Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. An endlessly inventive and incredibly addictive game.
  2. Not only is Meltdown bigger and better to look at though, but it offers new and compelling scenarios, and proves more appealing to new players as well as a more consistent proposition for hardcore fans - not everyone's going to be able to beat the incredibly punishing latter levels, but there's still hours of fun to be had beforehand.
  3. Intrinsically simple yet consistently challenging, with slick presentation, attractive aesthetics and level designs that always raise an appreciative smile in tandem with any sense of puzzled frustration, Mercury Meltdown is the perfect game to dip in and out of whenever on-the-go.
  4. Mercury Meltdown finally realizes the potential that the original game, Mercury, left unfulfilled.
  5. As it is, it's a beautifully made, unique, and sadly under-the-radar title; it's exactly the sort of unique experience the PSP needs, and something I can't imagine the DS quite matching (sorry, Super Monkey Ball: Touch and Roll).
  6. This is a great game to test your brain and your dexterity, and with improved load times and a great design where levels only last a minute, Mercury Meltdown is a great title for the gamer on the go.
  7. Mercury Meltdown is not only a great sequel, but a solid puzzle game. The gameplay is easy to understand, and the difficulty slowly builds so you never feel like you can’t handle what’s ahead.
  8. 85
    The satisfaction you get from playing and earning whatever you can is so much greater. The design of the puzzles in Mercury Meltdown puts more emphasis on your being a blob, keeping the challenge level for those prepared for it but evening out the game for the rest of those who just love the concept and the gameplay.
  9. Success, however, is equally rewarding, as gameplay quickly becomes absolutely addicting. [jan. 2007, p.83]
  10. Everything the first game was and more. It's a deeper experience, it's more quirky and unique without losing sight of the best bits that made it so fun.
  11. The game has a strong core gameplay and great stage designs, which get progressively harder but also more challenging. Definitely worth picking up for fans of the genre.
  12. Mercury Meltdown offers a new twist on an old board game and does it with a style and pizzazz rarely seen in the PSP’s somewhat narrow world. This is definitely worthwhile for anyone who likes challenging puzzle games.
  13. By scaling back the difficulty a smidge and coloring up the presentation, Mercury Meltdown provides an even better puzzle game experience than its predecessor.
  14. Mercury Meltdown is the action gamer’s puzzle game.
  15. Yet another terrific PSP puzzle game. It's not quite "LocoRoco" or "Lumines," but it's still a superior head-scratcher. [Nov 2006, p.84]
  16. Those who were frustrated with the original game will have a much more enjoyable time with Mercury Meltdown.
  17. It's easy to pick up and play, but very difficult to put down - some of the levels will leave you with a big grin on your face, while others will have you coming back with a fresh approach to try and try again, and the amount of replay value in this game should have you coming back months down the line, just to beat previous scores, check for new downloadable levels online and maybe have a wireless battle with your friends.
  18. Meltdown's plethora of content offers more than enough gooey puzzling fun to keep a gamer busy for quite a while. There should be even more arriving in the form of downloadable content. The cel-shaded cartoon graphics (new to this sequel) look fantastic.
  19. Mercury has always seemed like a great fit for the PSP, and Meltdown improves on an already impressive game.
  20. Thanks to plenty of tweaks and additions, Mercury Meltdown boils down to a bit more than more of the same. An excellent pocket puzzler.
  21. Definitely recommended for puzzle fans. [Sept. 2006, p.100]
  22. They took the issues that were problematic from the first title and did away with them. More importantly, Mercury Meltdown breathes new life into a handheld machine that is beginning to look more and more like an asthmatic reaching for his Albuterol.
  23. There's a good variety of puzzles, and don't be fooled by the cutesy looks; this is one neat but very hardcore puzzler. [Nov 2006, p.82]
  24. 80
    After the games drought of summer it's nice to finally have a reason to power up the ol' PSP again.
  25. Perhaps more of a focus on cerebral maze-like levels and less on the ‘gotcha’ high-wire acts might have helped this unique game series reach its full potential.
  26. Meltdown deserves its own unique place amongst rolling puzzlers and, eventually, to have its timelessness and solidity recognised as a benchmark. [Nov 2006, p.88]
  27. While it may be exactly the same as Mercury at heart, there’s enough extra content to make it interesting. [Nov 2006, p.124]
  28. A great puzzle element, eye grabbing funky visuals and a nice array of bonus features gives a nice sprinkle of longevity for any puzzle fan. Well worth checking out, even if it can be the most unfairly frustrating game ever created at times.
  29. With its satisfying difficulty curve and intricate courses this is a solid if not revolutionary update of an already innovative puzzle game. [Nov 2006, p.100]
  30. Far more polished and balanced than the original title, Mercury Meltdown is the game that Archer Maclean's Mercury should have been twelve months ago.
  31. 70
    A game that is just fun to play. It isn't fundamentally different from it's predecessor but there is more of everything. It's a great puzzle game.
  32. 66
    Poorly thought out puzzles, pointless gameplay mechanics and horrifically garish visuals all combine to create a thoroughly disappointing sequel. Oh well. [Issue 145, p.91]
  33. If you liked Mercury (or slightly dull games in general), you can cope with garish colours and you want a game that will last you a long time, then this isn't that bad an option.
  34. Even though the game is quite proficient, Mercury Meltdown doesn’t completely reinvent the "controlling-a-round-object-by-tilting-the-world" field. What Mercury Meltdown does, however, is refine an already sound experience.
  35. I can understand the logic in trying to craft a sequel that does more than its source material, but the end result is that Mercury Meltdown lacks the simplicity and clean design needed to establish itself as a solid puzzler.
  36. After finishing playing it for this review I promise I'll never play this game again and that speaks volumes, sadly.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JosephD.
    Oct 8, 2006
    9
    Fun! Every Part of the game has it's own unique style, and the amount of hazards and objects has a massive range. The 5 party games is definately a good contribution to the game, especially playing 2 player. I have already passed most of the game, but it is REALLY hard to get 100 percent completion, giving me a super duper challenge! Full Review »
  2. NikhilA.
    Oct 6, 2006
    9
    This game is awesome....but I really hope that this stuff abt downloadable content later is not a spoof... bcoz if thts true too then the game is flawless as a puzzle game. Full Review »