5 ways to make Hearthstone even more addictive

Link: venturebeat.com

Date Published: 19th of June 2014

Extract:

Hearthstone is already one of the most popular games on the iOS and Google Play stores, but developer Blizzard has definitely not pushed it to its full potential yet. While it’s definitely one of the best free-to-play games available, here are five easy ideas that could make it instantly better.

5) Different Play Modes

While Hearthstone is very well-balanced, especially between classes, once a player has a dedicated strategy for all nine heroes of Warcraft, playing the game can feel like going through set motions ad infinitumThe implementation of a variety of play modes, such as a “Light” or “Heavy” options that only allow the use of minions costing under or over three mana, would mean that players would have to entirely rethink their current strategies to allow for such variations. Accompany this with a suitable incentive such as doubling the number of coins won after playing three games, for example, and Hearthstone players will never go hungry for variety.

4) Trading Cards

This would rid the game of the irritation of having too many of the same card in your collection, especially when players are only allowed two in their decks. A sensible balance would be either have players put their cards up for “auction” over, say, a 24 hour period while other players offer cards in exchange. The player would then choose which offer to accept, if they want to accept at all, and a notification would be sent to all players telling them the decision. Alongside this trading method could be a “quick exchange,” where players offer up cards of a certain mana and rarity and other players would instantly exchange cards with them. A greater number of cards being swapped means a greater amount of variation in-game styles and, ultimately, more Hearthstone matches being played as new strategies are being tested.

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