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.
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Release Date: Sep 3, 2008

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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
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CrazyIvanTR
2.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
Apart from the unnecessary hidden object puzzles (there are four, I think), it's a pretty decent puzzle game.
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tim.doherty
14.5 hrs
Posted: August 9
Are you 8-10 years old and like some puzzle type games? Well holy crap this is the game for you! If you are not 8-10, then this is a fairly boring "casual" game with a small amount of Hidden Object finding, a bit more Spot the Difference, but mostly join 3 or more of the same colour.

Oh and there is some story/fairy stuff which is there but not actually linked to the game at all, feel free to completely ignore that.

I think most people (I know) get this game as its easy to get all the achievements.
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lia.
14.1 hrs
Posted: August 1
I bought this game from last year's Summer Sale and when I had it installed, I found it very boring at first. It has been a year now since the last time I deleted the game. I re-installed it, and to be honest, I love it so much! It is no ez game. My fingers are in pain :'(
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Faires
8.1 hrs
Posted: July 24
Guilty pleasure game right there.
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pocky&rocky+becky with good hair
17.4 hrs
Posted: July 18
+Taught me a lot about design of a good Match 3 game.
+Has a decent accumulated clues hook to keep you playing.
-Taught me nothing about DJing, MCing, breakdancing, or graffiti art.
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AbbydonPrime
12.5 hrs
Posted: July 18
This is a different take on Match 3 genre. The story isn't anything spectacular (just read the About), but the games themselves are pretty good. Overall, the game isn't really difficult. Some of the later levels may require multiple tries to figure out the best strategy to make your way through.

The gems do not require swapping. Instead, you draw a line through them to make a chain. The longer the chain, the bigger the explosion to wipe out surrounding gems, rocks, and other obstacles. The levels themselves are comprised of a long path that weaves its way to the destination. You must reach the destination before time runs out (the green bar on the right side). Sometimes, you must use power-ups to make your way through. The power-ups are charged when long chains are made. The longer the chain, the faster the power-up charges. The camera will stay still until you clear a path to allow the magic to flow further through the level.

The game is divided into 4 parts (books), of which the following happens: A hidden object game preceeds a book in order to unlock it. Not only must you find the parts to objects, but then you must use the object to interact with something on the scene. Eventually the key is found to unlock the book. Once it is unlocked, there are 4 sets of 4 levels, each followed by a spot-the-difference game. In the higher levels, more differences must be found. Once the 4 sets are completed, it moves to the next book.

The biggest problem with the game is the low resolution graphics. Even though it says it was made in 2008, they still could've used better graphics or at least provide a HD remaster. On 1920x1080, the grainy images for the hidden object and spot-the-differences mini-games made it somewhat difficult to complete. Putting it in windowed mode didn't help because then the images are just too small. A minor annoyance I had was the counter in the top-right corner of the screen. I couldn't figure out how to turn it off.

Overall, the game is worth the cost for Match 3 type casual game fans. The level design makes it a bit different from the common single screen ones.

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Laurel
45.6 hrs
Posted: July 15
A whimiscal match three puzzle game that kept my interest long enough to complete it in its entirety over the course of a few nights. I wouldn't pay full-price for it, but a great buy during a sale. The only real challenge are the last two levels and even those can be overcome by just paying attention at the beginning.
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HudsonWolf
8.2 hrs
Posted: July 13
Solid match-3 game, if a bit unremarkable. The central mechanic of using matches to create a path means that there's more 'movement' to the levels than in most match-3s, which allows for some interesting level design. The levels are generally well-designed with a reasonable amount of variety, though all of the special abilities and level elements are introduced fairly early, so the middle-end still drags a bit just from the lack of anything new. The levels are divided by spot-the-difference puzzles (every 4 levels) and hidden-object puzzles (every 16), which helps to keep things fresh. Worth grabbing for fans of the genre.
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boyer.patrick
12.4 hrs
Posted: July 8
Fun, short puzzle game. Peaceful game, perfect for unwinding in the evening.
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Koboldkind
7.1 hrs
Posted: July 4
No, just no. Looks like a nice little CandyCrush, but used a completly different type of time-riddles, and later you don´t see the full riddle. Thought, it could make fun, but no, just no.
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55 of 63 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
Game doesn't work anymore for some time now, crashes on start
//All known fixes doesn't seem to work// and there is no support at all

Do not buy in its current state!

*edit*

There is a fix that works
http://steamcommunity.com/app/47000/discussions/0/451848855003818400/

Shame we have to fix it ourselfs yet the developer still does nothing
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34 of 35 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
Nice relaxing game that is basically a match 3 (or more gems) game.
There is a hidden object scene at the end of every chapter to mix things up a bit.
It can get more challenging as the game progresses, and you can't replay previously completed stages unless you restart the game.
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31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
Do not buy. A very good game, but force crashes every time on launch.

This has been reported to the devs numerous times in the discussion, but Devs apparently don't care.
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
66.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
If you read the forum, this game has stopped working for many people. I played this game for years and loved it. Now it doesn't work.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
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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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 18, 2015
A wonderful casual game combining hidden objects, spot the differences and a rather elaborate match 3 gameplay, fit for kids and adults alike. It's a great time sink.

What this game does well:
1. The artwork is beautiful.
2. The Match 3+ puzzles are based on a maze-type "map" where you need to find your way from your starting position to the end, rather than a simple X by X board. Aided by 4 usable rechargeable items, you need to make your way to the end of the maze by any means necessary. And there are also explosions when you match 5 or more gems!
3. The hidden object games are nice and challenging.
4. The spot the differences game is lot's of fun - some puzzles are quite tough, too.

What this game does poorly:
In my opinion - nothing, really... I guess the spot the differences puzzles could have had more differences to spot, but then again, it works fine as it is.

The conclusion:
A magnificent casual 5+ hours game, with wonderful artwork and fun gameplay, which would cost you under 1€/$ on sale (like right now). This is cheaper than a bag of peanuts or chips, or a beer and will provide you with way more hours of enjoyment. What's not to like?
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2015
Among many casual games that I've been playing, I took a particular liking towards this one, visiting it over and over again just to take my mind off something now and then. Is there anything extraordinary? Nah, not really. But it has a story at least.

The Magic Land - yeah, this is the name of the realm that we are in. Creative I know, bear with me for the time - is in turmoil! The altars of the 4 Elements fell into ruin and the careful balance of nature is tipped off to result in catastrophes all over the place, so it is our casual gaming skills that shall save the Magic Land. With our trusted fairy companion - that girl is useful, I tell you - we are to unlock the books of 4 Elements and bring peace to the realm once again! For a casual game, it comes with a story and some lore about magical creatures. I must say that's a bonus.

4 Elements is an entertaining, casual puzzle game that takes attention, quick-thinking and resourcefulness. Rules are very simple: your aim is to open a path way for the energy flow through the puzzle board labyrinth within a time limit, by matching as many possible same colored stones at a time. Your casual Match 3 game. It starts easy enough, and progresses to become 'what the heck I'm doing, I wonder???'. It has some HOG and “Find the Difference” scenes between chapters that are moronically hard: I couldn't decide whether they are a plus or a minus.

The game itself is kinda addictive. You find yourself passing an hour or two, then realize that you've just lost that hour, which is the exact purpose of these games. Theme is really pretty, and the design is well above the average. I'd recommend it to whomever that looks for a fancy Bejeweled alternative with flashy gameplay and needs a game that doesn't use much brain activity rather than some attention span.

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