Mercury Meltdown: Revolution - Used
Magnetic? Or mercurial?
Well, neither. It is a fun game, as others have mentioned, that seems to have been perfect for the Wii, and takes full advantage of the Wiimote's capacity to use motion control. Gameplay is brisk but challenging - sometimes extremely challenging - and the sound and presentation are solid, if unspectacular. In some ways, it seems like a mobile game stuck in a console's body: the tilt controls and intuitive play are kind of like a gyroscopic Angry Birds in that it is addictive yet not time-consuming. Of course, Mercury Meltdown Revolution predates the mobile gaming rush (and it is amazing it hasn't been ported to such), but the familiarity is still there. But ... there isn't enough real diversity to draw you into it for hours - you'll kind of just play a few levels and find something else - and the motion controls are inexact and not always crisply responsive, which can be a problem when you are balancing fluids in a precarious position. That having been said this is still about the best $1.99 game you'll buy this year (if you can find it, that is!) for a console, and there is enough fun in it to keep you occupied for quite some time, if you are engaged enough by it to finish it off.
Easy controls, big challenge
I'm not a big puzzle fan, but Mercury Meltdown: Revolution is a pretty fun little game. The goal is to guide a blob of mercury to the end while losing as little of it's mass as possible. Yes, this is a puzzle game, and many stages will require some in-depth thinking before you can figure out exactly how to navigate the obstacles. The controls are simple: Use the Wii remote to tilt the stage and influence the mercury's direction (you can also use the classic controller, in which case you move with the left analog stick). The graphics are about what you'd expect for a 2007 Wii game; colorful but decidedly last-gen. The soundtrack is OK...mostly drum and bass grooves with synthesizers.
If you have the patience, Mercury Meltdown is a decent time-sink. There's lots of levels to master and mercury skins to unlock, plus 5 different minigames to keep things interesting. No multiplayer modes are included, so that might dampen the replay value a bit...but you can at least record your scores for each stage. It can get frustrating on the later levels, but puzzle fans will appreciate this one.
A Fun and Worthwhile Game
Mersury Madness Revolution finds a comfortable home on the wii. Mix challenging obsticales, colorful graphics, and some mercury and you got a game-pleasing recipe.
Mecury Meltdown: Revolution
The critically-acclaimed Mercury Meltdown series has finally made its way onto the Wii, and its still as fun as it ever was, if not even more fun. Like every puzzle game, MM: R is hard. However, UNLIKE most other puzzle games, Mercury Meltdown never feels annoying, like it isn't worth it to keep playing. Its brain-teasing, but never frustrating. Plus, there is a surprising amount of re-playability in this game, as you push yourself to do better. Thankfully, there aren't any problems with the Wii controls. You play the game using the tilt of the Wiimote, and the controls are quite fluent. Of course the mercury is slippery, but it adds a whole new level of strategy in getting the highest score in each level. Plus, after the first couple of levels, the satisfyingly simple controls will be nailed down in your head, making you a better player each time you play. The game unfortunately suffers from a few problems. First of all, the graphics are too colorful, and can sometimes get in the way of you playing the level. Its never a major problem, but more of a minor problem that always itches at the back your neck. Also, the music can really get annoying after awhile. Still, this game is a great puzzler, and its a steal at a small ***. Its a shame no one ever played this game, because it deserves much more attention than it got.