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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.

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16 comments by INtense! on May 16th, 2012

Indie Royale is proud to present a very special game bundle - the All Charity lightning pack - featuring four awesome indie games and three outstanding chiptune albums/EPs, with 100% of the proceeds going to four extremely worthy charities.

The bundle's generous developers have each hand-picked a charity for their game, including UNICEF's Haiti aid, vital human rights work from Amnesty International, free speech and privacy advocacy from the EFF, and the global poverty programs of ActionAid.

Headlining the bundle is Hemisphere Games' dreamlike physics puzzle game Osmos, available for Windows and Mac on Steam, Windows and Linux on Desura, and DRM-free on Windows, Mac and Linux. The game puts the player in the role of a single-celled organism, tasked with growing larger by absorbing all the other organisms around it. A.V. Club called it, "Moving in every sense of the word" and Indiegames.com says, "Osmos mixes puzzle, action and strategy remarkably and all the while does it with great finesse and style." Blessed with an elegant minimalist electronic soundtrack, you'll progress from serenely ambient levels to varied and challenging worlds in this peaceful and engaging puzzler.

Next up is Erik Svedang's interactive fairytale Blueberry Garden, available for Windows on Steam, Desura, and DRM-free. An Independent Games Festival Grand Prize-winning experimental game about curiosity and exploration, you take on the role of a creature investigating a mysterious world. Try various fruits and use their effects to navigate the landscape more easily, and explore this playground of oddities in a living world with a marvelously offbeat soundtrack and multiple endings.

Making its bundle debut is Wadjet Eye Games' rabbinical 2D adventure game The Shivah, available for Windows on Desura and DRM-Free. In the first title from the creator of The Blackwell Legacy you play as Russell Stone, a Jewish Rabbi at a poor synagogue in New York City. After a former member of his congregation dies and leaves him a significant amount of money, Rabbi Stone is led on an adventure through New York City that will test his faith and uncover unsettling truths. PC Gamer says, "It's in games like this that gaming really starts to measure up to conventional literature for emotional and intellectual integrity."

Finally featured is Copenhagen Game Collective's offbeat local multiplayer party game B.U.T.T.O.N., available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. After taking a few steps away from your controller, race back to your controller through physical space, and do whatever it takes to win (or to avoid losing). While the game will display various rules for each round, there is no way to keep track of whether the players obey the rules or not - and unfair tactics are majorly encouraged here in this crazed improvisational party game.

Those who pay $7 USD or their country's currency equivalent during the All-Charity Pack get three incredible music albums/EPs from leading composers. These include Jake Kaufman's 'FX4', a virtuoso NES-style jam from the Shantae and Retro City Rampage composer, as well as Fez soundtrack creator Disasterpeace's acclaimed 2008 concept album 'Level', and a brand new EP from Super Time Force composer 6955, 'IN1ep'.

You can decide exactly how much money goes to each of the four charities when you donate to this bundle, and your entire donation amount (after third-party credit card/Paypal fees) will be received by the worthy causes picked by these charitable indies. Please give generously!

More information on the limited-time All-Charity Pack, including real-time statistics, its current minimum donation price, and the total amount raised so far for charity, is available at its official website or via its Facebook and Twitter pages.

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panda1337 Jan 3 2014, 6:38am says:

Love this game!!!

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NothingMuchHereToSay Nov 10 2012, 2:48am says:

I'm having trouble with the Demo's menu, the game itself works fine on Linux, but the fonts aren't showing up in the menus.

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andreihaiducul Dec 4 2012, 10:38pm replied:

The original release (1.6.0) shipped with a bad font, but that problem has since been fixed. Maybe the demo hasn't been updated? Check out this thread for discussion & a solution: Hemispheregames.com

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franfistro May 23 2012, 1:12am says:

Found it in the All Charity Bundle.
I really enjoied this game. However I find final levels with gravity impossible to pass.
Tried several times, but the lose of mass to change orbit ownes me.
Any special advice on how to finish these final levels?

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andreadandrea Jul 17 2012, 7:10pm replied:

i'm stuck there too. i think i have 2 more levels to go to finish the game and i WILL to them someday and somehow!!

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onomastikon May 20 2012, 8:02am says:

Stumbled across this in a "charity pack" and would be willing to give it a try, but ALL of the menus are in GERMAN without a single option anywhere of changing the language to English. Gee, thanks.

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malevolent Oct 24 2011, 5:48pm says:

Text not shown, only labels as you can see:

Testing on Arch linux 32 bits. HIB works nice, but not Desura's one.


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F3lix85 Mar 3 2012, 3:53am replied:

I found a fix for it. Create a file called UserBindings.cfg in ./desura/common/osmos and add the line: lang "en"
then try running it from the desura client again.

Forgot to add that lang as the possible values of de, en, es, fr, and it.

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cip91 Apr 23 2012, 4:55pm replied:

The fix doesn't work, and it doesn't shows text neither if I launch it via desura/common/osmos/launch.sh .. But I get this:

WARNING: error loading font file Fonts/FortuneCity.ttf . And the font is in there, any hint?

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cip91 Apr 23 2012, 5:03pm replied:

So it seems that the font is kind of broken, a simple solutions is to copy a TTF font form /usr/share/fonts/TTF and put it in the /osmos/Fonts directory, renaming it as FortuneCity.ttf, that works for me. Visit this thread for more info Hemispheregames.com

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lukad Feb 11 2012, 5:51pm replied:

Same for me on Arch 64-bit.
But if I launch it via desura/common/osmos/launch.sh the labels show up correct.
Kinda annyoing.

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Lay back and chill.
Ambient music slows you down while you move your little bubble through blue world full of other bubbles with different abilities to stop you from growing.
You need to kill 30 minutes? Osmos is the game! Perfect for a break, but only for that, because it can bore you after a time.

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