Mercury Meltdown Revolution Review
Mercury Meltdown Revolution box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Ignition 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Ignition 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 15, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good
Fun With Poisonous Substances

by Nathan Meunier

Few games seem more perfectly suited for tilt controls than the Mercury puzzle series. Indeed, a motion sensor device for the original PSP title was planned, although it unfortunately never came into fruition. The tilt concept sat on the shelf through two versions of a sequel: one on the PSP with Mercury Meltdown and the follow-up Mercury Meltdown Remix for Playstation 2. The newest adaptation of game, Mercury Meltdown Revolution, this time for the Wii, is essentially another upgrade of the PSP sequel, yet it manages to vastly improve the gameplay by finally integrating awesome tilt controls. If you've enjoyed the game on PSP, you simply won't be able to put it down once you get your hands on the Wii Remote.

Mercury Meltdown Revolution screenshot

Few games seem more perfectly suited for tilt controls than the Mercury puzzle series. Indeed, a motion sensor device for the original PSP title was planned, although it unfortunately never came into fruition. The tilt concept sat on the shelf through two versions of a sequel: one on the PSP with Mercury Meltdown and the follow-up Mercury Meltdown Remix for Playstation 2. The newest adaptation of game, Mercury Meltdown Revolution, this time for the Wii, is essentially another upgrade of the PSP sequel, yet it manages to vastly improve the gameplay by finally integrating awesome tilt controls. If you've enjoyed the game on PSP, you simply won't be able to put it down once you get your hands on the Wii Remote.

Advertisement

The mercury physics are a delight to see in action. In most cases players will begin with a single large blob of the liquid metal which will ooze around objects, drip down ramps, and squeeze through small spaces. Wandering too close to an edge or taking a corner too sharply will often cause some of your primary blob to break off and drip off into oblivion, decreasing the overall mass of the mercury. You can also intentionally split the mercury into any number of multiple smaller blobs by ramming against a sharp corner or stretching it too thin. Reforming it into a single mass involves using gravity to pool all of the smaller bits into a corner so they touch and come back together. The way the mercury interacts with various obstacles throughout the game's many levels is incredibly unique and often entrancing to watch. The bright, cartoon-style visuals look great, although they're not revolutionary by any means.

Mercury Meltdown Revolution screenshot

Levels start out easy enough as players are gradually introduced to new elements and mechanics. It won't take very long, however, before they begin to elicit a "they want me to do what?" kind of reaction. Though the game evokes a slight nostalgia for Marble Madness on the NES, completing levels quickly becomes far more complicated than rolling a blob to the finish line. Some of the most interesting challenges in the game revolve around its unique color mixing puzzles which require you to change the color of your mercury blob to open certain doors. It's relatively simple when you're facing a single door that's one of three primary colors in the game, but if it happens to be a secondary color it gets more difficult. You'll have to split your mercury into multiple smaller blobs, turn each of them into the separate primary colors needed, and then combine them again to mix the right secondary color to progress. On top of that, the game throws a staggering number of different elements at players including conveyors, jumps, force fields, electronic gizmos, teleportation devices, pressure switches, swinging hammers, moving platforms, fans, switches, bridges, a variety of bothersome creatures, and more.

Mercury Meltdown Revolution screenshot

Screenshots / Images
Mercury Meltdown Revolution screenshot - click to enlarge Mercury Meltdown Revolution screenshot - click to enlarge Mercury Meltdown Revolution screenshot - click to enlarge Mercury Meltdown Revolution screenshot - click to enlarge Mercury Meltdown Revolution screenshot - click to enlarge Mercury Meltdown Revolution screenshot - click to enlarge Mercury Meltdown Revolution screenshot - click to enlarge Mercury Meltdown Revolution screenshot - click to enlarge Mercury Meltdown Revolution screenshot - click to enlarge Mercury Meltdown Revolution screenshot - click to enlarge Mercury Meltdown Revolution screenshot - click to enlarge Mercury Meltdown Revolution screenshot - click to enlarge

X
"Like" CheatCC on Facebook