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Archer MacLean’s Mercury PSP Review
29 May 2010
Excerpt: When I think of games with famous names attached, I think Tony Hawks, Marc Ecko, Tiger Woods, Stephen Spielberg. If I have to Google the famous name attached to a game, then I would consider that endorsement a failure. Turns out that Mr. MacLean is a British games developer, most commonly linked to a series of snooker and pool games. Even so, is that famous enough to entice people to pick up a PSP puzzle game?
Excerpt: Don't underestimate the puzzle game! In many ways it's the most accessible of game genres (yet ironically appealing to hardcore gamers at the exact same time), and Tetris selling the GameBoy is just one of its achievements. Years later, it was the humble Chu Chu Rocket that SEGA chose to demonstrate the Dreamcast's groundbreaking online capabilities, the whimsical Fantavision that stood out as the freshest of PS2's inauspicious launch titles, Super Monkey Ball that...
Excerpt: Archer Maclean is a UK games legend, the man behind such titles as Dropzone and International Karate Plus, as well Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker and Archer Maclean’s Pool. The quite amazing thing about the man is that he coded all these games all by himself! Now head of Awesome Studios, he is behind the ‘other’ highly enjoyable puzzle game making a name for itself in the still small world of PSP software: Archer Maclean’s Mercury.
Excerpt: Much like Lumines , Archer MacLean’s Mercury can also be considered a step up from the average puzzle game. And if Lumines is the next generation’s Tetris , then Mercury is the next generation’s Marble Madness . The visuals of Mercury are outstanding. The centerpiece of the game (the blob of mercury a.k.a. you) looks beautiful no matter what color or size it is in. The highly reflective surface and morphing squashed ball look comes across perfectly.
Excerpt: Mercury is famous for being the only common metal that is liquid at normal temperatures. Mercury has the symbol Hg, which comes from the Latin word hydrargyrum meaning liquid silver. Mercury is classified as a Transition Metal and has an Atomic Mass of 200.59 amu and a Melting Point of -38.87 Â°C (234.28 Â°K, -37.966 Â°F). While this is all very interesting, to many it will seem quite dull and difficult to take in, requiring 100 percent concentration.
Excerpt: The first impression from Mercury was one of amazement. As far as puzzle games go, this one really rocks. The gameplay, graphics, and sound/music are all amazing, and this game is definitely worth a try.
Excerpt: If you’ve ever had the opportunity to play with Mercury (the actual element) yourself, you already know how fun it is and how much it sucked when the government placed regulations on the use and handling of it. The gooey substance that moves like your feet on ice is completely different from any other liquid you’ll ever encounter. It clumps together and splits up very easily.
Conclusion: Some, even those in our office, have passed the game off as a weak puzzler in light of some of the more impressive stuff like Lumines, but I'll be damned if it isn't something different and perfectly suited for a high-powered portable medium. Go buy it.
Excerpt: Mercury is best described as a mix between Marble Madness and Super Monkey Ball. As the title suggests, you'll be guiding mercury through 6 worlds and 72 intricate levels suspended in mid-air. In some levels your main foe is the clock, while others force you to retain a certain amount of your blob's mass. They all involve tilting the level to get your mercury to the goal in a certain amount of time, so they don't feel much different.