Let me start this by saying I don’t own Blizzard’s Hearthstone on iPad. In fact, I don’t even own an iPad as I wouldn’t have an Apple product given. That being said, I have played a fair amount of Hearthstone on iPad over the last few days, simply because I was staying at a friend’s house – a friend who owns both the hardware and the game. A few hours into playing, and my friend himself asked “Is Hearthstone on iPad worth playing do you think?” and, frankly, I have to say “No”.
And that’s because Blizzard requires you to be online 100 percent of the time you play the game, so the game is basically a DRM-loaded app that you can’t even play if you’re in an area where you don’t have an internet connection (in a car, on a train, on a plane etc……).
For me, that’s around 50 percent of my time so owning Hearthstone on iPad or on Android (I do own a Galaxy Tab), would be worthless for me.
And, sure, I understand needing to update stats, games lost or won etc to keep up with everyone else in the Hearthstone realm, but why on earth Blizzard couldn’t have added code to the app to allow you to update all this the next time you’re online is beyond me.
Which leads me to ask the question, why on earth would you download an app like Hearthstone on iPad, but then not be able to play it a large percentage of your free time?
Not unless you’re at home with a stable internet connection, in which case you might as well play Hearthstone on your PC or Mac, or in an area where a solid internet connection is available?
I know I wouldn’t. You, however, may think differently.
Meanwhile, PC Gamer has an excellent video out looking at Hearthstone on iPad, looking at the app and discussing the inability to play offline. Check it out below.
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