Hop onto the matching fun in 4 Elements 2!

What is 4 Elements 2?

Match 3 Playrix Matching
Rating:
4.5

4 Elements II is a puzzle game developed by Playrix. It is predominantly a Match 3 game, yet it counts with many other types of puzzles.

It involves a whimsical adventure to help four elemental fairies to recover their lost powers, and of course you do this by solving all and any puzzle that may stumble your path.

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Magical twist to the Match 3 formula

As for gameplay, the main course is the Match 3 formula, with a magical twist. The basics are all here: Match three or more tiles of the same type to make them disappear.

But instead of having a simple square stage, you have a sprawling map that you solve in parts, since your goal is not the tiles themselves, instead you are trying to get the flow of magic (represented as a type of liquid) from one corner of the screen to the other.

If you connect five tiles of the same type, they will explode at the end, allowing you to clear even more tiles. And the longer you make the chain, the larger the explosion!

Other things that will aid you on these types of puzzles, are the magical abilities granted by the fairies. They are rather involved with the gameplay, and add a sizable layer of strategy to solving the stages.

The first that you will get might seem like a simple shovel, but clearing away a single tile can be quite advantageous when there is no clear way to match it in any way. There is also the flame power that destroys special tiles like stone or frozen ones. But to use these powers you need to charge them by matching their corresponding color; red for the flame power, for example.

The gameplay can be quite deep and strategic, and while the timer for each level is quite lenient, the complexity of the game is still there for whoever wishes to master it.

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Fun mini games that are also puzzlers!

The rest of the puzzles, while not quite as deep, are still fun and a nice change of pace between sessions of Match 3 gameplay. They can include searching for clues, matching items to a poem, or the classic find the seven differences, to just name a few.

Much like the Match 3 games, these puzzles have all a unique twist, be that in their design or in the presentation; pages will fly and divide revealing the rules and type of puzzle that you are about to partake in.

Great plot and art style!

The game whisks you away into this fairytale world, with backgrounds, characters and illustrations beautifully realized. The color pallet is vibrant without being too much, there is no over reliance on pastel colors or the like.

The very design of the many puzzles, some of them quite simple, makes them really pop into view. Popping and exploding, by the way, is something that a lot of things do. This game really knows how to make a spectacle, even when you don’t expect it. You might be solving a simple puzzle when the way is opened by a dazzling show of lights. And most of the time, it is a joy to see.

As you advance and help the fairies, you will also help other creatures that are trapped in a magical book. The way this is designed really makes you want to keep playing: At first, there is a bleak picture with no one in it. As you solve puzzles, the creature you are trying to aid appears, but is in peril. And as you finish, not only the danger is gone, but the picture comes alive, beautifully and subtly animated.

This is a great reward for one’s own efforts, and many more magical creatures await you as you move forward.

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4 Elements II is an extremely charming game that will have you hooked from the first moment you boot it up. The whimsical adventure it takes you on is really enjoyable, and the unique spin it gives this tried and true puzzles makes them feel quite fresh. It is a must experience for fans of puzzle games and fairytales alike, and if you are both, this game is a ride indeed.

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Published 17 August 2022
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