Not a fan of video games generally? Consider giving this digital card game a chance.
Card games have been around for centuries, with the earliest reference to card games dating back to the 9th Century. Ever since, more and more games and even different types of cards have popped up, ranging from solitaire to blackjack. Playing cards always comes with some sort of gambling, due to the inherent nature of the games – the luckier you are, the more you win.
With the advent of video games, it was only a matter of time before card games were incorporated into the industry. Poker was one of the first games, along with solitaire, to be implemented. However, with the interest and demand for such games declining among younger people, developers stopped paying attention to card games. For some time, there were few major card games. That changed with the introduction of Hearthstone, developed by Blizzard Entertainment.
Hearthstone was conceived at first to be a spinoff of the madly popular Warcraft series, Blizzard’s flagship title. In fact, it was first titled “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft”. Despite initial doubts about the whole concept, Team 5, the Hearthstone team comprising of a mere 15 people (the smallest team working on a game at Blizzard) produced a game that won over skeptics. Over time, it grew so popular that it has stepped out of Warcraft’s shadow, been rebranded to “Hearthstone,” and is consistently ranked among the top three most watched games on Twitch, an online (live) video streaming platform.
But why should you play it? First off, it is, simply put, an amazing game. Everything is aesthetically pleasing – from the playing board to the card art to the user interface. Everything is easy to understand, fun to watch and play and overall, just a satisfying experience.
There are 9 different classes to choose from, each having a different play style.
Do you have a desire to play with dinosaurs? Or dragons?
Or would you rather play with magic?
Or just looking for fun times with cool and exciting cards
Every card has a story behind it, waiting for someone to unravel! There are several pages dedicated to the story behind each card, even a YouTube playlist by the SixGamers.
If such things don’t interest you, there are several tournaments for you to test you, ultimately getting points to participate in the Hearthstone Championship Tour for a chance to play at Blizzcon for fame and fortune.
Whatever your motivation, this game is a gem and definitely one to play, either for hours upon hours or just during your commute to work.
Sidharth Sudhakar is a student at University of California, Irvine.