Mat and Eddy Osmos Interview at CDM

createdigitalmusicEddy Boxerman, the main man behind the ambient game Osmos and myself (Mat Jarvis) have been interviewed by Peter Kirn at his Create Digital Music blog. We cover such topics as the evolution of the game, gravitational mechanics, and the Osmos soundtrack.

Visit CreateDigitalMusic.com to read the full interview (music physics space in perfect fusion)

Further Osmos interviews and reviews…

Congratulations to Eddy and Hemisphere: Osmos has been selected as an IndieCade finalist!

Osmos PAX 10: Reviews and Interviews

Hemisphere Games are currently at the PAX show in Seattle as Osmos has been selected as one of the PAX 10, the top ten games voted by Penny Arcade.

Congratulations to Eddy and Dave at Hemisphere. This is Osmos…

 

Here are a collection of random Osmos reviews and interviews…

INTERVIEWS
Indie studio talks about what it takes to bring a game to life, and the masses – GameZone.com
IGF 09 Interviews – GameDev
Road To The IGF: Hemisphere’s Osmos – Gamasutra
Indie Pick of the Week: Osmos – IGN

REVIEWS
Relaxing is a word that crops up in nearly every description of Osmos – Resolution Magazine
Beyond doubt, a work of genius… Game and Player
The “Music for Airports” of videogames? beautiful, absorbing experience, best game music I’ve heard – IGN
Osmos Shows The Better Side Of Steam – Dealspwn
The most relaxing game in the whole (c)osmos. you’d expect to pay this just for the soundtrack – Atomic mpc
Wonderful gameplay… beautifully polished and tantalisingly atmospheric – IndieGames
Fascinating, an absolute blast to play, creative, entertaining, and calming all in one go, easily worth $10 – Big Download
Deceptively engaging, endless replayability, $10 is a bargain for such a creative and addictive title – GamingTrend
Quite easily one of the most beautiful and laid back strategy games I’ve ever seen… an extremely creative game that I highly recommend GreenPixels

There are plenty more, but we’d reach the end of the universe before we posted them all, but here are a few more…

 

Music featured includes Gas, High Skies, Biosphere, Julien Neto, Loscil and others

 

Osmos is $10 (demo available) from
Hemisphere Games
Steam

Direct2Drive (+give a friend Osmos for £1)

Osmos Winners…

osmosHere are the winners for our Osmos free draw…

Congratulations to
1 Jan Weynants
2 Oskars Herlins
3 Nato
Who all receive a free copy of the game.

LIMITED OFFER
We also have a kind offer from Hemisphere who have given everyone who commented 10% off the already low price.
We’ve sent emails to everyone, so if you haven’t received a link  to the secret microscopics 10%-off page at Hemisphere, either because of spam filters, black holes or attractors, please let us know via our contact page, or add a comment below and we will send you the link. Offer is open until Weds 26th 9pm PST.

Visit Hemisphere to get the Osmos demo

Osmos Released: Free Copies to Give Away

Osmos, the amazing and addictive ambient game with ambient soundtrack, has been released and we have three free copies to give away.
Just add a comment to this post below, and we’ll use our atmospheric-noise derived, random number generator to draw three winners on Monday 24th Aug. Easy.

UPDATE:
High Skies – The Shape of Things to Come, from the Osmos soundtrack has been released on the ‘Sounds of Earth‘ EP (on Microscopics), and the track ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ is a free download.


Trailer soundtrack: Gas & High Skies

The full game has 47 levels and features music from Gas, High Skies, Biosphere, Julien Neto, Loscil and others.

BUY
$10 from Hemisphere Games direct (Mac plus PC versions together)
$10 from Steam
$10 from Direct2Disc, plus gift Osmos to a friend for $1

A demo is also available if you’d like to try first.


COMPATIBILITY

WinXP/ Vista and Mac.
Buying direct from Hemisphere Games includes Mac & PC versions, plus the Linux version when it’s released.


