Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Oct 31, 2011
    100
    There are hundreds of levels and multiple ways to play each one, plus a slick, futuristic soundtrack to add to the fact that, yes, you're manipulating a puddle of goo, and it feels revolutionary.
  2. Oct 17, 2011
    88
    Don't be thrown off by the unattractive title! You will get an innovative, challenging puzzler with nice music and decent graphics for hours of gameplay fun.
  3. Nov 23, 2011
    87
    In addition to the main Discovery mode you can also compete for times in Ghost mode or tackle the levels in the Challenge and Bonus modes where you are often required to complete the level with 100% of your mercury. There is plenty of content that easily makes this worth the $5 initial purchase and with the promise of more DLC and some that is already available; Mercury Hg is one of the better XBLA purchases this holiday season
  4. 80
    So cheap our small complaints are trivial. [Dec 2011, p.101]
  5. Nov 9, 2011
    80
    Unpretentious and very enjoyable game of rolling a drop of mercury through increasingly complex levels. [November 2011, p.83]
  6. Nov 4, 2011
    80
    It's cheap, it looks good, and it plays well, if you've got $5 and a few hours to kill you really can't go wrong with Mercury Hg.
  7. Oct 5, 2011
    80
    Mercury HG is not exactly a full blown successor in the series, but there's enough here to keep fans happy. And at the ridiculously low price of 400MS points it's definitely worth a try, even if you aren't a fan.
  8. Oct 3, 2011
    80
    For $4.99, you're getting an awesome game that will keep you occupied for some time. Even with the promise of DLC completely ignored (some is already available), there's plenty of content in Mercury Hg to keep you busy.
  9. Oct 3, 2011
    80
    Minor issues aside, this is a very fun title. Leaderboards, trying to beat your personal best times, and some unlockable bonus levels do add some replay value, and clever features (free look mode, the blob itself has a high cuteness factor) give the game some charm. If you're looking for a fun and breezy diversion, and an excuse to brush up on your knowledge of the periodic table, Mercury Hg is worth a look.
  10. Oct 9, 2011
    75
    Mercury Hg is a good game, that does not change the formula inherited from its predecessors. A good level design, but not extraordinary, is the only obstacle that prevents it from excellence.
  11. Nov 20, 2011
    71
    Being able to add your own music is a very nice touch. [Christmas 2011, p.85]
  12. 70
    A charming little game. [Issue#79, p.100]
  13. Oct 31, 2011
    70
    If you're looking for a game to get stuck into that can be played in smaller chunks as a fun little time-sink, this is a really good way to spend that 5 bucks. Go without a coffee today.
  14. Oct 18, 2011
    70
    Although not a very complete game in comparison with previous entries of the series, and not original anymore, it offers a hundred of interesting and challenging levels.
  15. Oct 4, 2011
    70
    Mercury Hg is cheaper, safer and more fun than playing with real volatile chemicals, though the experience is short lived and simple.
  16. Sep 30, 2011
    70
    A cut price puzzler that almost manages to make the periodic table seem fun and exciting, and is certainly better than recent Super Monkey Balls.
  17. Sep 29, 2011
    70
    And that's where the final fact comes in to save the day: the price. Mercury Hg is a mere 400 Microsoft Points, and it's certainly worth every penny. It doesn't do enough with the interesting concept and it's not a hugely lengthy title, but it'll give you a good few hours of enjoyment, and it's hard to ask more than that for £3.50.
  18. Sep 28, 2011
    70
    We would have liked to see more inventive uses of the clingy-liquid properties of the element, but the game manages to fling a decent number of twists at the player throughout its generous helping of levels. This mercury may not heal your wounds, but it certainly won't poison you either.
  19. 65
    On the other hand, anyone who enjoys shaving seconds off speed runs and obsessing over scoreboards will appreciate Mercury Hg's focused simplicity, not to mention its $5 price tag. [Nov 2011, p.75]
  20. Nov 7, 2011
    60
    Mercury Hg is a nice little game that is easy to play but hard to master for some of the later levels. Although it has some frame rate issues, for 400 Microsoft Points you will happily find yourself with enough play time to justify your purchase and some easy achievements if that's what you are going for.
  21. Oct 17, 2011
    60
    Even though Mercury Hg is a fun game that manages to challenge both brain and thumbs, it is just to sparse with content and much of the DLC shold've been included in the full game.
  22. Oct 13, 2011
    60
    The amount of content you'll get in Mercury Hg for only 400 Microsoft Points, is very good. The puzzles are pretty fun but the soundtrack ruins most of the gameplay experience.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 1, 2011
    10
    Brilliant little game: Stumbled across this by accident and after the trial paid the $5 to upgrade - It's a great game you can just zone outBrilliant little game: Stumbled across this by accident and after the trial paid the $5 to upgrade - It's a great game you can just zone out in front of for a few hours and chase high-scores. Great value for money and really polished. Full Review »
  2. Aug 21, 2012
    10
    A fantastic twitch puzzler in the tilt-the-board tradition of Marble Madness and Super Monkey Ball (as guitarexplosion mentions), with freshA fantastic twitch puzzler in the tilt-the-board tradition of Marble Madness and Super Monkey Ball (as guitarexplosion mentions), with fresh and enjoyable twists to the formula. There're lots of (quite varied) levels, and even though simply completing them all won't take long, the replay value is huge. For one, each level is essentially two levels in one, as the high score and time leaderboards require different strategies. There are plenty of shortcuts to find, plenty of high-speed turns to finesse on the edge of a precipice. And thanks to the smooth and responsive controls, the game feels super-fair, a leaderboard junkie's heaven. Full Review »
  3. May 13, 2012
    9
    A great game to play. I don't usually buy arcade games but this game has everything i'd want - An amazing collection of puzzling levels and myA great game to play. I don't usually buy arcade games but this game has everything i'd want - An amazing collection of puzzling levels and my own music playing on the level. Love it. Full Review »