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 (85 reviews) - 90% of the 85 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (6,699 reviews) - 95% of the 6,699 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 (85 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (6,699 reviews)
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noplacelikechrome
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Absolutely beautiful story telling with simple gameplay mechanics. A very solid puzzle game -- loved it.
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Richie_AB_
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Maybe it was because I had to play this as an assignment - yeah I know right - but it felt like a going through the motions trying to get to the end. The gameplay remained pretty much the same. There was a story but it felt like the creators were trying too hard to be indie developers. It's very well designed and thought through though, it's just too monotonous at times. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for the odd kind of indie game, for everyone else just looking to have a little fun in a game, this is not for you.
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Pankera
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
I was not really excited about this game when I watch the trailer... After a month having it installed, I decided to give it a try. I just loved. The artword, music, mechanics, minimalism. I finished in two days, just because I had errands run do and had pause it. It's not hard, but it flows. I really enjoy it.
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Smoke353
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Best game about rectangles ever made.
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iKareful
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Thomas was never alone to belong with. He had you. You are his saviour.
This game is beautiful minimalistic platformer. Simply great game with great narrator in the background and pretty music.
This game teaches you about diversity, and friendship. It has different characters with different abilites, but when they're together, they can do it all.
Just believe me and get this game, you will never regret it playing it! :)
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TrueWOPR
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
A simple puzzle-platformer.

With a tear-jerking narritive. YOU WILL HAVE FEELINGS FOR THOSE BLOCKS!
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jjrt5543
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
so so so good. The music is absolutely beautiful., the story is fantastic, and the puzzles are fun to solve without being too difficult of too easy. If you're okay with reading (when you can't hear the narrator) thes i would 100% recommend this game
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Mr. Taters
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Unique and creative! Also an amazing soundtrack!
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CAPtain Katsuura
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Awesome game. The controls are simple, and the puzzles aren't too challenging. Love the narration side to this game, and the narrator did a great job. But it is the soundtrack that really brought about an atmosphere to the game.

An absolutely brilliant game.
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Super Drunk Guy
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
My name is not Thomas, and im not Alone.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 9 people (100%) 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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Thomas Was Alone is an amazing minimalistic puzzle platformer. It is challenging but not frustrating. Slow-paced and relaxing but not boring.

Narration by Danny Wallace (known by Assassin’s Creed series) is what takes this simple game to a whole new level. And music of course. It is so beautiful. Sadly soundtrack is not available for purchase but you can find it on YouTube.

Screenshots and reviews don’t do this game justice. For the love of indie gaming go play this one.


P.S. There are 20 easy-to-miss extra levels (10.1 - 11.10) available through the Main Menu -> Scenario Select with new characters and a new story. Don’t forget to play them!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This game is Genius! You know the game is good, when you are in love with a faceless, expressionless quadrilateral. The narrative is fantastic and the game-play is nice, it worth much more than it costs. If it got your attention, just buy it. :)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
This game leaves me speechless, how much can be done though good story telling and characters alone. The game explores the concept of "alone" to different people, how they deal with it and how they eventually find their place in this company. And it connects well with this almost empty environment of textureless clean shapes. I found it a profound experience to play though.

Overall short, enjoyable and powerful.

Prepare to get emotional about some pixels.
10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
An extremely charming game with beautiful music and great narration. I never felt frustrated by the platforming. It's quite a relaxing game. Worth buying, worth playing.
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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Q:Do I like it?Why?
A:Yes.in fact,i love it.the game is very minimalistic in a good way.futhermore,the narration is on point,i can listen to the narrator all day long.the essence of this game is teamwork,and i appreciate it.this is an example how a game that focus on teamwork should look like

Q:Overall?
A:top notch minimalistic puzzle platformer

Q:Any useful tips?
A:think outside the box.if you fail on 1 'angle',try other 'angle'

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Product received for free
I'm not fan of indie games but this one is really good! Especially the british accent in the voice which is in your minds! :P
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Here are, in my opinion, the scores for this game:
Gameplay ------ 8/10
Story------------ 7/10
Graphics -------- 7/10
Sound/Music----- 9/10
Overall rating ----------- 7,75
When to buy: in bundle / on sale

Conclusion: Minimalistic yet surprisingly good puzzle game. Storytelling is great thanks to the narrator which creates a unique connection between characters and player. Short and fun. Recommended to all who like puzzle games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
the game is super simple, very atmospheric with a superb soundtrack. I still listen to it years after having finished the game.
The game itself nicely juxtaposes simple visuals and very professional voice over, letting you connect the two in your own ways, assigning characters to the puzzle elements you control.
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