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.
User reviews: Very Positive (227 reviews)
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
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
this game is bad, it's addictive and i like it, i guess.

10/10
Posted: October 6
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12.7 hrs on record
4 Elements is a simple puzzle game that is kinda addicting. Once you start playing it, you won't stop before you have beaten it. It has it own storyline and balanced difficulty. Give it a go if you like puzzle games. It's worth a try.
Posted: October 3
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7.5 hrs on record
The video game version of a Highlights Magazine for kids. It was a guilty pleasure but oh how I relished matching all the gems.
Posted: September 29
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8.8 hrs on record
This is fun for a short and casual puzzle game. It's an easy game to get 100% achievements--took me around 8 hours for all achievements (around 5 hours to beat). Just buy it for 75% or more off because it's only worth a few bucks--unless money isn't a concern to you.
Most of the game is match 3-style puzzles that are easy; I only had to repeat a few levels. The final levels are a little challenging but nothing you'll break your keyboard over. There are other puzzle elements in the game such as finding hidden objects in pictures. These might prove annoying if you only want the game for the match 3 puzzles because you have to do the other puzzle styles in order to progress (unlock all elements/levels). I didn't find them so challenging or annoying as to not beat the game and all achievements, but I haven't played it since. I don't think it has much replay value, and the fantasy story is a very childish, but I enjoyed most of my time playing it.
Posted: September 30
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8.6 hrs on record
I love the colours and the challenge, but my favourite part is the fairies and dragons. You unlock magic wonders as you go and that makes it even more fun~
Posted: October 2
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73.0 hrs on record
This is a simple but fun timed puzzler. The gameplay is excellent: simple, solid mechanics, good level design, nice graphics and sound produce a game which is fun and, in later levels, challenging enough to give a sense of achievent when you complete the game. The only weakness in the gameplay is occasional visability problems caused by the automatic camera and direction arrow. This problem is rare however, it took me several playthroughs to encounter it. The game also features Spot-the-Difference levels, which add little, and occasional Hidden-Object levels, which are diverting and challenging.

Unfortunately, the presentation and "story" are as cliched as anything I have ever witnessed in a game. If you find bad fantasy irritating, I advise you to click to continue whenever prompted.

If you enjoy timed puzzle games, this one is worth getting. I recommend waiting for a reduced price, they are quite frequent.
Posted: October 6
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9.6 hrs on record
4 Elements:

This is your basic puzzle type game, It starts you out with a decent story and some back round though really never explains the story in detail. The game its self will take you about 9 hours to play though if you need to restart a few missions, I had to on the last 2 of them since they pretty much make you rush a few parts which I found hard to keep up at times. Over all I really enjoyed this game, it was like bejeweled mixed with a new things. I can say if your looking to get this game for a kid it is well worth it. My self being about 25 I found it just as fun as the many other games I have played. It was a nice relaxing game that made you think before you did every move.

Pro's:
Has 64 levels that progressively get harder as you play.
Perks when you get stuck, or have no way of getting past one area fast.
Your fairy will randomly mix the jewels when there are no more move's left which made it more relaxing and fun.
They give you hints when you get stuck, and there are some points where you will need it if you have bad eyes.

Con's:
Levels are timed and sometimes you will make it 1or 2 secs after timer runs out (done this on a few levels/missions which dose give you the win).
I found the game to go from easy to hard vary fast then back down to easy. The tips the fairy gives you helps though not by much.
When you get to the last few rounds, the power-ups take a lot more to charge up and even take more jewels the more you use them (last two levels I found this).

Over all I would recommend this game for its fun Bejeweled style look and its short story. Just remember this is one of those games you can knock out in a night, so take your time.
Posted: October 8
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17.0 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 14
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0.2 hrs on record
lol
Posted: October 16
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10.1 hrs on record
Addicting.
Posted: October 18
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
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
Posted: April 28
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 9
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
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]
Posted: April 27
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 21
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
I put some time into this game in order to complete it. This game is somewhat appealing as it consists of roughly three types of minigames. The structure is pretty much the same. First you do a hidden object minigame, which then allows you to play 4 match 3 levels. The RNG is pretty fair, although sometimes I found that I could breeze through a level after a few attempts and restarts. The final level is a "Spot-the-difference" level. Unfortunately as with the hidden objects game, I just randomly clicked around until I completed the task. At first I was trying to actually find the things, but I realised quickly that there would be a modicum of tedium involved. I did enjoy it, but it wasn't so much a game you play for the story. I don't even know what the story was. I just skipped as much of it as I could.

If you can get the game in a bundle or when it is on sale, I say go ahead.
Posted: July 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Casual puzzle play at its best very relaxing and at times challenging .I bought this for my wife and ended up getting one for me as they where on sale at $1.49. I finished before her and aced it 100% .I'd call it an OBG or 'oldy but goodie' in the world of puzzle games.
Posted: May 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
I recommend this game for anyone who want to play a simple,strategic game. If you like to play games with action and to have a story you might not like this game but i think that its worth a try.
Posted: June 21
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
This is a very tepid recommendation. The part of the game where you get to actually play isn't bad. It's extremely simple, probably intended for young children, but it's reasonably enjoyable. If it were only for this, my recommendation would be more enthusiastic. But the game is dragged down by a boring, cliché, contrived "story" that's duct taped around the game and adds absolutely no value to it, nor does it have any bearing on the game itself. In the aggregate, the game still tips the scales on the positive side, but just barely. I would recommend waiting for a hefty rebate or grabbing it as part of a bundle, if that ever happens.
Posted: May 7
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
TL;DR: This game is the definition of shovelware-made-for-mobile-hidden-object-game trash. And if youre looking for a Match-3 RPG DO NOT look here!

Ok, so the tags are misleading. This is mostly a fantasy themed HOG (Hidden Object game), not a match 3 RPG like Puzzle Quest.

It has a tiny "match 3" component, if you can call it that. Basically, youre trying to draw a path from a start point to a finish point by breaking the "rock" by linking gems, which breaks the background "rock" and creates an open path. You select gems by dragging over them with a mouse. In any direction, including turning while dragging. Its so easy it isnt even funny. It goes HOG scene, where you have to find the pieces of various items in a picture, then use the items in the picture to open more scenes (IE a pickaxe to break a cave in). That gets you a key to open a book.

Then a few rounds of the aforementioned match 3. THEN a "find the differences between two images" HOG. You do that a few times in each book before going back to the "find pieces of items HOG" to get the new key to open a new book.

Theres no choice, no choosing of puzzles, and a very weak fantasy plot with an annoying fairy that constantly flits around the screen. Its like its badly built for 5 year olds. If you like HOGs (oh god, why??) theres WAY better ones out there. And if you like Match 3 RPGs theres way way better ones.

This MAY entertain a 6 year old. But I doubt it. Do yourself a favor and dont waste your cash.
Posted: August 4
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Sad to say the game is fun but relies on luck way to much instead of skill be prepared to restart games a lot more then should be NECESSARY. The power ups are woefully slow to load back up and some of the time your just going to lose because you have to wait for a power up to recharge. Now games do have some luck involved of course but when it becomes a game mechanic instead of skill then we have some issues with it.

Mostly a game of luck rather then a game of skill really. ALso the dumb idea to add a timer is stupid and dumb and a little cruel to people who pay for this. Why does this need a timer at all??? It doesnt. . Also the price is way to high for this game bought it on sale for a buck. Im really not liking this game as much as I thought I would. Rather hard later on and gets on my nerves with just luck ruling the day in this game.
Posted: April 26
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