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"Archer Maclean's Mercury (PSP) - you need this game."

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Wed 07/09/05 at 15:56
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"High polygon count"
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Marble Madness meets Super Monkey Ball, with bells on.

Some levels are an out-and-out race; some levels require great care and concentration; some levels require tasks to be performed; but all are against the clock, and the 'boss' levels are a mix of all three styles.

72 levels in total, plus multi-player.

A simple concept, beautifully executed.

Frustrating and rewarding in equal measure, and as addictive as hell.

Better, in my humble opinion, than Lumines.
Fri 16/09/05 at 20:36
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"Just Bog Standard.."
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Part exchanged Fired Up for Mercury today and I'm glad I did, because it's brilliant. The physics are brillaint, the way the little blob of mercury reacts to every movement, and how it interacts with other things in the game, like dividers and other coloured bits of mercury (you have to mix certain colours for ceretain levels in the game in order to complete the stage). Highly addictive and highly recommended.

Fired up on the other hand, not so good. Very repetitive and very short.
Fri 09/09/05 at 19:52
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"Just Bog Standard.."
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I may get it second hand, especially with GTA just round the corner, which is why I bought a PSP for in the first place.
Fri 09/09/05 at 19:47
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Yep, there's no doubt - some levels are incredibly frustrating.

So far, though, I've found the balance to be pretty good. There's a lot of 'just one more go' appeal, and I usually find that I crack the frustrating ones just as I'm about to give up.

Which, in my view, makes for a well-balanced game.
Fri 09/09/05 at 19:42
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"Just Bog Standard.."
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I'm a little hesitant about Mercury. It does look good, and original, but I know there's gonna be some really frustrating levels and I'll probably just give up on it.
Fri 09/09/05 at 18:39
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No, I used a review score from ONE magazine.

The others are websites.

Besides, whether you trust mag reviews or not, when all the review scores are similar, there's obviously something worthwhlie about the game.
Fri 09/09/05 at 17:59
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Heh, you used review scores from magazines. NOT the way to go.
Fri 09/09/05 at 17:56
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ssxpro wrote:
> Also, I am so confused now. I thought Monkey With Attitude had (whilst
> I was away) changed name to monkey man. Turns out they are two
> seperate people, so now, well, as I said, I'm confused.

I've always been myself, man.
Fri 09/09/05 at 16:02
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It certainly does! You can play 4-player doubles.

All 5 games I've bought are multiplayer. Just s shame that no-one else I know has bought a PSP yet. :-(
Fri 09/09/05 at 15:55
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Does it do all that Wi-fi business with other PSPs to do doubles matches and stuff? Tennis games are always at their best with a little multiplayer action.
Fri 09/09/05 at 15:48
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I got Virtua Tennis through yesterday. Brilliant game, and as has been said, it works really well. Despite the good reviews, I'd been a little worried about how it would work on such a teeny analogue control, but it's great.

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