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    FAQ/Walkthrough
    Author: ShadowsDieAway
            Mike Merin
    Email: TeamObsessed at hotmail dot com
           (if you want to email me, replace at with @ and dot with .
           this is so bots do not send me any unwanted emails)
    
    FAQ first posted on 10/9/06
    
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    PLEASE NOTE that all levels will be coded so that you can press [ctrl+f] and
    find them easily. They will be coded as the first 2 letters of the world (lab)
    followed by the number stage in 2 digit format.
    
    Examples:
    
    Astro Lab Stage 5:      [AS05]
    Geo Lab Stage 12:       [GE12]
    Atom Lab Stage 1:	      [AT01]
    Hydro Lab 17:           [HY17]
    
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          Table of Contents
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    1. Revision History
    2. Controls
    3. My Completion List
    4. Walkthrough Part 1, Hints (you should read this part first)
    5. Walkthrough Part 2, the Levels
    
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          Revision History
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    10/6/06
      guide first started, base skeleton made from my Archer Macleanís Mercury FAQ
    10/9/06
      finished up to Bio Lab 2
    10/12/06
      finished up to Bio Lab 11
    10/16/06
      finished up to Chem Lab 3
    
    
    I do apologize that this guide will take a lot longer to write than the first
    one due to me having college to juggle with it, but I will try to finish writing
    walkthroughs for the levels as fast as I can.
    
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          Controls
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    Very simple: the 2 configurations can be seen in the options mode. Note: these
    are the same controls as in Archer Macleanís Mercury.
    
    Types A+B:
    
                . <-- --> .                             .
    ^           .         .                             .  triangle button:
    |   change  . switch  .  analog stick: tilt tray    .  tilt camera up
        camera  . target  .  select:       help screen  .
    |   mode    .  blob   .  start:        pause game   .  X Button:
    v           .         .                             .  tilt camera down
                .         .                             .
    
    Config A only (default, I use this)   .  Config B only
                                          .
                                          .
    square button: rotate camera          .  square button: zoom out
    
    circle button: rotate camera          .  circle button: zoom in
    
    
    
    L button:      zoom out               .  L button:      rotate camera
    R button:      zoom in                .  R button:      rotate camera
    
    
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          My First Place/100% Completions List
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    So far these are the first places, bonuses, and 100% mercury on each stage that
    I've gotten, which are the ones where I shall write my first place FAQs for, and
    are the ones you should strive to get if you really like this game and want to
    complete it. If you get first place on a level, youíll see a ď1Ē sticker on the
    test tube, if you get all the bonuses in one run, youíll see a bonus sticker on
    the test tube, and for each amount of mercury you finish the level with, youíll
    see that amount in the test tube and when you finish with 100% of your mercury,
    the test tube will have a cap on it.
    
    
    1: first places, b: all bonuses collected, o: 100% mercury
    X: first place, all bonuses, 100% mercury (everything collected)
    
    as of 10/16/06 at 7PM (EST)
    
    |Level/Lab |Astro|Bio|Chem|Electro|Geo|Atom|Aero|Hydro| ? | ? |
    |----------|-----|---|----|-------|---|----|----|-----|---|---|
    | Stage 01 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |  X |     |   |   |
    | Stage 02 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |  X |     |   |   |
    | Stage 03 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |  X |     |   |   |
    | Stage 04 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |  X |     |   |   |
    |----------|-----|---|----|-------|---|----|----|-----|---|---|
    | Stage 05 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |  X |     |   |   |
    | Stage 06 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |  X |     |   |   |
    | Stage 07 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |    |     |   |   |
    | Stage 08 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |    |     |   |   |
    |----------|-----|---|----|-------|---|----|----|-----|---|---|
    | Stage 09 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |    |     |   |   |
    | Stage 10 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |    |     |   |   |
    | Stage 11 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |    |     |   |   |
    | Stage 12 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |    |     |   |   |
    |----------|-----|---|----|-------|---|----|----|-----|---|---|
    | Stage 13 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |    |     |   |   |
    | Stage 14 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |    |     |   |   |
    | Stage 15 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |    |     |   |   |
    | Stage 16 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |    |     |   |   |
    |----------|-----|---|----|-------|---|----|----|-----|---|---|
    | Stage 17 |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |    |     |   |   |
    |----------|-----|---|----|-------|---|----|----|-----|---|---|
    | Lab Total|  17 | 17| 17 |   17  | 17| 17 |  6 |  0  |   |   | 108/170?
    |          |  X  | X |  X |   X   | X |  X |    |     |   |   |
    |----------|-----|---|----|-------|---|----|----|-----|---|---|
    
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          Walkthrough Part 1, Hints (you should read this part first)
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    PLEASE READ THE FIRST 3 PARAGRAPHS BEFORE LOOKING AT THE ACTUAL WALKTHROUGH--.
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      V                       V                        V                         V
    
