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Osmos Review

By , on August 10, 2010


Osmos
Download on the AppStore
5 out of 5

PROS

  • Eight unique game modes to explore.
  • Comprehensive gameplay 'tutorial'.
  • Clever pairing of audio to the use of time-control feature.

CONS

  • Smaller display makes zooming out more of an eyesore.
  • Not a title for the impatient.

VERDICT

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.


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Osmos by Hemisphere Games isn't your typical physics based game and after a brief stint on the iPad, iPhone owners can also check out this simple and absorbing title. In the Blobiverse, Newton's laws are king and you'll need to exploit your ability to fire bits of yourself in order to absorb smaller life-forms until you're the largest around.

Osmos is an elegantly simple title to get in to, with 27 missions to introduce new players to each of the game's different modes and concepts. By tapping the screen you unleash a small percent of your mass which in this weightless friction-free environment means you'll start traveling in the opposite direction, albeit slowly. Fire off more and you'll move faster, but beware of careening in to larger blobs as you'll be immediately absorbed. Time can also be controlled with a swipe of the finger, speeding up to allow for control without using too much mass or slowing down when you've accidentally flung yourself around a gravity well and picked up too much speed.

What truly brings Osmos together is its unique artistic charm, from the blobs that look like organic galaxies to the music that lazily drifts along until you speed up or slow down, shifting the pitch and speed in turn. Better yet, each of the game's eight modes feel great to play and run the gamut from relaxing to aggressive styles.

Osmos avoids the trap of self-indulgent gameplay that plagues so many other Indie titles and if you're after something unique and relaxing to enjoy, this is the title for you.

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Chesco 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed this game. For 2010 the devs were a head of their time!