The ancient kingdom is in trouble! The magic of the four elements that kept it running for centuries has been corrupted by evil powers and the altars no longer yield the energy of life. It is up to you to unlock the 4 ancient books of magic and collect 16 mysterious cards that will help you restore the kingdom to life.
Release Date: Sep 3, 2008

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- was rated 8.0/10.0 "Impressive" by IGN
- is the 3rd ELAN Awards: Best casual game nominee

About This Game

The ancient kingdom is in trouble! The magic of the four elements that kept it running for centuries has been corrupted by evil powers and the altars no longer yield the energy of life. It is up to you to unlock the 4 ancient books of magic and collect 16 mysterious cards that will help you restore the kingdom to life. An adorable little fairy will be your aide in this perilous journey as you encounter elementals, dragons, knights, and various magic creatures. Using a mix of classic addictive game play ideas but taking them to a new level with innovative twists, explosive bonuses, spectacular visual effects, and fascinating storyline in amazing animation, this game is a load of fun.

More About the Game:

  • 4 books of magic to unlock and study
  • 16 mysterious cards to collect
  • Gripping storyline presented in beautiful animation
  • 64 captivating levels with 20 challenging bonus tasks
  • Rich variety of bewitching magic creatures
  • Stunning visual effects and fantastic bonuses

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1GHz or better
    • Memory: 256+ MB
    • Graphics: 64 MB/16-bit Graphics Card
    • DirectX®: DirectX 8.0 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 62+ MB Space Free
    • Sound: 16-bit Sound card
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Short Verdict: 4 Elements is a fun match-3 game that doesn't get old quickly. Instead of aiming for points, your objective is to make your way through the levels by breaking the path with your matches. It was a great surprise--I didn't expect much, but ended up having some fun for a few hours!

Pros:
  • Innovative mechanic on the match-3 genre
  • Total of 64 basic levels, plus 4 hidden-object and 16 spot-the-difference levels, making it just long enough for this kind of game
  • Smart puzzles that require fast thinking
  • A unique atmosphere in each "world"
  • Excellent difficulty advancement--you'll find it too easy at first, but it'll get harder as you move on
  • Special powers add another layer to the puzzles
  • Pleasant BGM and cute graphics

Cons:
  • Terrible (almost non-existent) story, but who cares?
  • Fixed very low resolution
  • HO and STD levels were really annoying, mostly because of the low res, making me just click around like crazy
  • Boring animations and character cards (that you collect to progress in the game)

Bought on / for: Razor Bundle by Bundle Stars for an average of US$0.35 (R$ 0,91). Definitely worth it! I wouldn't pay its full price, though.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Fun little matching game. The jewels are either floating on a platform, embedded in ice or on a strong platform where you must match pieces to break the platforms/ice to allow for water or lava to reach the final destination tree at the end of each level. Nice casual game. Easily recommended since it's so relaxing and not tense at all. There are some fun mini-games like hidden object games every 16 levels or find what's different between two similar pictures every 4 levels. Overall, well worth your time if you find it at the right price.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
A proeminent name in the early life of the Match3 Era. 4 Elements is starting to show some age with its mechanics - visual polish and sound given the flood of recent additions to genre thanks to the casual tablet market. However it still is charming in that it offers a change of pace with different mini-games to solve in sequence and some sort of prototype story in which you unlock pages of elemental books. The art style and overall mood is still pleasant for today's market as well. If you enjoy this genre you might enjoy unlocking the achievements for this one.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
What can I say, I want nothing more than to say this is a juvenile puzzle game with a cutesy story, and zero real plot development and terrible graphics and gameplay.

Most of that however is not true.

Yes, this game does look like it's aimed at the younger casual player, and yes, the story is sugar fried in honey, and the plot is merely a device to keep you playing the game... and yes - the graphics are by no means revolutionary...

But by the gods is this game addictive.

After playing the obligatory amount to formulate a review, I found myself determined to finish the game, which involves firstly 'Unlocking' one of four books of elements - cue an object-finding puzzle, which doesn't penalise you for being slow at, and it's just as well, because the puzzles are very intricate, and have several 'layers' of object mechanics. You may need to find an object to uncover a button which opens a chest which has part of another object inside - and so on. Once you've solved the puzzle and opened the book, you are faced with the task of collecting four 'cards' featuring a different mythical creature or race. You do this by playing two different puzzles - a series of 'spot the difference' games, and the main bulk of the game: a series of four puzzles whereby you must direct the flow of 'magic' to a given point by destroying groups of gems.

The plot is all by-the-by if you just want to play the puzzles, which is great, because the storytelling isn't exactly stellar. But the gameplay more than makes up for it.

I dare you not to become addicted to this game - and determined to keep playing until you finish the last book!

