Why should Canadians have all the fun? I’m not talking about snow, greater coverage of hockey and abundant Tim Hortons locations, but the fact that Canada is often used as a testing ground for soft launches of iOS games before they make their way to the US (hint: it’s because Canadians are a lot like Americans in their play and spending patterns, there just aren’t as many of them).
One of the games that debuted a few weeks ago was the digital collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. It’s been playable on PC and Mac since March 11, but if you’re like me and wanted to experience it on your iPad, your only choices were to stay patient or trick your device into thinking you were Canadian. It seems Siri can’t detect that kind of deception yet.
The good news is there’s no need to wait or invent an alter ego for yourself any longer, as Hearthstone is available now in the US App Store. It’s a free download, with players paying only if they want to speed up the rate at which they acquire new card packs or how often they can play in the game’s Arena mode. The game runs on iOS 5 or later, but only on iPad — sorry iPhone users, but it wouldn’t look too good smashed onto the small screen.
And you should download it if you have any interest in CCGs at all. People have been raving about it for a reason, with our own Mike Straw giving it a near-perfect score in his review. Make room for it on your iPad now, fellow Americans, but don’t blame me if it eats up quite a bit of your free time.