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.
So, if you're addicted to gamerpoints and achievements, don't have a deck of cards, friends, or a computer to download a free version, than Hardwood Hearts is the perfect addition to your Xbox Live Arcade library.
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.