I've recorded a short gameplay video of the beginning sequence, which documents how to play all three different types of puzzles:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q00x_q4RX8o
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Alright game. I've beaten it and have almost all the achievements in under 20 hours of playing spanning about a week. I would't recomend this at full price, but on sale, you would get your moneys worth.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Made normal minigames into a epic game on it`s own.

4 elements is a puxxlegame, where you match same coloured blocks in combos, in order to remove the sand below the blocks.

The game has a plot, but it really has no great effect on the game. The plot is just there to give the minigames you are doing purpose. In the end they did not really need the plot in this game, but it is a nice little detail.

There are 4 books that represent the 4 diffrent elements earth, wind, fire and water, and in each book there is 16 levels to complete. There are 2 minigames in this game, and the main game is also simple, but is the gamply you will be doing the most.

The first thing you have to do is open one of the books, in order to do that you must complete a minigame, where you have to find things hidden in the bagground. When you find enough parts to make an item, you can progrees to do more on the screen. After you have gotten all the items, and completed all the puzzels, you get a key for the book.

Then comes the main game, you have to match blocks in order to make the sand under them desapere. In order to make a bigger inpact on the sand, you can match more blocks, the more blocks, the bigger an impact the you will do on the sand. There are 4 diffrent coloured blocks, blue, green, red and yellow. After a couple of stages you get powerups, such as remove sand without using blocks, swich blocks around or even melt blocks to make new. This is the main game, and it get`s harder and harder the longer you get into the game.

The last minigame is when you get all the pieces for a card. You get the pices by completing stages of the main game. After that you have to do one of those pictures, where you have to find the mistakes, if you do a page will be done in the book, and you can read a story about a magical creature.

This game is realy fun, and it is addicting, thumps up. 4 out of 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
simple puzzle game, good candidate for 100% achievements.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
A good match 3 game where you have to actively match them with mouse click. There is also a find the differences mini game along with some hidden object elements in it. While you match the elements there are also 4 different powerups which are useful to complete each level faster. Main goal in match 3 mode is to transport a green liquid until it reaches a tree that grows and shows that you have finished the level. Each level is designed very different and makes the game more challenging and gives it variety.

The only compliant with this game i have is the unskippable sequences between levels. I can see such comfortable features were not common in these type of games back in 2008 and there are much better games released based of comfort function. If you are not patient gamer i wouldnt recommend this game. If you want to enjoy a different type of match 3 game i can recommend this for you.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
This is not an exceptionally long game. You can beat it and earn all the achievements in rather short order (my play time includes needing to start over again roughly halfway through due to computer issues). Yet, it's well worth getting on sale. Basically, it's a match-three game in which you attempt to create a path for yourself through each level, using power-ups to assist you as needed. Longer chain matches lead to ever bigger explosions, making your work easier and faster. There are some fun twists to some of the levels, each world has its own feel to it, and it really is rather relaxing. To be honest, there were very few levels in the game that I was not able to beat the first time without running out of time, and none that took me more than two tries, so the degree of challenge might not be quite enough for some, but I view it as a positive. While beating the game is faster that way, it is also rendered largely free of the frustration that comes with countless deaths on the same level. Overall, if you like casual/match 3 games at all, then this is one to check out.

It does seem fair to warn you of some negatives before you do so though. First, and most annoying, while there are hidden object and spot the difference style mini-games that you play at regular intervals to advance further in the game, the images are in rather low resolution, making what you're meant to spot rather difficult to see much of the time. Fortunately, there's a hint feature and no time limit, nor is there any penalty for random clicking, so when you can't see something these levels are still easily beatable. Also, as a fairly unimportant negative to the game, all the story elements that go along with the gameplay are not exactly going to fill you with excitement, if you care about such things in this kind of game. At least you'll now be a bit aware of what to expect though.
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29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 17, 2014
a nice simple casual match-three (or more) game.

+ colorful & cute animation, with lots of explosion.
+ hidden objects & spot the difference mini games.
+ can be finished in 7+ hours with 70% achievements.

- can be stressful at later levels because there are time limits.
- there is no way to re-play earlier finished levels.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 9, 2014
Probably the best casual game that I have played in a while. Levels are challenging after the half way point, not too hard to cause you to stop playing though. Can sometimes appear to be repetitive but it then adds something else to the gameplay to change the dynamic of it. Very enjoyable. Would recommend. 9/10.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
44.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
P.S: This review is based on MY experience only.

One of the best "casual" genre games I have ever played.

...and I play casual games, a lot.

+ Addictive, makes you wanna play it everyday until you completely finish it.
+ Colorful
+ Simple, but some levels actually takes few restarts to complete succesfully.
+ Has a simple storytelling, rather focused on gameplay.
+ Sounds effects are not annoying.
+ Keeping the mind / brain peaceful for a while. I played it right before I went to sleep for few weeks.

