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 (4,613 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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“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
29 of 36 people (81%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Yes, videogames are art. Debate over.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Made me emotionally attached to geometrical shapes.

12/10
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Personal Rating : 8/10. Recommended.

Pros:
1. Excellent sound effect.
Background music can be described as "excellent". It actually makes me calm down and even enjoy the loneliness in the journey. Narration is also excellent. The voice is so charming and the story is interesting. Sometimes, “he", the narrator, even try to sound like a girl. So cute~ (In Chinese, we call it "my ears got pregnant". LOL)

1.精妙的声音效果
背景音乐可以称作”绝妙“。它让我真正冷静下来享受旅途中的孤独。叙述也十分出彩,旁白的声音太迷人,故事也引人入胜。值得一提的是,有时候男旁白会模仿女性说话。太可爱了~(我的耳朵都要怀孕了XD)

2. Interesting story.
Excellent sound effect is not enough to make this game so special. What really capture my interest is the world design and the loneliness it shows. We were born alone... Meeting others... Trust others and count on them for the first time... Making friends... Leave for some reason... And meeting others... (Spoil Alert) I won't tell you how upset I am when the giant thing "eat away" those simple shapes. And that is probably why you cannot reject this game by characters' simple shapes.

2.有趣的故事
精妙的声音效果并不足以让这个游戏如此特殊。真正让我入迷的是这个游戏世界设定与之中展示的孤独。我们从独自出生,遇见一些人,第一次相信他人并相互帮助,成为朋友,到因为一些原因离开,再遇到另外一拨人。(剧透警告)我不会告诉你看到一个个方块被”白细胞“吃掉的时候我多郁闷的。所以你绝对不能因为游戏主角的简单外观而拒绝这款游戏。

3.Moderate difficulty.
Although it can be classified as a puzzle game, this game is quite easy.( I say it probably because I am now playing Super Meat Boy.) However, easy as it is, the game is still creative. Do not judge its difficulty until you meet the green one. Yet I have to admit that sometimes, the move is quite trivial. But it does not ever make me want to quit this game. (Yes. I am talking about Super Meat Boy!!!)

3.合适的难度设计。
虽然这款游戏能被归类为解密游戏,但它其实挺简单的。(我这么说可能是因为我正在玩超级食肉男孩。)但是,虽然游戏很简单,但关卡设计也不乏新颖之处。在遇到绿色小方块前请不要说游戏太简单。但我还是得承认有时候游戏太过繁琐。但是这并不会像让我有关掉游戏的冲动。(没错我就是在说超级食肉男孩!!!)

4. Perfect game +1
For achievement hunters, this is the game you never want to miss. I spent 4 hours to finished the game and less than 10 minutes later to unlock all the achievements.

4.完美游戏+1
对于成就控,你绝对不能错过这个游戏。我花了4小时玩完这个游戏,再花了不到十分钟拿到了全成就。

Cons:
End too quick. I am totally not ready for an end!!!
结束太快了。我完全没有做好心理准备!!!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
The puzzles within the game are amazing. The different cubes are given names and they have their own abilities that help with solving each puzzle. Also, there is a British narrator for each level. Overall, this is a really amazing game!

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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
There are squares. And rectangles. And somehow you care about them, even though they don't even talk. Interestingly enough, this isn't a character-driven game, it's all about the platforming. But there is a narrator that guides you through the levels. A fun little game with that "just one more level" factor.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
A solid little puzzler with a great and underplayed narrative.

Highly recommended for people of all ages, who just want to kick back and puzzle their way to freedom.

Playing this with a controller instantly teleported me back to the early 90s sitting in front of the living room tv playing video games. Such a fantastic feeling!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
This is a platformer/puzzle game. You have to take some blocks (each one with a different color, shape and skill) to their shadows. Some stages are easy, some stages are very hard and some stages are very frustrating. The puzzles are well created and very challenging. The game visuals are great and the gameplay is easy and simple. I believe it's easier using a controller. Great sound effect, music and voice. Really enjoyed this game and hope they do a sequel. Didn't want it to end. I recommend!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Personal Rating: 7/10

OK, I see why people like this game. I didn't like it as much as I thought. I'm no good at platformers and I didn't connect with the multiple coloured cubes, but I appreciate what they were trying to do and how good the game is. The music and voiceover is beautiful, truly amazing. The platforming is superb, which is good, seen as though it's a platformer. I'm not keen on the story though, I mean, I find it hard to get on an emotional level with a Red Rectangle and a Yellow Cube.

