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 (37 reviews) - 97% of the 37 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (6,474 reviews) - 95% of the 6,474 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
the platformer illustrates the story being told
i became emotionally attached to shapes

great narrator also
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
:3 Thomas was not alone +1

Chris was the best
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Funny and smart. You realy get into the story of Thomas and his companions.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Recommended ✔
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
This is why I love steam beautiful Indie games like these emerge
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
If ur an indie game lover and platform lover this game is the Perfect game for you! This game is about a couple of rectangles and a couple of cubes who are trying to jump from platform to platform, while in the meantime some rectangles can jump very high and others can't jump that high you have to make them work together to complete the levels which makes it a fun game because u have to control multiple rectangles/cubes. The narration and music of the game is pretty cool too, and yeah this game really makes time fly by, because some levels are pretty hard and others are easy. 7,99 is an amazing price for this game because u will get the content you would expect from a game from that price range, it has lots of levels and im almost halfway through now after playing it for 2,2 hours :)!

Would really recommend this game!

9,2/10
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345 of 386 people (89%) found this review helpful
168 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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147 of 155 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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245 of 282 people (87%) found this review helpful
111 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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Smartnik
4.7 hrs
Posted: September 26
The best story that's ever been told about rectangles in a video game.
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funwithaportalgun™
4.7 hrs
Posted: September 25
Somehow this game made me magically care about hopping shapes. I dont know what kind of black magic is involved but it is worth playing through.
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Sony
5.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
Let your armor down and free your imagination. Soon you will begin to relate intrinsically with these various colored blocks. I've experienced friends being torn apart and reunited. Love both unrequited and freely given. Isolated individuals who found they belonged after all.

I definitely ran through a thorough gamut of moods while traversing this world, and found many of its moments to be both enriching and emotionally involving.

I've always believed that the auditory aspect of a game, or any artform truly, is a big part of what makes it genuinely complete, if not at the very least augmenting it in a substantial capacity (when done correctly). This title's soundtrack truly added nuance to the various moments experienced throughout, running from those of a sentimental or adventurous nature, and everything in between. The soundtrack is fitting and stellar.

The exquisite narration also adds the well-needed elements of humanity and intimacy into this abstract environment, motivating understanding and inspiring relatability.

I also consider it a boon when a game doesn't overstay its welcome (as in the example of many puzzle titles I've played in the past). Just be certain not to binge. Instead, play it sporadically for the most possible relaxation and enjoyment.

A truly charming game which earns well its rating: 8/10

We are not alone.
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TheDragonAndTheFishyThings
6.7 hrs
Posted: September 21
The gameplay is fine, though it is not what keeps you playing. The surprisingly lovable characters and story is what holds this game together and proves that a couple of rectangles can be part of an interesting and fun journey. The gameplay kind of annoyed me a bit towards the end, especially since most of the puzzles are really easy, but is definitely enjoyable in its brevity for the story alone.
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Gatton
0.5 hrs
Posted: September 21
Lovely game with excellent narration. Very cleverly done.
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Leonidas
1.3 hrs
Posted: September 20
This was an amazing game. i was unable to actually finish it myself at the time of writing this review, unfortuatnetly, but I found a playthrough of it I could watch after I got stuck (Minor chase sequnce and I suck at even the easiest of those kinds of things) and just...
The story draws you in, the narrator is great, and the platforming doesn't distract from the narration and vise versa. I can't believe it, but I was emotionally comprimised by a bunch of rectangles and I regret nothing.
It's not a long game (I got a little over halfway through before I got stuck, and that took me about an hour), so if you want a short-ish game with an amazing, emotional story, I highly, HIGHLY reccomend.
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Ben Z
3.8 hrs
Posted: September 19
I absolutely loved every aspect of this game. No lengthy paragraph needed. ;)
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vShadow
4.2 hrs
Posted: September 19
Got this game as part of a bundle (humble bundled) and did not really look in to it as I thought it looked just like a simple puzzle game.

Oh how wrong I was!

Thomas was alone, has a story that made me feel feelings towards several quadrilateral, that I never knew would be possible.

The puzzles start easy and get harder as more elements (and characters) are introduced, though I spent some time on a few levels trying to get to the right place or work out ordering, I found the puzzles in the story were never too hard to cause a rage quit.

The art is simplistic but makes sense with the narrative, and the music…oh the music is beautiful and just helps to make this more than just a game, but a piece of video game art.

For what I thought was just a throw away game has made a big impression on me and I am very impressed at what it turned out to be.
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