Archer Maclean's Mercury Image

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  • Summary: Using the PSP's powerful graphics, processing abilities and Wi-Fi modes, Awesome Studios has produced a brand new genre-defining puzzle game, the aim of which is simple: Guide your various, colored mercury blobs around each 3D maze simply by "tilting" the level. Watch as the liquid metal blobs ebb and flow around the countless challenges encountered along the way. After a short spell in the training camp world, experience a smooth learning curve as you work your way through each level from start to finish, eventually unlocking the next world beyond. Negotiate obstacles and hazards, solve puzzles, and compete against ever- tightening time and percentage limits while avoiding traps and predators. Finally, defeat end of level boss modes to complete each world. The game has instant pick-up-and-play appeal with no instructions needed, and you can spend minutes or hours immersed in the game. Skill, timing, and dexterity are all required to navigate the 72 levels that spread across 6 unique, thematic worlds. [Ignition] Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. A must have for two audiences: those who have been looking for a game that lets you play around with a virtual version of an illegal substance, and those who enjoy a great puzzle game that takes a lot of skill to master.
  2. Like "Lumines," it’s a classy-looking, addictive, and highly challenging game. But your cerebral activity is guaranteed a tougher workout with this one.
  3. Mercury exhibits a perfect hierarchy of challenge and reward... The pain becomes the pleasure because, in spite of the extraordinary degree of trial and error (practically requiring a degree in the subject), there’s never any moment that feels broken or exploitative. [June 2005, p.91]
  4. 77
    On the pure level of maddening puzzle challenge and an ingenious gameplay concept, however, it's oozing appeal.
  5. If this Mercury was put into a thermometer, it would be floating just above “lukewarm”.
  6. 70
    If you're a competent gamer with a steady hand you'll be able to complete every challenge eventually, but beating the game "clean" is going to require quite a specific skill set that may ultimately not make this entertaining for everyone.
  7. It doesn’t really have the endless appeal of something like "Lumines," "Puyo Pop" or "Tetris," but the problem solving, logical puzzles and interesting physics make it nonetheless enjoyable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 4 out of 11
    Mar 29, 2005
    I played the's insanely fun if you ever got any excitement from rolliing around in super monkey ball. I would go so far as to say it's SMB2 on crack. Expand
  2. MikS.
    May 31, 2005
    This game adds something to the PSP launch line-up: Originality!!! It has the dexterity tests of Super Monkey Ball, but with more taxing puzzles and a greater variety of goodies on the mazes. If you complain that a puzzle game is frustrating, then don't buy puzzle games. This gets the mix just right - BUY IT! Collapse
  3. TerryN.
    May 9, 2005
    This is a fun game, but not being able to save until after you've finished a whole level, makes the game repetitive. You have to repeat the same boards to get back to the difficult level, if you put the game away for awhile. Expand
  4. Assimov
    May 20, 2007
    Good game for persons who like fight the chrono and against previous times.
  5. WeirdN.
    Sep 19, 2005
    Wow! An original and mature puzzle game for Sony's shiny new trinket! I think that puzzle games of this type fit handheld gaming really well. The levels in this game are well judged, always taxing but beatable. Many of them make you think 'No Way!' until you crack them after a few practice runs. It makes a nice break from the reaction puzzles of Lumines. A couple of blemishes on this game are a lack of auto save (why? surely that takes about 15 miuntes to code and is a feature in every title since whenever!) and long load times meaning that it isn't as pick up and play as it could be. You may find yourself relying on the suspend feature a lot. Also, to get the unlocks is simply impossible. To get all the high scores needs reference to an online guide or a sociopathic addiction to this kind of game. They're uber-hard. If you enjoy original puzzle games you won't be dissapointed with this. Maybe a sequel will iron out the rough spots and give us another great game?! More games of this quality and originality on PSP please! Expand
  6. SamT.
    Sep 6, 2005
    Original and fun for a bit. got bored after 3 days.
  7. JoeS.
    Jun 9, 2005
    This game is not worth its money at all. this game has no objective causing it to be pointless.

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