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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Very Positive (68 reviews) - 91% of the 68 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (6,598 reviews) - 95% of the 6,598 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

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
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Recent:
Very Positive (68 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (6,598 reviews)
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Bamslam51
( 20.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
i love the game grate story
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Carlos Di Sarli
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
+ Beautiful music
+ cute story
+ nice puzzles

- too short :(

BUY IT AND ENJOY THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF THOMAS & HIS FRIENDS
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DV8686
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I bought this game with a big discount during the summer sale and I'm happy with the purchase.

It's an interesting platform / puzzle game. The objective is to get various blocks that you control to their destination, with each having a different ability / characteristic.

The game only lasts a couple of hours, and none of the levels are particularly difficult, but the game is elevated by the superb voice-over which narrates the entire game. If isn't too intrusive, can be quite funny and just adds personality to otherwise basic design.

For the price I paid for this game I enjoyed it and would easily recommend it during a sale. For all it's positives I might hesitate to pay full price though, as once the game is complete there isn't any replay-ability other than to hear the narrative again.
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craftdude.joshie
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
The only way I can think to descrie this game is gemoetry we characteristics. The fact that this has better story telling then some modern games (looking at you the division) is stunning. If your looking for something simple yet immersize, Funny and warm-harted. This is deffinetly the game for you.
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Bensenhaver
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Brilliant! You know you're totally hooked up when you're calling them by their names.
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Lil Kyoko
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
The dialouge was amusing with fun and challenging puzzles
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Slappa_Donkee
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Noticed my name was in the title. Bought for the joke, stayed for the narrator's voice.
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V7ncenzo
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
This game is an absolute joy. How something so simple can create such a touching story, interesting game mechanics, beautiful graphics, and absolute immesion in the artificial (literally) is stunning.

It's a fantastic experience.
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Let Me Tell You About Homestuck
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
A very simplistic looking game but suprisingly emotional. The characters all have reltionships with each other. You are introduced to each new one just as your character is. Throughout the game i started hoping that never again would Thomas be alone.
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LawnGnome
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
A puzzle-platformer with an amazing soundtrack and an great story to it

Would recommend
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
One word for each aspect of this game.

Story - Fantastic.
Characters - Charming.
Gameplay - Wonderful.
Immersion - Great.
Environment - Simple.
Graphics - Minimal.
Sound - Good.
Music - Radiant.

Overall - Beautiful.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Do you like rectangles? Do you REALLY like them? Like... a lot? Don't worry if you don't because after you play this game you will. Unless, you know, you're a heartless monster with no feelings.
You start with Thomas, a lonely rectangle and progressively you end up with a bunch of buddies. Every rectangle possesses a different skill that is useful for completing the level and you have to use their unique physiology and skills switching between ractangles in order to clear the levels.
The voiceover is great and, to me, it is what makes this game unique and fun. Each rectangle has their own very distinct character, worldview, wishes, resons to cooperate with the others etc. It really feels as though they are more than a bunch of differently coloured geometric shapes and I think that's what makes this game immersive. It is a simple puzzle game but it's more than that. You don't use tools, you use characters and you try to help them move through levels hoping they get rewarded at the end of the game. When you push the controls you put them where they want to be; you are helping them. You're not just going through game levels, you control their AI lives .
The graphics are pretty simple but you don't really need anything more. It's easy for the eyes and easy for the ears because the music is just a relaxing background thing that exists without distracting you from your important quest to lead the fellowship of the squares somewhere (even though you're not sure where and you don't really know what will happen in the end).
The design is good, the music is good and follows the story, the voiceover is great, the story is superb, the characters rather likeable and other than some weird voice track when some levels finish everything is fine. The learning curve was good as well and most puzzles were rather easy but with enough challenge to them to not be boring.
The second most importans thing about this game (after rectangles) is jumping. Short jumps, long jumps, each reactangle having different jumping skills and some being proud or ashamed according to how far they can jump. And I found the jumps more reliable here than at many other platformers. Then come the puzzles and the teamork. If there's a moral in this game it's that you sometimes need friends to help you and it's ok accepting their help and that a lonely rectangle is not a happy rectangle.
Overall it is a game really good at what it is. No enemies, no shooting, no frustration, just a 2d puzzle with some shapes with human personalities and emotions. I've been meaning to play this game for some time so I'm happy it didn't end up disappointing me.
10/10 would hang out with Thomas and his gang.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
I literally have no idea how a game about quadrilaterals has better characters and a better story than most summer blockbusters. This game is really really really good.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
A beautifully simple game with surprisingly rich characters and story.

While not necessarily for hardcore gamers, this game hits just the right spot for casual gamers. Controls are extremely simple, the puzzles fairly straight forward, the game is not too long or short, and contains no levels that will cause you to bash your head against the wall in frustration.
The simple geometric art style is easy on the eyes and the music is quite relaxing (though if playing this in one run, it may become a bit repetitive). This makes Thomas Was Alone a great game to play to relieve stress or just kill some time.
The narrative is witty and superbly executed, just be careful to let him finish before moving onto the next level.

If the $10 price tag seems a little high for 4hrs of gameplay (which is how long it will take if you do not go for every achievement), buy it on sale.

My one complaint is some stuttering between levels.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
I did not find it astonishing; many have found it oh so emotional, but it takes more to move me. Also, the platforming is not particularly memorable. However, I have to concede the characters' different abilities give some interest to the game, the narration is not bad and the minimalistic approach really got me. So yeah, all in all, a good purchase.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Short but Sweet

Man this game. It's relatively old at this point, but it's pretty timeless. I liked it a lot. It's got an interesting (if bizzare) story, and the narration is what really makes it. The platforming is challenging, but can be frustrating at times, however it's very rewarding when you get to hear the next bit of dialogue. Very much recommended, especially to those who think story shouldn't be the main point of a game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Simple yet beatiful visual design, pleasent sounds, music and voice, well-thought levels and gameplay, and an elementary storyline that is not important at all but still perfectly fits in, make this not just a game but more like a piece of art.

My only reproach is an overly easy difficulty, but in the end it's not a big deal.

10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
This game is like a journey, you are helping Thomas, along with others, through relationships and things he isn\'t able to explain.
If you\'re searching for a minimalistic, yet very atmospheric game, you won\'t regret getting Thomas Was Alone.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
I enjoyed the game. Looks like a classic platformer, but with a twist
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Nice narrative platformer..! worth it for its price (7,99€)
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