Hearthstone

Collect trading cards inspired by World of Warcraft with this free-to-play title

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  • Category Cards
  • License Free
  • Version Heroes of Warcraft 1.11.6.2438
  • Size 3.10 MB
  • Works under Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
  • Language English
  • Program by Blizzard Entertainment

Hearthstone is an online collectible card game by Blizzard Entertainment.

Hearthstoe: Heroes of Warcraft is based on the characters and events of the Warcraft franchise. An online collectible card game, it follows other successful games of the genre such as Magic Online, based on Magic: The Gathering. Released in 2014, Hearthstone was instantly adopted by fans of the Warcraft lore, as well as more casual gamers around the world.

The game is free to play, but players can purchase decks to unlock more cards, including rarer and potentially stronger ones. Moreover, new content to the game, currently the first adventure, Curse of Naxxramas, the expansion pack Goblins vs. Gnomes, and then the second adventure, Blackrock Mountain, are purchasable. Before jumping into multiplayer, beginners should learn the ropes by playing practice games against the computer AI. Multiplayer games against other players include an unranked mode as well as a ranked mode.

Players have to choose between the following classes: Druid, Mage, Warrior, Warlock, Shaman, Hunter, Paladin or Rogue, each represented by an important figure in Warcraft lore. Players start with three cards, although the player who is second to take their turn receives a joker card. The objective is to bring the opponents hero's life down from 30 to zero. Each hero has a unique ability which can also be used in the game at the cost of mana points. Players start with 1 mana, which increases each turn up to 10. Players start with 3 cards out of their total of 30 in their deck. Cards can have different mana costs, which forces players to choose a mixture of cards in order to ideally always have at least one card to place, given the limitation of mana, especially at the beginning, throughout the game. Cards can be units which one can place on the table, which can then in the following turn, or even in the current turn, depending on their abilities, attack opposing cards or the enemy hero. Other cards include spells, which can quickly wipe out or hinder opposing units, or for some classes, unique passive hero 'secrets'.

Other game modes include arena, for which one pays in-game gold to enter. Players have to choose the cards for their deck by a somewhat random selection given by the game and one can play so long until one has suffered three losses. The more wins one achieved, the greater the potential spoils. A recent addition to the game is the tavern brawl, which pits players against either someone on their friends list or a random opponent. Players face various challenges or have to use pre-set decks - the specifics change on a weekly basis.

Overall, the game is very enjoyable and is something for both the serious player, as evident of its prominence in esports, and the more casual type. The game is also available on Android and iOS devices, bringing the game to a wider range of players.

Pros

  • Free to play
  • Easy to learn
  • Suitable for both casual and serious players
  • Appealing graphics
  • Also available for Android and iOS
  • Family friendly

Cons

  • Can become repetitive
  • Will have to spend cash to get a hold of the best cards
  • Not available for Windows phones
  • Internet connection needed, even for single player
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