Excerpt: A blob of liquid metal may not sound very interesting, but Mercury Meltdown Remix shows the world that the titular mercury can add as much personality to a game as a small fluffy animal. Perhaps it’s the appealing cel-shaded visuals or the charismatic movements of your blob, but the contents of a thermometer does somehow manage to bounce out of a colour-filled screen.
Excerpt: Mercury Meltdown is best described as an action puzzle game. It takes a little thinking to figure out how you’ll complete each level, but it’s your reflexes that will get you through. The game puts you in control of a blob of mercury that you need to guide from the starting position to a goal. Well, saying that you’re in control of the blob is not entirely accurate.
Summary: Mercury Meltdown is a big improvement on its predecessor; it is better balanced, has been tweaked to be more playable and as a result is more enjoyable while keeping its challenging edge. It's hugely addictive, a lot of fun to play and there's over double the amount of playtime compared to what the original offered and while the visual style may not appeal to everyone, the gameplay more than makes up for it, overall offering a much improved title that is well worth the...
Conclusion: Having a game like Mercury Madness available for the PSP is pretty important when you get right down to it. Few genres can offer a pick up and play experience as well as the puzzle genre can. In that department the PSP is lacking compared to the DS. Mercury is one of those franchises that should be considered a flagship of puzzle games on the system and is without a doubt, Madness is a much better experience than the original.
Excerpt: will forever stand as the first PSP game in our database. In the time between the first game's addition to the site and its sequel, 194 games were added, and yet despite all those other games and their various news stories, reviews, previews and media updates, It was utterly unique in approach and you really did get the sense that this was a game not possible on other handhelds -- at least not without some compromises.
Summary: By scaling back the difficulty a smidge and coloring up the presentation, Mercury Meltdown provides an even better puzzle game experience than its predecessor.
Pros: Challenge level is far more balanced this time around, tons of single-player stages, bulked-up multiplayer and new party games are handy additions, bright, colorful graphics, much-improved camera system
Cons: There are still some intensely frustrating stages, not all of the party games are fun, soundtrack is overly bouncy
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: It's great to see that already the variety in PSP games can include titles such as Mercury. It riffs on some truly classic titles from yesteryear, but still manages to feel contemporary. Sure it can get frustrating as hell, what puzzle game can't? Yeah it gets incredibly tough in the later stages, but with this kind of game there would only be complaints if it were too easy.
Conclusion: The first Mercury was a great game for PSP, it had some really original ideas, a fantastic difficulty curve, and there were loads of levels and the mercury moved beautifully. The sequel, Mercury Meltdown, is half more of the same , and half lots of new content , which is nice. Along with all-new single player levels to play through, there are now lots of multiplayer modes, open areas called playgrounds, and even downloadable content, so Ignition are off to a very good...
Pros: Tonnes of new and very challenging single player levels, Perfect learning curve, New graphical style is an interesting choice
Cons: Camera control can still be a chore, New graphical style, did they need to change it?