Hearthstone is a collectible card game made by Blizzard. I’ve been playing since the open beta just before release in March 2014, so about 2 and 1/2 years. You build decks from 9 classes which can chose from class specific cards and a pool of common cards.
The game features a number of play modes including casual play against AI or human opponents and ladder rank play. There are adventure modes with special bosses and scenarios and weekly brawls with unique rules. There’s a great tutorial that helps new players get into the game. There’s also an arena mode where you build a deck from randomly chosen cards and see how far you can go before losing 3 times. You gain prizes the better you do in arena.
Hearthstone is free to play, however it has a pay model that includes purchasing booster packs from current sets and adventures which unlock unique cards once you complete the challenges. You do collect free currency in the game which can also be used to buy packs and adventures, but unless you are very good at arena it can take a long time to gain a lot. A daily quest yields a nice gold reward but you only get one per day. Likely you will end up spending money if you like the game, just look for deals and special offerings to reduce the wallet it.
The play, the animations, the collections, the deck building, and the variety of heroes are fun. New sets and adventures are exciting and mix up the meta with fresh new spells and creatures. The game borrows heavily from the World of Warcraft (WoW) lore so if you’re familiar with that game you’ll get the references here quickly. Knowledge of WoW isn’t required of course and I’m not the most well versed person in wow lore. I’ve enjoyed hearthstone during the time I’ve played it. If you’re looking for a collectable card game and have a few dollars to spare you’ll find a lot to like with hearthstone.
Terrible Rating: 1/10 Not bad at all.