"You are the busiest alien to ever romp around our humble solar system."Cosmic Osmo
is a 1989 Pop Up Video Game
created by Rand and Robyn Miller of Cyan, Inc.
Like its Spiritual Predecessor The Manhole
lets you traipse undirected through a quirky universe packed with Easter Eggs
, but this time IN SPACE
. There is no ending and no score, and only the mildest of optional puzzles.
The setting is the Osmoian system, home of the quirky, amiable Osmos: aliens with huge feet and round, honkable noses. Your conveyance is a cozy two-room spaceship called the Osmobile, but you can also slip between worlds through a vast network of shortcuts
. No matter where you end up, the Osmobile's autopilot will have it waiting for you in orbit.
The Millers' next open-ended HyperCard
game, 1991's Spelunx
, took a far more educational
tone. The 1994 rerelease of Osmo
added a Spelunx
-like science complex, making both games each other's Spiritual Successor
fanbase on the Mac
, where it remained an exclusive until 2008, it can now be found on Steam
...for Windows users only
. Even though the original won't run on today's OS X at all, and despite the developer of the Windows port saying that recompiling her work for OS X would be "trivial".
Cosmic Osmo provides examples of: