Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  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. Backed by identical(and cheesy)interfaces and feature sets, all three do an excellent job of re-creating there respective game, though their finest hour comes over live multiplay. [Jun 2006, p.64]
  5. 68
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. You can definitely find better options on your computer for free, so unless you are feinting for a Spades title on your TV, or are hardcore into Hearts, you might want to look elsewhere.
  10. A simple game of Hearts and nothing more.
  11. No attempt at making its single-player outing more interesting than exhibition matches also stinks. [Issue#23, p.97]

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