Free To Play – You can own this game for three easy payments of $0.00. This game is more than worth opening your wallet for, but in this case you won’t have to. Highly unusual for a high quality Blizzard game but a welcome change of pace.
Attractive – This game is both appealing to the eyes and the ears. The sound effects, artwork and animations make for an attractive and often humorous affair. Blizzard is known for flawless quality and this game does not disappoint.
iPad & Android Tablet – Another unusual feature for a Blizzard game is the ability to play it from your iPad or Android Tablet. This is a sharp little attribute that is another appreciated deviation from the norm.
Pay to Win – Bringing me to my next point, it is very apparent that this game was designed to be “pay to win”. That is, you must invest a great deal of money to obtain “the best” cards to be on a level playing field with the other players.
New Player Handicap – You are either forced to spend a lot of money to get into the game by buying a lot of “packs” and hoping for good cards or you expect to lose most of your beginning matches to players who did spend the money to win.
Similarity – Surely a brain child of the developers at Blizzard have some paradigm altering features to add to the playing card game! Let’s look for one!
This game has units with haste! Wait that’s Magic: The Gathering. I know! This game has battle animations when you make attacks! Ack, Battleforge does it better. There just isn’t much here that hasn’t been done before. I really would have liked to see Blizzard bring something new and intriguing to the world of online card games. There is still time and hope so I’m not ruling this game out as a copycat just yet.
Imbalance – Certain cards are observably better than others which make many encounters forfeit to the individual with the best cards. Cards can have symbiotic relationships but a broken card can be worth a dozen combo cards. Card advantage is a huge element of card games like this and the current scheme of cards allows for a single card to set the pace of the entire game in your favor for little to no thought involved in playing it. I expect this to calm down as the developers gets used to the environment of a card game, but for now I’ll expect to see little originality in the Meta game.
No Card Trading – A card game without the ability to trade with other players? My heart cries at the very thought! The card “recycling” Hearthstone offers just isn’t the same, but thanks for trying.
Complexity Vs Simplicity – This game does an amazing job with the learning curve. It’s easy to get into the game today and still be learning things next week. I never felt confused on the rules but I continue to learn things about this game. This is an extraordinarily difficult task to perform and I have to admire the success this game has had with this issue. Good work ladies!
Reasonably Priced Packs – 2 packs for 2.99 is quite reasonable compared to other online card games so it deserves a special mention. On similar games 2.99 might not even get you a single pack. When you aren’t receiving a real card for your money it’s nice not to be paying as much as you would for the paper equivalent.
You can play Hearthstone for free by downloading it from Blizzard Entertainment on the Official Hearthstone Website.