onto the release.. Well, that Isn't a good sign as far as creative thinking goes.

    Give this game a try and If they still haven't fixed the overpowered builds, stop playing and start praying for them to not also screw up Heroes of the Storm.

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