In Hearthstone, the creatures of Warcraft take a break to enjoy a game of cards. Each card is unique and has its own way to be played. Some game modes have high stakes, and some are just a friendly game with other players.
Currently, the platforms Hearthstone is on are Windows, Macintosh, and the iPad. The makers are Blizzard, the company that brought us StarCraft and World of Warcraft. The game is relatively new so not many updates have come out for it. You can either play solo against the computer or challenge other players!
Depending on your knowledge of these type of card games, the difficulty in single player may vary. In multiplayer, you will be matched up with players of your skill level, so you don’t have to worry fighting masters of the game!
When you start off, you will be given a starting set of cards and a ‘champion’ like everybody else. You will go through 5 Tutorials/Missions to get the gist of the game. Once finished, there are about 4 things you can do. You can either play ‘practice’ mode against the computer to unlock more ‘champions’. If you have unlocked them all, a special mode will be unlocked called ‘The Arena’. The two remaining modes are normal and ranked. Normal is just a friendly game of Hearthstone against other players with about the same skill as you. The last mode, is ranked. In ranked, you will play against other players for score and a spot on the leaderboard. Losses will move you down, and wins will move you up.
The graphics are great quality and looks as if Blizzard spent a lot of time making them. On the PC and Mac, the graphics are high quality and don’t make the game slow or disrupt gameplay. On the iPad, currently the graphics are the same quality, but sometimes make the game laggy and sometimes even crash it.
The sound is a good quality and each card, when played, has its own unique sound. Each ability has its own sound and occasionally, the ‘champions’ will talk to each other in the Missions/Tutorial levels. Hearthstone sounds are easy to understand when ‘champions’ talk and the sound effects are easy to hear.
I really like the concept of each hero/champion having their own ability, so even if you have no minions to attack, you could whittle down the enemy ‘champion’. I hated how on the iPad version of the game, there would be occasional crash during the game making me lose that round. I also like how the announcer at the beginning of fights announces blank vs. blank (blank being the hero/champion name). I like the graphics and how the game board occasionally changes depending on who you’re versing.
Some pros are the graphics, sound, effects, game ‘style’, and the modes. Some cons are the crashes on the iPad version, use real money to buy multiple packs at a time, and on the iPad version, graphics sometimes slowing down the game. Overall, I would rate this game and 8.5/10.