    I am making each level FAQ into a few different parts. The first part shows the
    allotted time and the amount of bonuses available in the level. The second part
    is how to beat out the level and hopefully the first place score to make your
    own first place to start unlocking everything in the game. Basically the scheme
    will look like this:
                Levelís number
                Levelís par time, # of bonuses
                  Walkthrough on how to beat the level with 100% mercury and how
                  to get all bonuses
    
    As a note, the way that they set up the first place system is that you NEED to
    beat the par time to get a first place score. If you go through a level without
    getting any bonuses and finish with 100% of your mercury but you donít finish
    under par time, youíll get 50,000 points. If you obtain everything in a level
    except for the par time, youíll always miss the high score by 100 points. Thus, 
    this is how the high scores work out:
    
    Bonuses:     High Score:   If at 100% mercury, time needed for first place:
    0            50,100        0.1
    1            52,100        2.1
    2            54,100        4.1
    3            56,100        6.1
    4            58,100        8.1
    6            62,100        12.01
    
    Thus, if you donít get any bonuses, you must complete the level with at least 2
    seconds left on the clock.
    
    And also, you do NOT need to get the bonuses, 100% and/or the first place time
    all in one shot; you can replay the level as much as you want to get everything.
    
    If there are bonuses in the level that I suggest to get on a different run of
    the level, I will put in parenthesis such as (b1) as a footnote to get them if
    youíre note going for 100% mercury and/or first place, and I will 
    
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    These are little things in the game you'll find out eventually but Iím putting
    it here anyway:
    
    There are a few different types of platforms/switches. The first type is a
    square, checkered platform where you just touch it with the designated color and
    youíll finish the level. The 2nd type is a circle switch where you touch it with
    the designated color and it activates the switch. The 3rd type is a weight
    switch; you must touch the switch with the designated color AND with a
    designated amount of weight (the percentage needed to activate the weighted
    switch is indicated by a red line on the thermometer on the left side of the
    screen). If you lose too much mercury and are unable to activate the weighted
    switch, the level will automatically end.
    
    
    There are 7 different colors of mercury
    
    blue, cyan, green, purple, red, silver, yellow
    
    red + blue         = purple
    red + green        = yellow
    blue + green       = cyan
    blue + red + green = silver
    any color + silver = silver
    
    combination colors:
    blue  + yellow  = silver
    green + purple  = silver
    red   + cyan    = silver 
    
    
    Paintshops will change the color of your mercury if you pass through them.
    
    
    The points system: Every second is 1000 points, so 10 seconds is 10,000 points,
    and half a second is 500 points. Each percent of mercury is 500 points, thus
    when you finish with 100% mercury you receive 50,000 points. Every bonus is
    2,000 points.
    
    
    There will be some doors called filtered doors which you can only go through if
    you are the same color as them.
    
    
    Jacob's Ladder is the tesla coil. The trick to it is that it will ONLY zap you
    if you go near it when it is turning red and when the electricity hits the top,
    otherwise you can pass by without it zapping you.
    
    
    When youíre on a ceiling from a gravity bender, controls are inverted in both
    the x and y directions.
    
    
    Stan is a cube that rolls around. Whenever he hits something, whether if it's a
    wall or if it's you, he'll stop and turn to the right. Some versions of Stan are
    the Lube Cube, which leaves trails that melts your mercury, and the Huebrick,
    which has red, blue and green sides, and you must push it around by yourself to
    activate colored Stan switches.
    
    
    Beware of the mercoids. Theyíre different in this game than the last in that
    instead of eating your mercury bit by bit (6-8% at a time) there are many
    different types of mercoids: schizoids, jerkoids and spectroids. Regular
    mercoids still eat 6-8% of your mercury bit by bit, but schizoids eat 6-8% of
    your mercury and make the blob explode into 10+ pieces in all directions.
    Jerkoids zap your mercury away bit by bit, and spectroids only chase you if
    youíre the same color as them, but can still split up your mercury if you run
    into each other.
    
    
    Note: If youíve played Archer Macleanís Mercury, youíll know that if you get
          first place on all of the levels you unlock a bonus stage. In this game
          you must either get first place, or get 100% mercury on 13 levels in a lab
          to unlock the 17th level. And, as a warning, the 17th levels are a huge
          step up in difficulty than the other 16, so watch out.
    
    
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          Walkthrough Part 2, the Levels
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    1. Astro Lab:
    
            Stage 1 [AS01]
    
    Time:            0:30
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    
    Getting through: A straightforward level; go up the middle over the see-saw,
      touch the paintshop to turn yellow, and go back over the see-saw to touch the
      yellow-square platform and beat the level. To get the bonuses just go onto the
      yellow ledges next to the see-saw.
    
