Posted: January 5, 2011 in 4 Hearts
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Osmos is a gorgeous game that I got from the Humble Bundle. Its a bit confusing at first, but let me explain. The basic concept is that you’re controlling a microscopic organism and you’re scooting around trying to absorb things that are smaller than you. Its a neat combination of puzzle and arcade style top down adventure. There are three paths that the levels go down: one where your goal is to absorb specific targets, one where you have to become the biggest and one where there are repelling forces and such things. It sort of reminds me of Katamari Damacy or Tasty Planet 2, only with puzzles. A lot of the puzzles are based on basic principals of physics, like every action has equal but opposite reaction. This does make them a bit hard if you’re not thinking in terms of real world physics.

I do love the way this game works. If another organism is bigger than you, it tries to come up and eat you if you don’t move. Its fairly accurate to actual little bitty life. The graphics are also absolutely gorgeous. The music is one of my favorite parts. All of it was custom made for Osmos and its really nice music too, not your usual video game music.

My only complaint with this game is that, at times it can be very dark. I don’t mean in like a violent or depressing way, I mean the screen is just very dark. Here’s an example. The little shiny thing in the middle, by the way, that’s you.

I enjoyed this game quite a bit. I also know its proving to be quite popular among computer gamers. Especially the ones who have Linux based operating systems. So, here’s my final score. I give Osmos a 4 out of 5 hearts. Its very hard, and the graphics are usually gorgeous but periodically very dark. Its mostly quite good but has a few flaws that keep it from perfection.

4/5 Hearts

  1. Eric says:

    I played this game on Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10. It is very enjoyable. There are lots of different kinds of levels, some in the “Ambiance” section where you are in a large field of stationary cells, where you need to move slowly to gather up the little cells while avoiding big ones, and others in the “Forces” section where everything’s moving and you have to constantly be dodging. Great for choosing if you want to play a relaxing or intensive level at any given time.

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