Type: Adventure/Hidden Object Game
Developer: LuckySoft/Playrix Entertainment
Download Links: Mac Game Store, Big Fish Games
"Elementals: The Magic Kingdom" is a combination adventure and hidden object game. Your job is to help Albert, on his birthday, locate his lost sister by finding magical key shards which are hidden throughout a magical kingdom. To get the key shards, you need to help other characters (people, animals, monsters) by completing certain tasks. The game begins with an introduction to the story in the form of moving images and animation. This part can be skipped, but viewing it is a visual treat as the game has beautiful graphics and animation. Your journey through the kingdom is given help by Felly, a floating head that serves as a rechargeable hint button. Hints are recharged quickly for tasks that you need to complete. As you help Albert, you get tasks to complete. These tasks might take the form of a hidden object scene or sometimes a more exploratory type of task. Instructions for the tasks are given in the top left corner of the screen. The hidden object scenes contain only items related to the storyline (i.e., no junk pile objects). In some scenes, you need to uncover items in order to find the ones you need. This, however, is easy because you get to see a silhouette of the object you need. Some objects can be difficult to find but since hints recharge quickly, this does not cause any major problems even for novice game players. "Elementals: The Magic Kingdom" has puzzles interspersed with hidden object and adventure scenes. Many of the puzzles are easy but some can be frustrating. The puzzles include some common types, such as jigsaw puzzles. You sometimes need to carefully read instructions for puzzles to understand what to do. For those who enjoy puzzles (or mini-games), they can be replayed by selecting a special Bonus section from the main menu. One repeating element in the game that can be enjoyable is a tracing exercise where you have to trace letters with the cursor. This is best done with a graphics tablet and pen because you need a certain level of accuracy to succeed with this task. One constantly repeating element of the game is a battle board game. You get a tutorial on how to play it and it is relatively easy on the beginning levels. The battles get more difficult to win as the game progresses. However, you can skip or quit the battles. As you play the adventure part of the game, you earn special powers that you can use to make winning the battles easier. Most battles occur right after encountering a new character. Another mini-game that repeats is a card game. This mini-game, like the battles, gets more difficult each time. However, once you understand how to play it, it is not too difficult to win each round. "Elementals: The Magic Kingdom" has beautiful graphics and animation that make it a joy to view and play. The game has good sound effects that fit well with the story and graphics. The story is cute but there is quite a bit of dialogue and it can become tedious at times. You move through different locations throughout the kingdom as you play the game. One nice feature is that there is very little repetition of locations, keeping the game varied. The game is very long and should provide plenty of enjoyment for all levels of game players. Once you've finished puzzles and battles in story mode, you can replay them on three levels (easy, normal, and difficult) from a bonus section that can extend game play for those who want more of the magic kingdom.