Element4l is an immersive and experimental indie platform game, with a strong focus on flow and smooth gameplay, wrapped in an exceptional soundtrack by Mind Tree.
User reviews: Very Positive (326 reviews)
Release Date: May 24, 2013

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Recommended By Curators

"One of my favorite indie releases of the past few years. Utilizes a unique shapeshifting mechanic to guide you through a beautiful ambient soundscape."
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"Element4l is truly something special. It reminded me of the reason why I became a gamer in the first place."
9.5 - http://www.pixelsforbreakfast.net/reviews/element4l-review-a-wondrous-adventure

"Element4l is founded on solid mechanics, fresh gameplay, and a undeniable sense of style."
90/100 - Hooked Gamers

"Element4l knows what it wants to be, a new kind of platform game, and nails it with audacity."
81/100 - PC GAMER

"Element4l is a terrific game that is perfectly balanced in everything that it sets out to accomplish."
80/100 - Hardcore Gamer Magazine

"Element4l is a cracking indie platformer and does more than enough to rise to the top of a pretty heavily saturated genre."
82/100 - Video Games Uncovered

"Element4l makes its mark on the world of land creatures and is just as amazing as it seemed in its initial trailer."
90/100 - Indie Power Magazine

About This Game

Element4l is an immersive and experimental indie platform game, with a strong focus on flow and smooth gameplay, wrapped in an exceptional soundtrack by Mind Tree.

In Element4l, you control four elements who are bound together on a journey to shape life. Your only hindrances are nature and the sun. It takes a different, innovative approach to classic platform games and challenges you to rearrange your reflexes.

Element4l is a challenge. The first time you play it, you will struggle... just like the first time you've learned how to ride a bike.

Features

  • Elements with ninja moves
  • Alternative 4-button based gameplay
  • Exceptional soundtrack by Mind Tree (Included for FREE as high quality MP3's)
  • 16 levels throughout 4 stages (+ tutorial levels and bonus)
  • Competitive race mode with adaptive ghosts from other players
  • Collectibles/achievements/easter eggs/...
  • Includes DLC Update: Lap Races

System Requirements

PC
Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP or later
    • Processor:Intel / AMD 1Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA or ATI - Intel: Shader Model 2 capable
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:10.6 or later
    • Processor:Intel CPU
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA or ATI - Intel: Shader Model 2 capable
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    Important: The Linux version is still in beta.
    Known problems: Fullscreen mode may introduce some mouse and video problems on certain systems.

    Minimum:
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA or ATI - Intel: Shader Model 2 capable
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Really relaxing platformer. The ambient music and sound combined with the easy on the eyes visuals make sure even struggling on certain areas remains a nice experience. The mechanics aren't too complex; simple, yet deep enough that the game is engaging and fun. Definitely pick it up some time.
Posted: October 10
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2.3 hrs on record
good game good music but its not as easy as it looks
Posted: October 5
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45 of 49 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Element4l - it is charming, adorable, beautiful... If you just look at the trailers or pieces of gameplay, you'll probably come to a conslusion that this is a very relaxing and soothing game. I'll clear that up in just a second.

But first. What exactly is the game? The mechanics are simple, technically it's even called a platformer... You travel different environments: rocky and green, fire with lava, icy and snowy, or watery. And you are an element. First you are a bubble of air, then you gain the ability to turn into a cube of ice, then a little rock, and finally a fire spark. Each form has other abilities and weaknesses. The only control you have, is the form you take. You don't really control the movement, you just turn into the right element in the right area to fly, swim, slide, or bounce around.

The mechanics are brilliant in their simplicity. You press up for air, down for rock, left for ice, and right for fire. That's all you have control of. So it should be pretty easy, right? A simple, pleasant game.

WRONG! Honestly, I don't remember the last time I screamed, grunted, moaned, and cried this much during a game. Since the control is so minimal, you have to hit everything just right, at the right moment, with the right speed and angle. If you don't, you're screwed. Do over.

