A cursory look at current gaming trends and directions would note the rise of once-niche gaming industry arenas, with the popularity of indie games being one of the most notable and evident.
Hemisphere Games’ Osmos, initially released less than five years ago, continues to be one of the world’s most popular indie game titles, with regular updates and enhancements being implemented on newer versions.
Access to online multiplayer maps is also part of the features sported by the latest Osmos update, and given its growing number of followers and the regular frequency of updates, the indie game title is one which proves to compete against titles produced by established commercial game development brands.
Osmos, as a game, has been described as an “Asteroids-like” game, utilizing a “mote” to take the place of the “spaceship” in Asteroids. The difference with the two game titles is that in Osmos, the goal is to absorb as much mass as possible, to increase the size/mass of a “mote”.
A casual observer, after initially hearing about the game’s overall premise, would be quick to question how long it would last in the gaming arena, but the number of awards linked with the game (including “iPad Game of the Year 2010”) has proven that it is one well followed and well loved game.
Now with its multiplayer update, Osmos continues to be a top iPad game title, a credit to the on-the-rise quality and popularity of indie game title releases.
If you are among the many who feel that cut-and-dry gameplay sensation with “bloatware-riddled” game titles, Osmos just may be the game title that’ll get you out of your rut.