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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. Expand
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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. Mar 26, 2014
    10
    It is a card game and does have some level of a random element to it. When I started playing it first felt like just a card game but on forIt is a card game and does have some level of a random element to it. When I started playing it first felt like just a card game but on for your PC. I kept playing and really got into the game when I realized the versatility of the characters and how every class not only has a different play style but how you can actually pick out your style of play for each class. If you do not like strategy based card games, stay away - If you have never played one before, Hearthstone provides a great experience to learn the game and test your deck building and strategy skills. Expand
  3. Mar 20, 2014
    9
    This game puts Magic:The Gathering to shame.
    Altough it's free to play you never feel like its pay to win.
    Great balance and its much faster
    This game puts Magic:The Gathering to shame.
    Altough it's free to play you never feel like its pay to win.
    Great balance and its much faster than Magic.
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  4. Apr 4, 2014
    6
    Hearthstone is basically, a pretty and casual ccg. It is a game that thrives on luck and unexprienced tcg players. It lives of its warcraftHearthstone is basically, a pretty and casual ccg. It is a game that thrives on luck and unexprienced tcg players. It lives of its warcraft lore and art and the fact that alot of blizzard's clients will log onto it everyonce in a while (since it is apparently free).

    Negative points? The game is not a tcg since there is no trading. The game is extremely unbalanced, with creatures not following an exact mana to stats pattern hence rendering some stronger than others (for the same cost). The game is 75% luck thus making it casual and not competitive (at all). It is not free to play since free cards have a really small array of effects limiting players to just a couple of strategies per deck. Mechanics linear and straightforward (really not much thinking, got the mana? use it)

    And last but not least, it suffers heavily of the four negative tcg points, 1 bad first hand system, 2 overwhelming, 3 spell control/spell spam and 4. extreme luck based.

    Conclusion. If you never played a tcg or is new or unexperienced to tcgs/ccgs... play the game, since its simple, pretty and you will have a chance of winning an experienced hardcore tcger (long live lucky based tcgs)
    If with time or if you already are a hardcore tcger, well accustomed to magic and other competitive tcgs, then... play this game casually, for if you try it competitively you will only get yourself frustrated or disappointed with the total lack of strategic elements you are used to.
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  5. Mar 15, 2015
    4
    positives:
    *Its fun to make new and creative decks
    *The arena is great fun Negatives: -Multiple balance issues especially concerning the
    positives:
    *Its fun to make new and creative decks
    *The arena is great fun
    Negatives:
    -Multiple balance issues especially concerning the warlock
    -slight pay to win elements (3 wins for 10 gold? SERIOUSLY? )
    -Legendary cards are too rare and too powerful
    -The meta rules the game,if your not playing a certain deck on ladder, your screwed, eliminating my first positive point.
    Overall, its fun, but not with other people (unfortunate as that's the only way to get gold) and the balance issues and meta out weigh the positives.
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  6. Apr 17, 2014
    1
    Game is exactly as described. It is seriously Pay to Win. The matching system is horribly broken and will match you up against the kid/guyGame is exactly as described. It is seriously Pay to Win. The matching system is horribly broken and will match you up against the kid/guy who paid a ton of cash to buy virtual cards. The classes at first seem balanced but then you realize some have specific cards that are so powerful they defy logic. Nothing about this game is even remotely fun outside maybe playing against the terrible AI. Expand
  7. Apr 7, 2015
    0
    Users only give it good reviews because they have spend tons of money on their cards and can't admit they were ripped off.
    Critics give good
    Users only give it good reviews because they have spend tons of money on their cards and can't admit they were ripped off.
    Critics give good reviews because Blizzard PAYS them tons of money for good reviews.
    This game is not for casual players at all.
    As a new player you will find yourself first grinding for a day or two VS the AI just to be able to get a playable deck and the measly 7 boosters.
    You will then find yourself with only two options casual or ranked, BOTH are EXACTLY the same, people in ranked and casual play the EXACT SAME DECKS, so you will find that no matter what you try you will hit a wall of net deckers and realize the ONLY way to do anything is to PAY up the nose.
    You will also find the range of cards to be very very bad, I have not seen a card game with such bad range, even the indie apps have a MUCH MUCH better range than this game.
    You will find that you are not playing Vs. another player or their deck, you are playing against the range and the game itself.
    When you are beaten you are not beaten by the other player, but by the horrible range.
    This game would be SOOOO much better if they fixed range and added more play styles.
    The boosters themselves are way too expensive for the amount you get as well.
    This is a 100% money grab game given to you by the merger of activision, because of activision blizzard is now a low quality developer who will be trying to line the pockets of activision CEO's instead of making decent games.
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