6 Games Like Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Are you addicted to Hearthstone? Blizzard's collectible card game exceeded all expectations, but then again, Blizzard has always been known for putting out quality games. Hearthstone manages to combine an easy-to-understand ruleset with subtle tactics that create a strategy game with surprising depth. But for those looking to move beyond Hearthstone, there are plenty of great battle card games available from the App Store.  

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It's difficult to mention Hearthstone and not draw immediate comparisons with Magic: The Gathering. Magic has defined the card battle genre for over a decade, having popularized the idea of the collectible card game in the early 90s.

Magic Duels is the latest incarnation of Magic: The Gathering on the iPad, and it may very well be the best. Magic Duels turns the strategy up to 11.  If you love Hearthstone but are looking for something more in depth, Magic Duels is a good start.  More »

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SolForge adds a few nice twists to the card battle. First, cards are played in lanes. This means they will attack the creature in front of them rather than attacking any creature they want, which means choosing the right lane to play a card in becomes very important. Cards also evolve, gaining levels as you play the game, which unlocks more powerful version. Some even gain new abilities. There are no resources in Solforge, rather, both combatants play an equal number of cards per turn. If you loved Hearthstone but don't want to repeat the same basic game again, SolForge has enough new twists to keep you interested. More »

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BattleHand manages to mix battle card antics into a role-playing strategy game. As a defender of the kingdom, you will use your deck of cards to battle through baddies, slowly collecting new cards along the way. You can think of BattleHand as a single-character role-playing game that uses cards to resolve the battle.  It also doesn't take itself too seriously.    More »

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Loot & Legends

 Loot & Legends combines card-based combat with turn-based combat.  The game plays out closer to role-playing board games like Wrath of Ashardalon, but rather than use an exchange of abilities between characters and foes to resolve combat, characters pull cards from a deck. This gives Loot & Legends a distinctive feel that is boosted by the lighthearted nature of the game where you are really playing a game within a game.


Ascension is a rather interesting twist on the deck-building aspects of collectible card games. Rather than earn new cards between games, you purchase cards within the game. This is done by playing cards that give you runes, which you can then use to purchase new cards. But victory is determined by the player with the most honor, and honor is acquired through killing monsters. So you'll have to balance your desire to buy new cards by playing cards that give you power, which you can then use to kill monsters and gain that precious honor.

It's a fun mix that plays out in part like a board game and in part like a card game. If you love the card-playing aspects of Hearthstone but want something a bit different, Ascension is a great choice. More »

If you are ready for a big departure from the standard card battle game, Pathfinder Adventures will give it to you.  More of an interpretation of a pen-and-paper role-playing game than any other card game, Pathfinder Adventures combines multiple character parties, old-fashioned dice rolling and tons of cool cards to create one of the more ambitious card games on the App Store.  And as a free-to-play game, this is definitely one you will want to check out. More »

While Ascension has some aspects of a board mixed in with what is fundamentally a card battle game, Waterdeep is a board game with some card-like aspects. Through eight rounds, you will collect resources like thieves and warriors to complete quests and gain points, which will ultimately decide who will be the ruler of Waterdeep. You can force mandatory quests on your opponent, steal their resources, or just concentrate on your own quests. Each game gives you a new patron, and each patron favors a different type of quest, so each game is a bit different. More »

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