The Simpsons recently did a parody of Osmos, even making a very loose version of the Gas – Discovery theme, as Millhouse relaxes to Osmos on his iPad. Instead of calling it Osmos, they name it Alaxies: a play on Osmos possibly being a shortened version of (c)osmos… (g)alaxies. Clever.
All the cool nerds play Osmos.
Osmos is a nano-game for iOS, Android, Mac, PC and Linux and features an ambient soundtrack including Gas and High Skies.
Osmos 2 has been released for iOS and is a free update.
Introducing multiplayer and iPad retina support.
And for this weekend you can play against the devs (until our batteries run out). I’ll add all the Game Center names here as things progress.
I am = OsmosDev_Mat
Dave Burke = OsmosDev_Dave
Andy Nealen = OsmosDev_Andy
Play against your friends (and enemies), locally (via wi-fi or Bluetooth), or over the Internet (random or invitations)!
Osmos runs on all Android tablets and most modern phones running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or later. Don’t worry: if your device doesn’t meet these requirements, you shouldn’t be able to purchase Osmos on the Market. There are lots of different Android devices out there, and Hemisphere want you to let them know how the game is running for you.
Stay tuned to the Hemisphere blog as they plan for a series of Android-related blog posts covering Apportable’s tech and their experiences with the port and Android ecosystem.
Osmos is just like real life; you float around absorbing biophobes, trying to avoid getting pulled into a giant sun; and just like real life, some tips on sub-nuclear physics and orbital mechanics would probably come in very handy. These tips will help you progress from being wonderfully average, to a little better than average.
NEWTON’S LAW OF FREE ENERGY One of the best ways to increase your mass and vector in Osmos is to point yourself at a wall and charge.
The (added) arrows show the direction of your path.
On the above image, your ‘mass’ is expelled behind you (lined up under the red arrows) and will increasingly travel in your direction as you gather speed, following you, so that as you are slowed down by Newton’s First Law (by absorbing motes unfortunate enough to be smaller than you), the same motes you expelled earlier will catch you up and be reabsorbed back into your well-fed self. So now you have plumpness with matching residual motion for free, where you can continue on, absorbing motes in your path.
Over on the Physics of Osmos blog they have an Osmos competition. Create a one-minute video illustrating the physics concept that you discover in the game. The top entry will win a $500 gift card to Amazon.com. The top three runners up will also receive prizes.
Steve Jobs the master of orbital dynamics
To submit your entry, follow the instructions below.
Download and install the Osmosfree demo. (Or purchase Osmos from the App Store.)
Experiment with your gameplay to illustrate physics concepts using Osmos as your virtual lab.