I'm a rage game masochist. So I just completely adore this game, and can't pull myself away from it. But if you don't enjoy getting absolutely infuriated during a game, maybe you shouldn't try it.

Now, apart from the brilliant mechanics, this game is just gorgeus. The environments are made in a beautiful, soft style. The elements are tiny, with an adorable little smiley kawaii face. The music is gentle and soothing, almost like a lullaby. And, every here and there, you get small remarks from the element that you are controlling, written somewhere on the screen. Like, when you are going underground the element mentions Gollum and the One Ring.

So the whole thing, looking objectively is really just cute, pretty, sweet and adorable.

And then if you play it, and you aren't very adept at it yet, it's hell on Earth.

I love it. If I haven't scared you off yet, try it. It's different, it's clever, it's difficult, and it's cute.
Posted: May 23
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
I love this game.
I always loved difficult and frustrating games, they push you to your limits and give you lots of satisfaction when you finally get through a level, well, this game isn't THAT hard, it's just filled up with good ol' trial and error: you die, you die again, you understand, you succed, you die and you start the loop all over again until you understand the pattern that you have to follow.
The game's lenght isn't that big but when you'll finish the main storyline you'll want to start all over again to speedrun through all of it and you'll always want to get even better at it.
I found it even more appealing using a gamepad.
Then we have the graphics, oh my god the graphics... This is one of those games with graphics that are so simple that makes it look more appealing than new-gen games, you wouldn't even guess it's an indie.
Another thing I loved were the elements quotes, they are so funny to read!
Totally a game that is worthy of a try
Posted: June 8
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Cute, Beautiful, Fun, Peaceful and Calming, a nice break if you're addicted to games full of action. I'ts a really unique game.
and im in love with the music
Posted: September 10
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25 of 41 people (61%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
At a first glance this seemed like a good idea. It's definitely original! I personally did not enjoy this game but it might have some appeal to other kinds of people.

Strangely enough, it reminds me of Dragon's Lair for the Sega CD. And I know exactly why. If you never played said game it works like this: you put the cd on and hit play, then a beautiful animation starts playing! cell shaded, disney quality etc. That's no intro or cutscene, that's the game. You have to press specific keys at specific moments to allow the movie to progress. It's a game 100% made of quicktime events, made before this term had been coined. And Element4l is exactly that under the hood; you have to press the correct key at the correct time, there's no margin for error and no flexibility at all. Again, some people may enjoy this but, if they exist, I hope it's not because of the movie playing because Element4l doesn't have that part.
Posted: May 7
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Very good game. The soundtrack and gameplay relieves my anxiety. Some people may not like it, but I enjoyed it and for the price I would suggest this to anyone.
Posted: June 29
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
A smart and beautiful game.
Amazing and challanging puzzles that really do make you think and puts your quick reflexes into use.
9/10
Posted: May 15
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Element4l is an indie side scrolling game with a nice art and sound style.

Gameplay- you switch between 4 different elements each with different abilities to complete each stage. It is a simple game, but very difficult. you could be stuck at a part of a level for quite awhile. Luckily, the checkpoints are plentiful, so you wont have to worry about backtracking. However, I got bored of the gameplay after awhile. 7/10

Sound- The music is unique and good. It's hard to describe the music, so I won't even try, but it was good. I wish there was alot more music though, it constantly switch through the same tracks over and over again. Also, the music didn't fit with the game very well, it just seemed to be very futuristic sounding and this game looks like something out of a japanese storybook.
The sound would've been alot better if they put time into making more soundtracks...but they didn't. 8/10

Graphics- The game has a beautiful cartooney style. It is simplistic but very nice. You're character and the levels look like an a Japanese storybook (as said above) and the shading and lighting is very pretty. With that said, it needed more, You would see the same level design for about 10 stages and it would look the same the entire time. Like the soundtrack, it would've been alot better if they made more of it. 8/10

Replayability- There isn't much of a story to play through (but the little quotes that pop up are fun), so you won't be replaying this for the story. You will be playing it for a long time, as you will probably get stuck at a part for awhile. Even after you beat it there are still timed levels and other things. 8/10

Overall- I'm torn with this, on the one hand, it has a beautiful art and sound style, but on the other hand, the gameplay can get boring and their isn't ENOUGH of the art and sound. I would recommend this, but I'm not really sure. 7.5/10
Posted: May 21
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
One of the best indie games i ever played.

