Giveaway of the Day - 4 Elements Premium

4 Elements Premium
June 8, 2014

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.

Features:

  • 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.
  • Stunning visual effects and fantastic bonuses.
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System Requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7; CPU: 1 GHz; RAM: 256 MB; DirectX: 8.0 or higher; Video: 64 MB
Publisher: Playrix Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.playrix.com/ga...
File Size: 69 MB
Price: $19.95

This software was available as a giveaway on June 8, 2014, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.playrix.com/games/p....

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  1. It was my birthday yesterday so didn’t bother to work on editing my previous review of this game until late this morning (slept in). All I’ve done is edit the games, games games section to include the latest deals. The actual review remains the same as my previous post. If there’s any typos or mistakes please do let me know. :)

    4 Elements Premium:

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    Installation:

    4 Elements Premium downloads to a 69.0 MB zip file that unpacks to a read me and a wrapped setup file (the orange colored file with the key symbol), plus there’s a setup file with security (setup.gcd) that’s protected from being hacked (because the previous giveaway system was easily cracked). This file may case some security software to alert the user to a possible malware attack, but it will be a false positive.

    The game giveaway team check all game giveaways for malware using several well known anti -malware suites. There has never been a game giveaway infected with malware since the project started back in Dec 2006. (The owners know that allowing such things would compromise their business, so they make sure all software given away via the giveaway and gamegiveaway sites are thoroughly checked for all types of malware before allowing community members to download any files.

    Some community members have been having problems installing games since the security software was added. It’s been found that turning off your security temporarily or configuring it to accept the setup.cgd file usually sorts the problem out.

    To register and install the game click on the orange colored icon. The installed game is 21.3MB in size. and installs to the following path by default:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Playrix Entertainment\4 Elements\4 Elements.exe- (minus the x86 on 32 bit computers)

    The path can be changed to suit whatever your wishes are. Once the game is installed you can delete the giveaway setup files. There is a shortcut installed to the desktop and one to the start menu plus you’ll find an uninstaller. There’s also a link to Playrix’s site installed to the desktop. This can safely be deleted without compromising the game. :)

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    I’ve tested the game on a Win 7 and Win 8 systems and it works on both. Not sure whether this is the Premium edition. We are supposed to have got the Premium edition for the past three times this has been given away, but I’ve not seen any difference between today’s version and the copy I purchased from Big Fish some years ago.

    Introduction:

    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 by Playrix is a load of fun.

    Reference accessed HERE 5th Jan 2010

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    The Game:

    The game has an excellent tutorial that will walk you through all aspects of the game. There are also an abundance of tips that can be turned of via the options menu if you prefer to discover for yourself, or increase the difficulty (There’s no actual difficulty settings though).

    The aim of the game is to restore the power of the 4 Elements which were lost when a calamity befell the magical world. To restore the 4 Elements you will need to restore the four ancient books of elemental magic, (earth, air, fire and water), Each book is divided into four cards and to recover each card you have to play through four levels making a total of 64 levels. Before you can restore each book you have to unlock it by playing a short hidden object game where you have to find parts of objects, which in turn enable you to find other objects, which then lead to the keys that unlock the magical books. At the end of each four levels you also have to play a simple spot the difference game to restore the magical cards. Once accomplished the next card becomes available.

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    When you start the game for the first time you are asked to create a profile. Once this is done you are presented with the games main menu which enables you to access the options, help, scores and a view intro button (all buttons are blue), with a large green Start button and a red Exit button.

    The options menu is your usual arcade game type options with sliders to turn down the music and sound effects plus three toggles to move between full screen and windowed, (the game starts in full screen), a show hints mode and a custom cursor, plus an okay button that accepts any changes and a cancel button that reverts the settings back to default.

    The help section walks you through all aspects of the game via four pages, a score button lists the top ten players and a view intro button that gives you the background story. When you start the game for the first time this intro will start but it can be skipped at any time by clicking on the skip button.

    You’ll find four rechargeable power-ups (that are introduced as you progress through the game. The reshuffle power-up is the last to be unlocked); each power-up is re-charged by a specific set of tiles for example the spade power-up is recharged by creating several matches of green tiles:

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    1) … The spade power up which can be used to clear any single tile (except for frozen tiles)

    2) … The swap power-up that enables you to swap any two tiles on the game board

    3) … The bomb power-up that clears several tiles from around the selected tile

    4) … The re-shuffle power-up that will totally reshuffle the complete level.

