For Fans Of: Microbes, Jet Packs, Tapping
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The Good: Great graphics, atmospheric soundtrack, varied levels
The Bad: Very hard, requires a lot of concentration, need more modes
Osmos HD is an upgrade of the physics game where you are an omega trying to become the biggest. The game is very hard, but somehow still satisfying when you beat a puzzle. The game requires a lot of concentration and finicky maneuvering, but the game is still enjoyable.
Pushing around the blog requires you to tap around the microbe with the touchscreen. This is like a jet booster, so the faster you tap the faster it will float around. Around you are red microbes that you must avoid until you are bigger. Eat smaller ones until you consume the biggest one or complete the goal. Some times you will be orbiting a giant microbe and must complete the goal before you get sucked up.
The hardest part about the game is tapping just right and keeping a good speed. You can slow down time or speed it up by swiping the screen left or right. This allows you to bump bigger microbes out of the way without being consumed. The visuals are pretty decent, and the game has a nice atmospheric soundtrack, but due to the high difficulty, this game is far from relaxing.
Overall, Osmos HD is worth the money, and you can play in the story mode or arcade. I wish there were more modes here, but at least the levels vary so you won’t get bored. Casual gamers may get turned off by the sheer difficulty of some levels and the amount of concentration and precise movements required to move on. Give the demo a swirl before you buy.