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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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 86
  2. Negative: 38 out of 86
  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. Jun 20, 2015
    10
    100% free UNLESS you really want to be "legend" and play on the ladder. For that you'll need good cards and they can be bought for $$$ or100% free UNLESS you really want to be "legend" and play on the ladder. For that you'll need good cards and they can be bought for $$$ or in-game gold. Basically if you're good enough you'll earn enough gold by playing Arena to get all the cards you need.

    For a free to play game there are 100's of hours of fun until you'll really need to "pay to win". And after 100 hours you can't really complain about having to spend a few bucks.
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  3. Mar 10, 2016
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Hearthstone is a great strategy card game. This game does require a slow long grind to become a good player. Expect to play every day on casual mode for 3-4 months before you can become a player that can ascend the ranked portion of the game.

    This game is not pay to win - if you can be patient and you do not need to be the best at the game within a few weeks. If you cannot wait 4 months and have discipline to log in everyday and collect daily quests and need to be the best in 2 weeks -2 months of playing the game then yes this game is play to win game for you.

    You need to approach this game like working out at a gym. Playing once a week and spending 8 hours on a Saturday will not get you to being a better player. I first did not understand this about Hearthstone. Here is how I suggest to play the game.

    1. Play the game on computer first and create decks for each character.
    2. Use the decks you created on computer; play the game everyday on a phone or tablet (on the way to school or work, at lunch or a break, etc.). When doing so play Casual and achieve the daily quest.
    3. Edit your decks after collecting about 20 new cards.
    4. Race to unlock Tavern Brawl (as each week completing a Tavern Brawl will give you a new pack)
    5. Repeat steps 1-4 for about 2 months.
    6. Search online for one deck (of your favorite character) that will work in Ranked mode.
    7. Using dust create the common and rare cards needed for the deck. Think of reasonable substitutes for the cards your missing (don’t replace a 1 cost card with a 5 cost card).
    8. Expect that playing Ranked mode is a game like chess (if you don’t like chess stop playing now) and you need to think two moves ahead, good trade for pieces on the board, excellent use of resources during turns.
    9. Get to minimum level 20 every month to get a monthly reward.
    10. Keep playing ranked mode, because you learn the most against good players.
    11. Repeat all above steps for 4-5 months to reach Rank 17-16 based on your skill level.

    Note: There are some overpowered cards in the game. Blizzard needs to work out some of the mechanics, but I think that they couldn't do it well until the game reached this many cards. Be patient this should be corrected with the next expansion. That's why I gave it a 9/10 rather than a 10/10.

    If my review does not sound interesting to you, then Hearthstone is not a game for you. If it does, good luck and may we meet online some day.
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  4. Jun 5, 2014
    6
    I would have given this game a 7 or 8 however, first time players such as myself are put against "similar skilled" people with what seems likeI would have given this game a 7 or 8 however, first time players such as myself are put against "similar skilled" people with what seems like very over-powered (paid for decks). Some classes are way better than others with starting cards that nearly give you the win. Expand
  5. Feb 24, 2018
    3
    If you've ever played Magic the Gathering, you will be super happy that you never settled for this game which is far worse by every possible measure.
  6. May 7, 2020
    0
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  7. Aug 8, 2016
    0
    Complete and total pay to win game. the game is build just to milk money from people. there is like 10% skill involved and all else is pay orComplete and total pay to win game. the game is build just to milk money from people. there is like 10% skill involved and all else is pay or RNG to win. Expand

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