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Osmos

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Perspective
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MobyRank MobyScore
Android
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3.4
Windows
84
4.0
iPad
86
4.0

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Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Android 3 3.4
iPad 1 4.0
iPhone Awaiting 1 votes...
Linux 4 3.2
Macintosh Awaiting 1 votes...
Windows 13 4.0
Combined MobyScore 21 3.8


The Press Says

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100
iPhoneApp Spy
From the PC to the iPad and now the iPhone, Osmos brings its unique pure physics gameplay with all the charm to gamers no matter where they are.
100
iPhoneSlide to Play
Osmos is an elegant physics game perfectly suited for the iPhone’s touchscreen.
100
iPadSlide to Play
This isn’t just the best version of Osmos. It’s also one of the most impressive iPad games to date.
91
WindowsThe A.V. Club
Osmos’ stages are split into three independent tracks. On one track, the only challenge is to grow as big as you can. Another introduces artificially intelligent creatures into the mix. Osmos thrives on the third track, where the stages incorporate gravity and orbital motion. The visual aesthetic of these levels is much the same, but the metaphor is different. Suddenly, you aren’t a bacterium in the primordial soup, but rather a little planetoid, fighting for your existence in the firmament as you careen around a pulsating star. When you give yourself a tiny push to shift into the orbit of a smaller mote, there’s a sensation that the galaxy is falling into sync with you. It’s moving in every sense of the word.
90
iPhoneIGN UK
Osmos was something special on the iPad and it doesn’t lose an ounce of magic on the iPhone. I was worried that the smaller screen might cramp Osmos, but that wasn’t the case at all. It’s still an amazing play. It’s hard to pinpoint a favorite feature. The clever gameplay? The atmosphere? The variety of stages? The art direction? It all comes together to make one of the best iPhone games of 2010.
90
iPad148apps
Osmos for iPad is a game that plays about as beautifully as it looks. It’s tranquil, yet it can be intense; it can be thoughtful, but require quick reactions. And this may just be the first great iPad game, as it feels like it takes advantage of the platform in ways that other games have failed to do. Even despite the game being a port of a PC title, it feels so attuned to the iPad that it almost feels like it should have belonged on it for the whole time. If you have an iPad, this is well worth checking out as one of the finest experiences for the platform so far.
90
iPadIGN UK
Osmos is the best iPad game I have played since the tablet debuted earlier this year. As much as I have enjoyed action, puzzle, and driving games on the iPad, this kind of “ambient game” is truly a perfect match. With touch controls there is no disconnect between you and the game, which in turn pulls you deeper in Osmos’ spell. Do not hesitate for one second to download this, otherwise you will miss out on something truly special.
90
MacintoshEurogamer.net (UK)
Another PC indie classic that received acclaim away from its native platform was Osmos. In this instance, it was possibly the first app to show off the potential of the iPad, thanks to its absolutely stunning visuals and intuitive touch-based gameplay. The simple, calming premise of consuming other, smaller motes to make yourself bigger is more engrossing than it has any right to be, and at this price it's an absolute steal. The fact that it still plays brilliantly and looks incredible on a bigger screen ought to be enough for you.
90
WindowsEurogamer.net (UK)
At the very least you'll gaze into its gloopy beauty and sink into the chilled tranquility of arguably the finest ambient soundtrack ever committed to a videogame. Quite unlike anything you've played, Osmos is the kind of game even Brian Eno would admire.
90
iPadEurogamer.net (UK)
At the very least you'll gaze into its gloopy beauty and sink into the chilled tranquility of arguably the finest ambient soundtrack ever committed to a videogame. Quite unlike anything you've played, Osmos is the kind of game even Brian Eno would admire.
90
WindowsGameZebo
Zen gameplay titles aren't nearly as common as they should be, but Osmos is a shining example of the zen gameplay movement. This is the type of game that mellows you out rather than winds you up, even when you're being challenged. The team at Hemisphere Games have crafted a beautiful and unique indie gem that should be experienced by any gamer with the patience to appreciate what's being offered.
