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4 Elements

MobyRank MobyScore
Nintendo DS
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Windows
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3.7
J2ME
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4.0
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Description

4 Elements is a tile-matching game with elements from hidden object titles. The levels are labyrinths with grids of multi-colored tiles. The player has to click and drag over groups of three or more tiles to remove them. The objective of each level is to break the background by making matches over it, allowing the elemental energy, green sap for the earth level, lava for the fire element, wind & water for the others, to flow freely. The game screen follows the energy as it flows, moving with it until it is blocked again.

The levels are divided in four books representing the four elements. At the start of each book, a screen comes up with scattered pieces of objects that must be collected. After the objects are assembled, they have be used to solve the room puzzle and reach the book key.

The levels are organized inside the books as sub-groups related to a typical fantasy character (like elves, dragons, dwarfs, etc). After solving a group, a couple of similar cards with the character appear side-by-side, and the player must click on the differences between the two.

There are slots at the bottom of the screen for the four power-ups, each being charged by matches of its corresponding color. The spade destroys a single tile, the bomb explodes several tiles, the swap changes the position of two tiles and the reshuffle reorganizes the whole grid.

The PS3 version includes the ability to replay levels, leader board support, and an up-gradable castle to represent the player's leader board score.

Screenshots

4 Elements Windows Stones can't be matched.
4 Elements Windows This is one of the pages from an elemental book of magic. As each tile puzzle is completed the picture becomes more complete and the words are decoded
4 Elements Windows The four books
4 Elements J2ME Introduction story

Alternate Titles

  • "Gem Quest: 4 Elements" -- Nintendo DS title
  • "4 Elements: Puzzledom" -- Mobile title
  • "4 Elements HD" -- PS3 title

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User Reviews

Simple, enjoyable, short and fun. Windows piltdown_man (70520)

The Press Says

GameZebo Windows Sep 03, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
IGN Windows Sep 19, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Apr 06, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Mar 09, 2009 13 out of 20 65

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Contributed to by Lain Crowley (5411), Kabushi (121564), Zeppin (8355), Macs Black (77794) and me3D31337 (43697)