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            Stage 2 [AS02]
    
    Time:            0:40
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: First, go forward-left onto the spiked-wall to split up your
      silver blob, then make the left blob go through the red paintshop and then
      bring the right blob over to the green paintshop. Once red and green, mix the
      two blobs together to make a yellow blob and hit the switch. Go through the
      gate and grab the bonus since you wonít activate the square platform. Next,
      split the yellow blob into two on a spiked-wall and make one blob go into the
      blue paintshop, then merge the two together to make the silver blob again, and
      go back through the gate to hit the silver-square platform.
    
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            Stage 3 [AS03]
    
    Time:            0:35
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: Thereís a simple trick to this level: wait till a half-second
      after the clock hits 29 and then hold up and youíll ride straight through the
      the level to the finish. The bonus is right behind the silver-square platform;
      go carefully around the square platform to get it.
    
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            Stage 4 [AS04]
    
    Time:            0:45
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: Very straightforward, just follow the path around to the red
      paintshop, remembering to avoid the tesla coil and to grab the bonus thatís to
      the left of the coil, and then follow the path back to the beginning to hit
      the red-square platform.
    
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            Stage 5 [AS05]
    
    Time:            0:35
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: Follow the path up to the see-saw, which you must use to get
      the bonus. Take the see-saw at an angle towards the top and youíll land on the
      bonus, then hold down to get off of the crumbling platform. From there, just
      go through the blue paintshop and through the blue-filtered gate to the
      blue-square platform. 
    
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            Stage 6 [AS06]
    
    Time:            0:35
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: Bring the two blobs to the right so that you can bring the blue
      blob into the blue-filtered gate and hit the blue switch, then bring the green
      blob through the green-filtered gate to hit the green switch. Here, you can
      use the lift on the left side of the green area to get onto the wall and
      follow it around to the bonus. Merge the two blobs together into a cyan blob,
      and then go through the cyan-filtered gate and follow it down and around to
      the cyan-square platform.
    
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            Stage 7 [AS07]
    
    Time:            0:35
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    
    Getting through: Beware, icy surfaces make your blob of mercury very hard to
      stop or change directions, meanwhile the black surfaces make your blob move
      incredibly slow. That being said, be careful when doing this level so that
      you donít fly off of it. Go into a full eagleís eye view and follow the path
      up to where the ice is, go left to get the first bonus and then head back
      right and around the path, and when youíre at the part where thereís the black
      surface and then ice, if youíre not careful once you hit the ice, youíll fly
      off the map. Go left on the conveyor belts and go down, and when you hit the
      end go left on the ice to grab the second bonus, and then head back right to
      hit the silver-square platform.
    
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            Stage 8 [AS08]
    
    Time:            0:45
    Bonuses:         3
    1st Place Score: 56,100
    
    Getting through: Head to the left of the purple ramp and hit the switch, then
      wait for the ramp to go up and down, then go to the end of it. Hold up as the
      ramp lifts up and youíll land on the yellow paintshop. If you want to head
      straight towards the end of the level, just hold down when the rampís down and
      youíll end up on the yellow-square platform, if you want to get the bonuses,
      go left to grab the first one, and then go back right and around the paths to
      grab all of them.
    
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            Stage 9 [AS09]
    
    Time:            0:40
    Bonuses:         4
    1st Place Score: 58,100
    
    Getting through: (b1) Follow the path up and around, and then drop down onto the
      curved ledge and go through the green paintshop. (b2)(b3) Drop down onto the
      path below and follow it around to the end of the level, remembering to get
      the fourth bonus next to the green-square platform if you wish.
    
      (b1) go around the left wall to get the first bonus then go back to the start
      (b2) center your blob on the top blue line and just go back and forth building
           up momentum until you get the bonus
      (b3) drop down onto the green wall below and follow it around to the bonus
    
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            Stage 10 [AS10]
    
    Time:            1:05
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    
    Getting through: Let the blobs hit the ground, then hold right until the cyan
      blob hits the right wall above the green paintshop, then hold down until both
      the purple blob and the cyan blob go into the green paintshop. The easiest
      place to merge the two blobs is in the lower left corner where the cyan blob
      originally was. Once merged into a yellow blob, head over to the right side
      where the conveyor belt is and go up it, then (b1+2) hit the 50% yellow-
      weighted switch to open up the gate and hit the yellow-square platform.
    
      (b1+2) simply run over the thin lines fast to skip over them to get to the
             bonuses, then you can just drop down into the lines to merge back into
             a yellow blobs. 
    
