The wistful, whimsical platformer Element4l is now on Steam
May 25, 2013
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Ignore that number jammed unharmoniously in Element4l's name, and focus instead on the relaxing music, the smooth curves of the landscape, and the satisfying way your happy cube-character dissolves into embers and sparks.
In Element4l, you're in control of the four elements, bound together on a journey to shape life.
. It appears that life-shaping involves lots of sliding down hills and squeezing one's self into tiny caves in dreamy, palm-tree-dotted environments. Still, don't think that such guns-lacking, pastel-colored, meditative play is going to be
. Its developer, I-Illusions, promises that you will struggle as the gameplay "rearranges your reflexes." Who knows? Your standard FPS experience may be forever changed after getting hold of Element4l.
Element4l launched today
, where it's $10. There are 16 levels, and somewhat jarringly, there's a competitive race mode to busy yourself with once you're done with single-player too. The music-box soundtrack is included in the form of high-quality mp3s, and a free DLC, "Lap Races," is scheduled soon. There's an undeniable sense of style to Element4l's gameplay—if the graceful arcs and sunset-beautiful colors are joined by gameplay as challenging as promised, it may be worth taking on.
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