Now Playing: Hearthstone (Heroes of Warcraft) for iPad

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It took me longer than it should to share my thoughts about this amazing new game, Hearthstone (Heroes of Warcraft) from Blizzard, best known for their incredible and genre-defining games, Starcraft, Warcraft and Diablo. While these games are serious affairs, Hearthstone takes on a lighter note as its ordinarily fearsome and powerful characters are reduced to gorgeous, animated cards in a deck.

Hearthstone is a card game. If you’re not a big fan of these games (like I am) or if you’re new to them, then Hearthstone is by far the best introductory game you’ll find. Basically, you have a hero with his/her own respective skills and strengths, represented by specific cards. To boost your hero, you also have ‘neutral’ cards or cards that can be used for all classes of heroes. You have a deck of 30 cards and starting health of 30. Each turn gives you a specific number of mana corresponding to the mana required by the cards to be played. The goal is to defeat your enemy who may be AI (in practice mode) or a fellow player who is online (play mode, ranked mode or arena mode).

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Sale Alert! Nyan Cat, Touch Racing and Other iOS Games Are Free!

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This weekend selection consists of great games gone free.

1) Nyan Cat: Lost in Space (Universal) – beloved retro platformer takes you higher on a quest for food, drinks and awesome power-ups.

2) Aces Speed HD (iPad)- card game addicts, you will enjoy playing this game solo vs the computer,or head to head with family and friends – the best way to play Speed!

3) Touch Racing (Universal) – biggest price drop yet, from $6.99 to free. You can never have too many good racing games.

4) Insider Trading (Universal) – this game is of personal interest to me because of my job in our country’s SEC, but it’s still good to know that there’s a highly rated and acclaimed stock trading sim game out there. The developer dedicates this app to Steve Jobs and requests that people leave iTunes user feedback about their favorite memories of Steve Jobs.

Happy (app) shopping!

iOS App Review: Faerie Solitaire Mobile Deluxe

Faerie Solitaire Mobile Deluxe HD is an enchanting card game experience – with lush visuals, hypnotic music and plenty of twists in the gameplay to make your classic solitaire game fresh, unique and addictive.

Solitaire is a time and tested card game classic. The ubiquitous solitaire card game is one of the first games to find its home in the PC, making it a staple in the windows operating system back in the 90s. Fast forward to 2011, and there are tons of Solitaire games on the iPhone and iPad. While many have stuck to the classic formula, there are games like Faerie Solitaire Mobile Deluxe which takes risks to make this beloved game fresh and interesting.

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