Thomas Was Alone

Mike Bithell, Mike Bithell, Bithell Games, Curve Studios Limited, Ant Workshop, Bithell Games

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
79
Top Critic Average
83%
Critics Recommend
Based on 6 critic reviews
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Thomas Was Alone

Rating Summary

Based on 6 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

83%

Critics Recommend

Based on 6 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PlayStation VitaApr 23, 2013
PCNov 13, 2012
Wii UNov 25, 2014
PlayStation 4Nov 25, 2014
Xbox OneNov 21, 2014
Nintendo SwitchFeb 19, 2021

Developers: Mike Bithell, Bithell Games

Publishers: Mike Bithell, Curve Studios Limited, Ant Workshop, Bithell Games

Genres: Adventure, Platformer, Puzzle

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.

Thomas Was Alone Critic Reviews

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You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll jump in Thomas Was Alone on Nintendo Switch. Whether you're leaping in for the first time or playing through the adventure yet again, this complete port does the iconic indie game proper justice and proves that great video game ideas are timeless.

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As it's a package from 2013 of a game that reportedly sold a million copies, you probably already know if you need to get Thomas Was Alone. If you haven't played it and you have a Switch then you absolutely must get the demo – right away, no excuses. Its playful elucidation of how games work shouldn't be missed by anyone interested in the medium. The full game gives you a few hours of good platforming with great presentation and a well-told story. And as an artefact of its era of indie games, Thomas Was Alone is a delight. The game can be experienced start-to-finish in a few short sessions and Bithell's commentary provides a sort of meta-narration to motivate another playthrough if you haven't heard it before. In short, Thomas Was Alone was pretty great when it came out, it's held up well and now it's on your Switch.

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So how does Thomas Was Alone hold up today? Well, it’s excellent, thank you for asking. I recommend it to anyone interested in trying out a bit of indie gaming history, any fan of the science fiction genre, anyone who enjoys platformers, for those who enjoy short, sweet stories, and to everyone looking to see how anyone could make a bunch of rectangles a memorable part of my adolescence.

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Although it doesn't offer a lengthy experience, Thomas Was Alone is a memorable game that players will celebrate for its quirky characters, heartfelt narrative, and fantastical setting. With it now being released on most major consoles, there's no reason to pass up on this truly unique indie gem.

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