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Space: The final frontier. These are the voyages of the galactic mote space amoeba. Its single-level mission: To not get eaten by bigger, nastier, red space amoebae and to boldly go where no space amoeba has gone before.

Oh, hey everyone. I've just introduced you to Osmos HD. There's not much to say about it, really. You start off as a small, worthless little blue space amoeba that hungers to be the biggest amoeba around. How do you get there? By eating the little guys, of course. Watch out, though. If you're not careful, bigger guys than yourself will be feasting on your space matter, too.

First things first. If you're going to become the biggest fish in an incredibly large pool, you've got to know how to move around. Tap on the sides of your space amoeba and he'll eject little bits of himself (gross) to propel him where you want him to float.

The double-edge to this rule, however, is that you're actually ejecting little parts of yourself. Each tap makes you a little bit smaller, thereby potentially ruining your chances of absorbing that tasty amoeba you were floating towards.

There's some nifty multitouch stuff to get around on the menus as well as a slider to either speed up the action or slow things down a bit.

There's two modes, Arcade and Odyssey, but you have to beat Odyssey mode before you can hop into Arcade. Odyssey sort of acts like the tutorial plus the introduction to the mechanics, and once you've beaten it, you can hop into Arcade and try to play any level on any difficulty to really test your chops.

Osmos HD is an absolutely gorgeous game, and with that said, there's nothing left to say. It's incredibly relaxing to play, has a beautiful, ambient soundtrack, and even has a couple of achievements to unlock for those who like digital trophies. Oh, and did I mention it was good enough to make the Humble Bundle?

If you haven't yet, get Osmos HD. It's well worth the $4.99 that's being asked for it in the Market, so show some devs a bit of love, pick up an awesome game, and spend the rest of your time floating the night away, space amoeba-style.

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Osmos HD [Android Game Review]


Mmmmm, calming activities ...

Looks very cool. Kind of like Asteroids, but not SUPER STRESSFUL!!1
I think it's probably best suited for tablets, but I may pick it up for my phone.

Good game. But maybe the graphics are too good for the simple concept because it uses battery like nothing else I've used on the GNote. Though the graphics are great. Maybe also a non HD version would be attractive.

The game is GREAT, just a heads up: HUGE battery drain on Samsung Galaxy S2!! And when I mean HUGE, I MEAN HUGE (Like 2 or 3% per minute) I contacted the developer and they acknowledge that the problem is there, it's happening for Galaxy S2, but they don't have an ETA for the fix :'( (In the meantime I just have to play while plugged to a power outlet :) )

This game's always frustrated me too much for it to be enjoyable ... and yes I play a lot more than just Angry Birds & Fruit Ninja, LoL.
I have almost 4 dozen games currently installed on my GNex ranging across all sorts of genres, just never got into Osmos.

Don't buy it through the marketplace! For around 6 dollars through the humble bundle for android (google it) you can get this, world of goo, toki tori and anamoly HD. Its a great deal, check it out

I was just going to say this. :-)

All the Humble Bundle games work on my Kindle Fire, too. Very side-load friendly!

Unfortunately, the Humble Bundle's offer has passed, as their website now says "The Humble Bundle is now closed for Android." Fortunately, it looks like they plan on doing something similar in the future!

Aww man I just saw that. I'm glad I was able to pick the bundle up last week. Hopefully the next one has some quality games like this one did.

It's only $2.99 in the market.

This game is friggin' amazing on my Xoom... turn on, tune in, drop out. Atmospheric soundtrack, stunning graphics, smooth like buttah!

I found this game to be dreadfully boring. I paid the initial deal for it as well for half price. With all the reviews that rated this as ridiculously good I was very disappointed in it. If it were free I wouldn't be so disappointed. For 5 bucks I can safely recommend to stay away.

Fantastic game. My current favorite on my phone. I got it with the humble bundle. However, it uses battery like no other on my SGS2E4GT. Not sure if this is a glitch or just the results of awesome graphics.

I got this through an earlier Humble Bundle for my laptop. It was good, but I found controlling it with a mouse to be awkward. But when I got it again through the Android Humble Bundle, I found it to be good on my Samsung Epic and great on my tablet. Would I have paid 5 bucks for it alone? I don't know... gameplay's not as deep as World of Goo which is the same price (also came with the Humble Bundle if you paid over the average, but I also bought it on its release date in the Market). That may be a bad example because WoG is so exceptional. But I definitely would have paid 3 for Osmos.