As we teased about last month, Hemisphere Games has been hard at work on adding multiplayer functionality to their zen-like puzzle game Osmos [$2.99 / $4.99 (HD)], and that update has finally landed in the App Store. As you’re probably aware, Osmos is all about building up the mass of your player orb, called a mote,  so that you can gobble up other, smaller orbs. This is exactly what the multiplayer is built around.

Either online or locally, two players can connect and pick from 6 different arenas to battle in. Then it becomes a race to see who can absorb more smaller orbs and thus become large enough to absorb the other player. It’s dead simple, but can be quite frantic and fun. Connections appear to work well whether locally or online against random players or friends.

There’s also support for playing iPad against iPhones or iPod touches as well as an optional handicap system if you’re giving your buddies too big of a beatdown and want to even things up a bit. 15 additional Game Center achievements, the ability to send out invites and boast your accomplishments over social media, and plenty of smaller tweaks and fixes round out this latest update.

Be sure to check out our original Osmos review and our thoughts on the iPhone version, and hit up our forums to find some opponents to square off against. If you’re an Osmos fan then definitely grab this latest multiplayer update that adds a great competitive edge to one of the nicest iOS puzzlers available.

  • Adams Immersive

    I tried Osmos on my new iPad before I synched it to my computer, so I knew it would be wiped and I’d have to start over. I didn’t plan to do more than mess with it a little. I still couldn’t stop—I played it to the end! Now I’m going to go back and do it again. It looked beautiful but annoying and "not-fun" in the videos, but in my hands it really IS fun. Glad to be reminded of this gem.

    • The Son of Anarchy

      Great comment... if I hadn't bought this already, your words right there would've pushed me over the edge for sure.

  • Chuck Anton

    i just redownloaded it for the multiplayer because i had already finished and i have to say it is one of the best multiplayer experiences ive had on an ios device because its fun and unique and actually pretty frantic

  • Jack Kirby

    the update is great and quite breathtaking on the new ipad multiplayer is really cool which gave me an idea for the game. I think it would be really cool if they added some new multiplayer modes such as racing through a map where you are surrounded by larger motes and you cant absorb any of them and your goal is to get to a designated spot as fast as possible without getting absorbed and you could have multiple ways to get there. I think this game has a lot more potential in it and I would like to see more updates.