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Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 6 months ago.
Hearthstone: Battlegrounds is one of the latest additions to Hearthstone. It's a collection of card-based mini-games set in the Warcraft universe, you face off against 7 other players, and use cards, each representing characters, powers and abilities, to be the last one standing. Each game is split into rounds, during which you face off against a single opponent, the winner of which plays the winner of a different 1-versus-1 until an ultimate victor emerges.
During each one of these 1-versus-1 matches, you have the chance to buy and exchange minions (cards), each of which has unique abilities, and then place them down in specific areas. These minions then fight each other, until one player has no minions left and the other player can deal damage. The 1v1 match ends when one player has no health left. Before you recruit minions, each turn you can upgrade the tavern, where you buy the minions, making them more affordable and stronger.
It's a complex game filled with strategy, tactics and critical thinking, that has a unique set of rules and game mechanics that make it a novel offering.
Other game modes within Hearthstone, which offer different types of multiplayer and solo combat, include the following:
- Arena, where you use a single set of 30 cards you select from 90 and see how many opponents you can beat in a single streak.
- Dungeon Run and the multiplayer equivalent, Duels, where you build a deck of 15 of your own cards and use them to battle opponents.
- Mercenaries, which focuses on party-based combat through procedurally-generated dungeons.
Cross-Platform: The game supports cross-platform, meaning you don't all need to be playing on the same type of system.
You can play this game in the following styles:
Hearthstone is rated 12+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References, Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence, Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor, Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes, and Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes.
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- In-Game Loot Boxes: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. These include in-game purchases of random items (known as 'loot boxes') that offer a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.
In Hearthstone, you can buy items that have a chance to give you rare cards. the price of these packs, and other in-game purchases, ranges from £1.79/$1.99 to £44.99/$49.99.
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There aren't any individual actions that need fast reactions, but the "recruitment" phase, where you get the minions for that turns combat, has a time limit of a few seconds to minutes.
There are several sections of the same where the text is both small and low contrast, making it difficult to read. Because all of the game's information is conveyed visually, no sound is needed to play.
The game has a matchmaking system that automatically finds people of a similar skill level to you, so the difficulty shouldn't ever be too overwhelming, even though there aren't dedicated difficulty settings.
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