Thomas Was Alone

8.5 Overall Score
Graphics: 7/10
Gameplay: 8/10
Audio: 10/10

Brilliant soundtrack & narration

Graphics are plain

What is Thomas Was Alone?

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.

Game Info

GAME NAME: Thomas Was Alone

DEVELOPER(S): Mike Bithell

PUBLISHER(S): Mike Bithell

PLATFORM(S): PC, Mac

GENRE(S): Indie, Platformer, Puzzler

RELEASE DATE(S): 12 Nov 2012 (Steam)


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. – Quoted from the Steam Store page for the game

My Thoughts

I bought this game after watching 14 seconds of video footage of it and I’m glad that I did, this game is a fantastic puzzle game!

You play as Thomas and a whole host of other block shapes who each have different attributes that can be utilised to reach the end of each level, the game builds up from you playing as just Thomas; a small, red rectangle who can jump to you playing with 7 different shapes that all need to help each other to the end of a level.

As for graphics this game has none, it’s an extremely simple looking game that consists of nothing more than blocks but with that being said it does have some very pleasing effects with lighting, it also portrays a very dark atmosphere that enforces the fact that these blocks are alone in this world.

The story and music is where this game really shines, the entire game is narrated in a similar style to Bastion by Danny Wallace who can be recognised by his role as Shaun Hastings in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, he provides a very humble yet amusing narrative to the game and really does make this game a pleasure to play. As for the music in this game, it has one of the best scores I’ve heard in a recent video game, composed by David Housden it offers a surreal and overwhelming feeling to the game like there is something more happening behind the scenes that these blocks don’t know about, I enjoyed the music so much that I actually purchased the soundtrack directly from David Housden’s website and I’m glad I did.

All in all this is a must own indie title with a fantastic narrative and soundtrack, definitely worth a purchase even if puzzle-platformers aren’t your thing, it’s not too hard that you’ll be pulling your hair out and it’s not too easy that you’ll speed through it with ease.

Give it a go!

The Good


– Fantastic narration
– Excellent soundtrack
– Well thought out puzzles
– Tight controls

The Bad


– Graphic style may be unappealing to most people
– Menus feel clunky to use at times

Gameplay



Thanks for reading and good gaming.

~Razor.