- Last update: 8 months ago
- Version: 7.1.17994
- Size: 78.10M
- Compatibility: 4.0 and up
- Author: Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
- Content rating: Rated for 7+
- Package name: com.blizzard.wtcg.hearthstone
- Last update: 8 months ago
- Version: 7.1.18015
- Size: 2.20 GB
- Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Author: Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
- Content rating: Rated 12+ for the following:
- Languages: English
- In-App Purchases:
- Arena Admission $1.99
- Bundle of 7 Classic Packs $9.99
- Bundle of 2 Classic Packs $2.99
- Bundle of 15 Classic Packs $19.99
- Welcome Bundle of 10 Classic Packs + Classic Legendary Card $4.99
- Bundle of 40 Classic Packs $49.99
- Bundle: All 4 League of Explorers Wings $19.99
- Bundle of 7 Grand Tournament Packs $9.99
- Bundle of 7 "Whispers of the Old Gods" Packs $9.99
- Bundle of 7 Goblins vs Gnomes Packs $9.99
In the summer of 2013 Blizzard suddenly launched an online card game for beta testing, the existence of which no one guessed. For the first time, it was almost impossible to get into Hearthstone, because you needed a special key to enter the testing mode. Fans gained this key by hook or by crook. Therefore its price has risen to hundreds of dollars. It took almost six months to make this game accessible for everybody and, finally, the coveted key came by email to everyone who desired.
A Blizzard’s tactic to make fans wait for the game’s premiere was correct
, as it turned out later. Starting the game with a small number of players and slowly increasing it, Blizzard has ensured that Hearthstone can work steadily the whole time. Today an active audience of this game is not less than a couple of millions of people and Blizzard doesn’t have any network congestion even in peak days. No queues, no server drops, no long hours of outages. Almost perfect start.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a collectible classic card game that offers players a few modes: head-to-head battles against either AI or other live players. You need to build a deck of 30 cards themed around various World of Warcraft-specific character classes: druid, hunter, mage, paladin, priest, rogue, shaman, warlock, and warrior. Each class has not only a selection of class-specific cards that can only be used in their decks but also a unrepeatable special ability.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is stunning on a visual level, sporting a beautiful art style that shines on the iPad just as well as it does on other platforms. The design in this game is staggering, all cards look different and each effect has its own unrepeatable animation or sound.
Playing in the battles, your warrior, shaman or warlock gains experience, grows in levels and unlocks new cards. And you earn money, which allows you to buy the sets of cards in the store later. There you can purchase several expert sets for example and you might even get a legendary card. Moreover, you can create these cards by yourself, but you’ll need an exceptional resource - arcane dust. Playing this way will get you the most powerful creatures and spells. Otherwise, you can only hope that the legendary cards will be dropped randomly in any set.
At the beginning of the game, you’ll be offered to go through a lengthy tutorial that breaks down the game’s simple mechanics. After that, you’ll have the ability to choose your mode for playing: jump into an online match, customize your deck or practice against the game’s artificial intelligence. When you start playing online, your characters will level up with each win or loss, unlocking unique cards that can only be used by that character type. With each new character you defeat online, you’ll be able to play as them, for a total of nine playable classes.
Hearthstone doesn’t offer any complicated tactical systems with different types of resources for various cards and doesn’t require any special skills to place them on the deck. Your creatures and spells usually directly attack the enemy or impose different effects on him. And for all of these, you use a single resource — mana.
However, behind this simplicity there is hiding an intensely complicated mechanic: you have to use correctly your special abilities (powers) and the advantages of each character; to know exactly how and when is the best time to use the certain card.
Not less important, you have to build your deck from scratch according to your preferences and the combinations that different creatures, secrets, skills and spells can do. Fortunately, many of the cards beside the main action can activate an additional one and this affects differently on other cards in the game. For example, one creature increases the attack of nearby soldiers and the other can negate the special powers of your enemy or reduce his health.
Eventually, players can use the same hero with completely different styles. Each deck can have a maximum of 30 positions — it makes you think every time what kind of creatures and spells from a huge number of options you better take. It's a fair system that encourages you to work for it, so it's a good thing the game is fun to play in general.
To make this game available for a reduced display size, the developers had to change a little the controls. For example, playing from a computer you will have the cards located at the bottom under your hero’s icon.
While playing on the iPhone, you’ll see the upper part of the cards without a description in the bottom right corner. You won’t be able to throw a card right on the board. First, you click on it, all cards emerge on the screen, you read the description, pick the one and then drag it to play or move it around. It helps you to ensure that you did not throw the unnecessary card by mistake because of its small size.
In fact, Hearthstone on the iPad plays impressively well and similar to the PC version, just with a finger instead of a mouse. It’s even more pleasant to play in this way, as finger control gives players a deeper connection to the card playing experience.
Replay Value 4/5
The game is fast enough to pass it in 10 minutes easily. Also, there’s a huge community already and a plenty of in-depth discussion about optimal strategies and ways to build your deck. This attracted an immediate popularity to the game. You’ll never wait long for a match and will always want to get back soon.
Despite the fact that the game is from a well-known author, it is free with the in-app purchases option. And rather than translating real money into a premium game currency, you can just buy cards directly. For example, purchasing a set of five cards and opening it gives you the chance to get a legendary one. The more valuable cards in your deck, the easier for you to beat the enemy. But since the cards in each pack are random it doesn't necessarily mean that paying players will have better cards.
Sure, pass the game without investing anything is possible, but tough. Only one player was able to achieve top ranking without buying any sets of cards.
The combination of simplicity and availability with its core mechanics defines a Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft fascination. Besides, it's aesthetically pleasing to play. As always from Blizzard there is a user-friendly interface, bright pictures and atmospheric music. All this combined with spectacular animation and incredible voice acting.Collapse
A must-play for card game enthusiasts: incredibly easy to get into, the design is pleasant to the eyes and it plays perfectly on an iPad.
Pros : addicting strategic gameplay;
intuitive, attractive interface;
Cons : only three modes available;
no game story;