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

    • 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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54 of 62 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!


There is a fix that works

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
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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32 of 34 people (94%) 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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33 of 37 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
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!

  • 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

  • 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
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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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
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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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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19.8 hrs
Posted: September 29
A new take on a type of match 3 game. I enjoyed playing and finishing it!
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3.0 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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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 苺
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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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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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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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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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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12.4 hrs
Posted: July 8
Fun, short puzzle game. Peaceful game, perfect for unwinding in the evening.
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