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  • Summary: Hearthstone is a free-to-play digital strategy card game where you can choose one of nine epic Warcraft heroes to play as.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
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  1. Apr 30, 2014
    100
    Blizzard has once again demonstrated their mastery of video games as a combination of competitive play and captivating artwork.
  2. Apr 16, 2014
    100
    Hearthstone is not only an example of a free-to-play model done right, but it's a must-play for card game enthusiasts everywhere. It's incredibly easy to get into, the picturesque art is easy on the eyes, and best of all -- it plays perfectly on an iPad.
  3. Apr 21, 2014
    100
    This World of Warcraft CCG spin-off is easy to pick up, almost impossible to put down, and most amazingly of all, totally free. Consider this your only warning.
  4. Apr 10, 2014
    90
    It doesn't matter what you're playing it on: Hearthstone is a fantastic CCG that gets the balance just right and needn't cost players a cent.
  5. Apr 18, 2014
    90
    Hearthstone on iPad is a flawless rendition of the addicting desktop game that can finally be played on the couch, in bed, at the airport, hiding at work or (let’s admit it) in your bathroom.
  6. Apr 18, 2014
    90
    A compelling distillation of everything that's great and good in collectible card gaming, brought to your iPad, for free.
  7. Apr 22, 2014
    80
    Hearthstone's main drawback is a matchmaking system that can often put new players in matches out of their depth, along with a few stability and framerate hiccups that pop up in the iPad port.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 90
  2. Negative: 41 out of 90
  1. Apr 19, 2014
    10
    Excellent and addictive game. Very in depth and very colourful and distinct classes. The competitive side of the game is also amazing. OnlyExcellent and addictive game. Very in depth and very colourful and distinct classes. The competitive side of the game is also amazing. Only the ladder is real as Littlefinger says. Reaching Legend is for champions. lol. Expand
  2. Feb 17, 2015
    10
    First off, let me start by saying I love this game. I play enough each night to at least win the daily challenges. It is unfortunate peopleFirst off, let me start by saying I love this game. I play enough each night to at least win the daily challenges. It is unfortunate people are calling this game a pay-to-win. I'd like to comment specifically to that since that is what most of the negative reviews call out:

    1. You do not need to buy anything to win matches. I had won plenty of matches without any purchased packs. I also have a 3:1 win/loss ratio with a deck that includes only one legendary card that I crafted. Often, I am able to defeat decks with 5,6, and even 7 legendary cards because I practiced a ton in order to get this deck just right and try to play the deck as smart as possible. That said, there will always be decks that are better or receive a better draw.

    2. Many people may have better decks simply from playing longer. I earn an average of one free pack every two days. If a person has played a long time and acheived that many free packs, they should be rewarded for their longevity, and thus have better cards/decks.

    3. Players who complain its pay to win must expect to seek legendary status without any work or effort. I typically end each season at or around levels 12 and 13. Over time, my level has improved as I continue to build my card collection. I find it fun to see how far I can make it with what cards I do have.

    4. People want to play this game for free? Yes, it's free to play, but if you spend time playing this, why not throw a little cash at the developers? I spend $60 on a triple A title for my Xbox One that I might play for 12 hours. I've logged at least 60 hours on hearthstone over the months and have spent less than $40. Seems like a good value for time spent (I spend more than that taking my wife to a two hour movie).

    5. The end goal should not be perfection. It should be improving. As one review said, this game is easy to learn but difficult to master. And right there is the crux of it of why people are frustrated. They don't want to take the time to improve. Or perhaps they are not smart enough to improve.

    if you really enjoy the game, then read blogs, try out different deck combinations, practice and just have fun. If it's not for you, then don't complain it's pay to win. Just don't play. You can play this game without spending a dime, but as I've mentioned, I have no problem buying the occassional $1.99 pack (I spend 3x that to rent digital movies that I don't even own).

    For me, this game is awesome. It's a blast to see what kind of decks other players have put together, how different cards interact with other cards, and the constant challenges that comes with playing with people from all over. Good graphics, good sound effects, lots of depth, love the ability to craft cards from cards I don't need and all with fast-paced game play.

    My only criticism- and it's extremely minor- I wish we could rank seperately with the different classes. I've invested all of my free gold and crafting building the best mage deck I can. Thus have neglected the other classes a little bit. Would be fun to try and rank with those decks but not at the expense of losing the rank my mage deck has earned. That is literally my only complaint.

