When Blizzard came out with the idea of Hearthstone, it was one of the first times that a previously well-known company decided to create an online card game. Now, a few years later, there are a huge number of card games available for people who enjoy the genre but can’t find somewhere to physical play or simply don’t want to store the cards. This genre has seen an explosion in the last couple of years, but there are some games that just don’t seem to work as well. Let’s take a look at some of the better CCGs that Hearthstone has inspired.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars for similarity.
Faeria is a hex-based card game with multiple different modes where you can play against other people. It includes beautiful multiplayer and single-player components that really shine and make it stand out from other games in the genre.
Both games focus a lot on the ramping up of mana and ensuring that you are going to have enough resources to play. Having too many high or low cost cards could put you at a disadvantage. Learning how to balance a deck is a skill that will serve you well no matter what game you are playing, but it is particularly important in both of these games.
There’s also the ability to directly influence the game with spells and even directly damage your opponent. Spells may not seem that unique, but their ability to get around any and all defensive mechanisms makes them an important part of many different strategies.
The art styles are also very similar. While Hearthstone has a lot of iconic Warcraft characters to fall back on, Faeria still manages to incorporate that cartoon-like charm into its game.
Prices in the store are also around the same, making it a similar investment to get started in either game. This is something that is important when many other games charge a lot more for booster packs. There is also the chance of obtaining rare cards from the booster packs won in Pandora mode, which makes it possible to play for free and stay competitive.
The hex-based system is completely different, and it adds a board game element that Hearthstone is missing. This makes Faeria a bit more immersive and can require more strategic thinking. Even if you have the best cards available, there is a chance that you are going to find yourself trapped and unable to play any of them, if you don’t plan well enough. This makes it incredibly important to plan out every move and understand what cards you opponent could potentially play.
The different modes offered give you a lot more choices than Hearthstone. In particular, the puzzle option is something that has not been seen in other card games. This option gives players who enjoy learning all of the mechanics a chance to show off. The puzzles appear at random so you can’t just play through all of them in one go, which might be a little frustrating for people who only want to play that particular mode.
Skills learned in either of these games will translate over well to other, and more experienced Hearthstone players should have no problem quickly picking up Faeria.
Spellweaver is a free-to-play card game that focuses on unlocking different regions to quest through a fantasy world.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars for similarity.
Spellweaver is a more of a typical CCG than Faeria, which will allow for an easy transition from Hearthstone. Each turn, players can play a card to unlock an additional mana crystal to play creatures or spells, which can target the enemy player or creatures.
The first expansion added a ton of content with new cards and abilities that many players are really enjoying. Different wings or areas of the game drop different items, making it important to explore them all. This is true in both games, and part of why gameplay is so different in all of the different wings as well. Each area requires a different skill or deck and knowing how to balance for all of the differences is important.
Player versus player is high intensity and mostly focused on how strategic your deck-building skills are. Playing through the PvE content will give you an advantage and make sure you understand all of the different card types in order to counter your PvP opponents.
Spellweaver isn’t nearly as as pay-to-win as Hearthstone with less overall cards and easier to obtain currency, which makes it a much more appealing choice for people who want a game they can put down at any time. The drop rate for rare cards seems to be higher and there are all sorts of quests to expand your collection.
Quests are a lot more varied, providing many different ways to play as well. This makes it a lot more appealing to get a new quest than in Hearthstone where they can start to feel like they do nothing more than repeat once a week. However, this does mean that you have to actually read the quests and it takes away from the just play and go style that Hearthstone has as well. If you like more lore, this game is going to be much more appealing. Quest slots must also be unlocked, which makes them more of an investment than in Hearthstone.
Overall it is very similar to Hearthstone and if it wasn’t for Faeria it would likely be in the top place on this list of games like Hearthstone.
Pathfinder Adventures is a free-to-play mobile game for Android and iOS devices.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars for similarity.
The cards are all themed around different colors, similar to the different classes within Hearthstone, and work best when played together. However, combining multiple colors together can make the most effective decks.
The different modes and the drop rates of packs from the different modes is very similar.
In Pathfinder Adventures, the different types of characters actually matter. Rather than everyone only having a weapon and a skill that are different, each character has a very specific set of stats and skill, which makes understanding all of the game mechanics very important. This makes it appealing to play each and every character rather than just sticking with one.
The game also features amazing cut-scenes that should be skipped over, and the art is subjectively very good. The stats and importance of the world around you makes it feel much more like an MMO that a simply card game, and it takes a lot more time to play than other games like Hearthstone. However, this may be one of the strengths of the game, and it is an extremely fun experience.
Hearthstone has brought about a lot of changes to the gaming industry by showing that traditional games can be brought into the digital world and still succeed. While there have been a number of attempts to obtain the level of success that Blizzard has achieved, few have actually come close.
However, Faeria is a great option that allows for players to enjoy the same kind of immersive world. The success of this hex-based game makes me wonder if the next generation of card games will all merge other genres as well. This trend is also being followed with Pathfinder and Spell Weaver, all of which have tried to make card games more interesting and immersive by combining strategic card and MMO mechanics. I personally love this mixing of different game types and hope that it continues in the future.
This concludes our list of games like Hearthstone. There are plenty of other digital CCGs on the market so let us know what your favorites are or any that we missed on the list!Related: CCG, Column, Faeria, Games Like, Hearthstone, Pathfinder Adventures, Spellweaver