I still reccomend it because the controls are tight and new mechanics are always thrown in to keep the game fresh.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGM-Jzqa8Jk&list=UU7_-PLIhjsEBwIQXqKxmNpA

Thomas Was Alone is a simplistic platformer with an entertaining narrational
story. The music sets the atmosphere perfectly, and leads you into really caring
for the blocks that constitute your characters.

The platforming mechanic is basic, but fair, with many savepoints so you
are not drawn out of immersion. There is a sense of satisfaction as you defeat
each challenge, and a sense of adventure as you progress. The narration is well
done, and succeeds wonderfully in having you connect on an emotional level with
the characters.

The combination of well written narrative, beautiful music, and simple
yet challenging platforming all weave together to make an entertaining game
that is easy to recommend.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
This is a game about geometrical coloured shapes, who try to find a meaning to their adventures, and end up forming a gang. It is humoristically narrated by Danny Wallace, who really adds a dimension to the game that manages to make us empathize and feel for these little rectangles and square.

It's a platforming puzzle game, it's very simplistic in nature, but efficient, and the Musical Score by David Housden is beautiful and enhances the game quite a lot.

I enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Even though it has a very simple design and the actual puzzles are pretty easy, I really enjoyed the story that is told.
It may seem like it is just about different coloured shapes, but that isn't entirely true because each of these shapes has its own name and a special ability, which makes them more "human" than just normal shapes (if that makes any sense).

Thomas Was Alone is a great platformer, I liked it.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
the game ,,thomas was alone,, is a curious mix between platforming and puzzles. the characters are small computer quadrilaterals (each referred to as an ,,ai,,) who are achieving sentience and are trying to make sense of their abstract world, their purpose and interract with others. as the player, you can make them move and jump to pass by obstacles, solve logic puzzles and thus progress through the game. for the most part, these require thinking and reasoning, rather than lightning reflexes, although there are one or two parts which require a bit of practice. there are only a few places which are time-limited and require quick action. although simple, the execution of this game is highly polished and very elegant. the narration is superb, and brings the characters to life (often in a humerous way). there is a lovely soundtrack too. this game was recommended to me by harry and i agree with his choice and am thus recommending it to everyone else. enjoy.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Enough has been said already about this game, and the reviews are pretty accurate in my opinion; Thomas Was Alone is a marvellous title, not only for its puzzle-platformer mechanics but -specially- for its narration and music.

As you move these rectangular figures with different capabilities in a try to solve the level, a voice over will be telling you the story behind each one of them. The narration succeeds incredibly in making the player care about these -now called- characters. This is coupled with outstanding sound design, including a well-done sound track.

The game is rather short, but the assortment of levels give an interesting final product. Achievements are quite easy to get, so it provides a good opportunity for achievement-hunters.

On the negative side, physics often become a bit unstable on moving platforms. Also, despite music being awesome, it sometimes sounds as if multiple tracks where overlapping which turns out to be a bit on the annoying side. Finally, I personally didn't get or like the ending. Even after playing the extra chapter.

All in all, a super enjoyable, surprising and superb piece of art. Recommended.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
The puzzles are not that hard , sometimes when you progress it even gets easier but the story , the narrator and the characterization of Thomas and his colorful friends are enough to keep you in the game.

10/10 - P.S: Chris is worthless
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
This has everything a small game needs in the world of AAA titles.
- Funny story
- Awesome characters
- Hilarious plot twists

10/10 Had much fun playing it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This is probably one of the greatest games that I have ever played. With a great soundtrack and gameplay that makes you think is several different ways, about the game and the puzzles, It is a truly unmissable game. 10/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Best sentient rectangle simulator on the market. 9/10 would play again.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
This game is awesome
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
A great game, platforming reminds me a lot of FEZ and narrating reminds me of Bastion. Bought another copy! ;-)
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
While there is nothing outrightly wrong with the game, the three hours I spent beating this game felt like an eternity.
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