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  • Summary: Mercury Hg expands on the addictive qualities of its predecessors, crafting 60 all-new deviously constructed levels filled with hazards and obstacles while adding improvements and polish to almost every aspect of the game. The 'Mercury Blob' is still as mesmerizing as ever, moving uniquelyMercury Hg expands on the addictive qualities of its predecessors, crafting 60 all-new deviously constructed levels filled with hazards and obstacles while adding improvements and polish to almost every aspect of the game. The 'Mercury Blob' is still as mesmerizing as ever, moving uniquely under player control, changing color in order to progress through the level and dividing if cut by a protruding surface. While this dissection is important to solve puzzles, the real test of a player's skill is the ability to navigate strategically through varying types of slippery objects and sticky tiles with the use of balance and momentum in order to get to the finish line with their blob fully intact. A scoring system with full online leaderboard support adds a competitive touch to an already engrossing single-player experience. Additionally, the blob and game levels pulsate and react to the in-game music or songs from the player's library in real-time. Expand

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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. 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
  3. CD-Action
    Nov 9, 2011
    80
    Unpretentious and very enjoyable game of rolling a drop of mercury through increasingly complex levels. [November 2011, p.83]
  4. 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.
  5. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Dec 8, 2011
    70
    A charming little game. [Issue#79, p.100]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Nov 9, 2011
    10
    Oh, the nostalgia. I loved this game on the psp and I still love it on the xbox. Kind of short but still fun. Why would anyone not get thisOh, the nostalgia. I loved this game on the psp and I still love it on the xbox. Kind of short but still fun. Why would anyone not get this game? Its only 5 dollars. Expand
  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. Expand
  3. 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. Expand
  4. 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. Expand
  5. Nov 29, 2011
    8
    Great puzzle game at a good price. The object is to guide a blob of mercury through various mazes of uneven ground, surprise holes, colorGreat puzzle game at a good price. The object is to guide a blob of mercury through various mazes of uneven ground, surprise holes, color dependent areas, and magnets. The game is designed to make use of your favorite music, although the soundtrack provided is not horrible. The only glaring glitch in the game is randomly you will either be slowed down where your best option is suicide, or the game will just lock up at a white screen. However, despite this (and a patch could easily fix it) the game is fun for puzzle lovers. Expand
  6. Oct 3, 2011
    8
    Imagine Your favorite marble maze game (ex. Super Monkey Ball, Marble Madness). Now imagine that with a blob of thick liquid. Although theImagine Your favorite marble maze game (ex. Super Monkey Ball, Marble Madness). Now imagine that with a blob of thick liquid. Although the main game could be beat in a measly 2 hours, there is many bonus levels and things for the perfectionist to keep playing. And at 5 bucks, this is a steal. Expand
  7. Jul 10, 2020
    4
    In my mind, this game is the black sheep of the Mercury series. I don't know why everyone thinks this game is so great, it really isn't.In my mind, this game is the black sheep of the Mercury series. I don't know why everyone thinks this game is so great, it really isn't. Compared to the previous entries in the series, Mercury Hg looks and feels incredibly bland. It's devoid of practically everything that made the other Mercury games so charming and memorable. Unlike with Mercury Meltdown or even the original Mercury game, Mercury Hg hardly has any variety in terms of obstacles. Most levels just have you change colors and hit switches, and it's the same darn thing again and again...only once in a while will you come across a level with any additional obstacles, and even then it's usually only ever conveyor belts or magnets. And to add insult to injury, the "puzzles" in Mercury Hg's levels are so irritatingly simple that even the dullest dimwit could breeze through the game without much trouble. The level environments leave much to be desired as well. Previous Mercury games had all sorts of unique worlds, including crystal mines, arctic wastelands, space stations, and science labs. But what does Mercury Hg have? Nothing but boring monochromatic empty spaces that sometimes have little cubes floating around in the background. The only saving graces this game has are its amazing soundtrack, filled to the brim with headbang-worthy tunes, and its great graphics (I gotta admit, the mercury has never looked finer!). But good music and graphics can't save your game when the actual gameplay is so bland that it makes you wonder where it all went wrong. To this day I can't even begin to imagine what possessed the developers to make Mercury Hg so watered down compared to the games that came before it. If you want a puzzle game that will actually challenge you and keep you interested, just stick to one of the older Mercury games. Expand