A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
This is a fairly basic match-three puzzle game. That is, players find chains of three or more matching-colored tiles on game boards that are filled with tiles. The goal is to find as many chains as possible. This tried-and-true puzzle game concept has worked for years because of its accessibility, ease of play, and the "simple to understand but difficult to master" mentality.
Products & Purchases
An option from the game's main menu screen directs players to other iPad and iPhone games available for sale from the same publisher.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 4 Elements HD (Full) is a rudimentary puzzle game in which players rearrange a game board filled with colored tiles to create the longest strings of matching-colored tiles possible. In between the puzzle-solving levels, players can read stories about a world filled with fantastical creatures. The entire aesthetic of the game is centered around this fantasy theme and adds cohesion to what would otherwise be an assorted jumble of puzzles. The storyline contains no violence whatsoever, nor is there any other content of concern. It is instead focused on the adventures of trolls, dwarfs, and other associated mythical beings. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional
Is It Any Good?
No one who buys 4 ELEMENTS HD (FULL) should expect a blockbuster experience, since it's a very casual game meant for short bursts of time-killing. The levels will no doubt start to get repetitive for any player who spends more than an hour in a single sitting. It's an easy, comfortable puzzle game that delivers the kind of experience this type of game should. However, there are many games like this that cost less than this one ($5 at the time of this review), and others that are even free. There is a background story to follow, but it is nothing particularly worthwhile or memorable. Though not poor or disappointing in its presentation, you'll want to wait for a good sale to buy 4 Elements HD.
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