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 (56 reviews) - 83% of the 56 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (6,745 reviews) - 95% of the 6,745 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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TrainDriving101
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 29
incredibly well done with never before seen puzzle gameplay in a 2D world with a bunch of rectangles. not my cup of tea but definitely a very cool game.
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The Beep Man 🔊
9.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
A really good puzzle game with an interesting story, starts out simple and then adds new mechanics later on that adds a nice challange, a very good game and throughly enjoyable, I like the humour in it too.

I especially like the idea of giving characters names and personailites to add to the story and it makes the game a lot more interesting instead of having it be a boring old puzzler game, It's a very good game with interesting ways of introducing character and mechanics, I also like the use of mechanics for different characters eg. Claire being able to float and Laura being a bounce pad so that you need to think of different ways to get everyone through using teamwork and every other character if needed.

I think my favourite part about this game about shapes with names is that the characters have relationships that build up. It's a lot more in depth of a game than you'd think and I love that

I recommend it.
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Blake
5.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
Amazing little puzzle game. A bit difficult but nothing too challenging. 8/10
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D3M4N
5.2 hrs
Posted: August 27
As it is advertised yet so much better then it appears. I went in thinking it was way to simple just playing as rectangles and it had to get boring quick. Nope, I was in for a surprise. Yes there is rectangles and more rectangles, but you wouldnt even want it any other way after playing. If Tetris were to be made into a narrated puzzle platformer with only rectangles and a square, this would pretty much smash it! xD
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kill me
6.1 hrs
Posted: August 26
Story - Great!
Characters - Rectangles. Great!

Thomas Was Alone is beautiful. Who knew you could relate to grometrical shapes so much?
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Alishabear
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
Such a cute game! AWEEE!! Thomas, you'll never be alone!!
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Lynchmeister
4.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
Release Date: June 30th, 2012
Developers: Mike Bithell, Curve Digital, Bossa Studios
Publishers: Mike Bithell, Curve Digital, Bossa Studios
Platforms: Playstation Network, Xbox Live, PC, Andriod & iOS
Genre: Puzzle & Platform video game
Players: Single
Rated: 10/10

Synopsis:

Thomas Was Alone, like many other puzzle games, is actually quite enjoyable. Unless of course, you are stuck trying to figure out how to solve the puzzle. The game is quite simple though; you are a shape, or a multitude of shapes, and your end goal is to get all of the shapes into the corresponding outlined box that best fits to the shape(s) you aere

Thomas Was Alone takes place within a computer mainframe, where some unspecified "Event" has caused several artificial intelligence routines to run out of control and gain personalities. Each entity is represented by a simple colored shape; the game's eponymous character is a simple red rectangle. Each shape has unique abilities; while all shapes can move left or right across platforms and perform jumps, the height of these jumps may be limited by the shape, or may have other abilities such as being able to float on water. When the player has access to two or more of these shapes, they can freely switch between them, controlling one shape at a time.

Though the shapes themselves cannot be heard, the narrator describes the personalities and thoughts of each shape as the game progresses.

Story:

Say hello to your new tour guide, Thomas-AT-23-6-12. Don't worry, you can call him Thomas for short. As you can tell by the title, Thomas was alone. Or at least he thought it was! Thomas is the main "character" in Thomas Was Alone, and he is a small red rectangle. His job? To save the universe of course. While Thomas is observing the new world he has been put into, he eventually meets a friend, and more. See, each of these "characters" each have a unique ability, and so does Thomas. Thomas can jump, at a relatively high height. But, some of his friends might be able to jump higher, lower, fly or swim?! Thomas must encounter each character and they must work together in order to get to the end of the level, or puzzle. Each character has something to bring to the table as far as an "ability" so just because one character might not be able to jump at all, doesn't mean he is useless!

