Hearthstone: Rastakhan's Rumble

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Fun troll-themed expansion adds new cards and strategies.

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Positive Messages

Beyond winning a series of arena fights, no message conveyed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Troll heroes (the main focus of this new expansion) are shown simply as competitors without specific moral alignment. 

Ease of Play

Learning the complexities of the turn by turn action takes a good amount of reading and observation; the deck strategy for each card takes practice and finesse. 


Arena combat is represented by cards being destroyed by explosive special effects. No characters are shown being injured or killed. 


The solo player adventure is free. Additional card packs cost from $2.99 to $69.99. The game is an expansion of the Warcraft universe, which has spawned games, books, movies, and toys.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hearthstone: Rastakhan's Rumble is a downloadable themed expansion to the collectible card game, Hearthstone, based on the popular MMO, World of Warcraft. The expansion consists of a free-to-play solo adventure and 135 new cards available in paid packs ranging from $2.99 to $69.99. Like all collectible card games, packs contain random selections of cards, so players can spend a lot trying to obtain specific cards or can end up with many duplicates. Cards can be used in online two-player matches in Tavern Brawl or Arena mode. Players can friend one another, “recruit” one another via email or social media, and on mobile, players can use their phone or tablet's built-in GPS locator to find nearby players. In addition to card packs, the in-game store contains unique hero cards for purchase. While violence between cards occurs as players fight each other, there's no blood or gore shown; eliminated cards explode in a shower of cartoonish sparks. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.

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What's it about?

HEARTHSTONE: RASTAKHAN'S RUMBLE is a themed gauntlet-style expansion of Blizzard Entertainment's collectible card game, Hearthstone. The heroes, powers, and art style of the expansion are based on Zandalar, a troll-populated fantasy land found in the popular MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game) World of Warcraft. In addition to a free solo player arena gauntlet called “Rumble Run,” where players face off with eight of Zandalar's wiliest troll bosses, the expansion offers 135 new skill cards and a couple of new gameplay wrinkles. There's a new keyword “Overkill,” that grants bonuses when players defeat minions with more damage than necessary, and “Spirits,” which are special minions with unique abilities. Players who successfully complete the solo adventure win legendary troll status and special expansion-themed card backs.

Is it any good?

The latest expansion for this popular card strategy game provides a new twist to the gameplay that will keep gamers enthralled for a long time Previously, solo adventures cost players some coin, but it's time to rejoice, because the single player mode in Hearthstone: Rastakhan's Rumble, called Rumble Run, is now free-to-play (like Hearthstone itself). Of course to really enjoy it, players will have to buy some cards, and if they're determined to collect all 135, that could mean hundreds of dollars spent on a free-to-play game. While that might not be welcome news for some parents, they will be happy to hear that Rastakhan's Rumble (and Hearthstone as a whole) has tremendous replay value. The solo adventure starts by letting you pick a hero class and one of three powerful Shrines. Shrines are the key to winning (either adding new hero skills or augmenting existing ones) and smart players will build their decks around them. Of course, Shrines can be destroyed (temporarily—they come back after three turns) and a successful strategy involves taking out your opponent's Shrine while maximizing yours. Each round you win, you get to choose a handful of new cards to take into the next, and that's good, because each randomly-chosen boss gets progressively stronger. 

The solo adventure alone could take gamers a while to complete, depending on their skill level, but the reward for this is underwhelming. After getting through a harrowing eight-fight tournament, all they get is a special decorative card back. No high-level or special skill cards, no card packs, no in-game currency—nothing. That's admittedly a let-down, but some consolation is the fun they'll have testing their deck-building skills by integrating these new Zandalari cards into their arsenals and trying new decks against Hearthstone's more than 100 million players. It's also hard to deny the delight of the expansion's sound and visuals, which more than measure up to Blizzard's impeccable standards. All in all, Hearthstone: Rastakhan's Rumble is great, kid-friendly entertainment that's well worth the download, and its cards make a fun and stylish addition to your kids' Hearthstone collection.

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