I keep searching for a similar game, tell me if you know any.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2014
4 Elements are the 4 worlds of this game: Earth, Fire, Wind and Water.
Such a lovely game with a little Tinkerbell like helping fairy and faboulos drawings of landscapes and creatures. The graphics are so sweet. Unfortunately the resolution is fixed to 800 x 600. Could be HD. A really relaxing and outstanding soundtrack. Love this instrumental music. Panpipes, whistles, guitar and piano.

Like every puzzle game it starts easy. Connect some chains with min 3 tiles ... but then the hardness raises quickly. Destroy stone blocks make longer chains. But it's much more. Every book part level has it's own break to solve a "spott-the-differences" minigame. Really not easy. To enter a new book you have solve a "quest", meaning search a big picture for several item parts. It's unnatural hard. But if you proceed you'll get into the game and enjoy the thrill of puzzeling. The last two levels are a pain in the ♥♥♥. You have to quick solve chains and may need many tries ...

Highly recommend as a classic puzzlegame
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
4 Elements is a simple, fun, relaxing game. The objective of each level is to clear the blocks, which destroys the path below them, which allows the water to progress. The goal is to get the water from the start to the finish. As the levels progress, the size of the board increases and obstacles pop up. Destroying colors builds toward power ups. Collecting green blocks builds towards a shovel that allows you to dig away a piece of the path, for example. Making long chains creates explosions to destroy obstacles like ice.

While the game is designed with a ticking clock each level, I think I only ran out of time maybe twice just from bad luck on what colors came my way. It's not really difficult. After a few boards, the game switches things up with some puzzles where you need to find the differences in two pictures or search for hidden objects. Many of these items/differences are extremely well hidden, basically blending into the backgrounds, which made that a bit of an annoyance. I had a few times where I just went click crazy all over the screen.

There are A LOT of levels in this game. After a while I thought it would never end, so it does feel like it stretches out a bit too long. It's still fun and completely worth a play through, though I can't see me playing it again anytime soon. There are more addictive casual games out there.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2013
Good casual game. I personally find it rather relaxing to play and it's nice to take a break from more serious games every once in a while. It's not terribly deep, but I don't think anyone buys it expecting some kind of epic storyline.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2014
Excellent puzzle game to be played WITH the kids but not to be played just by the kids themselves. This is more a game for adults who want a bit more challenge from their casual games.

Game requires quite good mouse handling skills as you are constantly drawing paths back and forth on the screen to create as long gem chains as possible. You must also be able to think fast what gem colors do you need to collect in order to get a specific tool or bomb to get past a barrier.

Especially in the later water and air levels time limits are quite tough and usually if you fail to quickly break out of the starting section of the map you might as well restart the level as time is quite scarce.

Every now and then there are nice 'find the difference' between two similar pictures sections and clearing up temples by finding pieces of artifacts scattered around the screen.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
I put more hours into this game than I'd realised. A really nice change up from your typical match 3, or more. Has an old school storyline to it too, without being cheezy. Engrossing, Addictive and Satisfying. Definately reccomend this game. 8.5/10
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2014
Great puzzle game with a developed storyline and entertaining gameplay. Graphics and music are good, while difficulty is also well-balanced.

Give it a shot if you like to play light puzzle games as time killers.

4 Elements
[7/10]
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 22, 2014
Casual match-the-stone puzzle game. It's relaxing, with high production values but mediocre level design. They could have done so much more with this. The second-to-last level (level 63 out of 64) was the first one that was really interesting. Level 64 has a sudden difficulty spike which was not logical in the context of the rest of the game's super-easy difficulty, but I enjoyed it. That said, level 63 and level 64 (out of a total of 64 levels) being interesting was far too little, far too late.

+Good production values.
+Stable. Didn't crash on me a single time. (Sad that this cannot be taken for granted these days.)

-No interesting learning curve or progression. Level 62 is not much more difficult than level 2.
-Boring level design.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
52.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2013
4 Elements is an old tile matching game where you instead of moving tiles around to form links just point out to the game links that are already there. It takes you through a fairly lengthy single-player campaign and even manages to mix in a few Hidden Object and Spot the Difference mini-games. It is however not a game that can stand up to the more modern tile matching games and it's attempts at branching out, through the use of a small storyline and the previously mentioned hidden object games, does not add much to the experience.

The gameplay is simple enough, you have to lead a liquid from the start of a maze to the end by matching tiles to open up paths. Most of it is pretty straight forward but the game does add in a few special puzzles and traps as you progress however the really interesting ones only show up in the very last levels and you don't really feel challenged until then. You get a few special abilities that are charged by matching tiles of a specific color however their use is mostly limited to the areas where they are required to progress.

One bug that kept annoying me throughout the game was that the on-screen arrow that shows you which direction you need to go always blocks your view of a tile.

All in all there is not much to see here. The game is not impressive or interesting and the fact that the individual levels are fairly lengthy means it does not even qualify as a decent timesink. Not a good game to buy.
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