Osmos 2 – Free update. Play against the developers!

Osmos 2 has been released for iOS and is a free update.

Osmos 2 -Multiplayer
Osmos 2 -Multiplayer

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

MULTIPLAYER:

  • Play against your friends (and enemies), locally (via wi-fi or Bluetooth), or over the Internet (random or invitations)!
  • 6 distinct Arenas: Ambient, Impasse, Solar, Warped Chaos, Epicycles, and introducing… Antimatter Impasse.
  • iPad vs. iPhone play supported (local games only)
  • 15 new multiplayer-specific achievements.
  • An optional handicap system to help keep competition friendly. Be kind to young motes!
  • Players can now tweet their achievements and broadcast challenges to their friends and followers to take them on in multiplayer.

Antimatter Impasse will really warp your noodles.

Also includes some new High Skies sounds.

Update now and absorb some friends/ random nerds…

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Osmos wins Apple Design Award 2011

Apple Design AwardAnother woah! for Osmos and Hemisphere; Osmos has won the Apple Design Award 2011!

There were twelve winners, just three in each category of iPhone, Mac, Student and iPad, which was Osmos’ category.

Eddy from Hemisphere attended to pick up his award of Apple hardware and metallic cuboid that glows when you touch it. We look forward to seeing Eddy’s pics!

Osmos included music from Gas and High Skies, and is available on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Linux.

Visit apple.com to view all the winners…

Silk for iPad, copies to be won.

Silk for iPadAdd a comment below to win a copy.

Silk.
With the swish of a finger anyone can create beautiful, flowing art entwined with an ethereal soundscape, a world where riches of color spring from your fingertips.

  • The official app of www.weavesilk.com with millions of users.
  • Create gorgeous wallpapers with the swish of a finger.
  • Original music and sound by Mat Jarvis (High Skies)

All music and sound was performed on Jupiter 6 and ARP Odyssey, and features a brand new High Skies track. Compatible with all iPads, iOS v4.0 or later.

Simply add a comment to win a copy, we have three copies to give away. The draw will take place on Friday 27th May 2011. Anyone who wins and has already bought Silk will get a full refund, or is free to give to a friend.

Get Silk from the App Store

Some sample images you can create with Silk…

Silk for iPad, screenshot 1 Silk for iPad, screenshot 2 Silk for iPad, screenshot 3

Don’t forget to add a comment below to win, simple!
We do not keep email addresses and only the winners will be contacted, so there is no reason not to enter! Good luck!

Osmos: End of Year Awards

What a year Osmos has had! No1 in the iOS App Store and Apple’s iPad Game of the Year(!) as well as the PC/Mac/Linux version selling 250,000 copies in a week in the Humble Indie Bundle just before Christmas.

Steve Jobs relaxing with Osmos

Hemisphere Games, the creators of Osmos, have posted some of the end of year awards it has just won along with the chance to help. It has four nominations in the Best App Ever Awards that you can vote in…
Best Use of iOS Hardware
Most Innovative Game
Best Game Graphics
Best Game Controls

Please follow any of these links and click away; we’d really appreciate it if you could find the time to vote :-) Votes close 25th Jan.
(Each time you vote a Minimoog gets tuned and fed)

HemisphereGames.com
Anyways, this is the time of year when various reviewers and websites post their end-of-year awards and ask their users to vote on the best games of the year. Happily for us, Osmos for iPhone and/or iPad has received a bunch!

