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Aussies get Hearthstone iOS before the rest of the world

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It's quick to play, fun, colourful, and free, and Hearthstone is on the Australian App Store now, days ahead of the rest of the world.

It's quick to play, fun, colourful, and free, and Hearthstone is on the Australian App Store now, days ahead of the rest of the world.

In the world of video games, Aussies are generally made to wait.

While the rest of the world world is playing a new game or unpacking their shiny new game console, down south we often have to wait weeks or even months for a local release, if we ever get one at all.

Blizzard has broken this established pattern today by letting Australians and New Zealanders play their addictive free-to-play digital card game on iPad before the rest of the world. Hearthstone, which has been out on PC for a month or so after a very long beta period, went live in the local App Store this morning, days ahead of other international markets.

I'm sure there are practical reasons for this, most likely easing into the release by opening up to smaller markets first, and increasing the load on their network infrastructure a bit at a time, but whatever the reason, we have access right now.

The best news is that the iPad version has full Battle.Net integration, so if you've been playing on PC already you can log in and have access to your existing collection of cards. It works the other way, too: if you get addicted on iPad and want to play on PC later, your account will exist on both.

It's free to play and a lot of fun, so if you're looking for some bite-sized strategy gaming on the go, you should download it now.

 - James "DexX" Dominguez

twitter Screen Play is on Twitter: @jamesjdominguez

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  • Sweet! Hearthstone is a lot of fun with a surprising amount of depth to it.

    Another brilliant iOS CCG game is Calculords, but be warned: it requires math.

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    Caser
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    April 04, 2014, 10:39AM

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