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  • Version:
    9.0.20374
  • Total Downloads:
    764
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 09, 2017
  • Price:
    Free; iTunes account required.
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    9
  • Platform:
    iOS

Editors' Review

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a collectible card game featuring characters, events, and classes from Blizzard's iconic Warcraft series of computer games. The game, while relying on familiar icons and characters, is a wholly unique experience that manages to create an accessible, addictive, and yet incredibly deep experience that plays perfectly on the iPad, even with its PC origins.

Pros

Deep, well-balanced gameplay: The biggest strength of Hearthstone is its ability to feel instantly familiar with accessible rules and a player-friendly learning curve, and yet have such a deep, intricate meta-game that gamers who have been playing Magic: The Gathering and other collective card games for years will feel right at home. And while the game allows for pack purchases, you can play completely for free, ensuring that all players have an equal chance to build the perfect deck for competitive play.

High level of polish and presentation: Hearthstone for the iPad looks and feels identical to its PC/Mac counterpart, down to the last sprite. This is a good thing for those with the newest edition of the iPad who can experience the crisp, seamless integration of online gaming with the mobile, touchscreen platform.

Cons

Performance issues for older devices: While Hearthstone runs almost flawlessly on the newest edition of the iPad, even one generation earlier suffers from stuttering, delays, and occasional graphical glitches when loading new matches or transitioning between screens. When playing multiple matches back to back, it can get distracting.

The power curve: It's a small issue, and one that could become larger over time or remain a non-issue depending on how the developers build the game, but for those with the cash to spend or the time to unlock all of the cards available, there are very distinct advantages to be had with Legendary and Rare cards. Because deck size is based on number of cards and not card strength, you can be outmaneuvered by someone who has been playing far longer than you. The matching system is fair, and this doesn't happen often, but for those playing strictly on free-play, live matches can eventually become more frustrating with some classes.

Bottom Line

The issues are small and unlikely to affect many players, and with such a strong, intricately balanced game as its foundation, Hearthstone is one of the strongest collectible apps on the App Store today and a must download for anyone who enjoys the Warcraft universe, Magic the Gathering, or collective card game apps in general.

 
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What's new in version 9.0.20374

In this Hearthstone update we're laying a path of frost for Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hearthstone's newest expansion! We're also making Arena rewards more consistent, changing Dreadsteed, and fixing several bugs.

Read on for details!

Knights of the Frozen Throne arrives on August 10!

*Witness as Hearthstone's heroes embrace the Lich King's power to become Death Knights in Hearthstone's latest expansion: Knights of the Frozen Throne. Knights of the Frozen Throne introduces 135 all-new cards -- including a crypt-full of undead monstrosities, a new health-draining keyword in Lifesteal, and an all-new card type: Hero cards!

*Death Knight Hero cards - Each of Hearthstone's nine Heroes can wield the chilling power of a Death Knight. Hero cards are an all-new card type, neither spell nor minion, that allow you to tranform your existing hero into a new one, complete with a powerful Battlecry, armor, and a potent new hero power!

*Knights of the Frozen Throne introduces free single-player Missions.

**A new section of Missions unlocks each week until all the Missions are unlocked.

**The Prologue and The Lower Citadel are available with the launch of Knights of the Frozen Throne.

**Earn a free random Death Knight hero card just for facing the Lich King in the Prologue.

**Earn a Knights of the Frozen Throne card pack after completing a mission section, for a total of 3.

**Defeat the final mission with all nine classes to earn a new Paladin hero!

*New Paladin Hero: Prince Arthas

*Arena Rewards: Reduced variance of rewards in Arena. In particular, reward bags will no longer contain single, non-Golden Common cards.

*Added the following card backs:

**Blood Knight - Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, August 2017.

**Frost Knight - Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, September 2017.

**Call of the Light - Acquired from a special promotion.

**Call of the Void - Acquired from a special promotion.

*Mistress of Pain and Wickerflame Burnbristle now use the Lifesteal keyword.

*Fandral Staghelm's text has been updated to reflect that he will interact with powers as well: Your Choose One cards and powers have both effects combined.

*Changing your Hero will no longer 'refresh' your weapon swing.

*Auchenai Soulpriest and similar effects will only trigger once when combined with Lifesteal.

Bug Fixes

*Fixed an issue that could cause the OS status bar to disappear switching to and from Hearthstone.

*[iPhone] Card back names are now displayed at the correct size in the Collection Manager.

*The deck recipe "replace missing cards" UI no longer closes after every card is selected.

*Dragging a card over the Deck Helper button will now correctly add it to your decklist.

*Devices with no Wifi capability will now correctly receive a no wifi error message during Fireside Gatherings.

*Adventure bosses now correctly respond to the 'Wow' emote.

*Several cards that interact with cards of a specific type now glow when those cards are on the board.

* Anub'ar Ambusher no longer shows a Poisonous Keyword on mouse-over.

General
Publisher Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher web site http://www.blizzard.com
Release Date October 09, 2017
Date Added October 09, 2017
Version 9.0.20374
Category
Category Games
Subcategory Strategy Games
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPhone3GS, iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74
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