After a short testing beta Osmos from Hemisphere Games has finally arrived to GNU/Linux !
Osmos only costs $10 so you cannot afford not to buy it !
If you still aren’t sure, try the demo which is available as .deb, 32-bit .rpm, 64-bit .rpm, or .tar.gz formats !
As a compensation for those who bought the Windows version, they will also get the GNU/Linux version for free !
And now for a limited time, buy Osmos and get the soundtrack album “High Skies – Sounds of Earth” as a free download !
When I beta tested the game, it had only a few minor bugs and now when I tried the complete game, it’s just perfect !
From the website :
We’re excited to announce that Osmos has been successfully absorbed by Linux, and is now available! Our newly initiated, one-man Linux warrior, Mr David Burke, has done an amazingly quick and solid job on the port, and it’s been running smoothly on a wide variety of Linux distributions and machines. (Big thanks to all our beta testers!)
Look what just got absorbed! Check out our FAQ for a list of Linux distributions that Osmos has been confirmed to run on. Or, if you’re unsure, download the free demo (in .deb, .rpm, or .tar.gz form) here.
As always, Osmos is DRM-free.
In terms of hardware specifications, the game has been tested on all sorts of machines. Dave’s primary laptop is actually a four year-old Core 2 Duo with on-board Intel graphics, and he made sure the game would perform well on low-end machines. For the record, though, here are our “official” minimum Linux requirements:
* Processor: 1.0 GHz
* Memory: 512 MB RAM
* Video card: any hardware supporting OpenGL
* Sound card: no special hardware required; any driver supporting OpenAL
As for input, the best Osmos experience is to play with a 3-button mouse; but we’ve made sure it plays well with just a trackpad and keyboard for all the laptop folk out there. (Check the in-game control menu for details.)
For those of you who have already purchased Osmos from Hemisphere, the Linux version is already yours — just follow the link in your original purchase email. (We’ll send you all a new one in the next day or two in case you’ve lost it.) And for new players, we’re still offering our $10-deal for all three (PC + Mac + Linux) versions together.
Still to come…
1) Dave plans to write a post-mortem on his experience with doing the Linux port. Expect to hear his thoughts and feelings (and possibly gripes) on the subject in the next week or so.
2) This port is also an experiment for us as a studio. Specifically, is it worth porting games to Linux? We hope the answer is yes, but we’ll find out soon enough. And you will too. We plan to publish statistics on our sales and downloads on all three platforms in about a month’s time.
Thanks, and happy Osmoting!
-The Hemisphere Team
So GNU/Linux gamers, it’s time again to support our beloved indies who support us.
Buy Osmos not just because it’s a great game by it’s own and well worth the ridicules $10, but also for the support this studio deserves for porting his game to GNU/Linux !
Prove all the other indies that it is worth supporting us. the statistics will be published in a month, don’t disappoint them.
About Osmos :
Enter the ambient world of Osmos: elegant, physics-based gameplay, dreamlike visuals, and a minimalist, electronic soundtrack.
Your objective is to grow by absorbing other motes. Propel yourself by ejecting matter behind you. But be wise: ejecting matter also shrinks you. Relax… good things come to those who wait.
Progress from serenely ambient levels into varied and challenging worlds. Confront attractors, repulsors and intelligent motes with similar abilities and goals as you.
Osmos Gameplay Video :
Osmos GNU/Linux FAQ