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: Overwhelmingly Positive (5,791 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 12, 2012

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"This is a game that will make you care about puzzle-platforming with coloured blocks because a British man talks about them a lot."
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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
Helpful customer reviews
37 of 37 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
You move rectangles up and to the right... And have feelings about it.

9.5/10
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Thomas Was Alone is a puzzle platformer that shows off how good platforming games can be in the present day. You start out the game playing Thomas, a red rectangle, and as you progress through the stages you will meet many different characters, which you can also play. These different characters all have names and their own special ability that makes them all an integral part of the game.

The story of Thomas Was Alone is told by a narrator, his voice soothes you and this gives the game a lot of feelings. You wouldn't think you would grow any kind of attachment to simple shapes, but you do. The narration can be quite funny at times, and the fourth wall is often broken on several occasions.

I really like the art style in TOA, it's simple, yet it has that really polished feel to it. Like with most platformers, it's not exactly graphically intensive, but it still represents a pretty looking game.

Each level consist of a number of puzzles and jumping challenges to make, you have to make use of all the characters in each stage in order to progress, and often in some levels, there are more than one way to complete them, leaving you room to experiment with different methods. The difficulty of Thomas Was Alone is quite high once you reach the half way point, often at times I had to revert to a FAQ in order to figure out how to progress.

I finished Thomas Was Alone in seven hours, which is quite long for a platformer; there are also additional challenges, which involve getting to difficult to reach places that will let you squeeze a little bit out of replay-ability the game. Unfortunately though, once you've had one play through, there's not much else to see and you won't need to boot it up again.

My conclusion is that Thomas Was Alone must be in your library as it's one of, if not the best platforming experience you will have


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39 of 51 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
10/10 Would be alone again
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Never thought I'd cry at a bunch of geometric shapes..A truly fantastic indie game with its lovely heart touching story, plus the beautiful soundtrack, it makes you go"must stop crying..but can't stop crying!" And I love you Mr.Narrator!(Danny Wallace??) What an awesome job you did there..Your voice made me wanna cry even more( •̥́ ˍ •̀ू )..

٩(ˊᗜˋ*)وSequel please!
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
“If our brains were simple enough for us to understand them, we'd be so simple that we couldn't.” - Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World

This is a minimalist indie puzzle platformer, but don't let that dissuade you as it touches on human struggles and issues such as individuality and accepting who we are, experiencing and dealing with loneliness, finding and cherishing companionship, discovering and pursuing one's purpose in life no matter how simple or grandiose the dream and leaving a legacy for generations to come.

The music is touching, evoking empathy in the player and making you want to root for the characters in their journey. On top of that, the narration by Danny Wallace is charming and funny throughout the play-through. The gameplay is also well balanced, not too easy or difficult to keep one engaged but not lose sight of the story either.

Very highly recommended 11/10
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