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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 toHearthstone 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. Collapse
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  1. Apr 25, 2014
    100
    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
    90
    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
    90
    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
    90
    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
    85
    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
    84
    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
    79
    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. Mar 12, 2014
    10
    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 isHearthstone 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.
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  2. Apr 24, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. я поиграл в ету игру но ана шикарная пой на карты играй с друзьями и все тагдали и получай удаволствие Expand
  3. May 11, 2014
    9
    Okay everyone, Hearthstones a great game. It really is. It's simple yet addictive...and free. One of the best games to come out in a very longOkay everyone, Hearthstones a great game. It really is. It's simple yet addictive...and free. One of the best games to come out in a very long time and a nice, if rather simplified version of magic. Did I mention it's free?

    There's a lot of people who are saying that this game is trash, and its pay to win. Well no.....it's not. In constructed play (gameplay where you choose from the cards you own) it is perfectly possible to take your deck all the way to legend rank with a very basic assortment of cards, as shown by very good players on youtube. This game is not pay-to-win but people like to say that when they lose because its an excuse for them to do badly without worrying. The game may appear simple but there are often many many different ways to approach each turn and all of them will have different outcomes. If you just play the cards in your hand without watching the board, you're probably going to lose. If you analyse and make decisions based on what you think your opponent is going to do you'll often do much better.

    Arena is the place where everyone becomes equal. You draft your own cards given to you from a selection and make the best deck possible. 3 Losses and your arena stretch is over. The more games you win, the more you're rewarded. Win seven games and you'll have earn not only a new deck but more often than not enough gold for another run. It is therefore entirely possible to get new cards without spending a penny.

    Even if you do come to the conclusion that it is pay-to-win I still don't think you'll regret giving this game an hour or two of your time. Hope to play you all soon!
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  4. Sep 4, 2014
    6
    I like the game itself, but the matchmaking is horrible. I feel like I always get matched with People who played this game a ton more than me.I like the game itself, but the matchmaking is horrible. I feel like I always get matched with People who played this game a ton more than me. They all have more Cards than me and also cards I've never even saw before. I feel like I am getting forced to buy cards with real money. The Singleplayer mode isn't too good aswell (sadly) Expand
  5. Mar 30, 2014
    4
    Once you learn what cards there are in the game, it's easy to figure out what cards you need or should put into your deck based on whateverOnce you learn what cards there are in the game, it's easy to figure out what cards you need or should put into your deck based on whatever play style your opponents are using. Running against guys with a bunch of 1-2 mana minions? Use aoe and play taunts. Running against guys with a bunch of late game legendaries? Put strong board clear in your decks. With that said though, considering how few cards there are, there are a limited number of strategies that you can play. It's either you play the board control game and clear all your opponent's minions and then killing him, or the rush deck where you play 1-2 mana minions and bum rush him. Either one can win, but it more often than not boils down to luck. You can go into arena with 2 or 3 flamestrikes as a mage and you may only pull them once or twice out of 4 or 5 games. You could also run into guys who get 6-6 blood knights on turn 2 and the game pretty much just ends right there if you can't kill it immediately. Often, it's extremely obvious what your opponents are about to do, but more often than not, you just can't do anything about it such as playing a flamestrike in the next turn or playing a legendary. It's just about getting lucky and hoping they don't have a counter to whatever you're playing. Expand
  6. Dec 11, 2014
    2
    Pros:
    - easy to learn with nice tutorial
    - nice graphics and animations for a card game - warcraft universe - localization (polish
    Pros:
    - easy to learn with nice tutorial
    - nice graphics and animations for a card game
    - warcraft universe
    - localization (polish language)

    Cons:
    - pay to win, free players play against premium players which have better legendary cards
    - lacks depth, doesn't require much strategic thinking
    - grind based for free players
    - luck to win, cards you get are random, even cards you use have random effects
    - lacks single player content

    Summary avoid this game it is all about trying to get you to pay money.
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  7. Jan 2, 2015
    0
    Absolutely Horrible...this game is a pure 100% jacked up program. Not only can they not fix simple bugs and glitches that have been aroundAbsolutely Horrible...this game is a pure 100% jacked up program. Not only can they not fix simple bugs and glitches that have been around since the start of the game, they also try to blame the user and or the internet. I have and do play many games like this and if they have or find a bug it is fixed within weeks worse case. Then after the frustration of game killing time wasting fixable bugs it is purely pay to win. People rant and rave when you say this (mostly the payers). They c;aim you can win with the basic cards, but that seems to only hold true if you have all the basic set, which you have to pay in order to get or spend 100s of hours grinding for tiny amounts of gold in hopes that the packs you buy are not simple copies of the cards you have but are new ones. They have no real way to report a bug, the forum is open to all and if you report a bug the other players attack you because you did not search and find that Blizzard has already blamed that bug on the players or the internet or the low quality of the equipment that the users are playing with. I would even bet that Blizzard does not even monitor the forum any longer as I have seen a couple of posts that are mean spirited personal attacks and break the language rules. Expand

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