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Osmos (Windows)

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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.

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Osmos Windows These take quite some time and a single mistake is fatal.
Osmos Windows Survival of the fittest
Osmos Windows Growing to an insane size.
Osmos Windows Touching a smaller object, it is absorbed.

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The Press Says

Game Arena Sep 10, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jul 16, 2010 9 out of 10 90
GameZebo Sep 17, 2009 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
BestGamer.ru Apr 18, 2010 8.7 out of 10 87
IGN Aug 20, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Armchair Empire, The Sep 21, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Destructoid Nov 02, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Jeuxvideo.com Sep 01, 2009 16 out of 20 80
Total PC Gaming Sep 09, 2009 7.4 out of 10 74
GameSpot Aug 25, 2009 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

In the documentation, developer Eddy Boxerman explains how he came up with the concept:
The initial idea for the game came from a course I took on spacecraft dynamics, coupled with a Desbrun/Cani paper on deformable modeling using implicit surfaces. [geek.] I thought it'd be fun to control some simulated blobby thing, perhaps in a game. Then one day I realized I could prototype some interesting gameplay with simple circles and mass propulsion. With that prototype in hand, I realized there was deep and elegantly-balanced gameplay to explore here.

Along the way I embraced the relaxed/ambient/minimalist nature of the game, and decided to make that a focus. I've been listening to a lot of ambient electronica in the last few years, and wanted to incorporate some music in that vein into the game - procedurally generated if possible. Ideally, I wanted this to become as much a "pleasant multimedia experience" as game. Since then, flOw has come out; comparisons are inevitable...

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Sciere (281781) added Osmos (Windows) on Aug 15, 2009
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