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            Stage 11 [AS11]
    
    Time:            0:50
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: As a note, when youíre on an almost vertical conveyor belt, if
      you donít touch the analog stick it will carry you up and the longer you hold
      down, the more you will fall down the belt before it picks you back up again.
      Press down to fall to the ground and then go up the conveyor belt, turn green
      and fall back down again to go through the green-filtered gate. Go up the next
      conveyor belt and turn blue and grab the bonus, then fall down and go through
      the blue-filtered gate. Next, go up the conveyor belt and turn cyan as you
      fall/slide to the adjacent conveyor belt and follow it to the cyan-square
      platform.
    
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            Stage 12 [AS12]
    
    Time:            0:40
    Bonuses:         3
    1st Place Score: 56,100
    
    Getting through: Hereís the introduction of the invisible, or nearly invisible
      walls and floors. From the start, go down to get the first bonus and youíll
      hit your first invisible floor. Grab the bonus and go through the silver-
      filtered gate, turn red and go through the red-filtered gate, repeat with
      green and then with blue. Grab the second and third bonuses before heading
      into the second blue-filtered gate and then turn cyan and go through the cyan-
      filtered gate, repeat with purple and yellow, and then hit the yellow-square
      platform.
    
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            Stage 13 [AS13]
    
    Time:            0:30
    Bonuses:         3
    1st Place Score: 56,100
    
    Getting through: Zoom in a bit. Go down the left side to get the first bonus,
      then head back right across the yellow ledge all the way around grabbing the
      bonuses on the way to the silver-square platform.
    
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            Stage 14 [AS14]
    
    Time:            0:30
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: Go into an eagleís eye view. Line up the red and green blobs
      with the curved ramp, then bring the green blob over the edge and once it does
      bring the red blob towards it to merge them into a yellow blob. Grab the bonus
      and make sure you line up PERFECTLY between the yellow switch and the ramp
      before you hit the switch, otherwise the gravity spreader will make you fly
      off into just enough of a bad angle that youíll lose a lot of mercury. Once
      you land, go down to hit the yellow-square platform.
    
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            Stage 15 [AS15]
    
    Time:            0:30
    Bonuses:         4
    1st Place Score: 58,100
    
    Getting through: (b1-4) Merge all three blobs on either the right or left side
      of the curved walls, then make your way down the green ramp and up the
      conveyor belt and onto the silver-square platform.
      I figured that Iíd just split up the walkthroughs for this level as they take
      up time and your mercury percentage if youíre not careful. So, first, go down
      and up to get each bonus from each colored filtered gateís area, then merge
      the three blobs on either the right or left side of the curved walls. Set
      yourself up behind the iced-surface and then hold forward to grab the third
      bonus in midair. Go down and around off the crumbling blocks and up the
      conveyor, then go past the silver-square platform and carefully go around the
      outside-facing slanted corners and up the conveyor belt to get the fourth
      bonus and then drop down onto the silver-square platform.
    
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            Stage 16 [AS16]
    
    Time:            0:30
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    
    Getting through: This is the first level in where you must be on two different
      square platforms at the same time to beat the level. First, bring the yellow
      blob up and around the wall and into the right bonus, then bring the red blob
      down and into the left bonus. Bring the two blobs right and then bring them
      around into their respective square platforms.
    
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            Stage 17 [AS17]
    
    Time:            1:50
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    
    Getting through: Welcome to the first of many extremely aggravating 17th levels.
      The center of the level has gravity spreaders spread out over it, which means
      youíll be flying for a long time if youíre not careful. Go into an eagleís eye
      view when the countdown is happening, and at the start of the level hold left
      to land near the blue paintshop. Go into it, and go into the transporter. On
      the other side, hold up to land near the red paintshop, but donít go into it.
      Split your blob into two pieces and make one go through the red paintshop,
      then merge them together to make a purple blob and hit the purple switch. Turn
      the blob back into red and go into the transporter, and on the other side, go
      right and land on the red switch. Split up your mercury again and make one
      blob turn green, then merge them back together into a yellow blob. Go into the
      transporter and hold left when you come out and land on the yellow switch.
      Turn blue and go into the transporter, and on the other side hold down, then
      split up your blob and make one go into the green paintshop, then merge them
      into a cyan blob and hit the cyan switch. Into the transporter and youíll
      notice that the gravity spreaders are now offline. (b1+2) Head up towards the
      red paintshop, split your blob into two, making one go into the red paintshop
      and then merging them together to make a silver blob. Go into the transporter,
      and simply fall down and go into the silver-square platform.
    
      (b1+2) Once you drop down to the spreader area, simple fall down to the lover
             ledge to grab the bonuses.
    
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    2. Bio Lab:
    
            Stage 1 [BI01]
    
    Time:            0:50
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    
    Getting through: Simple enough. Go around the uneven path, making a left at the
      fork to get the first bonus, the head back to the fork, go down, and make a
      right at the next fork to get the second bonus, then just follow the path
      around to the silver-square platform.
    
