Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critic Reviews

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. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Nov 15, 2011
    80
    So cheap our small complaints are trivial. [Dec 2011, p.101]
  5. 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]
  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.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  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. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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 »