Anyone looking for an escape from gaming’s usual sounds of gunfire and need for violence should take note that Element4l released on Steam today. It’s a momentum-based platformer built around nature and the creation of life, so its serene setting is more than just a gimmick, it’s baked into the very soul of the game.
There is no ability to run or jump button in Element4l. Movement is instead based on switching between the four elements, using their natural properties to propel yourself forward. Turning into ice allows you to slide along sloped surfaces, and you’re heavier as well. Turning into fire allows you to shoot forward, creating speed and force. Each element is tied to a button; switching between them requires only a push. Developer i-illusions likens the game’s unique controls to riding a bike: Hard at first, but you get better as you learn. Who ever said creating life would be easy, anyway?
Element4l is $9.99, and is available for both Windows and Mac through Steam. Console, i-OS and Linux versions are possible, though their development is wholly dependent on the game’s success on PC and Mac.