thomas was alone – Review

There is really just one thing that I want to say about this particular game. Wow. Just wow. Okay, so it’s not the most graphically beautiful game out there. It isn’t even that complicated at all, but it was actually fun to play, and the puzzles were totally worth the short amount of time that I spent playing it.

thomas was alone is an indie platformer game. It was originally a Flash-based browser (not really surprising there) game that first appeared back in 2010. It was subsequently released on other platforms between then and 2014 when it appeared on the Xbox One (Yay!).

What do you do? You controller one or more simple shapes that each represent an out-of-control artificial intelligence. Each shape has a different name and a unique personality which is all explained to you by the narrator. Your goal is simply to get those shapes from the start point of the map or puzzle to the end point. That’s simple enough I think.

Well, most of them are fairly simple. Saying that each shape has a different ability isn’t necessarily true. Two of them jump, but one of them jumps a lot higher than the other. This allows each one to reach different areas. It also allows them to work together in order to get both of them to the end of the stage or level.

There are water hazards. There are somewhat intricate puzzles where you have to get as many as 7 individual shapes to work together. It can sometimes be frustrating, but if you take the time to look at what you need to do, then it will work out for you in the end. Huh. That sounds a lot like life, does it not?

I couldn’t help by absolutely enjoy this particular gem from GamePass even with its simplicity. It’s a quick run through if you’re looking to add to your gamerscore, and you’ll likely have a bit of fun (and yes, some minor aggravation) while you’re at it.

The visuals are simple, but appealing. The voice-over work, honestly, is rather nice. In fact, it’s all soothing, but it’s not quite soothing enough to put you to sleep. There are certainly places where you will be forced to think in order to figure out how to solve the “puzzle,” and that is a good thing. All in all, I definitely suggest that you give thomas was alone a shot. It really is worth it.

I’ll give it 8 lonely geometric shapes out of 10.

Yes, I know, this is a pretty lame review, but it’s a review nonetheless. While it’s a great game I find that I have had a hard time coming up with the words necessary to talk about it. Then again, I suppose that’s rather true of most everything here lately. I haven’t posted much, and I’ll see what I can do in order to change that, but there are certainly things that are taking up more of my time in the next couple of months (namely doing my taxes).

Oh, and if you feel the urge you should stop and visit my stream over on twitch. You can search for miolith13 or you can just find me here.

Thanks for all the fish!

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