Hearthstone could have been by anyone other than Blizzard. You can grasp the fundamentals of this deceptively simple card game within an hour and still be surprised by hundreds of matches with its different touch. A keen eye makes Hearthstone a dominating game during someone’s free time. Hearthstone feels like a free-to-play game done well. You won’t need to spend a single dime just to be decently competitive against other players. Yes, this game is nothing new. It has its similarity to games like Pokemon and Magic the Gathering. Both of which are also card games.
Everything played has an associated cost. You pay for cards by using mana. One mana is gained every turn, and you can have a maximum of 10. The pool is filled at the beginning of every turn. This means you are always able to play something and as players mana reserves grow, more expensive, more powerful cards will enter the battlefield. You rarely find yourself in matches that it feels you’ll be drag along. Even if you are played against a skillful player, games don’t often stretch beyond the 15 minute mark.
Further distinguishing feature of the game is hero power. The benefits of these powers are too small but can add up over time such as the Paladin hero power which summons his own knight. On its own, this doesn’t do much but when paired with other cards or if there are several of them in play, the knights swing a match to your favor. Whether you want to treat Hearthstone as time waster, or you just want to find a fun and exciting game, either way the game is a blast.