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.
User reviews: Very Positive (504 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 18, 2009

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a beautiful, absorbing experience… brilliant to look at… the best videogame music I've heard… will make you forget your cares and immerse you in the game… you'll find yourself returning for the experience. 8.5! Editor’s Choice Award.
IGN

wonderful gameplay… beautifully polished and tantalizingly atmospheric… Osmos mixes puzzle, action and strategy remarkably and all the while does it with great finesse and style.
indiegames.com

beyond doubt, a work of genius... a relaxing, meditative experience about going with the flow... It all adds up to something otherworldly and just . . . incredible.
GameAndPlayer.net

an almost transcendental video game experience… a stellar example of electronic music's potential impact on indie video game production.
londonfuse.ca

About This Game

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.

Key features:

  • Independent Games Festival finalist in three categories: Seumas McNally Grand Prize, Excellence in Design and Technical Excellence
  • Progress from serenely ambient levels into varied and more challenging worlds. (47 levels, plus bonus content)
  • Confront attractors, repulsors and intelligent motes with similar abilities and goals as you
  • Selected as one of the 2009 PAX 10
  • Procedural content: play random versions of any level
  • Sublime electronic soundtrack by Loscil, Gas/High Skies, Julien Neto, Biosphere, and more
  • Dynamic time-warping: slow down the flow of time to outmaneuver agile opponents; speed it up to raise the challenge

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP or Vista
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card with OpenGL support. Minimum resolution 800x600
    • DirectX®: N/A (OpenGL)
    • Hard Drive: 33 Mb
    • Sound: definitely :)
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated
    • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 512 Mb or more
    • Graphics: Hardware accelerated OpenGL support. Minimum resolution 800x600
    • Hard Drive: 40 Mb free space
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I've seen so many strategy games with a similar objetive: you play as a floating entity, and absorb things surrounding you to become larger. However, this game inarguably stands out from the others. Osmos whisks away the competition with a refreshing experience that will leave you challenged yet relaxed. It's minimalism done right: simple, yet polished and elegant. What more can you ask from a game like this?


Oh, and for someone like me who is constantly anxious, finding a semi-relaxing video game that isn't boring is difficult. Soooo, thumbs up!


(Side Note: I got this game as part of a recent Humble Bundle, but I definitely think it would be worth purchasing for the full price.)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I thought this was a short,relaxing game


It's not.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Simple mechanics and great ambience make for a truly fantastic game. Sunk more hours in it just to finish a single level than I'd care to admit.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Playing this game is not healthy at all for your mind especially if you are a perv... I am definetly not one.. definetly not trying to eat or penetrate things >_> NOPE !

P.S. It's a good game for giggles x3
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1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Very good game, strongly recommended.
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4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Weak recommendation but I'd still say it might worth checking out, at least for the earlier, more relaxing and enjoyable levels. Unfortunately the game gets pretty hard fast and a lot of it comes down to having good luck, as far as I can tell. Especially with the force levels, but some of the other levels suffer from a high does of luck as well. The music's lovely and the graphics are nice up until a single entity gets way too big. I don't expect most people would play this very long or play too deep into the game, though, and I'd entirely understand that. This isn't a game I intend to finish, though, which is fairly rare for me to do (I've finished many *worse* games, at least) so be wary.
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2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
PROS: Not hardware intensive, but very nice visuals. Best background music I've heard in a while. Gameplay is pretty fun and easy to jump in. Makes you think of new ways of applying existing mechanics.

CONS: Some parts just get ridiculously based on luck due to the random generation, especially the orbital ones.

