Guide a group of rectangles through a series of obstacles, using their different skills together to get to the end of each environment.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (4,472 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 12, 2012

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"This is a game that will make you care about puzzle-platforming with coloured blocks because a British man talks about them a lot."
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Reviews

“For all its charm, Thomas is more than just the super-minimalist-yet-incredibly-engaging tales of a few plucky AIs. It's the story of games. Of how they get made and played, of the joys and frustrations they bring and of the thousands of tiny iterative processes that go into evolving single titles and the entire medium into their best forms.”
Evan Narcisse, Kotaku

“It proves that you don't need tens of millions of dollars and hundreds of staff to make a game story worth telling, just a good hook, an engaging vision, and a whole lot of heart.”
9/10 – Josh Tolentino, Destructoid

“The understated aesthetic design and unusual co-op puzzles will absorb you for the game’s duration – the wit and personality of the writing, though, will stay with you for much longer.”
8/10 – Keza MacDonald, IGN

About This Game

Thomas Was Alone, and then, Well, he Wasn't.

Thomas Was Alone is an indie minimalist 2D platformer about friendship and jumping and floating and anti-gravity. Guide a group of rectangles through a series of obstacles, using their different skills together to get to the end of each environment.
Listen to awesome music by David Housden. Jump over rectangles meticulously placed by Mike Bithell. Listen to voiceover read wistfully and a bit amusingly by Danny Wallace.


Thomas Was Alone tells the story of the world's first sentient AIs, and how they worked together to, well, not escape: Escape is a strong word. 'Emerge' might be better. 'Emerge' has an air of importance about it, while keeping the myriad plot twists and superhero origin stories you'll discover under wraps. We didn't even mention the bouncing. That'd be overkill.

Key Features


  • Beat 100 levels, and uncover the story of the AIs.
  • Utilize the unique skills of 10+ characters.
  • Immerse yourself in David Housden's critically acclaimed procedural score.
  • Chuckle along to Danny Wallace's narration.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:500 Mhz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • DirectX®:7.0
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:OS X 10.5
    • Processor:500 Mhz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
77 of 83 people (93%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Beautiful game. Go for it. An experience you'll never forget. The rectangles are not just rectangles, they really connect with you. You'll get that warm fuzzy feeling inside once you finish the game. Now downloading the amazing soundtrack. 9/10 easily
Posted: May 23
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51 of 59 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Simplicity, a lot of heart, good intentions, and a fantastic voice full of personality...

How can it be that you end considering some squares your friends???

Maybe we are never alone.
Posted: June 25
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36 of 47 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Very nice atmospheric game, i just love the narration in it.

10/10
Posted: May 26
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Thomas Was Alone is a truly indie gem.

In this game you guide a group of rectangles, each one with a unique skill, through dozens of puzzle-platformer levels. There's a beautiful story about friendship and cooperation that will let you hooked on the screen. The music, composed by David Housden, is touching and helps to create an incredible immersive feeling. Thomas Was Alone last just a few hours, but it's very enjoyable if you like this genre.

I've always seen this game on sale but never bought it until I see it in a bundle of my interest. Don't do like I did. If you really love the concept of games as an art, you should play Thomas Was Alone right now. It's fantastic!
Posted: September 26
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
"Psychoanalysis of colored jumping blocks".

I don't remember any of the colored blocks and which names they have. Just Thomas is in average height and with average jumping abilities. Thomas, the orange block and main character of this weird little jump'n' run adventure.

Although this game has minimalistic graphics, the look and feel is very impressive and unique.
The background music is chillout, but for mainly the narrator tells you an endless monologue of friendship and relationship between different blocks. It becomes pretty philosophic like "which is the purpose of life?" or "who am I really?" But you mustn't ever follow the story. Rather concentrate on the challenging jump sequences and sometimes occuring logical puzzles and you'll beat this not too hard game perfectly in a few hours.

In the end, I certain don't reveal too much, Thomas wasn't alone ...
Posted: July 18
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97 of 110 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
☺ Interesting, witty and engaging story.
☺ Lovely, minimalist art style.
☺ Good puzzle platforming.

☹ Not very challenging gameplay.
☹ A little short.

Thomas Was Alone is a lovely and engaging platformer from start to finish that tells the tale of some plucky AI figuring out their place in the minimalist world they see themselves in. It features some good puzzles based around your team of AI working together to overcome the obstacles before them, each with their own unique ability and personality (which really shines through, despite being simple shapes, thanks to the narration work of Danny Wallace and some good writing).

While a little on the short side, it does manage to stay focused without any padding - although I would have liked the game to have continued for a bit longer with escalating difficulty. The game is quite slow paced with a soothing soundtrack which compliments the minimalist style and produces a rather relaxing experience which is topped off with decent controls that never caused frustration.

While easily recommended for fans of slower paced 2D platformers and those people who like a well written story, the length of the game (and lack of replayabilty) means I'd suggest waiting for a sale.
Posted: January 7
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