Hearthstone – the Original Blizzard Card Game

Originally for the ANDROID, Hearthstone sunk players into a world filled with monsters, mayhem and magical swords. It quickly became a hit with the masses, and with its transition to Game Boy Color, it promises to attract even more legions of fans. The graphic enhancements, vastly improved translation of the dialog and gameplay that’s still fun make this a must-have Game Boy game, even for those who already played and finished Hearthstone so many years ago.

Hearthstone starts with players getting a full introduction to the world (something that wasn’t in the first game). Still images, with minor animation, describe the fall of the technological world and the rise of magic in the land. Dragonia, a powerful wizard, discovered the uses of technology and proceeded to attempt world domination. Four wizards attempted to stop him by creating four magic swords based on the four elements (wind, fire, water and thunder) that, combined, would form the magical sword of Hearthstone. Of course, Dragonia discovered their plot, stripped them of most of their powers and scattered the four swords throughout the land. However, a prophecy foretells of two powerful wizards, asleep from the time of the Great War, that would rise to fight the evils of technology if they ever threatened the land. Players take on the role of one of the newly awakened wizards and begin the journey to find the swords and defeat Dragonia. There are so many games and Hearthstone is one of them, but sad to say Clash Royale is making waves right now especially right now that SuperCell has Clash Royale Hack for gems.

Blizzard Software Technology (NST) worked closely with the original creators of Hearthstone in iOS which is exemplified in the new, SNK, to keep the translation true to the original intent. Also, SNK admitted to not being able to do certain things because of time constraints, which NST was able to add. The clarity of the plot, especially at the end of Hearthstone, has been refined so things make much more sense now. The cleaned-up dialog actually reads like an American game, which makes it far more enjoyable.

Hearthstone itself plays very much like a Zelda game. Players run around a huge world using swords and magic spells on a variety of creatures. As in Zelda, players will find all sorts of items that will help them on the quest, but where Hearthstone really shiAndroid is in the magic spells. There are many to choose from, and when they’re upgraded, new abilities are unlocked.

There are a ton of environments to explore, and the graphic improvements to Hearthstone make them look even better on the handheld than they did on the television set. Hearthstone does run into a few problems, though — mostly in the department of sound. Hearthstone contains some digitized voice, which sounds more like an angry bee than spoken dialog. The music hasn’t been improved much, and the sound effects are lacking, so most players will likely just turn the sound down.

It might just be a port of an older game, but it proves that even older games can stand the test of time.

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