Originally launched for the PC, Linux, and Mac, Osmos for iPad has finally arrived and I’m blaming it for the sleepless nights I had last week.
Created by Hemisphere Games, the goal of Osmos for iPad is pretty simple – place yourself in the “life” of a mote, propel yourself in a confined or sometimes uber-vast area and get big by absorbing other smaller organisms called motes. Whatever you do don’t get greedy and start tyring to absorb bigger motes. They’ll strike back and terminate you!
Propelling yourself as a mote is as easy as expelling some of your mass. Tap the outer-left part of yourself and you’ll propel to the right. Tap the outer-right part of yourself and you’ll propel to the left. Over tap, and you’ll become the smallest speck of organism in the vast area of larger motes which makes getting absorbed by them a whole lot easier. Of course, you don’t want that to happen, right?
Osmos for iPad features 3 unique zones – sentient, ambient and force.
Osmos for iPad, in my honest opinion, is the simplest yet one of the most innovative games I’ve played so far on the iPad. I never got the chance to play it on the PC so I am lucky to have it played first on a touch-screen device such as the iPad. The game experience is like a roller coaster ride – it’s easy, then becomes difficult but, over-all, an enjoyable experience.
The graphics aren’t top notch but they’re consistent with the core essence of the game – immerse yourself in the life of a mote and become big as big as the vast universe that surrounds you. The music creates a peaceful ambiance and enhances the over-all experience of the game . It’s very calming, which suits perfectly to what the game wants you to feel especially during the stressing parts. I actually even used it just to relax – a perfect alternative to white noise for me.
Overall, Osmos for iPad may not be the best looking game for the iPad but its shows a lot of promise. It is like the relaxing and “organic” version of Katamari; a simpler kind of your Spore creature; and a picture of how A-H1N1 virus spread into other cells and parts of your body. The gameplay and music is relatively addicting, so if you’re into merging motes and organs and sublime electronic music, then stay away from this game because you might end up playing this game like forever.
Version Reviewed: 1.6.1
Requirements: iPad, iPhone OS 3.2 or later
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