Cosmic Osmo and the Worlds Beyond the Mackerel

Puzzle 1989 Other Cyan Education Cartoon Adventure Casual

I say, old fish!

Bizarre title aside, this is a cracking point-and-click adventure for junior gamers which was released by Cyan, best known for the monumentally successful game that is Myst. This one can sort of be seen as a dry run for that experience but designed for younger adventurers but to be honest, even genre veterans should get some serious entertainment here. The plot and setting are as bizarre as you would expect from the title, and provide some fun along the way, but it all boils down to the fact that you have to explore a science fiction setting, while solving puzzles and generally soaking up the atmosphere. This one is perhaps more focused on exploration than puzzle solving and you can venture around pretty much to your heart's content, clicking on things to trigger events as you try to figure out what the heck is going on. In a nod to the younger target audience, there's no way to die here and you can't actually lose, which does make it less challenging than other similar games, but also makes it very accessible and perhaps even more enjoyable. There's not much around that's similar to Cosmic Osmo, except perhaps The Manhole, which was an earlier game from the same developers but if you're up for something unusual and original, then this is well worth checking out. It sucks you in with its crazed setting and bonkers atmosphere which permeates everything and while the gameplay isn't overly complex or deep, there's a genuine sense of adventure and exploration here and which makes this one to be tracked down.

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