Guide a group of rectangles through a series of obstacles, using their different skills together to get to the end of each environment.
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Release Date: Nov 12, 2012

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“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

Mac OS X
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:500 Mhz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • DirectX®:7.0
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • OS:OS X 10.5
    • Processor:500 Mhz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
the platformer illustrates the story being told
i became emotionally attached to shapes

great narrator also
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
The gameplay is fine, though it is not what keeps you playing. The surprisingly lovable characters and story is what holds this game together and proves that a couple of rectangles can be part of an interesting and fun journey. The gameplay kind of annoyed me a bit towards the end, especially since most of the puzzles are really easy, but is definitely enjoyable in its brevity for the story alone.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Let your armor down and free your imagination. Soon you will begin to relate intrinsically with these various colored blocks. I've experienced friends being torn apart and reunited. Love both unrequited and freely given. Isolated individuals who found they belonged after all.

I definitely ran through a thorough gamut of moods while traversing this world, and found many of its moments to be both enriching and emotionally involving.

I've always believed that the auditory aspect of a game, or any artform truly, is a big part of what makes it genuinely complete, if not at the very least augmenting it in a substantial capacity (when done correctly). This title's soundtrack truly added nuance to the various moments experienced throughout, running from those of a sentimental or adventurous nature, and everything in between. The soundtrack is fitting and stellar.

The exquisite narration also adds the well-needed elements of humanity and intimacy into this abstract environment, motivating understanding and inspiring relatability.

I also consider it a boon when a game doesn't overstay its welcome (as in the example of many puzzle titles I've played in the past). Just be certain not to binge. Instead, play it sporadically for the most possible relaxation and enjoyment.

A truly charming game which earns well its rating: 8/10

We are not alone.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Somehow this game made me magically care about hopping shapes. I dont know what kind of black magic is involved but it is worth playing through.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Recommended ✔
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
The best story that's ever been told about rectangles in a video game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Awesome story that made me care for little colored rectangles. Love it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Lovely game with excellent narration. Very cleverly done.
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347 of 388 people (89%) found this review helpful
169 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
A game where you cry at Geometry.
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147 of 155 people (95%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2015
THOMAS WAS ALONE - A beautiful, minimalist indie 2D puzzle/platformer.

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Score Comment
Graphics 8 Simple but pleasing, using clean lines and shapes to form the game levels. Game Characters are also simple shapes with different colours but are easily identifiable. Background colours and effects have a different pallet for each level. The overall effect is minimalist, stylish and elegant.
Audio 10 Relaxing ambient background music throughout the game and excellent story narration by Danny Wallace (He won a BAFTA for his performance). There really is nothing to fault here.
Gameplay 9 Thomas was alone has simple and intuitive controls that respond well, giving good control of your characters. Levels start simply and get progressively more difficult at a fairly steady rate. I don't ever recall feeling overwhelmed at any point and play remained very enjoyable throughout the game. As you progress the game does a good job of introducing you to new concepts that you need to complete the levels like controlling various elements (doors, gravity, etc) through various pressure and trigger switches. Also as you progress you meet and gain control of other characters (besides Thomas) each of which have their own unique properties and abilities. You will often find that you will need to employ skill & logic as well as a bit of trial and error to successful navigate levels but fortunately the game does not punish you for failing, so play always seems fun.
Story 9 I really didn't expect any kind of story from a puzzle platform game, especially not one where the characters are just little shapes, but despite this what I got was a brilliant one. A delightful little story that builds with each level and makes you really care about what happens to your little shapes. Each one has their own unique characters, fears, desires and personalities. Their struggles to survive and escape the unfair system that imprisons them and which is constantly changing the rules in its efforts to defeat them.
Replayability 6 By the end of the game you will have mastered some pretty advanced skills and will remember many of the puzzles solutions, this makes some of the earlier levels feel very easy. The game is of a fairly good length but because its so enjoyable you will no doubt be left wanting more. There are various steam achievements (small black hollow rectangles) scattered throughout various levels and going back to find these will add to the playtime. Levels are re-playable after you have completed them making it a good game for quick casual play.
8.5 A little gem of an indie game, charming and enjoyable, it leaves you wanting more - would highly recommend.

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3.0 hrs
Posted: October 20
All of the feels.
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4.8 hrs
Posted: October 18
At face value, it's another darn pixelated indie game... and the pixels are big. If you bother to read the dialogue, it becomes a story of hope, love, sacrifice and machine learning. And if you go off the deep end and down the rabbit hole, it might be an introduction to existentialism.

Whatever the level at which you decide to interact with this game, it'll probably be worthwhile.
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5.1 hrs
Posted: October 17
Amazing casual gameplay. Solid narraition. I really enjoyed this title. Only complaint is the short gameplay around 3 hours, however it is fun to replay.
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3.3 hrs
Posted: October 16
One of the greatest platformers out there on Steam. Minimalistic graphics with amazing narration makes your imagination work and after few minutes you'll treat rectangles as a human beings. As a puzzle game it's great although not challenging as much as other games in genere. A must have no matter whether bought on sale or for a full price. Only downside of the game is its lenght. I finished it in 3 hours. Still, I had a lot of fun.
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6.9 hrs
Posted: October 12
If you like puzzle games and don't believe rectangles can have feelings I strongly recommend you to play this game
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4.6 hrs
Posted: October 10
Thomas Was Alone is an indie puzzle platformer with minimalistic art style. I found the game very lackluster considering all the critical praise it has received.

The gameplay is frankly rubbish. The controls are unresponsive, especially with a keyboard. Not that the gamepad controls are much better. Furthermore, all the puzzles are extremely easy and the levels are rather repetitive.

I suppose the main draw here is supposed to be the storytelling. Unfortunately I didn't care much for the story either. It is well narrated for sure, but I didn't care much for the actual writing. It relies way too much on tired tropes for the jokes to be truly funny.

Overall I didn't enjoy the game much and I wouldn't recommend it.

The good:
- Good voice acting

The bad:
- The story relies too much on tropes
- Poor controls, both on keyboard and gamepad
- Repetitive levels with minimal challenge
- Annoying soundtrack
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3.9 hrs
Posted: October 9
This game proves you can tell a compelling story with a minimalist approach. The naration is great - the music is fantastic ... like amny other reviewers I felt an attachment to shapes. Highly recommended.

It is, however, pretty short so make sure you're getting it for a price that makes you happy to receive a 3 hr game.
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6.6 hrs
Posted: October 9
These little jumping rectangles will make you laugh and cry - such a great Indie game! ♥
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4.9 hrs
Posted: October 8
It has your basic platformer mechanics with additional twists thrown in the mix. The gameplay is pretty basic and straightforward, but the narritive is what really makes this game. A simple story that gives geometric shapes personality and character. Not too long as to get bored of the platforming, and a nice soundtrack to go along with it.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 7
Product received for free
Even a ♥♥♥♥ing pixel retangle is not alone, and here i am.
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