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Would a fan of Zen Bound also enjoy Osmos?

08-11-2010, 11:53 PM
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Would a fan of Zen Bound also enjoy Osmos?

And how does Osmos look and play on an iPhone 3G and an iPod touch 2G?
08-12-2010, 12:16 AM
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I've got Osmos on Mac and I find it slightly frustrating in a way. Since it's possible to fail you have to keep on the move, only the movement is really slow and I find myself trying to speed it up, but then the faster you go the more likely you are to fail. It's a good game, but the feeling of zen isn't quite there.

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08-12-2010, 06:49 AM
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I have both, and like them both.....but i'm not sure someone looking for the same experience or mood will be satisfied. There is really no pressure on the player in zen bound other than your own desire to get the highest coverage of any puzzle.

Osmos has zen like music, but the underlying game is quite difficult IMHO and a more pressured experience than ZB. The controls in osmos, while very smart for the game, are very touchy and sensitive. Also given that most of the puzzles in osmos involve out growing other blobs, in-action is not an option....where in ZB you can take as much time as you like to consider what you want to do.

I found both to be good, but i don't think i'd call Osmos relaxing like a lot of reviews and advertisements call it.
08-12-2010, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by MidianGTX View Post
I've got Osmos on Mac and I find it slightly frustrating in a way. Since it's possible to fail you have to keep on the move, only the movement is really slow and I find myself trying to speed it up, but then the faster you go the more likely you are to fail. It's a good game, but the feeling of zen isn't quite there.
Agree totally John.

I find both games frustrating to be fair. I'd definitely assume you'd like both games as much. I personally lean towards Osmos.

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08-12-2010, 11:06 AM
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Zen Bound 2 is 5 times better than Osmos

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08-12-2010, 11:14 AM
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I hated Zen Bound because it always frustrates me. Osmos on the other hand relaxes me and I prefer it much more. With Osmos I don't really have to think much. Zen Bound requires a lot of patience and thinking. But I find it fustrating because I'll end up planning and wrapping the object for ages and then not be able to reach 100% because I have either run out of rope or the area left is inaccessible. And I have OCD (especially with games) so I have to get to 100%, nothing less will do.

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08-12-2010, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by LBG View Post
And I have OCD (especially with games) so I have to get to 100%, nothing less will do.
Wouldn't that mean when you play Osmos you have to keep going after level completion until you're the only thing left on the screen? I did it a couple of times, and it took far longer than 100% on Zen Bound does.

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08-12-2010, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by LBG View Post
I hated Zen Bound because it always frustrates me. Osmos on the other hand relaxes me and I prefer it much more. With Osmos I don't really have to think much. Zen Bound requires a lot of patience and thinking. But I find it fustrating because I'll end up planning and wrapping the object for ages and then not be able to reach 100% because I have either run out of rope or the area left is inaccessible. And I have OCD (especially with games) so I have to get to 100%, nothing less will do.
Dude, you sound so much like me it's crazy. I started disliking ZB because I couldn't get some levels from 98% up to 100%.

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08-12-2010, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by LBG View Post
I hated Zen Bound because it always frustrates me. Osmos on the other hand relaxes me and I prefer it much more. With Osmos I don't really have to think much. Zen Bound requires a lot of patience and thinking. But I find it fustrating because I'll end up planning and wrapping the object for ages and then not be able to reach 100% because I have either run out of rope or the area left is inaccessible. And I have OCD (especially with games) so I have to get to 100%, nothing less will do.
As backwards as it sounds, I agree for sure. Zen Bound also frustrated me a lot at times, being the OCD folks you and I seem to be XD. Since perfectionism isn't quite a part of Osmos, I find it to be an overall more relaxing experience, even though there is more danger involved.

I find Osmos to be a fair bit more immersive than Zen Bound, too. The soundtrack and setting help it a lot, but the time manipulation is what really makes me dig in (with the music slowing down and such )

I don't know... something about Osmos grabs me in a way that Zen Bound tried to, but failed in the long run Zen Bound is a good game, but after the first week of having it, I didn't find myself wanting to play more. It was feeling more like a chore than anything else. I mean, I'm a very patient person, and I can think things through, but my thinking doesn't apply in that way. I can't really think in terms of how much ground I have to cover with how much rope

Midian, I think the thing is that in Osmos, you don't see a completion percentage or counter. It doesn't show you that you're missing 20% of the level, whereas Zen Bound loves to make a note of it and constantly shows your percentage. I think another part of it has to do with the fact that you don't have to eat everything up in Osmos to fully complete a level. It's just something fun you can try to do. I, personally, do try to eat everything in the levels even though that's not the goal, but I don't get frustrated if I'm unable to, simply because my completion of a level does not depend on that.

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Last edited by MasterChief3624; 08-12-2010 at 11:23 AM.
08-12-2010, 11:25 AM
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Not quite OCD enough if you need a percentage, that's just a normal gamer's line of thinking You didn't go collecting every single coin in Mario 64 because there was a %, you did it because you had to drain the levels of every last item.

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