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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Games Master UK
    Nov 20, 2011
    71
    Being able to add your own music is a very nice touch. [Christmas 2011, p.85]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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]
  10. 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.
  11. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Dec 8, 2011
    70
    A charming little game. [Issue#79, p.100]
  12. 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
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 »