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:
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Very Positive (58 reviews) - 87% of the 58 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (6,735 reviews) - 95% of the 6,735 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 12, 2012

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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

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 (58 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (6,735 reviews)
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InfestedBlaze
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Good game with a very fun story.
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Livka
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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FIRE
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Spoiler Thomas was alone and then he isn't xD. Serious this is one of the best stories inany indie game. It's worth a play But because there is nearly non gameplay if you can be bothered to pay for it just watch it on YouTube. xD
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▷ ジェームズ ◁
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Simple platformer but also superb
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Anillak
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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WobbliestOwl
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
I never get very far because I can't seem to get used to the jump controls (and given that it's basically a game about jumping, that's a pretty big obstacle), and space bar for select, particularly on the main menu, instead of enter will never be okay in my books, but it seems like a cool game anyway.
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FlaffyBeers
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Short and sweet. Never thought I'd have an emotional connection to a square.
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Mighty Pillow
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Thomas Was Alone is a charming simplistic platformer where each of the shapes has a personality. I really enjoyed the designs of the levels. I thought many were clever. There is a small story that is surprisingly touching given the whole game is about quadrilaterals. Each one almost felt like its own person in a way.

It is a fairly quick play. I finished in about 4 hours, and I still have two more black pieces to get.

I highly recommend this game if you see a good sale.

There are no jump scares.
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stemy broccolini
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
i almost cried at these ♥♥♥♥ing heroic ♥♥♥ squares
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Sad Seal
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Change name to

Thomas Was ♥♥♥♥♥♥ Indie Games
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
This is an awesome puzzle game.

- The story is cute
- The gameplay is nice, not so hard or too easy
- Easy to learn how to play, hard to master
- It's not so hard to get all the achievements
- This was one of the first puzzle games I played on Steam and I really love it <3

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5 of 5 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
I cried a little about squares.

Thomas Was Alone is a parable. It's about accepting people who are different, helping those who can't do the things you can do, and being proud of your abilities while remaining humble. This game is about loneliness and finding people who will accept you no matter what, reminding you that regardless of how amazing you perceive someone, others are flawed and full of doubts.

All that from a minimalist game about squares.

I was extremely impressed with how, while the narrator spoke, the level usually reflected what was being said. Literal, unbreakable divides between characters, spikey, uncomfortable thoughts, and towering obstacles that would be impossible alone but you're /not/.

There's some glitches in the later levels (that you can use to your advantage). The music gets kind of clamorous, which isn't annoying at first, but I thought I somehow was running the game twice. It would probably grate on someone else.

This is a gentle, easy puzzle game that doesn't get too hard. I felt like I was reading an intelligently written children's book, the kind that makes you go back as an adult and say "Yeah, that was a good story."
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
341 of 381 people (90%) found this review helpful
164 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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241 of 277 people (87%) found this review helpful
108 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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145 of 153 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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6.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Somehow this game makes you genuinely care about rectangles and their feelings.
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  • Publishers: Mike Bithell, Curve Studios, Bossa Studios
  • Initial release: June 2012
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