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7.6

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  1. 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. 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 MercuryIn 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
  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 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 timeA 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. Collapse
  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 my own music playing on the level. Love it.
  4. 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, 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,Great 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
  5. 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 this game? Its only 5 dollars.
  6. 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 out in front of for a few hours and chase high-scores. Great value for money and really polished.
  7. 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 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.
  8. 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 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 timeA 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. Collapse
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. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Dec 8, 2011
    70
    A charming little game. [Issue#79, p.100]
  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. Games Master UK
    Nov 20, 2011
    71
    Being able to add your own music is a very nice touch. [Christmas 2011, p.85]