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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Your mama told you not to go around breaking hearts. But in the classic card game Hardwood Hearts, that's what it’s all about. Try to take as few points as possible... unless you want to shoot the moon. If you take all the points in a moon shot, the points go to your opponents. Up the stakes even more with Spot Hearts, where heart cards are worth their face values, the queen of spades is worth 50, and a moon shot earns your foes a whopping 150 points. Rule variants: Play versions of the classic Hearts game like Cutthroat, four-player partners, and Spot Hearts. Customizable items: Change the look with different backgrounds (some with sound), cards, and tables. Fooms: Much like emotes, Fooms don’t affect the game, but they might affect your mood. Send a Foom like a Kiss, Fireball, or Lightning at friends or opponents to clue them in on how you feel. [Xbox.com] Expand
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  1. Simplicity can be a very, very good thing.
  2. Die-hard fans of the game will like the easy-to-read cards and varieties in the game types; all that a heartthrob needs in any convenient, downloadable format.
  3. The high-def graphics feel like overkill, and the addition of Fooms - cutesy animations to "send" emotional outbursts to other players - don't make sense when you can chat freely with other players. At the end of the day, it's cards; no more, no less.
  4. A welcome relief to play after having a manic session of Ghost Recon; where I can just sit back, relax and play a few games without having to worry about being shot in the back.
  5. Hardwood Hearts is a Hearts game for Hearts fans. If you don't already play Hearts, you aren't likely to get much out of this one.
  6. Plain visuals, repetitive audio, and straightforward gameplay make up this title’s feature list. Hearts fans will, of course, enjoy playing online, but most can be content with the Hearts game included with Windows XP, saving their 400 MS Points for something else.
  7. No attempt at making its single-player outing more interesting than exhibition matches also stinks. [Issue#23, p.97]

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