BOTTOM LINE/VERDICT: Very fun if you're into physics, or at least understand Newton's Laws of Motion. While you're probably not going to spend hours on this, it's a nice time lunch break game and it can run on your average potato (i.e. perfect for work). 8.5/10
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Well that was fun...

impressions on first playthrough... fun little game purchased with humble bundle I like it similar to solar very relaxing game sucked a 1/2 hour from me at work! It was an effort to stop playi9ng which is always a good sign
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3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Nice physics, nice graphics, hours of fun gameplay and low requirements on PC.
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3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
The first levels and some game modes (those without lots of attractors) are interesting and quite fun. Its bit of a shame that the F-Levels are not really balanced out. Meaning you dont have much choice or time for a strategic approach and have to rely on luck getting some large bubbles before the attractors eat everything up.
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3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Ok in small doses, some nice physics that had me for a couple of hours. Completed all but a couple of levels which I found to be less fun. Can recommend if in a bundle or your buying it on the ultra cheap, but can not recommend as a regular purchase.
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4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Really pretty and cool physics-based idea for a game.
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1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Really good chill game, great music in the background. Simple and hard gamepleplay :)
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1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
A great game to help you unwind, which pushes you to think hard, while staying cool and relaxed.

If you get too tense while playing, you'll probably lose.

With an interesting momentum aspect, there's nothing hidden. Just go and absorb everything.



9/10
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1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Eh its ok I guess
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3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Osmos is a really nice game, one of the best parts being the amazing music and sound.
Level generation is great, and even though there will of course be levels which are (almost) impossible to beat, you can just randomize or restart levels until you make it.
It's not a game which will last dozens of hours, but it's still a challenging and fun experience.
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5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
makes my brain go pew pew pew
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Hemisphere Games is a Canadian developer company that released Osmos back in 2009. They give you the opportunity to control a... well... cell. You need to find other cells that are smaller than you so that you can absorb them and grow bigger. This concept, of course, also means that you need to avoid bigger cells until you are big enough to absorb those, as well. If I remember correctly the criterion on each level is always to become quite big (not necessarily to absorb all the cells on the map).

I like how you need to proper yourself ahead to gain momentum - in the process you are losing matter so you cannot really do this forever as you are gradually becoming smaller. Patience is a virtue!

There are several levels and all are part of 3 major zones - each require you to follow a different playstyle and some of the later levels can be pretty challenging.

The game has an excellent soundtrack full of ambient tracks. They accompany this unique gameplay perfectly. I believe Osmos is one of those indie games that is a must-have.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
You remember the first evolution stage in Spore? Someone decided to make a full game out of that and it surprisingly ended up being pretty good.
You start off as a little cell in a large map and grow by absorbing other cells, but to do that you will have to move, which costs a bit of your own cell, depending on your current size. Continue to grow until the game says "all right, that's enough, you can move on to the next one now.". And that's about it. There's a couple of little gimmicks here and there and different gravity every now and then, but that's about it. Critics often say that Osmos is a very relaxing and immersive game. Immersive, yes. Relaxing? Hell no. Once you get to the harder stages, the game starts getting pretty frustrating and relies on some luck under certain circumstances. During some of the last stages, I was moving myself very carefully, hoping to god that I wouldn't get killed by one of the larger cells that was barely a pixel away from me. So yeah, claiming the game's relaxing is a lie to the biggest degree.
As for the presentation, I like it. All the cells look great and filled with little details when looked at from up close, but as for the backgrounds, they're basically non-existant. Not that I have a problem with it, considering you're going to focus on the cells for 99,98% of the game.
If there's one thing that Osmos is known for, though, it's without a doubt the music. The OST's been praised for being, well... good. And in this case, I can't deny the soundtrack's pretty damn good. (even though it really doesn't fit in with the player desperately hoping things don't go horribly wrong every stage)
Overall, Osmos is pretty fun, but for 10 bucks, I can't recommend it at that price, but if you can find it on a sale, I'd definately recommend it in that case.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Beautiful, simple, sweet, great soundscape. I seriously doubt you'll be dissapointed with this one. It does have a short lifespan, but you'll enjoy the trip (kinda like Portal 2, but more "ethereal"). Worth the money!
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