zConnection Osmos Review

zConnection's Connor Beaton writes: "When I first saw Philips' "Ambilight" technology for LCD TVs, my initial reaction was that the feature was pretty garish. The system basically generates light effects from behind the TV corresponding to the video displayed on the set, making the video "glow" around the edges. Philips claim that watching a television using "Ambilight" technology results in a much more immersive experience than watching a television without. After having played Osmos for the first time, I can only think of one thing when I hear the word "Ambilight": "I really, really, really want to play Osmos on a high-def Ambilight screen."

"You see, Osmos' charm isn't purely in its soothing electronic soundtrack, challenging gameplay and wonderful simplicity, but also in its beautiful visuals. Coming from American indie developer Hemisphere Games, Osmos puts players into the shoes – er, nucleus – of a single-celled lifeform, which must absorb other small lifeforms to stay alive. With over forty-seven different levels with slightly different scenarios such as "absorb this particular mote" or "become the largest", it's one of the most original games I've played for a long time."

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