Mercury1I’ve been a bit of a crap bastard updating on this front. Other than LocoRoco, I have bought a few other games recently. Archer Maclean’s Mercury, Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play and Formula One 2006. Out of the three, Mercury is the most entertaining. Midway is collection of 21 old arcade games and it pretty poor as a whole. Marble Madness, Joust, Gauntlet and the Mortal Kombat games are worth a look, but the other than that, it’s not much fun. Paperboy drove me up the wall.

And Mercury can be just as infuriating but equally just as rewarding. It’s kind of similar to LocoRoco in that you don’t have direct control over something, but instead move the level. However it is more of a puzzle game than a platformer. Here it’s in 3D and you can tilt in any direction.

Mercury2The object of which is pretty simple. You have various balls of liquid mercury and you have to guide them through a series of levels. Each level has different objectives, like you need to get a certain percentage to the end or do it in X amount of time. The really evil levels have combinations of the objectives. But it’s not quite as simple as that since you have different colours to contend with. Certain barriers only open if your mercury is that colour so you have to mix colours together.

At the moment I’m stuck on the boss level of world four (of eight). It’s one of those games where at times it’s just trial and error as to how you get through. Graphically it’s really nice to look at and the animation and physics of the mercury is excellent. It looks like there is a sequel in works, but without Archer’s help, which could be seen as a negative (I wonder if he’ll make anymore snooker games?). Anyhoo, wait and see me thinks.

I’ve not played F1 2006 much but I’m not overly impressed by what I’ve seen so far. It takes ages to load and graphically it’s poor in comparison to Ridge Racer and Wipeout Pure. I’ll have to try it a bit more, see if it redeems itself… that said I doubt it, having James Allen blaring at you when starting a race is real pisser… bring back Murray Walker!

By Paul

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