A year ago, if someone had told us 2010 would be a “bigger” year for us and Osmos than 2009, we wouldn’t have believed them. Little did we know that the iOS version of Osmos would be such a success! Sure, we felt we had an amazing version of the game in our hands prior to release, but in a market as crowded as the App Store we certainly couldn’t have expected it.
Anyways, this is the time of year when various reviewers and websites post their end-of-year awards and ask their users to vote on the best games of the year. Happily for us, Osmos for iPhone and/or iPad has received a bunch!
For starters, if you’re in a voting kind of mood, Osmos has been nominated for four Best App Ever Awards. [Edit: voting has closed, Osmos for iPad won Most Innovative Game!] Best Use of iOS Hardware, Most Innovative Game, Best Game Graphics, and Best Game Controls.
And here are the rest. (I’ve probably missed some, so if you happen to spot any not on this list, please let us know!)
- The big momma of all these is Apple’s selection as iPad Game of the Year! Woot woot.
- Macworld chose Osmos as Puzzle Game of the Year!
- IGN awarded Osmos with Coolest Atmosphere and Best Soundtrack of 2010. It was also nominated for Best iPhone Game. “The combination of the exquisite electronic soundtrack, the cool, colorful look of the different motes, and the zen pacing makes Osmos the coolest iPhone/iPad game of the year.”
- IFC selected it not just as a top iOS game, but as one of the top games of 2010 on any platform. Seeing Osmos amongst such titles as Limbo, Mass Effect 2, Assassin’s Creed, Super Meat Boy, etc. is wild! “Rises head and shoulders above so much of the games content to be found on the App Store because of its thoughtful mechanics and abstract presentation. …beautiful and the ambient trance soundtrack transports players to blissed-out interactive nirvana.”
- Osmos has been nominated in this year’s Crunchies for “Best Touch Interface”. These are some pretty far-reaching awards, with other categories including nominees such as Twitter, Facebook, the iPad, Netflix… crazy company!
- Pocketgamer called it one of the ten best iPad games of 2010.
- TouchArcade selected it as one of the best ports of 2010. “Osmos is one of those titles that feels like it was made for a touch screen, and after owning the Steam version on my laptop, moving to the iOS version felt like an upgrade. Really, no matter which version you play, Osmos is stellar from top to bottom.”
- iLounge put out an iOS buyer’s guide, with all kinds of interesting articles and suggestions. They’ve included Osmos in their Top 100 Games of 2010. “Beautiful like a jellyfish tank set to ambient music from a hip lounge, Hemisphere Games’ Osmos challenges you to grow in size to overwhelm or absorb organic blobs in pool- and space-like settings. As soon as you think you understand the action, Osmos introduces the ability control the speed of time, and the challenge of outpacing new rivals. Brilliant and unique…”
- The APPera named it one of the best iOS games of 2010.
- Oh, and while this isn’t a top list, it was fun to read how “people should have wasted their time on” Osmos rather than Angry Birds. “[Osmos] is everything that games too often are not: beautiful, satisfying, sometimes even relaxing. It’s a full PC game shrunk to the iPhone, and there are some gorgeous touches. For example, that popping you feel after using the slow-motion feature and hearing the soundtrack drop in pitch? That’s a new synapse firing off in your head.”