☺ Interesting, witty and engaging story.
☺ Lovely, minimalist art style.
☺ Good puzzle platforming.
☹ Not very challenging gameplay.
☹ A little short.
Thomas Was Alone is a lovely and engaging platformer from start to finish that tells the tale of some plucky AI figuring out their place in the minimalist world they see themselves in. It features some good puzzles based around your team of AI working together to overcome the obstacles before them, each with their own unique ability and personality (which really shines through, despite being simple shapes, thanks to the narration work of Danny Wallace and some good writing).
While a little on the short side, it does manage to stay focused without any padding - although I would have liked the game to have continued for a bit longer with escalating difficulty. The game is quite slow paced with a soothing soundtrack which compliments the minimalist style and produces a rather relaxing experience which is topped off with decent controls that never caused frustration.
While easily recommended for fans of slower paced 2D platformers and those people who like a well written story, the length of the game (and lack of replayabilty) means I'd suggest waiting for a sale.
Posted: January 7th, 2014