Retrospective Thursday Presents: Hearthstone

Originally posted 2015-06-04 12:32:17.

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Title: Hearthstone

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, OS X,iPad, iPhone, Android

Release Date(s): 

  • Windows, OS X
    • March 11, 2014
  • iPad
    • April 16, 2014
  • Windows 8
    • August 6, 2014
  • Android tablet
    • December 15, 2014
  • iPhone, Android smartphone
    • April 14, 2015

Genre: Collectable card game

Players: Multiplayer, single-player

ESRB Rating: T for Teens

Kid Friendly Rating: Fantasy violence and mildly suggestive themes.  Click here for the ESRB Rating Guide! 

Personal Rating: I give Hearthstone a big Ol’ YES!


“Everyone get in here” and “Pour it on!”  are probably my most favorite sayings in one of the single most addicting collectible card game that I have ever played,  a little gem we all call Hearthstone.  With an estimated 30 million people that play world wide, there are countless tournaments and ways to achieve greatness among the pros, via ranked play or just try and draft a better assembly of cards in arena play.  However great these features are almost all CCG’s have these features (i.e. Magic The Gathering comes to mind). Hearthstone offers something unique, Solo Adventures. These gems, in my eyes, are Hearthstone’s greatest feature.  The dynamic play through in the solo adventures is what makes this feature so amazing. Basically you start out by fighting a boss each one with a different hero power, whats a hero power you say?  Well let me inform you. A hero power is an ability that your hero can use for a small amount of mana (2) that are usable by PC characters.  The bosses each have a unique hero power and these hero powers usually how the fights are worked around.

Each game usually takes about fifteen minutes, some longer if you get the guy that has two cards and twiddles his thumb for the entire 90 second clock.  Also you get the big teasers, which are those players out there that like to pick a card get the cross air and continually fling it around your screen like some kind of child suffering from ADHD. When your not battling the cross air manics, or the thinkers, games can go very quickly especially if you play a “FACE” Hunter deck.

Another big positive of Hearthstone is the simplicity of the game, yet the deep dynamic of deck building.  There are no up front advantages, in Hearthstone.  You don’t have to wait for mana cards in hand, you get 1 mana each round and up to a maximum of 10.  Some heroes have the ability to gain mana faster and gain extra mana in a round.  Picking cards for a deck can be extremely difficult if your looking for the next big ranked play deck that will take you to the top of the ladder like a rocket leaving for orbit.  If being number one isn’t your thing, you can take a more laid back approach with deck building and just do what I do, play what you want to play.  There is even a deck building tool that will help you along your way.

With all the games out there I find myself playing more and more Hearthstone when I need to get that itch out of my system, takes 15 minutes and is a great experience.  I recommend anyone who has yet to play or is on the fence about playing Hearthstone, to give it a go.  Its a  free to play game with so much to offer than meets the eye.  With an ever evolving meta that changes faster than the seasons, great game play, ease of use and a great company backing it.

Keep Calm and Game On!