Monday, July 12, 2010

iPad App Review: Osmos HD

Enter the ambient world that GameAndPlayer called "a work of genius," and IGN called "a beautiful, absorbing experience." Osmos features elegant, physics-based gameplay, dreamlike visuals, and a beautiful 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. Progress from serenely ambient levels into varied and challenging worlds.

Playing Osmos HD unveils some of the subtleties of the game-play concept, like how shooting pieces of yourself can be to propel yourself in the opposite direction and can be used to influence the motion of other objects. This is necessary in some levels, particularly in the Impasse levels where you will be constantly causing other motes to react with each other to clear space.

Osmos HD’s interface feels like it has been designed from the ground up , specifically for the iPad. Use of gestures to increase or decrease the flow of time, zoom in/out, and to open the menu, keeping the screen free of other elements as possible. A screen in the beginning recommends you wear headphones while playing, and I agree. Wearing headphones while playing will aide in enjoying the game’s ambient soundtrack.


Nominated for 4 IGF awards. Winner of the D2D Vision award and IGN's Editor's Choice award. Winner of "Best in Show" and "Fun/Compelling" at IndieCade. Selected for the PAX 10 and more.*

This original, award-winning PC game has been fully redesigned for the iPad, including a seamless multitouch interface, new menus, play modes, levels, and tons of tweaks and refinements.

We’re very happy with the results, and friends who are familiar with the game are saying this may be the “definitive version” of Osmos!

Here’s the original Osmos trailer, which is still totally relevant to the new version (it contains all the levels seen in the video)





Features:

  • 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

Osmos HD is available for $5 from the Apple iTunes App Store

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