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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- 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
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PrimalWeaponsXX
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Very addicting and very fun. Has a mini game that reminds me of Tetris.
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Obey the Fist!
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
This is a fairly simple hidden object/point + click "adventure" game.

Thematically it's aimed at children, fairies and dragons and so on. Soundtrack is fine, artwork is fine.

The game is fairly well polished.

Where it falls down is that the resolution is locked and doesn't take advantage of the capabilities of modern PCs. This kind of game could easily be delivered over HTML with interface scaling and so on.

While it's a good example of the genre, dated technical limitations make it difficult to recommend.
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fredex
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
I'd recommend this when it is on sale - it's nice to play a casual match three game without constantly being spammed by flashing adverts or demands for money to buy lives, energy, sausages and... whatever other nonsense the developer decided to put in to scam money out of people. 2008 was a much simplier time...

Otherwise I probably wouldn't recommend it though solely because... it's from 2008. That means 800x600 resolution that messes with my desktop and results in other programs getting rescaled and thrown all over the place and my monitor flashing up a warning to change the resolution every time I start the game. There is no option to change the resolution... because it was 2008 and 1080p was like something out of 2001.

Your options are limited to playing fullscreen with horribly stretched graphics and the desktop suffering or playing in a tiny window too small to see anything. As I say... fun if it is cheap and on sale but otherwise probably not worth it.
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Elventin
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
i love this super fun and relaxing nice game to pass the time away :)
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Naxame
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
I played this game when I was young so I was happy to see this and its a good time-waster but I wish they'd have an option to [Skip Tutorial] because it annoyed me...
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leviathancain
( 15.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
This game is now working again, and i am enjoying it quite emensely. a steal at 19 cents when i bought it
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The !mmoꝚTaℒs of m€Lµℎa
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
One of the Best Match 3 Puzzler <3
9.5/10
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jhall41647
( 36.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
great game play on window 7 and 10
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Disciple1968
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
This is a excellent 3+in a row game, with dashes of spot the difference and hidden object thrown in. Some varied powerups add to the strategy side of it and at times can really be a game changer. Great for a doing a couple of levels here and there or for when you are not in the mood for a serious game session. Not massively challenging though that's half it's beauty; a relaxing game at which you can amble along taking you time. A very basic story helps join all the levels together and keep the flow of game going.

Highly recommended, just don't expect anything jaw dropping.
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Abster
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
Very monotonus, absurdly lengthy game. Pushed myself to play and try to finish the games (you know, for teh achievements and ♥♥♥♥) but just could not do it. Very boring
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Pwncess
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
I actually enjoy this game. It's a good time waster.
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Fistful0fMetal
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
Can recommend now the game is fixed and no crash on start up.
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Morganna Ametza
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
I enjoyed this game but never got to finish it. It does not work on Windows 10 and I upgraded to it. There is probably a work around to play the game, but Idon't love the game enough and it is not different enough to make it worth bothering with.
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rennis
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
Does not start (Windows 7; tried a variety of compatibility settings). Had to click the play button about 30 times before I was allowed to tell you this (5 minutes of "play") and give it a thumbs down.
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ジェイ・シー
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
This game is hit-or-miss, play it only if you like a few hours of simple but time-limited puzzle-solving. Whatever else the game pretended to offer (story, achievements or what have you) it's not very appealing to me. I enjoyed the basic campaign puzzle solving, and that's enough for me.
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SEELE_02
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
Doesn't work anymore with Win7 because of the last updates from microsoft :(
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karen
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
As a puzzle game 4 elements is a simple enjoyable puzzle game with kind of special effects.
I have just had time to complete the first book when the game decided stopping to start.

The story told by the puzzle game is quite uninteresting and the girl providing help is ugly useless and boring. Unfortunately, you can't delete her in the options.
Actually, I have bought 4 elements in replacement of the broken Legend of Fae. Legend of Fae has been fixed, so, I am just going to return to my favorite puzzle game.

So, if you enjoyed 4 elements, why not trying Legend of Fae ;)


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L'histoire du jeu est inintéressante. Une elfe vous accompagne en aide dans le jeu, elle joue le rôle de potiche donc elle est inutile et perso, je la trouve moche et elle me gâche le jeu.

À part ça, le jeu est sympa avec ses effets spéciaux.
Mais, à peine ai-jeterminé le premier niveau que le jeu a cessé de démarrer.

