Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Reviews

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is ranked in the 97th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Justin Davis
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2014

Don't sleep on Hearthstone - it gets almost everything right. It's fun, flashy, and totally playable for free.

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86 / 100
May 22, 2018

If you somehow haven't tried it until now, this is a better time than any to jump in.

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10 / 10
Mar 13, 2014

In fact, Hearthstone is unlike a lot of games. It's a card strategy game that is bright and accessible. It's a free-to-play game with generosity of spirit. Heck, it may not have all the features its fans are demanding just yet, but it's even a Blizzard game where "coming soon" actually means coming soon. It's overflowing with character and imagination, feeds off and fuels a vibrant community of players and performers, and it only stands to improve as Blizzard introduces new features, an iPad version and expansions. And now it's finally finished! I can't wait to see where it goes next. Job's done.

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Apr 23, 2014

Hearthstone is addictive, highly strategic, and chock-full of fun collectible card battling; the fact that it's totally free (if you want it to be) makes it one of the best values in gaming today. This is your new obsession; embrace it.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2014

Addictive and entertaining for free-to-play players, competitors, and collectors, the game brings the often-daunting digital card game genre into the spotlight

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10 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2014

Hearthstone pulled me into a new genre and refuses to let me go

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8 / 10
Mar 18, 2014

Hearthstone is a free-to-play collectible card game that embraces new players through its presentation and simplicity and satisfies veterans with complex strategies hidden between the lines.

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Destructoid
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2014

Overall Hearthstone is a lot of fun to play, and has potential to be a game that stays around for a long time. While it may not be as complicated as an actual collectible card game, or have the appeal of showing off your collection to your friends, it is a great videogame that has minimal issues and is in a neat package, so it would be foolish to try to compare it to something it's not trying to be.

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80 / 100
Feb 17, 2020

This new single player adventure for HearthStone is full of good and funny moments, specially if you like to do bad things, but kinda poor for The League of Explorers. But, if you like new, good and interesting cards, take a look at this adventure.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2014

Whether you want to treat Hearthstone as a frivolous time-waster, or you're looking for a new obsession, the game is a blast either way. It caters to every type of player. If you're a Warcraft fan, there are plenty of nods to the series you love. And even if you've never crafted war, it really doesn't matter. Hearthstone is thoughtful and complex, but at the same time welcoming and almost irresistible. It may just be a card game, but it often feels like so much more.

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95 / 100
Mar 16, 2014

As someone who hasn't touched collectible card games since the mid-1990s — and hasn't played Warcraft since it was still a real-time strategy game — I'm amazed at not only how quickly I picked up Hearthstone but also how much I've played it. It's easy to learn, easy to get into matches and play, and it's fun. It's led me to check out other digital card games — and I'm again surprised at how much I enjoy these.

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Unscored
Jan 31, 2014

This type of call-and-response has always been the lifeblood of card games but Hearthstone's position as one of the first potentially mass-market CCGs with an excellent online infrastructure makes things exciting. As for the 'free-to-play' tag, this is one of the few games that will make Western players love the business model. It's as simple as that.

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Jan 20, 2015

'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' provides endless hours digital card entertainment with familiar Blizzard lore and mechanics at a price that is as cheap as you want it to be.

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Guardian
Top Critic
May 4, 2014

Video gamers may wonder why they would play a card game when their medium has moved beyond such limitations; tabletop gamers may bemoan the fact that people are getting excited about the wrong card game. But if you fall awkwardly between those two groups, Hearthstone will keep you hooked for some time.

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GameMAG
Top Critic
8 / 10
Dec 26, 2019

Hearthstone is at its peak and doesn't seem to be even going to slow down. Frequent updates, regular in-game events and a full-fledged dialogue between developers and their audience rightfully make the brainchild of Blizzard Entertainment one of the most interesting online projects in recent years.

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Mar 13, 2014

Hearthstone might not fully scratch the strategy itch of the most advanced CCG/TCG players, but it makes an impressive attempt. The rules are simple, so anybody can get the hang of it, but there are enough deck variations available that only skilled deck builders and players will make it high in the ranks.

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Jul 24, 2014

Hearthstone does for collectible card games what World of Warcraft did for MMOs: taking a niche genre and transforming it into a mainstream-friendly hit that's primed for success. It's hugely accessible and incredibly enjoyable, even when you're getting crushed, yet there are layers upon layers of strategy to be explored. If you haven't tried Hearthstone yet, then do so - just don't blame us if you can't give it up.

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Alan Bell
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2014

It doesn't matter what you're playing it on: Hearthstone is a fantastic CCG that gets the balance just right and needn't cost players a cent.

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8.6 / 10.0
Mar 19, 2014

On a more personal level, Hearthstone is solid enough that if it gets its hooks in you, they will dig deep. The game takes on a Civilization-like level of addictiveness where instead of one more turn, you'll often tell yourself "just one more game". That one more game can quickly become five, or ten, or more depending on how much time you have to spend and I imagine this is going to only be amplified once the mobile versions of the game come online.

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Twinfinite
Top Critic
5 / 5.0
Mar 19, 2014

Hearthstone is accessible and fun. Even without purchasing cards it's a very fun game to play and winning repeatedly is very possible. The game's mechanics are easily learned, but combining them into a winning strategy is a complex and fun process.

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