If you have not already heard, Blizzard have released their Warcraft-themed card game, Hearthstone, on mobile platforms. You probably have heard already though, as not only has it been out for a little while now, but this ad, or a variation thereof, has been all over the internet for the last few weeks:
I started playing Hearthstone upon its initial release and I really enjoyed it for quite a while. The game plays like a simplified, freemium version of Magic and although there are significant benefits to purchasing packs of the cards, that does not necessarily mean that the game is pay to win. It is viable as a free game.
The different characters each have a very distinctive style defined by both the selection of available cards and a unique character ability, from the Uther the Paladin’s ability to summon reinforcements, to Jaina the Mage’s fireball, or Anduin the Priest’s ability to heal.
I did find myself playing the game less and less over time, partially because when I am sitting at my PC, I usually prefer a meatier game. I’m settled in to play and Hearthstone does not fill that niche for me. On a mobile device, however, such as a phone or tablet, this is the perfect kind of game. It has the right level of depth and yet the simplest of controls. It is a game you can dip in and out of as required, and one which just works well on these devices. It just feel better on mobile, and gives me a lot of hope for future mobile releases from Blizzard.
Here are some screenshots I took of the mobile game in action:
The game is available for free on the PC from Battle.net or from the App/Play/Amazon stores for mobile platforms.