  • The big momma of all these is Apple’s selection as iPad Game of the Year! Woot woot.
  • Macworld chose Osmos as Puzzle Game of the Year!
  • IGN awarded Osmos with Coolest Atmosphere and Best Soundtrack of 2010. It was also nominated for Best iPhone Game. “The combination of the exquisite electronic soundtrack, the cool, colorful look of the different motes, and the zen pacing makes Osmos the coolest iPhone/iPad game of the year.”
  • IFC selected it not just as a top iOS game, but as one of the top games of 2010 on any platform. Seeing Osmos amongst such titles as Limbo, Mass Effect 2, Assassin’s Creed, Super Meat Boy, etc. is wild! “Rises head and shoulders above so much of the games content to be found on the App Store because of its thoughtful mechanics and abstract presentation. …beautiful and the ambient trance soundtrack transports players to blissed-out interactive nirvana.”
  • Osmos has been nominated in this year’s Crunchies for “Best Touch Interface”. These are some pretty far-reaching awards, with other categories including nominees such as Twitter, Facebook, the iPad, Netflix… crazy company!
  • Pocketgamer called it one of the ten best iPad games of 2010.
  • TouchArcade selected it as one of the best ports of 2010. “Osmos is one of those titles that feels like it was made for a touch screen, and after owning the Steam version on my laptop, moving to the iOS version felt like an upgrade. Really, no matter which version you play, Osmos is stellar from top to bottom.”
  • iLounge put out an iOS buyer’s guide, with all kinds of interesting articles and suggestions. They’ve included Osmos in their Top 100 Games of 2010. “Beautiful like a jellyfish tank set to ambient music from a hip lounge, Hemisphere Games’ Osmos challenges you to grow in size to overwhelm or absorb organic blobs in pool- and space-like settings. As soon as you think you understand the action, Osmos introduces the ability control the speed of time, and the challenge of outpacing new rivals. Brilliant and unique…”
  • The APPera named it one of the best iOS games of 2010.
  • Oh, and while this isn’t a top list, it was fun to read how “people should have wasted their time on” Osmos rather than Angry Birds. “[Osmos] is everything that games too often are not: beautiful, satisfying, sometimes even relaxing. It’s a full PC game shrunk to the iPhone, and there are some gorgeous touches. For example, that popping you feel after using the slow-motion feature and hearing the soundtrack drop in pitch? That’s a new synapse firing off in your head.”

Toot toot!

Osmos: Apple’s Game of the Year for iPad!

Osmos, Apple's Game of the Year 2010

Woah x10. Apple has just announced the four winners of the prestigious apps of the year 2010, and have selected Osmos as the iPad game of the year 2010. Congratulations to Hemisphere Games!


Steve Jobs does all his re-entry calculations using Osmos for iPad.

Osmos includes music from Gas and High Skies (free MP3 downloads)

Osmos in the app store

Also, coincidently Osmos (iOS) has just been updated.

Hey everyone! We’ve submitted a sweet Osmos iOS update (1.6.4) which should be available any day now. By popular demand, it contains:

  • Game Center support!
  • Skip a Level: Players will be able to skip up to three levels in Odyssey mode. If you’ve been having trouble with a specific level but want to continue the Odyssey (thereby unlocking additional Arcade modes), this update will be a big help!
  • Smaller download size on iPhone, allowing it to be downloaded over 3G.

A note for iOS developers out there: we learned a useful lesson we thought we should share. Our last iPhone update (1.6.3) added Retina support, including a set of larger textures that pushed the .ipa file we submitted to Apple up to 19.3 MB. We thought this would squeak by under the 20 MB limit imposed on 3G downloads; but along the way, 1.4 MB was somehow added to the version finally available on the App Store. We’re not sure what in Apple’s process causes this, but we’ve submitted an 18 MB .ipa file this time to try to remain under the limit. Beware the bloat!

Cheers!

2B or ≠ 2B… Universal

Eddy Boxerman from Hemisphere Games has written a very interesting post on the dilema of creating universal apps for the App Store…

When Apple first announced the iPad, including information on its App Store and Universal Apps, we began asking ourselves should we go “Universal”, or release two separate builds? This is a question that every iOS developer is faced with, and there are those on both sides of the fence, each with their own reasons. It also depends on the nature of the App itself. In the end, we decided to release two separate Apps: “Osmos for iPad” followed by “Osmos”, an iPhone only app. Some of our players have asked “Why?”  continue…

Read the rest of the post on Hemisphere’s blog…