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            Stage 2 [BI02]
    
    Time:            0:55
    Bonuses:         4
    1st Place Score: 58,100
    
    Getting through: Follow the wall around if you want to get the first bonus, but
      drop down and follow the floor around if you want to play it safe. Follow the
      path around, when you get to the second bonus, go over the invisible floor to
      get it. Make your way to the green paintshop and grab the third bonus over the
      invisible floor. Get to the green paintshop, and follow the path around the
      gravity spreader. The fourth bonus is easy to get because the gravity spreader
      doesnít push you away from the top, which is where the invisible floor is.
      Continue around the level until you hit the green-square platform.
    
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            Stage 3 [BI03]
    
    Time:            1:10
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: Go into an eagleís eye view. Turn red, then split up the blob
      on the bottom spike near the green paintshop. Turn the right blob green, then
      bring the two blobs up and merge them into a yellow blob on the left wall just
      under the spike and hit the yellow switch. Next, turn blue and split up the
      blob on the right spike, making the bottom blob turn blue, then merge the two
      together into a cyan blob on the top near the cyan switch and hit the cyan
      switch. Bring the blob down and to the left to his the second cyan switch,
      then bring the blob to the top spike between the red and blue paintshops and
      make each separate blob hit the paintshop on both sides. Merge the two blobs
      together into a purple blob and hit the purple switch. Go through the gates
      that youíve opened up and grab the bonus next to the silver-square platform.
      Head back through the opening and split up your purple blob on the bottom
      spike to the right of the opening and turn the right blob green, then merge
      them together to make a silver blob, and bring that back through the opening
      and onto the silver-square platform.
    
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            Stage 4 [BI04]
    
    Time:            1:00
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    
    Getting through: Go up, avoiding the pusher, and turn red. Then go left,
      avoiding the two pushers, follow the path down and (b1) go into the red-
      filtered gate, watching out for Jacobís Ladder. Go onto the left-facing
      conveyor belt (b2) and follow the belts up through the gap. Go onto the blue
      moving platform and on the other side go into the cyan paintshop. Go back onto
      the moving platform and hit the cyan switch, then go right on the see-saw and
      on the other side, follow the path down and go into the gap where the blue
      gate was (avoiding Jacobís Ladder again) and hit the cyan-square platform.
    
      (b1) Youíll get zapped by Jacobís Ladder getting this, so donít worry about
           getting 100% mercury if youíre going for the bonus. Just below Jacobís
    
           Ladder is the first bonus.
      (b2) Go down off the conveyor belt and follow the path left and up
    
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            Stage 5 [BI05]
    
    Time:            1:20
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: Note, in this level, when you are in the trenches, you will be
      forced in one direction. Head left into the trench, then follow the inside
      wall around and youíll end up in the section to the right. Watch out for the
      airjet, as it will send your blob flying into the air out of control. Go into
      the top trench, and youíll end up in the section above. Left trench, section
      above. (b1) Go into the silver paintshop, then go into the left trench and
      come out in the section left of you. Left trench, left section (/b1), bottom
      trench, bottom section, bottom trench, final section and hit the silver-square
      platform.
    
      (b1) Use the airjet here to propel yourself into the middle section where the
           bonus is, then either ditch the mercury in one of the two holes, or go
           into the trench and youíll end up in the top-left section.
    
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            Stage 6 [BI06]
    
    Time:            1:05
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: Go up through the gap, follow the left path to the left gap and
      go into the green paintshop. Come back through the gap and hit the green
      switch to open up the green door, then go through it and turn red. Come back
      and hit the red switch, then go into the left gap to turn green again, double-
      back through the gap and go into the top gap and hit the other green switch to
      open up the center gate, and then go into it. Grab the bonus, and split up
      your blob where the gate once was, and bring the bottom blob into the red
      paintshop while the green blob is still trapped in the center. Bring the red
      blob back into the center and merge it with the green blob to make a yellow
      blob and hit the yellow-square platform.
    
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            Stage 7 [BI07]
    
    Time:            0:30
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    
    Getting through: Very simple level, go into an eagleís eye view to make things a
      bit easier, then just follow the path around to the end, grabbing the bonuses
      on the way if you wish. In this level, youíll remember that when traveling on
      the double-inclined path going through the peak of it, your mercury will split
      up if you take too long, but in this level the path will turn flat before that
      happens, so donít worry about it too much.
    
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            Stage 8 [BI08]
    
    Time:            0:40
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    
    Getting through: Follow the path left, up and around onto the conveyor belt (b1)
      and the onto another conveyor belt. Go onto the gravity bender, remembering
      that when you are on the ceiling, controls are inverted. Follow the path up
      and into the cyan paintshop (b2) and then go left, falling off of the ceiling
      and landing on the cyan-square platform. Remember that youíll be holding right
      and as soon as youíre away from the ceiling youíll be holding left.
    