OSMOS SOUNDTRACK
gas0095_s1Gas – Discovery is available on the Gas 0095 album

sounds_of_earth_sHigh Skies – The Shape of Things to Come will soon be released 
on the High Skies – Sounds of Earth EP


OSMOS REVIEWS

“beyond doubt, a work of genius… a relaxing, meditative experience, about going with the flow… very ethereal feel to the design… It all adds up to something otherworldly and just . . . incredible.”  read more at GameAndPlayer.net

“wonderful gameplay… beautifully polished and tantalisingly atmospheric… Osmos mixes puzzle, action and strategy remarkably and all the while does it with great finesse and style.”  read more at Indiegames.com

Beware of other lifeforms…

Osmos News: Price, Release Date, Mac & Linux

We have news from Hemisphere about Osmos, the ambient game featuring music from Gas and High Skies. Here’s the new trailer.

UPDATE
Osmos has been released, we have copies to give away in our free draw.


Music: Gas – Discovery and High Skies – The Shape of Things to Come.
Note that the actual gameplay is much smoother than the video.

Price – $10
Release Date – August 18th
Mac and Linux Versions – Soon. Will be thrown in for everyone who buys direct from Hemisphere.

Eddy from Hemisphere says…

“But that’s too low, Hemisphere guys” you may say, “you’re crazy!” And you may well be right. Honestly though, we just want as many people as possible to play the full game — not just the demo. We also want to make sure that people who buy the game are very happy with their purchase.

Osmos will be available on Direct2Drive beginning August 18. If you pre-order the game between August 7 and 18 you’ll receive a coupon to gift Osmos to a friend for $1.

Believe it or not, we agreed to this. So go get yourself some Osmos, and share it with a friend.

We’ll also be selling Osmos on our site very soon. For those who purchase from Hemisphere directly, you’ll get the Mac version (when it’s ready) “thrown in”.

As for Steam, rumour has it they’ll be running a 10%-off sale upon release. So many choices…

More soon!
Eddy, on behalf of the Hemi-team

 

IGN: How do you describe Osmos to people?

Eddy Boxerman, Hemisphere Games: It’s surprisingly difficult. Whenever a new write-up about Osmos appears on the web, I check to see if the author has found that “magic phrase” that sweetly sums it up, but I have yet to see it. Essentially, it’s an ambient physics game. You’re a mote, and your object is to grow by absorbing smaller motes, and to avoid being absorbed by larger ones. It’s about balanced physical gameplay; it’s about a lush, Zen experience… visually, musically and physically; it’s about strategy; and sometimes patience is your best friend.

All that said, I find it as difficult to describe Osmos in words as it is to describe a song or a painting. The demo is free. Two minutes of playing will give you a much better idea than any amount of explanation on my part. The only thing I’d add is this: the early levels are meant to be easy and gentle, but the game can get very challenging later on. read more…

 

Check out the interview on IGN (indie pick of the week)
Pre-order today at Direct2Drive (& gift Osmos to a friend for $1)
Osmos on Facebook
Visit Hemisphere
Try the Osmos demo

UPDATE
Win a free copy, see our free draw

Osmos: Ambient Game Experimental Videos

Congratulations to Eddy at Hemisphere Games, where Osmos has just won the D2D award at the IGF (Indie Games Festival), even though the game is still in Alpha.

Osmos is an ambient game, with an ambient soundtrack, including music from Gas and High Skies. Highly adictive with great game play. Download Osmos (free, PC/ Boot Camp only)

Here are some further experiments for the look of Osmos (no sound)…

UPDATE
Osmos has been released, we have copies to give away in our free draw.


experiment: green one with bright particles 

Continue reading Osmos: Ambient Game Experimental Videos

Osmos: Ambient Gaming

UPDATE
Osmos has been released, we have copies to give away in our free draw.



This is the first game from Hemisphere Games. Osmos.

Enter the ambient world of Osmos: elegant, physics-based game play, 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.

Progress from serenely ambient levels into varied and more challenging worlds. Confront attractors, repulsors and intelligent motes with similar abilities and goals as you.

Congratulations to Hemisphere who have just been nominated for three awards for Osmos at this years IGF, in categories for Excellence in Design, Technical Excellence and the overall Grand Prize.

We highly recommend you try it for yourself. It’s one of those rare games that is original and addictive, plus an ambient soundtrack (including Gas and High Skies), and there’s a free alpha version to try (Windows). Download Osmos now.

UPDATE
Osmos has been released, we have copies to give away in our free draw.