Element is elegant in its simplicity; both its visual design and quick strategy concept are engaging hooks, and it provides a healthy challenge for those seeking it.
Element gets right to the point, but its also kind of repetitive. Still, overall it's an appealing game. The mechanics are easy to get the hang of and I love the retro polygon look. But if you're hesitant about this one, I'd say wait for it's inevitable eShop discount in the future.
There's plenty to like about Element. The game's stated goal was to distil down the strategy game to something that still felt grand and "complete" in scope, but was playable for a few minutes at a time. It achieves that, and at the same time gives players a compelling look at a theme that is quite pressing, as the world looks towards an era of depleted resources. But it's also hard to push past the feeling that there should have been more to this one.
While Nintendo Switch doesn't have many real-time strategy games to its name at the moment, Element could well be the flashpoint that finally shows just how well the genre can work when reinterpreted in the right way.