ONE NIGHT IN KARAZHAN: A HEARTHSTONE ADVENTURE

Empire (UK) - - ON SCREEN - AP

OUT now / An­droid, ios, mac, Pc direc­tor James Mccoy

BL­IZ­ZARD’S AP­PALLINGLY SUC­CESS­FUL strat­egy card game — boast­ing more than 50 mil­lion registered play­ers — goes disco for its lat­est adventure, a mix of War­craft in-jokes, so-bad-they’re-good puns and car­pet-burn­ing dance moves. The stand-out bat­tle is the chess en­counter, a ta­ble-flip­ping head-scratcher that forces play­ers to ac­tu­ally, re­ally think. That this is un­usual is Karazhan’s big­gest flaw: it’s just too easy. Keep­ing this now two-year-old col­lectible card game pain­less for new­bies comes at a cost for ut­terly ad­dicted old-timers, with the harder ‘heroic’ mode merely a mi­nor nui­sance. Still, with its su­perb art­work, card de­sign and bonkers blame-it-on-the-boo­gie theme, it’s the most fun — and funky — ex­pan­sion yet.

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