    I am utterly addicted to this game and plan to keep playing for a long time. I hope expansion packs keep coming!
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  3. Oct 6, 2014
    9
    This game is the evolution of all CCGs. Heavily influenced by magic, the game has numerous 'mechanics', but does a great job of not making theThis game is the evolution of all CCGs. Heavily influenced by magic, the game has numerous 'mechanics', but does a great job of not making the game overly complicated. Several modes (vs AI, Arena, ranked, Adventure, etc) impart replayability, and allow you change things up if you get bored.

    This game is bolstered by a rapidly-expanding e-sports scene, and is now in the top-5 most-watched esports games (per Twitch).

    Overall: great game, very addictive, and has something for pretty much everyone. The only reason I don't give it 10/10 is that the iOS version seems to have small gameplay issues (which aren't present in the PC version).

    Quick note on amateurs who say this game is RNG-based: Note that the same thing's been said about poker for years, when it's been scientifically proven that skill provides wins, not RNG. Don't equate your lack of skill to a broken game...
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  4. May 4, 2014
    5
    A virtual casino with Pay 2 Win elements.

    There are tons of P2W games out there, and in part I've accepted them as necessary evil. Then I
    A virtual casino with Pay 2 Win elements.

    There are tons of P2W games out there, and in part I've accepted them as necessary evil. Then I saw Hearthstone. Beneath the pretty and polished exterior hides a machine designed for one purpose only - to squeeze money out of its players for years.

    Hearthstone ruthlessly exploits the "unfair" feeling within the player, as after half a dozen tutorial games they are thrown to play against other players who either have beefy decks or are exploiting the "flavor of the month" rush deck. This causes newbies to seriously consider buying decks or arena runs.

    The most devious invention of Hearthstone, is the "Arena". Unlike premium account, each arena entry costs real money (or requires hours of grinding). An arena run is why I call this game gambling - you spend real money to get random cards and fight random opponents. Win and you want to win again. Lose and you want to win. It's an endless cycle that will cause people to spend real money just about every day they play the game.

    Unlike a traditional P2W game, like World of Tanks, where you buy premium account and in-game currency to spend on concrete purchases, everything within Hearthstone is completely random. You NEVER know what you get for your money. A pack contains random cards, arena runs are random. Draws within a match are random.

    Buying packs provides a number of random cards split among 9 classes. The "guaranteed rare" card can be for any class. This means that even if you buy dozens of packs, it's really hard to get the cards you really want. You are left with the choice of disenchanting dozens of rare cards to "craft" the cards you want, or keep drawing.

    The in-game "quests", offering a chance to win 1/5 to 1/3rd arena entry most frequently require winning a number of games with a random class. This means that you cannot just focus on one deck or class. Instead, you are tempted to play all classes, thus increasing the investment you need to play this game.

    Seeing the features like paid arena entry makes me seriously concerned about the future of P2W games. There are already dozens of WoW clones out there. What happens when Pay 2 Win companies get wind of the kinds of profits Blizzard will make with these new money making schemes?

    After playing Hearthstone, I started to believe that games like these should be regulated like gambling.
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  5. Jun 21, 2015
    2
    Unless you are willing to grind for months (getting your butt kicked thousands of times) or open up your wallet/purse this games is not forUnless you are willing to grind for months (getting your butt kicked thousands of times) or open up your wallet/purse this games is not for you. Matchmaking system is simply broken, I am not a kid, I know simple math and can read but repeatedly was matched against players with cards that crushed me. Either matchmaking system is designed to allow players who have spent real money to win (repeatedly). Or the matchmaking system is broken allowing veteran players (with amazing cards) to play/crush new players. Either way game is a pointless waste of money and/or time. 1 point for being free and one point for the WOW sound effects, that's it. Expand
  6. May 7, 2020
    0
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  7. Apr 18, 2018
    0
    No, just no.
    This game sucks.
    ALL RNG based game, it doesn't care your deck, the amount of RNG on cards involved makes this game totally
    No, just no.
    This game sucks.
    ALL RNG based game, it doesn't care your deck, the amount of RNG on cards involved makes this game totally unfair and an Ode to MEDIOCRITY.
    Avoid this crap at all costs.
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