Comme j'ai acheté ce jeu pour compenser la perte de Legend of Fae, maintenant que Legend of Fae a été réparé, je retourne à ce dernier.
C'est un jeu mignon, et à mon goût plus original, plus recherché et plus sympathique que 4 éléments.
Alors, si vous avez aimé 4 éléments et qu'il vous manque, je vous conseille d'essayer Legend of Fae.
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Golden_Cashew
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
Game crashes upon startup. Wish I had a chance to review the content of the game.
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ownosourus
( 84.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
4 Elements is a fun match-3 puzzler weighed down by unnecessary seek-and-find sequences and occasionally frustrating level design. 4 Elements' generic fantasy presentation hides an addictive game that will appeal to fans of Bejeweled and other "casual" puzzle titles. There's nothing wrong with story in a puzzle game, but with the relatively low resolution of the somewhat blurry art in the seek-and-find sequences, gamers will want the title to get out of its own way and let the real game breathe.

4 Elements tells a simple story of an ancient evil that was locked away by the power of the titular elements — earth, wind, fire and water — but has now been unleashed. It's up to the player to unlock four books to release the elements and save the realm. It's inoffensive and flat, but the story is bolstered by a fairy who accompanies the player and periodically provides tips and hints. Unlike some other games that have overused the "helper" character while not allowing the player to discover and explore, the fairy is here to explain the various rules and power-ups and won't get in your way.

The main gameplay of 4 Elements involves creating chains of three or more jewels of the same colour to clear a pathway for a liquid to reach the tree at the end of each level. The 64 timed levels are large and sprawling, with multiple pathways and strategies for the player to take. There are 16 levels per "element," and the colours and visuals change depending on which element you're playing, adding a bit of variety to the proceedings while playing; as you progress, the levels become harder, longer and with more obstacles. For example, you might stumble upon a stone that can only be destroyed via a bomb power-up, or a frozen tile that must be chained several times before breaking.

There are environmental tricks, as well, with arrows that help clear large sections of the level when the liquid reaches them. There are several power-ups, such as the aforementioned bomb, the ability to swap any two regular jewels, "dig" out a tile to make way for another, and a power-up that reshuffles all jewels in the level besides stones and frozen tiles. Some jewels sit on more than one layer and must be cleared several times, as well. The time limit is rarely going to make players nervous, but it does add a good bit of tension as players scramble to reach the tree after a long journey.

Supplementing the main gameplay are four hidden object sequences to find the key to each elemental book. The still paintings, while pretty, are a bit washed out on both the top screen and the touch screen, making it difficult to find each item. The fairy is available to point players in the right direction, but these sections feel like filler. There are also near-identical cards that require the player to spot the differences, which are short and relatively simple, but the small pictures on the card had us resort to pixel hunting and tapping the screen until we found something; these sequences aren't challenging so much as frustrating, and feel extraneous to the rest of the game.

Although the colours seem a little washed out, the visuals are lovely and soft, evoking a fairy tale fantasy realm. The music and sound effects are quite soothing and peaceful, and the pay-off to a large combo or clearing a huge section of a level with "whoosh" and "ringing" sounds is surprisingly effective. The top screen is used as a map, while the bottom screen is where the action takes place. There is not much 3D implementation here, but it's not missed.

Though 4 Elements is hampered by its filler hidden object/seek-and-find sequences, the puzzle gameplay is very fun and surprisingly involving. So while it's not the perfect puzzle game, players could certainly do worse. For a lengthy and well-crafted experience, 4 Elements is recommended; just be ready to do some pixel hunting in-between matching those jewels.
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Sabat
( 24.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
Game takes some serious hacking to make it work, used to work fine.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Very addicting and very fun. Has a mini game that reminds me of Tetris.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
This game is now working again, and i am enjoying it quite emensely. a steal at 19 cents when i bought it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
I played this game when I was young so I was happy to see this and its a good time-waster but I wish they'd have an option to [Skip Tutorial] because it annoyed me...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
i love this super fun and relaxing nice game to pass the time away :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
I'd recommend this when it is on sale - it's nice to play a casual match three game without constantly being spammed by flashing adverts or demands for money to buy lives, energy, sausages and... whatever other nonsense the developer decided to put in to scam money out of people. 2008 was a much simplier time...

Otherwise I probably wouldn't recommend it though solely because... it's from 2008. That means 800x600 resolution that messes with my desktop and results in other programs getting rescaled and thrown all over the place and my monitor flashing up a warning to change the resolution every time I start the game. There is no option to change the resolution... because it was 2008 and 1080p was like something out of 2001.

Your options are limited to playing fullscreen with horribly stretched graphics and the desktop suffering or playing in a tiny window too small to see anything. As I say... fun if it is cheap and on sale but otherwise probably not worth it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Can recommend now the game is fixed and no crash on start up.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
This is a excellent 3+in a row game, with dashes of spot the difference and hidden object thrown in. Some varied powerups add to the strategy side of it and at times can really be a game changer. Great for a doing a couple of levels here and there or for when you are not in the mood for a serious game session. Not massively challenging though that's half it's beauty; a relaxing game at which you can amble along taking you time. A very basic story helps join all the levels together and keep the flow of game going.

