Attention, iOS owners -- Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of World of Warcraft is now iOS Universal, which means you can now play this game on your iPhones. Also, the game has now been made available on Android with a new interface for smartphones, which should allow users to play the game easier on smaller display screens.
For those who are not familiar with the game, Hearthstone is a combat strategy game that works the same as Magic: The Gathering, in which players can design their deck, then play against either AI or other online players. Newbies need not worry about learning the game, it has tutorial levels that should help first timers get started.
In taking Hearthstone to mobile devices, Blizzard's team had to make some changes in order to optimize the game for smartphones and tablets. For instance, as a game that involves displaying many cards on the board, Hearthstone needed to take a lot of display screen space. Reading the cards on computers or tablets is easy enough, but when viewed on a smartphone, it would feel a little cramped.
To remedy this, the Blizzard team incorporated a new component to the game's interface. The hand of cards sits only half-visible at the bottom of the screen. When players want to get a closer look, they can just tap their hand to get a zoomed-in view of the cards. When they want a single card displayed full screen, they can touch and hold so that they will be able to read all the details. It does add another step compared to playing the game on computers and tablets, but at least it gives the players additional card viewing options.
No doubt fans of the game will be delighted that they can play Hearthstone even when on the go. As for those just learning the game, they can hone their chops by playing against the AI, or practice with other online players. Those who managed to play a full game on their smartphone get to receive a free pack.
The game also supports both the Naxxramas and Blackrock Mountain expansions. However, users will need to buy them separately. They can get Naxxramas for $20 and Blackrock Mountain for $25.
Players' accounts are synced to Blizzard's Battle.net system, which means they will be able to play a game on any device, whether on computers or mobile devices, and it will be counted to their total wins, losses, game statistics, and player ranking. Having said that, this means that players will need a working data connection in order to play, even against the AI.
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