Conclusion: Overall when you realise Thomas Was Alone was basically made by one man, plus the narrator and composer, you can’t help but feel a little awed that in a World of big-budget gaming, a simple game of shifting a bunch of rectangles around a level can resonate with you so well.
Excerpt: When given the right motivation, it’s easy to imagine a pile of polygons on a TV screen as an actual character. Indie title Thomas Was Alone takes that kind of projection to an experimental place, by asking players to identify with blank squares of basic color.
Pros: Witty writing creates characterization from nothing, Puzzle platforming that’s challenging without being frustrating, Understated but magical soundtrack
Cons: It’s over just as it really hits its stride, Some may find it too easy
Conclusion: Playing Thomas Was Alone brought to mind a lyric from the song ‘Darky’ by Californian Nu-metallers (hed)PE; in which singer Jared Gomes growls ‘One foot on the moon, one foot in the cave’ – a sentiment that perfectly encapsulated the duality of the experience on show here; Thomas Was Alone embraces...
Excerpt: Thomas Was Alone does an incredible thing: it makes you care about characters that are nothing more than coloured rectangles. It’s a great example of the way decent writing can elevate the simplest of games to something really memorable.
Excerpt: Thomas is alone. Thomas is a small red rectangle. Thomas doesn't have much in the way of animation; he has no voice and there's no detailed backstory involving gritty, grizzled grunts. He doesn't even have a gun, let alone an enemy to defeat. Nobody is squashed when Thomas jumps on their head.
Summary: Thomas Was Alone and he was also a Flash game but now he’s grown up and it’s time for him to meet some new friends and set off on a journey that will change them all forever. It’s a tale of friendship, co-operation, sentience and rivalry, but is it possible to care about a gang of abstract shapes...
Thomas Was Alone Review | The Blocks Are My Friends
13 August 2012
Conclusion: The Short Version: Thomas Was Alone is a bona fide indie masterpiece that reminds us just how powerful, engaging and ambitious videogames can be.
Pros: Thoroughly memorable and relateable characters brought to life through exquisite writing and design, Strong storyline, character arcs and relationships, Coherent art direction, appropriate ( brilliant ) soundtrack, It also happens to be a decent puzzle game too
Cons: A little on the easy side for puzzle fans, Some puzzles ask a shade too much of the controls, No gamepad support