90
WindowsGame Arena
Frustration and lack of tension aside, Osmos is an excellent game. I would only hesitate to recommend this to the most diehard ambient music hater, and I imagine such a person would be too angry for video games anyway.
88
WindowsOut Of Eight
This makes the game quite challenging despite the lack of an artificial time limit, as many layouts require precise moves. Luckily, you can accelerate time as you wait for your orb to sllloooooowwwwly move across the screen. Your AI competitors don’t make things any easier, as they are trying to become the largest object as well. Their high skill level compensates for the lack of competitive multiplayer (hello, Osmos 2?). The interface clearly indicates which orbs can be absorbed without cluttering the screen. The high difficulty might prevent some people from accessing the later levels and fully enjoying the game and the levels do become repetitive, but Osmos is still great value at an inexpensive price point. The game is definitely worth it for fans of the genre and those looking for a quality casual game.
87
WindowsBestGamer.ru
Все, написанное выше, имеет одну цель – заинтересовать ровно настолько, чтобы хватило любопытства запустить Osmos. А там – клеточно-немоцитные войны до полуночи, прохождение каждого этапа по пять раз и непонятный страх перед стаканом воды. Это что же, если выпить – такое будет твориться у меня в желудке?
85
WindowsDestructoid
Osmos is more than worth its ten dollar asking price. The controls may irritate you and the game's attempt at a Zen aesthetic may come off as a little dull, but it nonetheless remains a constantly surprising, wonderfully unclassifiable, and, ultimately, damned satisfying piece of gaming.
85
WindowsArmchair Empire, The
Already, this self-described ambient game with pretty graphics and eclectic but totally serene music has had a ton of praise heaped upon it from multiple sources: It was a Seumus McNally Grand Prize Nominee at the 2009 GDC Independent Games Festival, a PAX 10 finalist, and a winner of the D2D Vision Award. And it’s with good reason: Osmos is a great game (and is a great bargain, at only $10US) that will challenge the puzzle-solving skills of even the best gamers, as ambient gaming enters a new cosmos with Osmos.
85
WindowsIGN
The small team at Hemisphere has crafted an alluring, captivating experience that is a nice change of pace from the frantic action videogames often provide. It well deserves the Direct2Drive Vision Award it received at this year's Independent Game Festival (full disclosure: IGN owns Direct2Drive). Even though Osmos is relaxing, that doesn't mean you won't find a nice challenge. But even the early stages are nice to play around in, lazily swimming about and becoming the big fish in the pond. There is a long list of games Osmos bears something in common with: flOw, Asteroids, Katamari Damacy... But it emerges as its own thing, and definitely deserves a look.
82
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
Overall, Osmos is an agreeable, addictive, and atmospheric game that pretty much anyone can pick up and play within minutes. It's not an overly innovative game in its own right, but it adds enough to make itself unique.
81
LinuxIndie Game Magazine
Lasting Appeal: Osmos comes so close, but ultimately just misses the mark. Intensively challenging levels ruin the mellow mood, but too many become the biggest levels seem repetitive. A near-perfect short game becomes an underwhelming longer game. The first couple levels have excellent replay value, since there’s something addictive about mellow beauty of drifting orbs. I imagine I’ll pick this game up again from time to time, for the relaxed playstyle, delicate soundtrack and sparkling orbs, but I also imagine becoming annoyed with the later levels all over again.
81
WindowsIndie Game Magazine
Lasting Appeal: Osmos comes so close, but ultimately just misses the mark. Intensively challenging levels ruin the mellow mood, but too many become the biggest levels seem repetitive. A near-perfect short game becomes an underwhelming longer game. The first couple levels have excellent replay value, since there’s something addictive about mellow beauty of drifting orbs. I imagine I’ll pick this game up again from time to time, for the relaxed playstyle, delicate soundtrack and sparkling orbs, but I also imagine becoming annoyed with the later levels all over again.