      (b1) go onto the pathway below the conveyor belts.
      (b2) follow the outer path, going slowly since the blob will be harder to
           control when youíre inverted.
    
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            Stage 9 [BI09]
    
    Time:            0:45
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    
    Getting through: Go onto the blue moving platform (b1) and on the other side, go
      left and up the conveyor belts, then left onto the blue moving platform, left
      onto the next platform, and hold up to bounce on the trampolines, grabbing the
      second bonus, and youíll land on the conveyor belts, following them to the
      silver-square platform.
    
      (b1) if youíre fast enough, you can get the bonus and come back onto the blue
           moving platform while itís still going up without losing any mercury,
           otherwise just wait for it come back down and it will cycle through.
    
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            Stage 10 [BI10]
    
    Time:            0:40
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    
    Getting through: Go into an eagleís eye view, go up the path (b1) and follow the
      black pathway left and up, (b2) then follow the next black pathway down, and
      follow the path down and around to the silver-square platform, avoiding the
      pusher near the end.
    
      (b1) use the conveyor belt path, making sure to tap down once in a while so
           that you donít fly off.
      (b2) get enough speed so that you can make it up the incline, taking it at a
           downwards angle, and use the speed to go over the gap.
    
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            Stage 11 [BI11]
    
    Time:            0:40
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: A pretty confusing level at first, go into an eagleís eye view,
      but in essence youíre just merging all of the blobs together from different
      sections to make a silver blob to hit the 100% silver-weighted switch. (b1)
      You can do this level any way you wish as there are endless possibilities to
      completing it. As a basic help, first try bringing all of the blobs to the
      left side, and then bring all of the blobs up, or do it the other way, up and
      then left. I prefer left and then up as the purple blob will go through its
      filter, and when itís combined with the blue and cyan blobs it will turn
      silver and will go through the silver filter, meaning that youíll only have to
      worry about two rows of blobs and not three. Simply, in this level, just find
      which gates slide which way, and then bring the blobs past them, and once you
      merge all of the blobs into a single silver blob, bring it onto the 100%
      silver- weighted switch in the top left corner, which will open up the gate to
      the silver-square platform.
    
      (b1) this is actually simple to do; all you need to do is merge the green, red
           and yellow blobs on the bottom row, and youíll have enough mercury to hit
           the yellow-weighted switch. Move all the blobs to the right, then move
           them down and slightly up to bring the green blob into the red blob
           making yellow, and then bring them up and slightly down to bring it to
           the next yellow blob and use it to hit the yellow-weighted switch. Then
           grab the bonus and converge the rest of the blobs together into a silver
           blob and hit the silver-weighted switch and the silver-weighted platform.
    
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            Stage 12 [BI12]
    
    Time:            1:05
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: Go into an eagleís eye view and rotate the camera 90 degrees to
      the right. Follow the path around to the second Stan cube, and make him go
      through the top gap. The best way to do this is to just wait in the lower-left
      part of the area. While he is on his way to hitting the Stan switch, go onto
      the pathway in between the Stan areas and wait there till the moving platform
      passes by and when it does, youíll get the bonus hovering above it. Go right
      and follow the path around to the blue paintshop, go in it, and go back to the
      first Stan cube. Make it go into the bottom gap and hit the Stan switch, and
      once it does, the moving platform will return to its original position letting
      you cross it and hit the blue-square platform.
    
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            Stage 13 [BI13]
    
    Time:            0:40
    Bonuses:         3
    1st Place Score: 56,100
    
    Getting through: (b1+2) Go into an eagleís eye view. Merge the three blobs and
      rotate the camera 90 degrees left. Drop down the gap and follow the conveyor
      belt to the left and follow the path up, then drop down. (b3) Go up and around
      the path to the right wall and use the wall conveyor belts to get up to the
      floor above. Use the property changer to turn solid and follow the railway
      around. When you get off the railway and are going up the conveyor belt,
      rotate the camera 90 degrees left and make it horizontal to make the next part
      easier for you. Turn back into a liquid and drop down onto the floor below,
      then head straight for the silver-square platform.
    
      (b1+2) hold down and then up to go through each respective filter.
      (b3) rotate the camera 90 degrees right and make it horizontal. Go up the
           conveyor belt to grab the bonus, then hold up to use the wall conveyor
           belts to get back to the floor below, then go back into an eagleís eye
           view and rotate the camera 90 degrees left.
    