Highly recommended, just don't expect anything jaw dropping.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
great game play on window 7 and 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
One of the Best Match 3 Puzzler <3
9.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
This game is hit-or-miss, play it only if you like a few hours of simple but time-limited puzzle-solving. Whatever else the game pretended to offer (story, achievements or what have you) it's not very appealing to me. I enjoyed the basic campaign puzzle solving, and that's enough for me.
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52 of 59 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.3 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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33 of 34 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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30 of 34 people (88%) 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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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
65.7 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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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
84.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
4 Elements is a fun match-3 puzzler weighed down by unnecessary seek-and-find sequences and occasionally frustrating level design. 4 Elements' generic fantasy presentation hides an addictive game that will appeal to fans of Bejeweled and other "casual" puzzle titles. There's nothing wrong with story in a puzzle game, but with the relatively low resolution of the somewhat blurry art in the seek-and-find sequences, gamers will want the title to get out of its own way and let the real game breathe.

4 Elements tells a simple story of an ancient evil that was locked away by the power of the titular elements — earth, wind, fire and water — but has now been unleashed. It's up to the player to unlock four books to release the elements and save the realm. It's inoffensive and flat, but the story is bolstered by a fairy who accompanies the player and periodically provides tips and hints. Unlike some other games that have overused the "helper" character while not allowing the player to discover and explore, the fairy is here to explain the various rules and power-ups and won't get in your way.

The main gameplay of 4 Elements involves creating chains of three or more jewels of the same colour to clear a pathway for a liquid to reach the tree at the end of each level. The 64 timed levels are large and sprawling, with multiple pathways and strategies for the player to take. There are 16 levels per "element," and the colours and visuals change depending on which element you're playing, adding a bit of variety to the proceedings while playing; as you progress, the levels become harder, longer and with more obstacles. For example, you might stumble upon a stone that can only be destroyed via a bomb power-up, or a frozen tile that must be chained several times before breaking.

There are environmental tricks, as well, with arrows that help clear large sections of the level when the liquid reaches them. There are several power-ups, such as the aforementioned bomb, the ability to swap any two regular jewels, "dig" out a tile to make way for another, and a power-up that reshuffles all jewels in the level besides stones and frozen tiles. Some jewels sit on more than one layer and must be cleared several times, as well. The time limit is rarely going to make players nervous, but it does add a good bit of tension as players scramble to reach the tree after a long journey.

Supplementing the main gameplay are four hidden object sequences to find the key to each elemental book. The still paintings, while pretty, are a bit washed out on both the top screen and the touch screen, making it difficult to find each item. The fairy is available to point players in the right direction, but these sections feel like filler. There are also near-identical cards that require the player to spot the differences, which are short and relatively simple, but the small pictures on the card had us resort to pixel hunting and tapping the screen until we found something; these sequences aren't challenging so much as frustrating, and feel extraneous to the rest of the game.

Although the colours seem a little washed out, the visuals are lovely and soft, evoking a fairy tale fantasy realm. The music and sound effects are quite soothing and peaceful, and the pay-off to a large combo or clearing a huge section of a level with "whoosh" and "ringing" sounds is surprisingly effective. The top screen is used as a map, while the bottom screen is where the action takes place. There is not much 3D implementation here, but it's not missed.

Though 4 Elements is hampered by its filler hidden object/seek-and-find sequences, the puzzle gameplay is very fun and surprisingly involving. So while it's not the perfect puzzle game, players could certainly do worse. For a lengthy and well-crafted experience, 4 Elements is recommended; just be ready to do some pixel hunting in-between matching those jewels.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2015
I do not recommend purchasing this game or any other titles developed by Playrix. 4 Elements has not worked since october 2105 and no amount of support tickets or complaints by the community has recieved any replies.

Do yourself a favor and research the many problems people have had in their dealings with Playrix before deciding to purchase any of their products. The best advice I can give you is don't waste your money,
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
4 Elements is a Puzzie game.

It's a really nice puzzle game if you ask me.
It haves nog high definition settings as animations.
Still it's a very extended as challanging video games.
It hase a really nice theme and good soundtrack to it.

I think a really nice puzzle game... so try it :)
I give it a 7/10 score.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
it is a shame. This was a good game until it stop working.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
DO NOT BUY, NO LONGER WORKS AND SUPPORT IS NOT HELPING.

I bought this for my GF to play 6 months ago, and a few days ago, she tried to play it, but it instantly crashes on startup.

As you can see, I don't have over 2 hours of play, so I applied for a refund and it was denied TWICE, which is complete BS, considering that the game DOES NOT WORK.

On the other hand, support is completely unexistent.
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