Archer Maclean's Mercury

Archer Maclean resigns

Designer leaves Awesome Studios, but Mercury 2 thought unaffected.

Archer Maclean has resigned as Creative Director at the Awesome Studios division of Ignition Entertainment with immediate effect, the British company announced today.

Mercury rises for Atari

Day one release for PSP puzzler

Atari has scooped the UK distribution rights to Archer Maclean's Mercury, the superb blob-guiding PSP puzzler from Ignition/ Awesome Studios.

Archer Maclean talks Mercury

Its esoteric charm, designing levels with hidden depths, and more.

Archer Maclean's Mercury has already captured the imagination of a lot of gamers. One of only two really new puzzle games on the PlayStation Portable, it's drawn comparisons to the likes of Super Monkey Ball and Marble Madness, but really belongs in a niche of its own. Having reviewed the game yesterday, today we chat to Archer Maclean himself about the game's influences, designing levels with so many hidden depths, the game's esoteric charm, and how the PSP is helping developers sidestep the "graphical arms war".