Ignition gets a hold on Mercury sequel

PSP puzzle game to see a second installment later this year with Mercury Meltdown.

The second best-selling PSP puzzle game is spawning a sequel, as Ignition Entertainment is developing Mercury Meltdown for release later this year.

Released two weeks after the debut of Sony's portable, Archer Maclean's Mercury was overshadowed somewhat by the breakthrough success of fellow PSP puzzler Lumines. Even so, it managed to sell more than 100,000 copies in the US, according to the latest numbers from the industry-tracking NPD Group.

Ignition is promising that the new game will have more than 160 levels, party games, downloadable content, a "ghost" mode to compete against past performances, and new physics for the player's protagonist blob of mercury. In addition, the game has been given "a more accessible look and feel designed to appeal to a wider audience," according to a statement from Ignition president Paul Robinson.

Mercury Meltdown is set to release on August 22. For more on the original game, check out GameSpot's review.

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17 comments
iceydragonuk
iceydragonuk

@Stevio The game is not cel-shaded. Cel shading turns an object into a cartoon like appearance. The Mercury has a black outline (a border detector if you will), and that is about it. If you took the black outline away, it would look close to it's original Mercury counterpart. Sure it looks similar because of the outline, but the Mercury is far from cel-shaded.

Stevio
Stevio

Also when the first game came out i was dissapointed that it didn't use the talked about tilt peripheral. After playing it i agree that game was way better with regular controls. I hope regular controls are at least an option in the sequel. Actually i bet that will be the only option as i'm sure that the developers understand that the tilt device wouldn't work as well as some of you might think with this game.

Stevio
Stevio

Usually i like cell shading but not for this game i loved how in the first game the mercury blob looked like real metal. Now it looks all cartoony which is great for RPGs but not this game. This looks like an older game.

Gaming_Prince
Gaming_Prince

I'm happy with this, and this news is old. IGN has news about it from beofre May. And also, I got stuck on the 4th world for mercury and what i'm hoping is for it to be more user friendly, and the format looks amazing.

JJfutbol
JJfutbol

Son correct yourself!! This is the best news for PSP owners! Mercury and Wipeout Pure were hands down the reason I bought a PSP. So happy that a sequel is being made. Cheers Ignition, well done!

skeetz1609
skeetz1609

Whoa crazy graphics! I cant wait for the new Mercury and Lumines games

john12712002
john12712002

I loved Mercury , to me it was the best puzzle game on the psp , im just wondering why they had to change it to cel-shading , i think it looks totally stupid compared to the first , when you have something great why ruin it , i have to admit im kinda dissapointed , i hope they can make another one like the first .

Maui00
Maui00

I love Mercury in the PSP. Some level were hard and challeging. Im looking foward to Mecury 2

korn18m
korn18m

I'll definetely be picking that up. :)

Reetesh
Reetesh

The Mercury gme was really nice:D If they added that motion sensing addon for this(Like KIRBY titl&Tumble for GBC) it would have been really nice:D

FelixAndrews
FelixAndrews

The big question here is whether they'll finally get to implement the tilt-sensor peripheral that was designed for the original game. Hopefully they will - you can imagine how much that would add to the experience.

AlexJ-
AlexJ-

This is pretty good news for the PSP owners. I played the first one on my friend's and it was pretty good, considering it is a puzzle game. I greatly enjoyed it, and I will be sure to tell my friends of this up and coming sequel.

iceydragonuk
iceydragonuk

Just waiting for the first comment on how the cel-shading sucks. Someone will say it no doubt. Mainly negative reactions to the new art-style so far from what I have seen. The game from what I have seen of the trailer Ignition recently released on their site looks pretty crazy, and a whole lot of fun. (Just like the original) Hopefully it will be recognized this time around without being in the shadow of Lumines 2.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Nice I liked the first I think the second could maybe be even better.Like if they work out the problems from the first then just in that it will be a better game. I like how they want to get new people to play this game and the added stuff sound good can't wait to see how good this game is.Only thing I can think that would make this game even better if they add a way to let the game be even easier then last time for some people that need help with these kind of puzzle games.Other than that I liked the first and I think I will like this one too.