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

In the control department, Mercury Meltdown Revolution is a blast. The Wii Remote is held sideways in the classic style, and the blob of mercury is moved around the maze by tilting the entire level to adjust gravity. The tilt controls are amazingly responsive and fun to use. Pressing the 1 and 2 buttons lets players zoom in and out, the A button switches between blobs when dealing with more than one at a time, and the d-pad rotates the view. There is also support for both the Wii classic and Game Cube controllers, so you can play the game the old PSP way. It seems almost foolish, however, in comparison to the picture perfect tilt implementation. This is how the game was truly meant to be played in the first place.

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As players work their way through each level, they'll receive a score based on how fast they complete the course. Extra points are awarded for beating the par course time, picking up bonuses in each level, and finishing without losing any of your mercury. Overall, the level design and puzzle incorporation are excellent. It's almost a shame that you have to rush through them at a near breakneck speed. The time limit can be stressful although you'll still be able to progress as long as you complete the course. Each level is represented by a vial which fills with mercury depending on how much remains at the end of a course. As mercury accumulates from level to level, players will unlock new laboratories, party games, mercury skins, and other goodies. This provides a big incentive to go back and shoot for a better score. A total of five party games can be unlocked, and almost all of them provide a fun, if somewhat brief, addition to the main game. It's just unfortunate no multiplayer options were included.

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Mercury Meltdown Revolution finally gets the controls right, and provides a whole lot of bang for a $20 budget priced Wii title. Puzzle fanatics will find it hard to relinquish control of the Wii Remote once they get sucked into the crazy physics and impressively designed mazes.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:

  • Full interaction using the Wii Remote tilt sensor.
  • Support for the Wii Classic and Nintendo GameCube controllers.
  • Advance rendering techniques for improved graphical quality with 480p support.
  • State of the art blob physics.
  • Over 150+ challenging levels with hidden labs and many bonus feature to unlock.


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    3.6
    Graphics
    480p support is nice. The Cartoony visuals are a good match for the game, but they simply down pack a punch in terms of "wow" factor.
    4.8
    Control
    Amazing tilt controls are darn near perfection.
    3.0
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    A big variety in terms of music, yet most of it is of the irritating electronic variety.
    4.0

    Play Value
    Though portions of the game are frustratingly difficult, it's still highly addictive and massively entertaining in mid-length bursts.

    4.0
    Overall Rating - Great
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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