Thomas Was Alone

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Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative and Platform

Released: April 2013, updated in 2014. Added to this library 6 months ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Overview

Control different-coloured rectangles in this simple running, jumping and puzzle solving platform game. 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 personalities 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.

 
This game is good if you want to harm no living thing, reconsider your body or play your first video game.

Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 3 and a half hours and 6 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

Costs

Does not include in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

This game is free with PlayStation Now.

Ratings

PEGI 12 with strong language. The examiner's report expands this rating with the following: Mild language includes ‘damn’ and ‘hell’.

ESRB: EVERYONE with mild fantasy, violence, mild language.

Accessibility

System settings: The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a wide range of system features including some that can be used on all games, like the excellent co-pilot mode... read more.


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