Hemisphere Games' critically acclaimed PC title Osmos is making its way to the iPad, and will eventually be joined by an iPhone release in the future. Currently available for $10 for the Mac as well as Windows and Linux PC's for $10, Osmos has been described as a "zen game", with many reviews citing the fantastic atmosphere created with the marriage of hypnotic graphics with perfectly paired music. It didn't take more than a few seconds of playing the free demo on my computer to see just how well Osmos will work on the iPad.

In the game, you play as a bright blue orb floating about absorbing other orbs, called motes. The basic gameplay mechanic involves puttering around the game world sucking up anything smaller than you. Clicking (or tapping on the iPad) in a direction causes your orb to eject mass that way and send you jetting off the opposite way. Things start off easy, but levels quickly ramp up to require extremely precise movements as the game places you in levels where you're absolutely surrounded by bigger orbs just waiting to munch you up.

You can get a good feel for the game by watching the trailer:

Osmos for the iPad is planned for release on July 8th, with the iPhone version following roughly a month later. I've really enjoyed these slow-paced "zen" games in the past, and I think Osmos will be a great fit on both the iPhone and iPad. Hemisphere Games has also posted a brief hands-on video of the game running on the iPad, and it shows how the mouse controls translate to touch as well as teasing a few extra game modes:

You can expect a review from us when the game hits the App Store in a week or so.

  • Venalin

    This looks great! can't wait to see how it actually plays.

  • Venalin

    This looks great! can't wait to see how it actually plays.

  • http://www.twitter.com/josh_hofer Josh Hofer

    I have this game on my PC via Steam, love it. Always thought a port to the iPhone/iPad would be perfect.

  • http://www.twitter.com/josh_hofer Josh Hofer

    I have this game on my PC via Steam, love it. Always thought a port to the iPhone/iPad would be perfect.

  • Froggyboby

    You can get this for $5 on steam until the fourth of July

  • Froggyboby

    You can get this for $5 on steam until the fourth of July

  • arhb

    If you buy it from the developer it is $10, but you get a free download of an album of one of the contributors to the music of the game. Either way after seeing the post above I bought the game for my mac. It's really nice to play.

  • arhb

    If you buy it from the developer it is $10, but you get a free download of an album of one of the contributors to the music of the game. Either way after seeing the post above I bought the game for my mac. It's really nice to play.

  • arhb

    Ok - here is what I would do if I hadn't bought it already. Buy it for five on Steam. Then go to the developers website and Tweet or post a line about the album, to get the music for free. You're welcome, internet.

  • arhb

    Ok - here is what I would do if I hadn't bought it already. Buy it for five on Steam. Then go to the developers website and Tweet or post a line about the album, to get the music for free. You're welcome, internet.

  • dyscode

    I played this also on Steam. This is a truyl unique game. I was thinking for long time already when this would come to the iPhone!

    YES!

  • dyscode

    I played this also on Steam. This is a truyl unique game. I was thinking for long time already when this would come to the iPhone!

    YES!

  • http://heiseheise.com Zach

    Steam had it on sale for $2.50 yesterday; one of the best cost-to-value purchases I've made in recent history. The soundtrack really is great and gameplay was addicting: I was playing it on my Dell in bed at midnight and the levels were like popcorn; "just one more"

  • http://heiseheise.com Zach

    Steam had it on sale for $2.50 yesterday; one of the best cost-to-value purchases I've made in recent history. The soundtrack really is great and gameplay was addicting: I was playing it on my Dell in bed at midnight and the levels were like popcorn; "just one more"

  • Lord Gek

    Is there any kind of score for each of the levels of the Arcade mode or are they simply pass/fail?

  • Lord Gek

    Is there any kind of score for each of the levels of the Arcade mode or are they simply pass/fail?

  • sammysin

    Really excellent news. Never got round to playing this on my crappy PC, but the iPhone version will do perfectly.

  • sammysin

    Really excellent news. Never got round to playing this on my crappy PC, but the iPhone version will do perfectly.

  • http://www.nitako.com Noam Abta

    I needed a relaxing game and here it is.

  • http://www.nitako.com Noam Abta

    I needed a relaxing game and here it is.

  • wolkenlos

    this looks much like a rebuilded version from the gameboy advanced game Orbital which was published 2006 under the bit-generations label from nintendo.
    It seems to be that unique to me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTktCOAxxQg

  • wolkenlos

    this looks much like a rebuilded version from the gameboy advanced game Orbital which was published 2006 under the bit-generations label from nintendo.
    It seems to be that unique to me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTktCOAxxQg

  • Crunc

    This is a pretty cool game I have on Steam, though admittedly I haven't played it a lot. I think having it on iPhone will be a lot more appealing and lead to me playing it more. I'm looking forward to it.

  • Crunc

    This is a pretty cool game I have on Steam, though admittedly I haven't played it a lot. I think having it on iPhone will be a lot more appealing and lead to me playing it more. I'm looking forward to it.

  • Erik

    I agree it looks much like Orbital from Nintendo. I have it for the virtual console on the Wii. Orbital is a terrific game.

  • Erik

    I agree it looks much like Orbital from Nintendo. I have it for the virtual console on the Wii. Orbital is a terrific game.

  • Jason

    I will buy this right when it is released for the iPhone! I can't wait for the iPhone version.

  • Jason

    I will buy this right when it is released for the iPhone! I can't wait for the iPhone version.