However, the indie games sector remains healthier than ever, and it's with pleasure that we use Mac Mondays to focus on games that might otherwise slip mainstream notice. Read on for the latest picks!
You move around the space by ejecting bits of yourself in an action/reaction process. Clicking the mouse button will fire off ejecta in that direction, which propels you in the opposite direction. These pieces of yourself will bounce around the area and be reabsorbed by whatever motes with which they collide, including yourself. Holding down the mouse button will fire them off more quickly, which makes you move faster, but at the risk of losing much more of your mass, which makes you vulnerable to larger motes. As you grow larger, it requires more effort to propel yourself, as the laws of physics dictate.
You can use the mousewheel to zoom out and in, which can give you a better picture of the playfield, and the ever-shifting locations of your targets. It's important to be aware of the changing trajectories of each mote as they travel around, as it's easy to become blindsided by a larger mote and lose mass.
Later levels feature orbits that keep you moving in relation to a larger mass, and a "biophobe" that consumes motes, yet flees from you, requiring aggressive tactics and careful husbanding of your mass to succeed in running it down.
Osmos is a challenging, deceptively difficult puzzler that will have you seeing spots -- but in a good way.