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Thomas Was Alone (2013) is a jumping and puzzle-solving platform game where you control different-coloured rectangles. It sounds boring and derivative but each of the distinctly coloured shapes comes to life in the game as a character embroiled in this escape story about friendship, curiosity and sacrifice. Like any platform game, you jump, run and use special abilities to complete levels. As you do so, you get to know each shape’s personality through the storytelling of the quipping narrator.

The simplicity of design makes this an ideal first platform game, while the novel narration makes it a good introduction to how games make you care deeply about even the simplest of characters.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Thomas Was Alone 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Platform game with Action and Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 3 and a half hours and 6 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for mild language including ‘damn’ and ‘hell’.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence and mild language.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although younger players may enjoy the simpler early stages of this game, you need to be able to identify with the character representation and make a leap from shapes to people in your imagination. Some of the themes also require some maturity to process.


Thomas Was Alone usually costs £1.99 to £7.19.

Thomas Was Alone

XBox Store Xbox One £7.19
PlayStation Store PS4 £6.49
Steam Store PC £5.99
Switch Store Wii U £6.99 Unavailable On Digital Store
Switch Store Switch £1.99
Steam Store Mac £5.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/04/2013, updated in 2014

Out Now: PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Platform (Action and Narrative)

Accessibility: 1 feature

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Mike Bithell (@MikeBithell)

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