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Thomas Was Alone
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Thomas Was Alone

True achievements
21 October 2015
  • 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.
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Overall 7
7.0

Thomas Was Alone

GamesRadar
3 May 2013
  • 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
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Overall 8
8.0

Thomas Was Alone

D+PAD
7 December 2012
  • 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...
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Thomas Was Alone Review

IGN
24 July 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 10
9.5

Thomas Was Alone review

bit-tech.net
3 July 2012
  • 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.
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Thomas Was Alone

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
28 June 2012
  • 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...
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Overall 9
9.0

Thomas Was Alone Review: Be there or be Claire

LazyGamer
29 August 2013
  • Summary: "I have never cared so much about squares on a screen"
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Overall 8
7.5

Thomas Was Alone review

MMGN
20 May 2013
  • Summary: Thomas was Alone is an emotional rollercoaster that will make you laugh, cry, and smile all in one sitting.
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Overall 7
7.0

Thomas Was Alone review – don’t be a square

Metro
23 April 2013
  • Summary: It may add up to less than the sum of its parts but in terms of storytelling and presentation this indie favourite has much to teach mega budget retail games.
  • Pros: A superbly written script that manages the impossible in terms of given character to flat coloured rectangles. Excellent visuals and music, and some clever level design.
  • Cons: The solutions are too obvious, with little real need for exploration or any particularly expert platforming skills. The voiceover is an acquired taste.
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Overall 9
9.0

Thomas Was Alone Review | The Blocks Are My Friends

Dealspwn
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
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