    The game field also contains extra components, some of which hinder you like the boulders, ice and stone slabs. All of these obstacles can be removed via various means such as creating an explosion by selecting a long chain of tiles, the longer the chain the larger the explosion, or by another component called a flaming arrow which are activated by exposing them to the energy flow that is released when you clear a path to the altar. When the green energy touches a flaming arrow, all tiles that are in the direction the arrow is facing will be destroyed. There are three different arrow types a 2-way, a 4-way and an 8-way arrow.

    Features:

    * 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

    * Stunning visual effects and fantastic bonuses

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    Music:

    You can change the music if you find 4 Elements in game music annoying. Just follow the path below and replace the files you want to change with your own favorite music. You will need to convert each file to the .ogg format and rename to replace one of the music files you want to replace. I strongly recommend keeping the originals in a backup folder within the games main folder just in case something goes wrong with your editing. :)

    C:/Program Files (x86)/Playrix entertainment/4 Elements/Base/Music/x.ogg

    Video & Images:

    You can see a slideshow of nearly 150 images from the game HERE. There will be some spoilers so if you don’t wish to see them just increase the rate at which the images change via the slider that’s provided, that way you won’t have time to take things in too much (unless you are a speed reader) ;)

    You can see several video’s of 4 Elements HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

    System Requirements:

    O.S: Windows 98/98SE/2000/Me/XP/Vista (also works on Win 7 & Win 8)
    CPU: 1.0Gh
    System RAM: 256Mb
    Video RAM: 64MB
    Direct X 8 or higher

    Conclusion:

    In my opinion this is an excellent match three game, with a different approach to your usual Match 3 such as Jewel Quests and Treasures of Montezuma games. It’s well worth a good 8 out of 10 IMO ‘and possibly more’.

    Problems:

    If you are posting late in the day I would also suggest posting in the main giveaway forums, in the game discussion section because I cannot moderate 24hrs a day over the weekend. If you’ve installed the game but it won’t work for some reason, it should still be registered, so someone may be able to help at another time. Unfortunately if your problem is actually installing it then once the giveaway period is over there’s nothing that can be done until the game is given away again (though that isn’t guaranteed). Sometimes you can still register the game after the giveaway has ended so long as you managed to start the download before the giveaway ends. I’ve tested this and sometimes the grace period lasts for up to 2 hours, but more often than not 1 hour is the norm.

    It’s always worth checking out the free games sites as sometimes the games we get here are also available for free from them. MyPlayCity has the most with over 600 games to choose from. You WILL find 4 Elements over at MyPlayCity (but not the Premium version).

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    Games, Games, and yet more Games plus Download, Installation & Game play Problems:

    If you have any problems installing or getting to work today’s game please go HERE for help. I’ve posted all of the common problems and solutions in a FAQ thread, which you can find in the sticky section of the forums by following the above link.

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    A Request for help:

    Developers rely on good feedback to improve their games. If you download this game please take some time once you’ve played it a while to leave some constructive feedback either positive or negative. The more constructive feedback we get, the more likely developers are going to give more games away. The giveaway site already has a very good standing with the search engines. Developers want their products out there on the WWW, this site has the potential to do that. The game giveaway project gives away on average between 9 to 17 thousand downloads for each game depending upon what genre and how obscure the game is. That’s a lot of homes these games are being downloaded into and a lot of ‘potential’ cash that’s being lost by the developers. If we get better games because of better feedback, the community are likely to continue to benefit from the generosity of the developers. Satisfied community members are then more likely to visit the home sites of those developers and purchase games that they may not have bothered with before they discovered the developer via the game giveaway site, thus giving the developers more incentives to give away even more decent games.

    Please leave some feedback once you’ve checked the game out. It can be positive or negative, but please explain what your reasons were for the feedback you post. You could also leave suggestions for improving the game, for example, this game could do with more block types for the levels editor, add more power-ups, describing the ones you think would be suitable, add some mini games (which seem all the rage in some arcade games now) or enable the user to be able to change the in game music easily.

    Thank you in advance to all those who take the time to post a constructive comment.

    Regards

    Whiterabbit aka Stephen

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    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — June 8th, 2014 at 3:16 am
  2. Usually I don’t enjoy these types of games but I downloaded from a previous giveaway on my old PC and loved it. Played it through to the end and will be downloading again.

    Thanks to GoTD and Playrix :)

    Comment by Terzle — June 8th, 2014 at 3:48 am
  3. Is there any difference to the version from May 2012? I loved that game but don’t need to download it twice.. ;)

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    I don’t think so.

    Comment by urrmeli — June 8th, 2014 at 5:01 am

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