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  • Summary: Hearthstone is a free-to-play digital strategy card game that anyone can enjoy. Players choose one of nine epic Warcraft heroes to play as, and then take turns playing cards from their customizable decks to cast potent spells, use heroic weapons or abilities, or summon powerful characters toHearthstone is a free-to-play digital strategy card game that anyone can enjoy. Players choose one of nine epic Warcraft heroes to play as, and then take turns playing cards from their customizable decks to cast potent spells, use heroic weapons or abilities, or summon powerful characters to crush their opponent. Expand

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  1. Positive: 42 out of 42
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  1. Apr 25, 2014
    100
    Between its friendly design and its flexible approach to a free-to-play economy, Hearthstone has successfully pulled me into a genre that I didn't care about in the least. But even more incredibly, it's kept me rapt longer than any games I've played in years, and shows no signs of letting up.
  2. Apr 14, 2014
    90
    Blizzard's first Free to Play-game offers depth without becoming complex. It takes players seriously and is very playable without spending (a lot of) money. Atmosphere, speed and great sound effects make for fast yet satisfying games, where luck and tactics go hand in hand.
  3. Mar 14, 2014
    90
    Hearthstone is a wonderful game. Nostalgic, simple and best of all: fun. This is the best online collectible card game you can play. Just be careful how much you spend in it.
  4. May 26, 2014
    90
    Hearthstone, the newest card game from Blizzard, will keep you hooked for hours thanks to the amazing presentation and the tactical, deep gameplay. This is free to play done right.
  5. CD-Action
    Jun 28, 2014
    85
    Simple rules, high production values, low system requirements and huge tactical freedom make Hearthstone one of the best card games available. And if you take into account the free-to-play model – it’s the best one. [05/2014, p.62]
  6. Pelit (Finland)
    May 11, 2014
    84
    One of the best free-to-play games on the market because you can actually play this one for free and have a good time while doing so. It is easy to learn and fun to master. [Apr 2014]
  7. Apr 8, 2014
    79
    Hearthstone is a well-executed and fun card game, one which lives the “easy to learn, hard to master” mantra to the utmost.

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  1. Mar 12, 2014
    10
    Hearthstone is casual at first glance but I am unsurprisingly terrible at it, as it has depth that isn't that noticeable at first. It isHearthstone is casual at first glance but I am unsurprisingly terrible at it, as it has depth that isn't that noticeable at first. It is extremely fun though, even losing is enjoyable to me and I can't wait for Blizzard to start expanding upon the game.

    For what it is now, I give it a 10/10 for being a well balanced and extremely fun game with enough depth to last for quite a while.
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  2. Nov 2, 2017
    9
    одна из лучших игр, в которые я играл. она породила тренд на карточные игры, однозначно классика жанра, маст плейодна из лучших игр, в которые я играл. она породила тренд на карточные игры, однозначно классика жанра, маст плей
  3. Apr 3, 2014
    8
    It's fun, it's addictive, and it's free. Well... it starts out that way. The problem with a game like Hearthstone is that just like Magic:TheIt's fun, it's addictive, and it's free. Well... it starts out that way. The problem with a game like Hearthstone is that just like Magic:The Gathering, there's only one way to really build a good deck, and that's to shell out the cash. Sure, in MTG you can always kill your friends and steal their decks, but that's illegal and generally a good way to get excluded from tournaments. So you want to play (well)? You're going to have to pay.

    Hearthstone is a spiritual successor to the WoW TCG, and as such it follows that same basic principle. If you want to play competitively you're going to end up spending money on it, and I know from Beta there were a lot of people spending literally hundreds of dollars building their decks. That sounds insane to me, as I'm sure it does to you, and rightfully so. It's essentially F2P, but with that P2W aspect looming over it all the time, there's no denying that the really good players are going to be the ones who have bought into it.

    However, that's not necessarily a bad thing or a problem. I don't think we're going to see Hearthstone as some grand esport a la Starcraft, but even if we did keep in mind that you have to buy Starcraft too, so having to pay for Hearthstone isn't a negative, it's a natural part of the industry and that's okay. What is so great about this game is that the casual players who are absolutely terrible at it like I am don't have to pay for a game they're always going to suck at. You can play it, and enjoy yourself, perfectly well without paying a single penny for anything. I have, and I've had a lot of fun with it. Now I can't wait until it comes out on Android devices so I can get fired from my job for playing on the clock, because I know I won't be able to resist.

    8/10- It does exactly what it sets out to do, adapting a beloved TCG to the digital era. It's fun, it's addicting, and the cost of entry is free, which is almost always a plus. Worth the download and definitely worth the time.
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  4. Mar 17, 2014
    3
    TITLE: BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE AND TECH SUPPORT

    Let me start by saying that this game is great and addictive. It has solid game mechanics that
    TITLE: BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE AND TECH SUPPORT

    Let me start by saying that this game is great and addictive. It has solid game mechanics that is fairly easy to understand and you can create a variety of decks from the total card pool. So why do I give it a negative score? Customer service and Technical support.

    I spent money on this game on expert packs. I got some good cards from it, one was a Legendary card named Lord Jaraxus. For some reason, the said card is now missing from my collection. I went to the hearthstone forums and found out that this is already a rampant problem with the game with many players reporting cards disappearing from their collection.

    My thead is here: http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/forum/topic/12091329391 ... as of writing, there has been 0 response from tech support. A tech support did reply into another missing cards thread only to post Blizzards' "No card restoration or refund" policy. The thread is right here: http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/forum/topic/12032473280

    Please take note that the tech support did not even explain why the cards are missing or any information at all about this issue. I have already filed a dispute with paypal to hopefully get at least a refund from my initial purchase. This behavior from blizzard is a huge turn off. I advice those who plan to spend money on this game to think twice before doing so.

    Summary: Should have been a great game. But let down by poor customer service and a very unhelpful tech support.
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  5. Nov 8, 2015
    1
    This game is Pay 2 Win, unless you're willing to shell out a couple hundred or you've been playing since release you stand no chance of everThis game is Pay 2 Win, unless you're willing to shell out a couple hundred or you've been playing since release you stand no chance of ever catching up or competing. Sure you can sort of compete by grinding and dusting everything in to the current OP flavor of the month deck but you'll be right back at the beginning once it's nerfed.

    PAY 2 WIN, AVOID AVOID AVOID.
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  6. Oct 31, 2021
    0
    Pay to have fun. They want you to pay real money to get better cards. People will say "you don't have to spend real money" Yeah I don't havePay to have fun. They want you to pay real money to get better cards. People will say "you don't have to spend real money" Yeah I don't have to, I could just get the currency in game but I would have to waste my time for months and months to get a decent deck.

    And also unfair cards such as "Destroy a minion" exists. You pay effort on your card to get buffs such as heals damages etc. And PUFF!! He kills your minion with only 1 card that says "Destroy a minion"

    Everything is planned to ruin your fun. Blizzard really knows how to push away players.
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  7. Apr 28, 2014
    0
    How this game got past Blizzards think-tank is beyond me. Being a terrible mix between Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh its not even worth the download timeHow this game got past Blizzards think-tank is beyond me. Being a terrible mix between Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh its not even worth the download time just to check it out. For World of Warcraft players there are some perks to advancing in Hearthstone like in-game mounts and so on, but for those who jumped ship on the WoW wagon ( I bailed at MOP, didn't mind the Pandas, hated the TP system), I wouldn't waste your time or HDD space. Expand

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