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Mercury Meltdown review

Tilt and roll through hours of gooey puzzling goodness

The camera controls, however, do their best to get in the way. They quickly whip the view around the board with a button press while instantly reorienting the controls. We appreciate the flexibility, but it takes a lot of practice and patience to master the camera changes and continue rolling your doughy mass without missing a beat.

In fact, you might wish you were playing Meltdown on the Nintendo DS instead. The gameplay seems more naturally suited for a stylus and touch screen, or at least a motion sensitive tilt adapter. Indeed, we've heard rumors of a USB tilt-sensor since before the original game launched, though none ever materialized. Just don't play it while riding in a moving vehicle or you'll become completely annoyed trying to perform subtle movements with the PSP's tiny touchy thumbstick.

Of course, if you're racingan opponent via the added ad-hoc multiplayer support to see who can finish a level more quickly, the field is even.

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DescriptionTilt game boards to maneuver a wad of mercury around a multi-tiered maze. It's more fun than it sounds, with enough gooey puzzling goodness to keep a gamer busy for quite a while.
PlatformPSP, Wii
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date3 October 2006 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)