81
MacintoshIndie Game Magazine
Lasting Appeal: Osmos comes so close, but ultimately just misses the mark. Intensively challenging levels ruin the mellow mood, but too many become the biggest levels seem repetitive. A near-perfect short game becomes an underwhelming longer game. The first couple levels have excellent replay value, since there’s something addictive about mellow beauty of drifting orbs. I imagine I’ll pick this game up again from time to time, for the relaxed playstyle, delicate soundtrack and sparkling orbs, but I also imagine becoming annoyed with the later levels all over again.
80
iPhonePocket Gamer UK
Pacing issues and overly random gameplay detract from the elegance of Osmos.
80
iPhonevideogamer.com
That said, Osmos is still a fantastic little title, one of a rare breed of games that can be described as meditative. A very reasonable £1.79 will get you 72 levels split across two game modes - odyssey and arcade - which is more than several hours worth of 'zoned out' gameplay. It's certainly unique enough to warrant attention, and if you've been neglecting your iPhone as a gaming platform of late, I'd strongly suggest checking it out.
80
iPadTouchGen
Osmos presses all of the right buttons for me. To be honest, I would have payed five dollars for the solar mode alone. Some players may complain about the game’s slow pace, or the relative lack of variety in level design, but if you find a particular mode to latch on to you will easily get your money’s worth out of Osmos.
80
iPadPocket Gamer UK
Elegant, deep, innovative, and most importantly fun, Osmos and its effervescent gameplay makes for one of the most tactile experiences on iPad.
80
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
A première vue Osmos ne semble pas particulièrement original et son principe rappelle même furieusement celui du superbe flOw. Il faut pourtant reconnaître que ce jeu indépendant est une réelle réussite : non seulement il vous plonge dans une ambiance douce et envoûtante mais il propose aussi un gameplay accrocheur et des défis juste assez relevés pour toujours titiller votre intérêt.
78
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Nadeel van Osmos is dat er maar weinig variatie zit in de gameplay en dat je haast gedwongen wordt om traag te spelen, aangezien snelheid maken ten koste gaat van het afstoten van massa. En dat is iets wat je ten zeerste moet vermijden in een spel waarin je vooral groter moet worden. Maar de relaxe sfeer en de mooie graphics maken veel goed, en de soundtrack is ronduit subliem.
75
iPhoneMultiplayer.it
Osmos è un titolo indipendente piuttosto lontano dalle comuni convenzioni legate al concetto di "divertimento" in un videogioco; più affascinante che realmente piacevole nel gameplay, decisamente lento nel ritmo al punto da ballare sulla sottile linea tra riflessivo e noioso, il prodotto di Emisphere Games è il classico esperimento destinato a farsi amare da una fetta di utenti lasciando totalmente indifferenti gli altri. Proprio per questo motivo il voto non può che posizionarsi in un giusto mezzo, fermo restando il consiglio perlomeno di provarlo per chi è interessato a questo genere di esperienze.
75
iPad1UP
Osmos' visuals are subtly stunning. The way Motes seemingly aimlessly float through their environment to absorb and be absorbed is like watching microorganisms in a Petri dish. Coupled with the mystically electronic soundtrack (featuring work from artists such as Julien Neto and Loscil), Osmos could be used as a relaxation aid...if you didn?t have to frantically worry about your Mote being consumed. That's what Osmos could have used, a consequence-free mode!
74
WindowsTotal PC Gaming
Osmos fits snugly into the growing genre of ‘Zen’ games: the music is entirely ambient, the visuals are soothingly minimalist, and the risk/reward mechanics demand a measured approach to the task at hand. However, there’s also significant challenge to be found later in the game, and the power to randomise every level grants the game a longer life than its diminutive size would suggest.
70
WindowsGameSpot
Osmos' music does its job well; each track stays true to the game's ambient vision while providing subtleties of its own. The visuals should have taken a cue from the soundtrack. They are pleasant but unchanging and will make you long for a touch of diversity and contrast that never comes. Yet if you've got the patience to work past the occasional frustration and frequent lulls, Osmos will both delight you with its ingenuity and induce that meditative trance that few games can evoke.