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Osmos for iPad

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IGF Winner (D2D Vision Award) IGN Editor's Choice Awards Selected for the PAX 10 Nominated for 'Best Indie Game' in the Spike'09 Video Game Awards IndieCade Best in Show

Enter the ambient world of Osmos: elegant, physics-based gameplay, dreamlike visuals, and a minimalist, electronic soundtrack.

Your objective is to grow by absorbing other motes. Propel yourself by ejecting matter behind you. But be wise: ejecting matter also shrinks you. Relax… good things come to those who wait.

Progress from serenely ambient levels into varied and challenging worlds. Confront attractors, repulsors and intelligent motes with similar abilities and goals as you.

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  • Multitouch awesomeness: pinch to zoom, tap to eject mass, flick to warp time…
  • Eight Distinct level types: Ambient, Antimatter, Solar, Sentient, Impasse, Warped Chaos, Epicycles, and Repulsor.
  • Two game modes: Odyssey and Arcade. Odyssey mode is a 27-level guided tour through the Osmos Blobiverse, while Arcade mode allows you to play any level type at your choice of difficulty.
  • Sublime electronic soundtrack by Loscil, Gas/High Skies, Julien Neto, Biosphere, and more.
  • Wind your way through simple and complex solar systems, feeling and using the force of Attractors and Repulsors.
  • Confront four distinct personalities of intelligent opponents, with goals and abilities similar to your own.
  • Procedural content: play random versions of any level in Arcade mode.
  • Thirteen lucky achievements to earn, with OpenFeint integration.
  • Dynamic time-warping: slow down the flow of time to outmaneuver agile opponents; speed it up to raise the challenge.


9/10 – Editor’s Choice Award – “The best iPad game yet.”   -IGN

5/5 stars – Macworld Editor’s Choice – “One of the best games we’ve played so far this year. An utterly serene, yet fiendishly complicated game that deserves a place in every iPad owners collection.”   -MacWorld

“An evolutionary step… What iPad Gaming Should Be All About”   -Gizmodo

4/4, Must Have – “We are more than overwhelmed by Osmos for iPad… The game design is thoughtful and intuitive, new level structures are flawless, and the visuals are stunning yet simplistic. For half the price of the computer version, every iPad owner should have Osmos on their device. You just won’t find another experience quite like it.”   -Slide To Play

“If there’s a game likely to convince someone to buy an iPad, it’s Osmos.”   -TechRadar (Top 20 iPad games)

9.5/10 and 9/10 – “It’s an awesome, awesome game. This might be the iPad game of the year.”   -Reviews on the Run

[video review] – “Osmos for the iPad has just joined PvZ HD as one of my best games you can get for your iPad. Holy crap, this game is good! It’s kind of like Asteroids meets Pac-Man meets flOw. This is probably the easiest review I’ll ever have to do. I love everything about this game. Not only is it beautiful, but the visual style conveys game information in the least obtrusive ways. No HUD elements in this game. The game recommends you wear headphones and for good reason. The music and sounds are incredible! And, most importantly, the game is a ton of fun to play — with different enemy types, a wide variety of levels, a story and arcade mode for increased replayability, and extremely precise and intuitive controls. …for five dollars, you can’t do better. Thumbs WAY up.” “If you only have five dollars to spend on games for your iPad, this is the game you have to get.”   -Extralives TV

“Osmos HD is THE game for the iPad.”   -Pocket Lint

“This game may look like Pac-Man or Flow; it actually plays like a next-level Katamari Damacy in which the small objects you can pick up may themselves coalesce into a mass that could roll you up. This game is pure gameplay, something you haven’t done before, can’t imagine in any other medium. Justify your iPad purchase and play it.”   -Kotaku

A, Highly Recommended – “Osmos merits our extremely rare flat A high recommendation, and should be a must-see for iPad owners who appreciate originality and class in game designs.”   -iLounge

“Osmos is a must-play on the iPad… It’s the best iPad game on the App Store right now and should be purchased by anyone who picks up the device. Even if it’s not yours. Trust me, the owner will thank you.”   -MTV Multiplayer

9/10 – “Osmos is absolutely incredible. In a strange way, the idea of gameplay in Osmos is a lot like that of the Katamari series. All in all, Osmos for iPad is one of the few ‘must-have’ games for the device. We highly recommend it to any person with any level of gaming experience. Not very often do we come across a game that is so unique, exquisite, and enjoyable. At the small price of $4.99, it’s practically being given away.”   -Techzang

Grade “A” – “In a word, remarkable. Osmos is an absolutely essential purchase for anyone with an iPad.”   -Games Uncovered

5/5 – “Excels on every level. Osmos will definitely be in the discussion for best iPad games by the end of 2010. If you are into strategy, puzzle games and testing your patience, download it immediately. Your family and friends will probably stage a gaming intervention.”   -Appolicious

4.5/5 – “Equal parts Katamari Damacy, Lunar Lander and some sort of hypnotic Newton’s laws of motion simulator, Osmos HD is one of those games that defies easy explanation but demands to be played. With its sharp visuals and soothing trance music soundtrack, Osmos HD is a treat for the senses. but where it really excels is at engaging the mind. Movement must be carefully considered, since each tap makes you a bit smaller, and thus more vulnerable. But ejected mass can also be used to nudge stationary motes into motion or to defend against an imminent impact. …Bottom line: This beautiful, intelligent game is easily one of the best iPad titles yet.”    -browseBlog

