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!

Osmos App Store Sale – 99c / 59p

Osmos for iPhone in the App StoreOsmos for iPhone/iPod Touch is in a super sale, and has had its price absorbed down to 99c / 59p / €0.79 but only for this week until 8th October 2010 (next Friday).

Osmos for iPhone, made by those super talented and nice chaps at Hemisphere Games and featuring music by Gas & High Skies, went straight to No1 in the App Store (yikes!) and was the App of the Week everywhere including the App Store. Shows off your retina display too.

59 pence!

Get it now.

Osmos on BBC Click

Osmos will be on the BBC’s Click program this weekend (18, 19 Sept UK). Reviewed by the lovely Kate Russell on her Webscape section.

Kate Russell on Webscape - BBC Click

The technology and gadget show is on
BBC News channel (Freeview channel 80) Sat and Sun 3.30pm,
BBC1 Sat 6.45am.

and also online at bbc.co.uk/click and iPlayer

UPDATE: The 11.30am shows have been postponed because of the Pope’s visit, but you can still catch the 3.30pm shows, or online and iPlayer.

I’m not sure if you can view the video if you’re outside the UK but the online version is now live…
BBC Click Webscape with Osmos

IGN: Osmos is best iPhone game of all time

Yikes.

In IGN’s list of the top 25 iPhone games of all time, Osmos sits at the top position!

“The top iPhone game was an easy choice, to be honest. Though there are many great games available in the App store, one stood out above the rest for its innovation and its addictiveness. Nobody at IGN could put it down. It deserves to be on every iDevice out there.”

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…

Free Osmos iPhone for the Supersonic…

Hemisphere Games are giving away free copies of Osmos for iPhone/ iPod on their Facebook page for the next week, but only if you’re speedy.

Osmos Looks like we have some extra iPhone promo codes for Osmos that will expire soon, so we’re going to give some away over the next week or so! :) Here’s the first code — WPAWX96H3464 — first-claimed-first-served! [Please post a reply to this post if you’ve successfully used it or see it’s already been claimed.]

 

Grab them whilst they’re super chilled, visit Osmos on Facebook

Osmos iPad – 1.6.3 Update

Hemisphere have just released update 1.6.3 to the iPad version of Osmos

Howdy folks,

Just wanted to let you know that update 1.6.3 for iPad just hit the store.

Here are the details:
– Level tweaks: Warped Chaos levels 3 to 9 were too easy. Much more interesting now! (Same as on iPhone now.)
– Level tweaks: Made a number of Odyssey levels a tiny bit easier. If you were stuck, give it another try.
– Play your own music. (By starting Osmos while your music is playing.)
– Fix for achievement granting bug.
– Other minor bug fixes.

Cheers!
Eddy Boxerman

ps. now would be an excellent time to write a nice, “useful” review, as the App Store review page resets on update. Thanks!

Visit Hemisphere Games…

Osmos iPhone – 1.6.3 Update

Hemisphere have just released update 1.6.3 to the iPhone version of Osmos

Howdy folks,

Just wanted to let you know that update 1.6.3 for iPhone just hit the store.

Here are the details:
– High resolution icon for iPhone 4.
– Music plays after phone call interruption.
– Fix for achievement granting bug.
– Other minor bug fixes.

Cheers!
Eddy

ps. now would be an excellent time to write a nice, “useful” review, as the App Store review page resets on update. Thanks!

Visit Hemisphere Games…

Osmos iPhone & iPad Giveaway – Winners

Osmos for iPhone in the App StoreThanks to everyone who entered our free Osmos draw. These are the winners drawn by Eddy Boxerman, creator of Osmos…

Lance Kopper
Nick Poznick
Graham Metcalfe

Congratulations! We will be contacting you to see if you prefer the iPhone or iPad version.

Steve Jobs - Osmos for iPad

If you weren’t lucky enough to win, it really is a great game/experience which I can recommend, and reached the heady heights of No1 in the App Store and Apple’s App of the Week. For more info you can see Osmos for iPhone, and for iPad in the App Store. It is also available for PC, Mac and Linux (get all three versions for $10) from Hemisphere Games.

Osmos for iPhone/iPod released – copies to give away

Osmos for iPhone in the App StoreOsmos for iPhone/iPod Touch has been released and we have copies to give away! Osmos for iPad, made by those super talented people at Hemisphere Games and featuring music by Gas & High Skies, went straight to No1 in the App Store (yikes!) and was the App of the Week everywhere. The winners get to chose either the iPhone or iPad version.

UPDATE: Osmos is now Apple’s App of the Week!

Add a comment below to win…

Steve Jobs - Osmos for iPad
Steve Jobs engrossed in Osmos (one of the later and harder levels)

Osmos for iPhone features full Retina display and iOS 4.0 support (also works great on iOS3), along with all the familiar features from the iPad version: addictive, physics-based gameplay, fluid multitouch controls, lush, flowing visuals, and a chill, ambient electronic soundtrack. It will be priced at (the low, iPhone-market style) $2.99.

The #1 question we get asked is “how will Osmos look and play on the iPhone’s small screen, especially with my fat fingers?” The answer: very nicely! Check out this video to see it in action.

We’ve put a lot of work into this version (in fact the iPad “inherited” a lot of that work), and we hope you’ll enjoy it! For more information on features, the trailer, and awesome reviews of the iPad version, check out the Osmos for iPad page.

Osmos for iPhone in the App Store
Available now at the App Store

The winners will be drawn by Eddy Boxerman from Hemisphere Games (the creators of Osmos), on 12 Aug 2010 (next Thursday) using the randomness of atmospheric noise.

Note that we don’t keep or share anyone’s email addresses, so there’s no reason not to enter! If you already own a copy or don’t own an iPhone/iPod we can gift it to a friend for you.

Win a copy, add a comment below…