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Description

Osmos is a game where the player controls a substance in an enclosed environment, reminiscent of flOw. By touching smaller objects, they can be absorbed, merging to create a larger substance. The substance is controlled through the mouse with a mechanism similar to the classic Asteroids. The mouse is used to choose a direction and gentle clicks, or holding the mouse button, provide acceleration in short bursts, steadily moving the object in a certain direction until touching a border or being slowed down by another object. Moving however causes to leave behind small droplets of fluid, rendering it smaller. When touching an object larger than itself, the player's substance gets absorbed.

The levels are set in enclosed environments where zooming can be done freely. After a few tutorials levels, different paths are offered based on variations on the concept. Some of them are based on aggressively tracking another organism or surviving in a crowded environment, another set is about an orbital course floating around a large object, and the final one is the slowest where there is very little space and the area needs to be captured with caution. In levels with limited manoeuvrability, time can be speed up or slowed down to prevent losing too much fluid when going slowly. Levels are usually won by capturing a specific organism (there are many, with different abilities) or growing to a certain size. In later levels antimatter is introduced, with the opposite effect or regular organisms.

The gameplay is supported by soothing, ambient electronic music.

Screenshots

Osmos iPhone Though the level is finished, you can continue on until you're the last one standing, if you so desire.
Osmos iPhone Patience is needed on this one.
Osmos iPhone Now that's just unfair.
Osmos iPad Absorb the smaller balls

Promo Images

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Critic Reviews

Slide to Play iPad Jul 13, 2010 4 out of 4 100
IGN UK iPad Jul 09, 2010 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de iPad Feb 02, 2011 90 out of 100 90
Out Of Eight Windows Sep 01, 2009 7 out of 8 88
Destructoid Windows Nov 02, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Mar 26, 2010 8.25 out of 10 82
Indie Game Magazine Macintosh Jun 09, 2010 81 out of 100 81
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Sep 01, 2009 16 out of 20 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Sep 30, 2009 78 out of 100 78
1UP iPad Jul 26, 2010 B 75

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Trivia

In order to promote the Linux release of the game, Hemisphere Games offered a free copy of Osmos to whoever wrote about the game on their blog. One of the recipients was Maxim Bardin of Linux Gaming News, who had already purchased a copy of the game. As such, he gave his free copy away as a prize in the first LGN Contest.

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