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Review: 4 Elements
At a Glance
|This game is recommended!
This game is not just good fun, it also stays fairly true to Christian moral values, making it a great addition to anyone's library!
|ESRB Rating:||E - Everyone|
|Genre:||Match 3 / Hidden Object|
|Review Published On:||August 7th, 2016|
This game saves your progress in your own profile, allowing multiple people to track their progress. All progress, including everything you've done in the current level, will be saved for later when you exit the game or return to the main menu.
The majority of this game is based on restoring power to magical altars by reconnecting them to the source of their magical energy. This in turn restores the information and powers found in the book of that element.
The first major difference between this game and other Match 3s like Bejeweled is that you match gems by connecting them in long chains rather than by swapping two adjacent gems. The other difference is the goal of each level. Instead of earning a set number of points or clearing a given number of gems, your only goal is to direct a river of magical energy to an altar. If you don't connect the source of the magic with its altar in time, you'll lose the level and need to try again.
As you progress through the books, you'll also gain four different abilities you can use to alter the board. These powerups are charged by clearing gems of their specific color, and you're going to need to use them to complete game. Some of the later levels are designed so that the only possible answer is to use a specific ability in a certain spot, so plan your moves ahead.
Additionally, at specific intervals you'll deal with another type of level. These alternative levels are either hidden object scenes where you assemble four objects by locating and assembling their scattered pieces, or they are simple "spot the difference" levels where you're given two copies of the same picture and need to locate what isn't the same in both copies.
Overall, 4 Elements has held up pretty well, so it's still worth a try if you like casual games.
Points of Interest
The other type of level follows restoring the text to a creature's page. Now that you've read about the creature, you're presented with two versions of its picture. Find the differences to solve the puzzle and unlock its magic.
The spot the difference levels have a similar problem: the differences you're supposed to find are often small and sometimes they are rather petty. For example, in one picture the difference is the appearance (or removal) of a window in a building in the distance. This change is small enough that your cursor can cover it. Much of the time, entire sections of the landscape are radically changed, so these tiny changes are easy to overlook.