I remember when smart phones started to become popular and people loaded them up with SNES and GBA roms of games to play and I never understood why on earth they would want to play those games with touch screen controls, in fact I was so behind the times that any game on a touch screen didn’t make much sense to me. Slowly over time I have grown an appreciation for the touch screen, even while you don’t get the nice physical feel of the keys, you are able to design and utilize all that extra space that you now have. Games started coming out that took advantage of this case and devices with a touch screens evolved into a gaming console of its own with a market for things such as roms, indie and now Blizzard.
Right off the bat, everything is exactly the same and that as intended. Blizzard wanted to make a UI that people would be familiar with going from device to device and they delivered in the realm of tablets. There are no annoying hoops to jump through. The touch feel of doing actions in the game such as dragging cards or simply rhythming out actions with your hero ability and ending your turn just simply feel fantastic.
Those high prone to stressing out while playing should bring a stress ball as part of their tablet kit as those times you got angry playing on the sturdy home system such as a desktop computer or a laptop were against really resilient hardware. The iPad is not made cheap, but you really don’t want to use it as a frisbee.
With the ability to use your same account you use on your PC makes this perfect for building decks while laying down on the couch with netflix on or laying horizontal in bed ranking up when you should be sleeping. It would of been really unfortunate to have to rebuild an entire library of cards to play via touchscreen. Frankly, it wouldn’t of made sense. With this system, it means your cards you have now you will always have even when we are in flying cars and all our current devices are obsolete.
I am a bit worried about how well Hearthstone will play on mini tablets, otherwise known as smart phones. With a severe lack of screen space on some devices makes me ponder if they will have a special UI cooked up for them. I would be ok with losing the fluffy stuff that you get to click and break, but I would be happy to simply use my phone for deck building when I am bored. With the ability to chat with all the people on your friends-list, it’s not very far fetched to simply use Hearthstone as a chatting device.
I know everyone doesn’t have an iPad and I am not going to say that you should go out and buy one solely for Hearthstone but consider how gaming consoles work, when you buy a console you don’t just buy it for one game. Sure you may buy a console because you really want a single game, but in your mind you should be ok with playing other titles on that said device, in fact you should plan for it. With Hearthstone already out on windows and able to be played on a surface pro, it coming out in waves across the globe for the iPad and out for Android devices SoonTM; It’s not very far fetched to get or have a device that is basically your touch screen console. But what would you play other than Hearthstone? Hearthstone is lyfe.
Here are some options for you. I know some of these games are multi-platform but will only list once to not be redundant
Games like Civilization 5 now come with options built for touch screens and the great thing is, if you already own these games then you own them for the tablet version as well. The Surface Pro uses the same operating system that your desktop does so it’s really simple to have things the way you want them. The Surface also comes with USB ports which work perfectly for plug and play controllers such as the 360 controller for windows that most games are already designed around.
I’m sure there are a ton of great games on the iPad, but these 3 are enough for me to justify to get one if I was to pick a quality tablet. All 3 games have unlimited replayability.
Android (Blizzard has not announced which Android products Hearthstone will work on so shop at your own risk)
–Classic Final Fantasy
-Tons of games from the Android Humble Bundles (there is one going currently) which give you PC keys as well.
I am happy we live in the Star Trek era of touch screens, but it makes me wonder how much work they would of actually got done if they had Hearthstone at their fingertips.