Summary: Ubisoft Montreal is returning to their most famous character with the simply titled Prince of Persia but things are not as they were in the Sands of Time Trilogy. Most series stage a thinly-veiled reboot when sales have dwindled and public interest has reached near zero.
Excerpt: Mercury Hg is a puzzle game where you try and get a blob of mercury and have to move it from one end of the puzzle to the other end. However, you don't control the blob of mercury, you control the puzzle.
Conclusion: Playing through the discovery levels won't take you long, especially if you ignore most of the secondary challenges. The entire mode can be completed in a single sitting and never gets dreadfully difficult.
Pros: Fun gameplay with tight control, Easy to get into, Great value pricing.
Cons: Doesn't last long, No wildly different modes, A little too simplistic.
Conclusion: has graced the PlayStation Network, invoking the puzzle-centric gameplay that early PSP players are all too familiar with. Yes, Mercury Hg is a play on Mercury HD (just think of the elemental symbol for mercury), and it's an accessible and fun take on the two PSP titles.
Excerpt: Did you know that in medieval times mercury was used as medicine? Medieval people were stupid. We now know that you’re in trouble if a thermometer breaks off in your butt (since it’s the only way to take your temperature when you’re sick, right?).
Pros: Pleasant throwback to Marble Madness, Tense near-death moments, Cool interactive music feature
Cons: Could have been more challenging, Doesn't take full advantage of its premise, Should have had non-timed levels
Excerpt: Despite Prince of Persia's ancient setting, there's something very modern about the game design that could well be used as a template for many games to come. In Ubisoft's latest you can't die.
Excerpt: Prince of Persia shares more in common with Prince of Persia: The Fallen King than a protagonist. Both games break the current confines of their particular genres and attempt to offer something different.
Excerpt: I have been both a follower and a fan of the Mercury games since they first released on the PSP, and as a result, I've played pretty much every version of the game that has been released. Given that, I am very pleased to see Mercury Hg .
Live from E3: Updated Prince of Persia Impressions
17 July 2009
Excerpt: Although we've heard quite a bit about the latest Prince of Persia game, E3 2008 was the first time we were able to check out actual gameplay, and seeing it is definitely a lot better than having to imagine it.