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            Stage 14 [BI14]
    
    Time:            1:00
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: Make Stan go onto the right side of the bottom pathway where
      the Stan switch is. Do this by stopping one square to the left of the right
      gap to make him stop, then block his top path, then the right, and heíll be
      forced to hit the switch. When he comes out, force him onto left side of the
      top pathway where the other Stan switch is. To do this, wait till he hits the
      top wall, then block his right path, the bottom path, then quickly head left
      and position yourself on the wall so that Stan moves one space to the left
      before he stops and turns up. Once on the pathway, go right and grab the bonus
      since you wonít activate the platform, then go left to turn red, and head back
      to activate the red-squared platform.
    
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            Stage 15 [BI15]
    
    Time:            0:45
    Bonuses:         4
    1st Place Score: 58,100
    
    Getting through: Go up and turn cyan, then come back and go right to hit the
      cyan switch, grabbing the bonus on the way. Go up and turn purple, then go up
      and left to hit the purple switch, grabbing the bonus on the way. (b3+4)
      Position yourself under the pile driver and it will split up your blobs into
      two pieces, which will each go under their own colored paintshops and towards
      their own colored-squared platforms.
    
      (b3+4) go up the right path and follow it around
    
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            Stage 16 [BI16]
    
    Time:            0:40
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    
    Getting through: (b1) Press up for a second, using the ice to make the green
      blob pull ahead of the other two, and then hold left making it go into the
      green- filtered gate while simultaneously merging together the blue and red
      blobs into a purple blob. Bring the green blob up and around the invisible
      walls and merge it together with the blue blob to make a cyan blob. Bring the
      cyan blob through the cyan-filtered gate (b2) and around more invisible walls
      and bring it to the cyan-square platform, but put it in the lower-left corner
      of the invisible wall so that the purple blob is also in its lower-left
      corner. Then, just bring them up and to the right to make each blob hit its
      own respective colored-square platform.
    
      (b1) your goal here is to get the blue blob over to the bonus without merging
           ANY of the blobs together. To do this, hold up to bring the red and green
           blobs up to the top wall and the blue blob to the wall behind it. Then,
           hold right till the red blob lines up with the ice surface. Wait till the
           red blob drifts just below the green one, then bring the green blob
           through the green-filtered gate. Grab the bonus with the blue blob, and
           bring it back to the red blob, making sure that it is blue before you
           merge it with the red blob.
      (b2) go left and around the invisible walls
    
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            Stage 17 [BI17]
    
    Time:            1:30
    Bonuses:         6
    1st Place Score: 62,100
    
    Getting through: And hereís bonus level two. Go up the conveyor belt (b1) and go
      right onto the ice surface, and keep going right, over the speedy conveyor
      belt and around the ice curve. When you fall, turn red and go up the conveyor
      belt and through the red-filtered gate. Go left, up the conveyor belt, and
      through another red-filtered gate. Go up the conveyor belt, landing on a ledge
      and grabbing a bonus, and then fall down to get to the next conveyor belt.
      From the top of the conveyor belt, go right and onto a ledge, and onto another
      conveyor belt which leads to yet another conveyor belt. * Be very careful on
      the next part since it is very easy to fall off. If you do fall off though,
      you can get back to 100% by navigating the blobs back to spot ď*Ē noted above.
      Go into an eagleís eye view and bring the blob to the edge, then go left
      towards the conveyor belt and once the blob is almost past the edge, press up
      along with left to make sure you donít fall off. Itíll probably take a few
      tries to get this part right. Go back into the original view, then go left
      along the conveyor belts, and then fall down the gap, holding up all the way
      down. Hold left to fall down (b3) then let down just a little bit of mercury
      off of the right part of the cliff, then hold left to bring the bottom blob
      through the green paintshop and then up the conveyor belt, then merge the two
      blobs together into a yellow blob, and ride the conveyor belt up through the
      yellow-filtered gate. Bring the blob right and split them up on the spike,
      making the bottom blob go through the blue paintshop, and then merge the two
      blobs together into a silver blob. Go through the silver-filtered gate, and go
      right and to the edge of the path. (b4-6) Slowly drop down each cliff, landing
      on another ledge, and when you get to the semi-circle ledge, follow it around
      to the silver-square platform.
    
      (b1) grab it on the left side
      (b3) bring the blob left onto the green filtered gates
      (b4-6) as a warning, even though you might get all three bonuses, youíll
             probably miss the silver-square platform and fly off of the stage. This
             is the main reason why I have split up the bonus and regular
             walkthroughs, since you probably wonít survive. That being said, hereís
             how to do it: what you need to do is fly off of the ledge at full speed
             in a line with the bonuses. Back up as much as you can, then hold down
             and a little bit to the left (aligning with the bonuses) and if you do
             it correctly, youíll land on the silver-square platform.
    
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    3. Chem Lab:
    
            Stage 1 [CH01]
    
    Time:            0:40
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    
    Getting through: Go into an eagleís eye view. All inclines in this level are
      slanted towards the middle. A simple level: head towards the end where the
      purple paintshop is, picking up the bonuses on the way, turn purple, come back
      and hit the 50% purple-weighted switch, then go forwards again and go through
      the gate to hit the purple-square platform.
    
