Mercury Meltdown Remix PlayStation 2
Published by Ignition Entertainment
Developed by Ignition Entertainment
Release Date: Out Now
Who would have thought that PSP games would eventually find their way to the PlayStation 2? There have already been a few games that have made the transition from the PSP to the PlayStation 2 such as the first GTA PSP game and Lemmings, which arrived with 20 EyeToy levels added in for good measure. I daresay there will be more PSP games that will eventually make the journey too, especially the more popular ones. Back in October we reviewed Mercury Meltdown and found it was one of the best puzzle games you can currently purchase on the PSP. It makes perfect sense then to bring it to another platform with the PlayStation 2 being the obvious choice.
In Mercury Meltdown you’ll have to guide your blob (or blobs) of Mercury through a variety of levels, whilst avoiding all kinds of hazards, to the finish pad (or pads in some cases). You need to finish a level with a specified amount of mercury as indicated by the gauge on the left of the HUD. Naturally this may seem a little simplistic but thanks to a variety of objects you’ll need to interact with and a splendid array of hazards you’ll need to avoid, the game is anything but a bland cakewalk. Your mercury blob can be heated up (making it move more quickly as well as more likely to separate into smaller blobs), be cooled down (making it less mobile), separated into smaller blobs, cut in half and much, much more. There are times when you’ll need to divide your blob into smaller blobs, have each portion change colour and then have the blobs reunite to form a new colour. In addition to this there are enemies out to get you to such as the Mercoid, Jerkoid and Spectroid creatures. It’s not just the enemies and hazards that spell danger. Like in Super Monkey Ball the levels are suspended in mid-air so it’s possible for you to fall over the edge and when your mercury isn’t in one piece it’s an all too easy occurrence. Of course the more challenging levels are also tricky to navigate. This all makes for a game that’s both hugely addictive and challenging too. There are also five different party games such as Rodeo, Race, Metrix, Shove and Paint.
Whilst Mercury Meltdown Remix could simply have been a quick port of the PSP version the developers have decided to add additional content as well as improve the game somewhat to take advantage of the controller. There are over 200 levels in Mercury Meltdown Remix which is 40 or so more levels than the PSP version contained. Full advantage of the right analogue stick has been taken and you can choose to enable a free camera rotation (instead of 90 degree increments) which allows you a better view with certain puzzles. Force Feedback can be enabled to add some tactile feedback to the experience. Best of all is that the PlayStation 2 left analogue stick is more precise than the one on the PSP and this makes the game more responsive to your control, which in a game such as Mercury Meltdown Remix is a welcome bonus.
In terms of the appearance and its suitability for deaf gamers, Mercury Meltdown Remix is pretty much the same as PSP version. The graphics, like the PSP version, have a cartoon quality to them which looks good but I daresay some would have preferred a more realistic look for the PlayStation 2 version but on the whole it certainly doesn’t look bad. What is impressive is the physics of your mercury blobs, in all of its various states, which animate in such a realistic fashion. The game is once again fine for deaf gamers with all tutorial messages and instructions being shown in text.
If you don’t own the PSP version of the game and enjoy unusual puzzle games then Mercury Meltdown Remix is a fine purchase. The additional levels are a nice bonus, although it’s debatable whether owners of the PSP version would want to pay out for just the additional levels. That said, the ability to freely rotate the camera and the more precise analogue stick control make the PlayStation 2 version our preferred choice. The levels are well balanced and the difficulty graduates very nicely. The later levels are fiercely challenging and you’ll certainly need to do well to unlock the additional labs. Of course this is a good thing in some ways and it also means that the game is going to last even the best puzzle solvers quite a while, which is more than you can say for most games.
Mercury Meltdown Remix is a nice reworking of Mercury Meltdown that takes advantage of the better control system that the PlayStation 2 controller offers. It's definitely our preferred version.