Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft now available worldwide

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft now available worldwide

After a short soft launch in Canada and Australia, Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now available globally. We’ve got some hands-on gameplay footage, if you want to see how it runs.

Hearthstone plays as a familiar turn-based card game. Players summon creature cards and cast spells from their hand. Every one of the nine heroes has their own unique special ability, as well as a sizeable batch of collectable and craftable cards. Casual online games, ranked matches, and gruelling sealed-deck Arena games appeal to varying levels of commitment.

Hearthstone is Blizzard’s foray into mobile, and so far they’re doing everything right. The graphics are fantastic, the free-to-play model encourages accessibility, but avoids the maligned freemium tropes of timers and premium currency. The UI is built for touch, which has been apparent since the PC launch, plus there’s a rich franchise to leverage for charm and nostalgia’s sake.

Hearthstone is an absolutely great game, and definitely worth a try.

Simon Sage

Editor-at-very-large at Mobile Nations, gamer, giant.

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Why the imore app needs to delete reinstall regularly as im having a trouble with error loading news?

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Oh, what? Yes, finally! Thanks for the heads up guys! *drops iPhone and runs to iPad*

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I doubt an iPhone version would be playable due to the number of precise touch targets needed to make it work. Need a larger screen for this one.

Been watching people playing this on twitch.tv since the early beta, and finally got a chance to play it on iPad last night (I rarely touch my desktop anymore for anything). The iPad version plays EXACTLY the same as the PC version. In my brief hour or so playing last night, I had a blast. I wonder how grindy it will be to get good decks without having to spend money? If the grind is entertaining enough, then I won't mind too much.

I got to play a couple of PVP matches last night against (I'm assuming) other new iPad players. Since I've been watching the experts play for the past 5 months, I pretty easily beat the other new players who may have been brand new to the game, even though I didn't even have a full basic mage deck yet. I kinda felt bad for them :P.

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