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            Stage 2 [CH02]
    
    Time:            1:20
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    68%
    Getting through: Zoom out a bit. (b1+2) Split up the blobs on the bottom spike
      and bring each blob through its own paintshop (green and blue from top to
      bottom) and bring them through their respective colored-filtered gates. Merge
      them together and hit the 68% cyan-weighted switch. Bring the blobs up the
      bottom conveyor belt and split up the blobs on the bottom spike, bringing the
      bottom blob through the blue paintshop. Bring both blobs up, and on the way
      bring the blue blob through the blue-filtered gate, then make the other blob
      turn red and bring it through the red-filtered gate. Merge them together and
      hit the 68% purple-weighted switch. Go up the top conveyor belt and split up
      your mercury on the top spike, then make each blob through its own paintshop,
      then bring the green blob through its filtered gate, and then bring the red
      blob through its filtered gate. Merge them together and hit the 68% yellow-
      weighted switch. Bring the blob up the bottom conveyor belt but donít bring it
      all the way over. Instead, drop off a little bit of mercury onto the left side
      and then bring the remaining mercury onto the right side. Turn the left blob
      blue and then bring it through its filtered gate. Merge the two blobs together
      and bring them right onto the silver-square platform.
    
      (b1+2) Turn any color, I suggest green, then go through the green-filtered
             gate and up the top conveyor belt, then follow the wall around to get
             both bonuses, then drop back down to the paintshop area.
    
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            Stage 3 [CH03]
    
    Time:            0:45
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    
    Getting through: The beginning of this levelís just like Astro Lab Stage 14.
      Line up the red and green blobs with the curved ramp, then bring the green
      blob over the edge and once it does bring the red blob towards it to merge
      them into a yellow blob. Grab the first bonus and make sure you line up
      PERFECTLY between the yellow switch and the ramp before you hit the switch,
      otherwise the gravity spreader will make you fly off into just enough of a bad
      angle that youíll lose a lot of mercury. When you land, bring the yellow blob
      left and split it up on the spike, then make each blob turn green and blue,
      and make them go through each teleporter at the exact same time. When you come
      out on the other side, repeat the curved ramp merging as you did before, grab
      the second bonus, then use the gravity spreader to launch yourself up the
      ledge, but be careful because this gravity spreader will launch you past the
      ledge, so hold down a little bit while youíre in the air, then once you land
      go right to the cyan-square platform.
    
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            Stage 4 [CH04]
    
    Time:            0:50
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: 
    
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            Stage 5 [CH05]
    
    Time:            1:00
    Bonuses:         6
    1st Place Score: 62,100
    
    Getting through: 
    
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            Stage 6 [CH06]
    
    Time:            1:30
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: 
    
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            Stage 7 [CH07]
    
    Time:            1:20
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    
    Getting through: 
    
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            Stage 8 [CH08]
    
    Time:            1:05
    Bonuses:         4
    1st Place Score: 58,100
    
    Getting through: 
    
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            Stage 9 [CH09]
    
    Time:            0:45
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: 
    
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            Stage 10 [CH10]
    
    Time:            1:10
    Bonuses:         3
    1st Place Score: 56,100
    
    Getting through: 
    
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            Stage 11 [CH11]
    
    Time:            1:35
    Bonuses:         5
    1st Place Score: 60,100
    
    Getting through: 
    
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            Stage 12 [CH12]
    
    Time:            1:00
    Bonuses:         6
    1st Place Score: 62,100
    
    Getting through: 
    
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            Stage 13 [CH13]
    
    Time:            0:30
    Bonuses:         3
    1st Place Score: 56,100
    
    Getting through: 
    
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            Stage 14 [CH14]
    
    Time:            0:45
    Bonuses:         3
    1st Place Score: 56,100
    
    Getting through: 
    
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            Stage 15 [CH15]
    
    Time:            0:55
    Bonuses:         4
    1st Place Score: 58,100
    
    Getting through: 
    
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            Stage 16 [CH16]
    
    Time:            0:35
    Bonuses:         2
    1st Place Score: 54,100
    
    Getting through: 
    
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            Stage 17 [CH17]
    
    Time:            1:45
    Bonuses:         1
    1st Place Score: 52,100
    
    Getting through: 
    
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            Closing Stuff
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    I hope you found this guide useful (as so far). Please give me feedback at my
    email address: Teamobsessed at hotmail dot com with any comments, suggestions,
    or if you want me to work on a specific level that I haven't put up yet.
    
    
    Thanks to Ignition Entertainment for making yet another amazing Mercury game,
    one of the best puzzle game series I've ever seen so far.
    
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