It's challenging, fun and addictive.
Posted: June 20
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
This game is fun, but really frustrating even early on. I think the game decided to skip part of the tutorial also, as the first chapter of the game was frustratingly difficult because i had no idea what to do.
Posted: May 6
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Nice game for 3.19 eur ! Love this this type of game and I do not regret that I bought it ! <3
Posted: July 8
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.8 hrs on record
It's cute and simple.
Just like Aristotle-chan said.

4/4
Posted: August 9
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
This game is so rage enducing that it makes me want to punch a baby seal.
Posted: May 7
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.7 hrs on record
Came for the great music, stayed for the awesome, hard and charming gameplay.
Element4l is a platformer that has an incredible music and smooth gameplay, it takes some time to the gameplay, but it is worth it. Seeing as you seamlessly go with the flow of the stage is rewarding. The game will also make you smile at some moments, as Mr.Smooth says some funny things trough the game, which is something I rarely find in games.

The game itself can be rushed from the beggining to the credits in 4-6 hours but, where the game really shines is when you try to go for the gold medals and master the stages, this added to me possibly another 6-8 hours of fun. Also if you like collectables there are some in the game.

By the way, all the music from the game is good, and there are twelve of them!!!
The only bad thing I found in the game is that the one I loved the most (Mother Nature), was the least one played in :(. And also there where like two or three checkpoints that were bad placed as they made it difficult for you to continue trough the stage (Because they put you in a way that you did not have enough momentum for certain action).

Beside from that, this is a game that I really remember and will remember with special care.
Posted: May 30
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
In fact, I bought this game just for the music . I really like mindtree! He produced this game's music , so I bought this game for this reason .
This game is also interesting , but it's a little difficulty to play .
Posted: June 8
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Beautiful, hard and rewarding.
Play it if you enjoy a good challenge!
Posted: June 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
I was bored recently and decided to look through my library of games to see what I should have a playthrough next. I saw this game which I had no idea how it got there. In fact, I installed it knowing nothing about the game, so if you are reading this, you are one step ahead of me already! Anyway, I was thoroughly surprised to find this indie game to be very different, having just played FEZ and Braid. You control this thing which can turn into four elements: Fire, Air, Ice, and Rock. Utilizing these four elements, you traverse the levels, trying to use them in new and unique ways. This game plays very well, the controls respond well to you and the puzzles are, for the most part, fair. The checkpointing can be a bit rough sometimes but is mostly barable. I think the roughest part is momentum. You see, unless you become an expert, unlike me who did a casual run-through of the story, you will have trouble with keeping momentum. The game's help feature shows how you are supposed to do it but mostly frustrates you more as it plays out very differently, sometimes you need to come up with different strategies to get by. Lastly, if you are just playing the story levels, the game is very short, packing only sixteen levels. That said, if you don't mind the price, this is a very good game which I recommend, pick it up and fire it up!
Posted: June 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Um. Let me start off by saying I have no idea what to compare this game to other than saying it's like a weird fusion between Sonic, LittleBigPlanet and Flappy Bird. And even that doesn't quite describe it correctly. It's a physics puzzle where you get to switch between multiple elements which make up for some really nice and seemingly simple puzzles. It's a really good game that I'd recommend to anybody!
Posted: June 20
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
If you like challenging, potentially rage-inducing platformers, you may like Element4l. Most of the design was done well. There were a couple parts that felt tedious to progress through, but largely the world made sense. I may have preferred a different visual aesthetic, everything looked a bit dull, but I noticed that the visuals completely faded away from my mind while playing, freeing resources to focus on progressing through the world. The game also did not take itself too seriously, making silly comments every once in a while which lightened the mood. It's not my preferred kind of game, but it's a solid game for others.
Posted: June 22
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