Thomas, is now no longer alone. He is joined by his gang of friends and together they can conquer anything together. But, you have to be able to solve the puzzle first to be able to beat it! Each character is able to be controlled by the player at anytime to help Thomas, and his gang get to the end of each level.
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Gameplay:

While Thomas Was Alone is rather quite a normal, average puzzle platformer, it does have a story that you will go through and learn. Each character has it's own personality, and you will learn to play around with their personality and their special traits. As said above, each player has a unique special ability that will ultimately help Thomas, and his friends get to where they need to be. While Thomas and his gang roam through the lands of the computer mainframe you will have to fight your way through puzzles, and while also trying to escape and protect each other from the mysterious, "pixel cloud" that seems to lurk in the distance as the gang acquires their new friend, Laura.

Graphics:

Thomas Was Alone is quite a simple looking game, you are a red rectangle, unless you are one of Thomas' friends, and the background is a fairly plain gray background, but. The sounds and also the narrator that voices over the game makes the game seem like such a better looking game than the simple game that is actually is. Even after playing it and beating the game completely, I would continue to play if. The game is just very appealing to the eye.

Controls:

The controls for Thomas Was Alone are extremely simple. You control each character using the arrow keys on the keyboard and simply switch between players using any button, that you can bind to your keyboard, it doesn't get much simpler than that. However, being able to learn how to control each character and use his or her powers to further progress through your journey of the computer's mainframes is a much more difficult task.


System Requirements:

Windows
OS: Windows XP
Processor:500 Mhz
Memory:1 GB RAM
DirectX:7.0
Hard Drive:400 MB HD space

Mac OS X
OS:OS X 10.5
Processor:500 Mhz
Memory:1 GB RAM
Hard Drive:400 MB HD space

Note: These are the minimum system requirements

Overall:

Gameplay: 10/10
Graphics: 10/10
Controls: 10/10
Overall: 10/10

*This is an original review done by myself on a different website for Thomas Was Alone, and copied and pasted here.*
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哈哈哈
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
It was fun until this very time-limited level, which made the clumsy controls really obvious.
Also that repetitive music.......
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seizure
3.8 hrs
Posted: August 25
Overrated and tedious. It's like doing chores while listenning to some nice music, but I'm playing a game so it's pointless. I can just turn it off and listen to the music alone.
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InfestedBlaze
3.4 hrs
Posted: August 24
Good game with a very fun story.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
This game is an unexpected pleasure. The art is simple, yet masterfully put together. Good narration keeps you engaged and the music is very entertaining. The game is divided in sections. Each section is 10 levels. In each section a new character/power is introduced. The whole thing is well put together, you won't get bored.
The game can be finished in little more than 3 hours.
There are two hidden sections that will be available to play once you get all the achievements (they show up in the menu before-hand). The difficulty gets increased on these last two sections. Achievements are pretty straight forward to complete.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I've never thought that I would care so much about the fate of rectangles.

amazing storytelling.
beautiful, minimalistic art.
fitting ost.
fairly easy puzzles.

would totally recommend it to anyone; it's 10/10.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
I recommend this game to everyone who considers him/herself an indie game lover. The level design is flawless, the music is cool and on the top of that there is a really engaging story built upon characters that you would never expect when playing with colored rectangles.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Story - Great!
Characters - Rectangles. Great!

Thomas Was Alone is beautiful. Who knew you could relate to grometrical shapes so much?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
As it is advertised yet so much better then it appears. I went in thinking it was way to simple just playing as rectangles and it had to get boring quick. Nope, I was in for a surprise. Yes there is rectangles and more rectangles, but you wouldnt even want it any other way after playing. If Tetris were to be made into a narrated puzzle platformer with only rectangles and a square, this would pretty much smash it! xD
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Amazing little puzzle game. A bit difficult but nothing too challenging. 8/10
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
342 of 382 people (90%) found this review helpful
165 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
A game where you cry at Geometry.
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242 of 278 people (87%) found this review helpful
109 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Made me emotionally attached to geometrical shapes.

12/10
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146 of 154 people (95%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2015
THOMAS WAS ALONE - A beautiful, minimalist indie 2D puzzle/platformer.

|| 8.5 ||
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.
Overall
8.5 A little gem of an indie game, charming and enjoyable, it leaves you wanting more - would highly recommend.

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