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Genre: Puzzle
Platform: Wii
Year of Release: 2007
Developer: Ignition Banbury
Publisher: Ignition Entertainment/Atari

Remember Mercury Meltdown? We’re finally playing its Wii-based sequel!

Our Thoughts

The Mercury Meltdown series is an odd one. While there are several different entries in the series, they are all versions of the same game for different consoles. Controls aside – more of that in a second – there aren’t any new features in the game – no apparent new obstacles or mechanics, and it uses the same level structure as before. The levels are different and slightly adjusted to the game, and I understand that the graphics are improved, but it is more of the same.

What helps is that the controls of the game are really natural. As we have the Wiimote to use, you can tilt the stage by tilting the controller and roll your mercury that way. It’s a lot of fun and works better than the PSP bit. The levels are tough, but I think I could bear it a bit better than I did with the PSP version.

Still, I can’t shake the feeling that this is an expansion pack sequel – more of the same, without really bringing something new. That’s fine for a game, sometimes you just need that, but as I’ve said before, I don’t like it for this list. If Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels is already a bit much, can you really justify two games of the smaller Mercury Meltdown series for the list?