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Hearthstone is an online card game that builds on lore from the Warcraft series. In this game, you play cards against an opponent with the goal of draining their health points. Each card has particular abilities, hit strength, and health. You can choose to deal damage to the opponent’s cards or the opponent. The game has a one-on-one mode but also features Arena, Tavern Brawls, and Battlegrounds.

9.0

Author's rating

Overall rating

Design
9.5
Features
8.0
Performance
9.0
Value
8.5
Overall rating
9.0
The good

  • Straightforward card explanations
  • Polished custom sounds and animations
  • Balanced card powers
The bad

Hearthstone – Review

A card champion

Hearthstone checks most of the boxes when it comes to what makes a card game great. For instance, the cards’ custom sounds and animations are polished, and the notes about the card powers are straightforwards and self-explanatory. Also, the wide variety of cards and categories are balances with impressive defensive and offensive features that make creating a card deck a great experience on its own. In addition, the game requires strategy, and you never know what cards the opponent will use against you, which makes the gameplay always exciting and challenging. 

Not all the way there

Despite the near-perfect aspects of the game, Hearthstone could still check some boxes to make the game absolutely perfect. For example, players would enjoy weekly tournaments, a feature not yet introduced. Also, there is no card trading feature, and the exchange rate for higher cards is expensive.

Verdict

Sure, the game could use some tweaks here and there. However, these missing elements do not take away from the tremendous overall value of the game. 

Where to get the game

Hearthstone is available on Windows and Mac, and iOS and Android. If you prefer playing the game on a computer, head to Blizzard’s website, select your platform, and download it. However, if you prefer mobile gaming, head to the App Store or Google Play, lookup Hearthstone, and download. 

How to Play

Hearthstone pits you against an opponent to play cards against each other with the goal of draining their health points. Each card has particular abilities, hit strength, and health. Also, each card costs mana points that get refilled and increased at each turn. You can also use the assistance of minions to deal damage who use up mana points as well. For instance, you can deal damage to the opponent’s cards or the opponent. When one of the players’ health is completely drained, the game is over. In addition, you can buy and collect cards using in-game currency or using real money.

If you’re new to Hearthstone, check out this video with The Bare Bone Basics.

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