A game that, although plays pretty good, the 1.4 patch is what you will be dealing with...
Will Hughes, Amazon
5 November 2013
Summary: Many games have come and gone for PC. Some are good, some are bad. Some games try to remake the original concept while others try to make their own concept. "Elemental" a strategy/rpg game that plays very similar to "Civilization", only it's in a mythical world and you use magic.
Summary: I recently purchased the limited edition version of Elemental: War of Magic, because $15 bucks seemed a better deal for all the extra stuff than $10 for the electronic download version with nothing. Unfortunately, I had a bear of a time getting it registered and patched.
Summary: Stardock is a great company. Hands down. They made some mistakes with Elemental, but they worked on it. They develop with passion. They responded to users concerns and fixed them. They even went so far as to give their sequel to customers who bought War of Magic at the launch.
Summary: This is a very interesting hybrid that samples from my favorite game genres. Part city builder, part turn-based strategy. I'm still not sure if it has enough depth to be considered a true 4X. It reminds me alot of the Heroe's series with some building and diplomacy elements thrown in.
Summary: It's funny how the "professional" reviewers finally grab their sacks when a middle market developer puts out a flawed game. Truth be told though, if I had rated this game on release, I'd have given it a 3.
Summary: As billed this was supposed to be a spiritual successor to the original Microprose game 'Master of Magic'. That game was fantastic, with 2 different planes to build and war on, as well as heroes that were truly heroic, and magic that meant something.