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 (4,627 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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“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

Windows
Mac OS X
    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
37 of 45 people (82%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Yes, videogames are art. Debate over.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
This is a platformer/puzzle game. You have to take some blocks (each one with a different color, shape and skill) to their shadows. Some stages are easy, some stages are very hard and some stages are very frustrating. The puzzles are well created and very challenging. The game visuals are great and the gameplay is easy and simple. I believe it's easier using a controller. Great sound effect, music and voice. Really enjoyed this game and hope they do a sequel. Didn't want it to end. I recommend!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
The puzzles within the game are amazing. The different cubes are given names and they have their own abilities that help with solving each puzzle. Also, there is a British narrator for each level. Overall, this is a really amazing game!

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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
A game where you cry at Geometry.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
A solid little puzzler with a great and underplayed narrative.

Highly recommended for people of all ages, who just want to kick back and puzzle their way to freedom.

Playing this with a controller instantly teleported me back to the early 90s sitting in front of the living room tv playing video games. Such a fantastic feeling!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Personal Rating: 7/10

OK, I see why people like this game. I didn't like it as much as I thought. I'm no good at platformers and I didn't connect with the multiple coloured cubes, but I appreciate what they were trying to do and how good the game is. The music and voiceover is beautiful, truly amazing. The platforming is superb, which is good, seen as though it's a platformer. I'm not keen on the story though, I mean, I find it hard to get on an emotional level with a Red Rectangle and a Yellow Cube.

I still reccomend it because the controls are tight and new mechanics are always thrown in to keep the game fresh.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
This is a game about geometrical coloured shapes, who try to find a meaning to their adventures, and end up forming a gang. It is humoristically narrated by Danny Wallace, who really adds a dimension to the game that manages to make us empathize and feel for these little rectangles and square.

It's a platforming puzzle game, it's very simplistic in nature, but efficient, and the Musical Score by David Housden is beautiful and enhances the game quite a lot.

I enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Even though it has a very simple design and the actual puzzles are pretty easy, I really enjoyed the story that is told.
It may seem like it is just about different coloured shapes, but that isn't entirely true because each of these shapes has its own name and a special ability, which makes them more "human" than just normal shapes (if that makes any sense).

Thomas Was Alone is a great platformer, I liked it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Thomas was alone is a fun little game about rectangles. The levels are well made and with an x-box 360 controller the controls works wonderfully (would assume the same goes for keyboard players).

The narrator has a suiting voice and makes you generally root for the little guys.

In my opinion it's a must have for players who love platforming games, unfortunately though the game isn't that long and only took my abour 3 hours to 100% the game, so I would recommend getting it on sale.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
This game's artwork is fantastic. Its a really basic but fun game. Short though...

Great narration whoever did it.
9.5/10
You need more levels.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Thomas Was Not Alone !
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Thomas Was Alone. Was. But not for long.

This short tale is a heart-warming story of equality, acceptance, sacrifice, and above all, friendship. You may think that the characters in this game are simple rectangles, but they are so much more. Each of them forms a strong character as they strive, as one, to their goal.

They quickly learn to accept their differences; nay, to embrace their differences, using each other’s strengths in order to overcome obstacles and complications which they would never be able to do by themselves, due to their own individual weaknesses and flaws.

Helping them to accomplish their destination, you will be challenged at times, but every time they get one step closer to their collective target will reward you and leave you feeling enthralled.

The game seems simplistic but it flows fluidly and artistically, accompanied with a charming, witty narrative and a beautiful soundtrack. The result: a game that comes together perfectly, filled with emotion and verve.

When I finished the game I found myself wanting to play more of it. Not because it is too short, but because I felt like I had personally connected with each of the characters and I wanted to spend more time getting to know them.

You will laugh, you will cry, but at the finale you will be captivated by this truly magical experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Thomas Was Alone is a brilliant game about AI.

The audio in Thomas Was Alone is simply amazing. Crisp and clear- there were no audio bugs or low quality sounds. The soundtrack is very relaxing to listen to. All around the audio in Thomas Was Alone contributes greatly to the game's atmosphere. 5/5

The visuals in Thomas Was Alone are lovely. There were no problems with any textures. The art style and visuals contributed to a lovely unique game world. 5/5

Thomas Was Alone's story is better than most platformers out there. It provides a good amount of story in a good amount of time. Nothing feels rushed or stretched out. 5/5

Mechanically I had no issues with Thomas Was Alone. The game ran like a charm. 5/5

For what it was meant to be, Thomas Was Alone is a perfect game. It ran very smoothly, there were no issues what so ever with the visuals, mechanics, or audio. Thomas Was Alone was an absolute delight to play, and if you have not yet, I would suggest you pick up a copy. It's worth it.

Numerical score for the lazy 20/20.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Geometrical
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
The puzzles are not that hard , sometimes when you progress it even gets easier but the story , the narrator and the characterization of Thomas and his colorful friends are enough to keep you in the game.

10/10 - P.S: Chris is worthless
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
This has everything a small game needs in the world of AAA titles.
- Funny story
- Awesome characters
- Hilarious plot twists

10/10 Had much fun playing it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Best sentient rectangle simulator on the market. 9/10 would play again.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This is probably one of the greatest games that I have ever played. With a great soundtrack and gameplay that makes you think is several different ways, about the game and the puzzles, It is a truly unmissable game. 10/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Thomas was alone.

LOVE IT!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
If I had to pick a single word to capture my thoughts about Thomas Was Alone I think that word would be “marvel”. It’s a word that is not used all that much when discussing games and I think that suits this game just fine.

Thomas Was Alone is a puzzle platformer that focuses - to a masterful degree - on game narrative and character development. Now you most likely have seen screen shots of Thomas and find that statement rather out of place, and you would be absolutely justified in that assumption. However, each shape that you control on your journey has their own personality, their own emotions and desires, their own flaws. Every time I load up a level I’m blown away by how much more I connect with a square and a rectangle than I do with every other off the shelf action game hero combined. It is impossible to believe until you play for yourself, but trust me that the writing and character development alone is worth every penny you pay for Thomas Was Alone.
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