9/10 – “Welcome to the iPad’s new poster child. Positively tailor-made for tactile, multi-touch play, you can pan, pinch and zoom with ease, and deftly guide your mote with pixel precision. 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.”   -Eurogamer

“When a game looks as amazing as Osmos and begins by quoting Isaac Newton, you know it’s going to be good.”   -tapscape

4.5/5 stars – “Osmos for iPad is a game that plays as beautifully as it looks… this may just be the first great iPad game”   -148Apps

“The first proper breakout hit for the iPad… Shows off the sort of experiences the iPad can so easily pull off. Osmos feels so natural and enjoyable to play, even when the difficulty ramps up and you find yourself repeatedly careening into a giant gaseous enemy.”   -Wired

5/5 stars, Absolute Must – “Osmos is an absolute must for $4.99 that will change the way you think of games, and what you expect from them.”   -AppAdvice

“Brilliantly clever… The game is almost as enjoyable to watch being played, as it is to actually play — something which you might say is the hallmark of an ambient game. It’s going to be fascinating to watch variations on this theme develop.”   -Co Design

5/5 – “Its immense polish shines as you become absorbed in the game for hours on end. This flawlessly controlled game is a sign of the amazing iPad games to come, and the absolute best buy you can currently get for your begging iPad.”   -touch Aholics

“Osmos is the best game I’ve played in a while, if not THE best game I’ve played on my iPad so far”   -TUAW

“If you’re looking for a great, original gaming experience on Apple’s magical tablet, Osmos is it.”   -TUAW

4.5/5 stars – “Osmos for iPad does a spectacular job of utilizing multitouch controls, trance-inducing visuals, and dynamic audio. Not to mention the addictive gameplay that offers up plenty of variety and challenge.”   -App Chronicles

“Its combination of smart control, surprising depth and no-brainer $5 price makes it perfectly suited for the system.”   -Yahoo! Games

“This is one beautifully addictive game. If you have an iPad, this is a no brainer, just get it.”   -Matrixsynth

4.5/5 stars – “The graphics are just stunning in their simplicity… and the physics engine is without flaw. The dreamy, hypnotic tunes that accompany each level perfectly fit the space style landscape and the sound effects match the ambiance as well …Osmos HD is really a no-brainer. This iPad application is the perfect time-waster when on the train or simply used to stretch your brain on a little 5 minute break from work. It’s a game that anyone in the family can pick up, play and have a tremendous amount of fun. I can easily recommend this game and it could very well be one of the best titles to come to the iPad in 2010.”   -Video Game Talk

“Osmos is more than simply a spell-binding, addictive video game: It’s a new-genre game that makes you feel relaxed rather than anxious playing it.”    -The Daily Galaxy

“The game is definitely one that you will pick up, play, put down, and then go back to over and over once you get the hang of it. It is a mindful app that really shows off the some of the best uses of the iPad.”   -iPad Daily

“[The] gameplay mechanic works extremely well on the iPad, and is expertly paired with some fantastic mellow electronica that does a great job of setting the mood of the game”   -TouchArcade

5/5 stars“Aside from being visually stunning, the soothing sounds and organic gameplay seduce you into a trance that may be difficult to break. Furthermore, Hemisphere Games did a great job in helping you to learn the concept of the game and how to play it by incorporating the training seamlessly into the levels. They start you off easy so as to get the feel of how the game works—then slowly they increase the challenges to keep you on your toes. …as you start to play it (especially with headphones) you will have a difficult time not becoming succumbed into the mysterious world of Osmos”   -App Safari

“One of the best games I’ve played on the iPad. It’s very subtle, and breathtakingly beautiful, taking the eating the dots concept of pacman with elements of asteroids and taking it to places never gone before this creates the perfect iPad experience. On paper it’s hard to describe such a cool experience that Osmos creates. Let’s just say this, if you ever enjoyed those original arcade games and like to be challenged and learn a new game with some of the most beautiful visuals we’ve seen yet, Osmos is the top of the iPad game charts for a good reason and you should definitely check it out. It’s such a cerebral experience, perfect in every way. Addictive but calmly so. Absolutely brilliant. So get out that five dollar bill, your best headphones, go to the app store and start downloading Osmos, you will be entranced with gaming bliss.”   -The iPad Critic

“Overall, Osmos is a great game that I highly recommend for anyone with an iPad.”   -Wirebot

4.5/5“The app makes good use of the iPad’s graphic abilities, touchscreen interface, and audio hardware. The latter provides nice music and sound effects that make playing the game for long periods of time enjoyable. However, the rapidly changing game play, that made me feel immersed in a totally new gaming experience, was what really made me fall in love with this game.”    -Wirebot

17/20 – “Osmos HD s’impose d’ores et déjà comme une référence sur l’iPad. Ce jeu innovant et addictif vous donnera du fil à retordre!”   -Mister iPad


Video interview with Aaron on This Week in iPad (July ‘10)

Audio interview with Eddy on The Portable Podcast (July ‘10)