Thomas Was Alone won multiple awards upon its first release and now it’s here to take over the mobile space. But does it make the transition from PC screen to iPad unscathed? We got to grips with the game over the weekend to find out.
You follow the story of Thomas as well as a selection of his friends who, in case you didn't know, are simple polygon shapes instead of fully-fledged human beings. Each comes with its own name, personality and special abilities. The concept is a reasonably simple puzzle game in which you need to get your characters to a certain area on the level.
Even though you’re only playing as a variety of shapes, each has its own individual personality that you begin to understand through the narration, expertly voiced by comedian Danny Wallace.
If you’ve played the game on another platform before you’ll be in familiar territory. It’s a simple concept puzzle game that becomes incredibly addictive. Each time you complete a set of levels you get to control a new shape and learn about that character. Different shapes have special abilities such as being waterproof or jumping higher than others.
There are ten sets of levels to play through and each contain ten levels so you get about a hundred different puzzles for your money. It’s more than worth the price of £3.99 and is bound to keep you puzzled for a number of hours.
Obviously the storyline is much the same as what we’ve seen before so the question is, what’s really new here? It’s all in the control system, and it’s a bit of a let down. The port to iPad hasn’t harnessed any of the hardware features on the iPad. Tilting your screen from left to right won’t make any impact on the game. To control the game you’ve got your left and right direction buttons in the bottom left and the jump on the bottom right.
Sometimes you find yourself heading in the wrong direction as the left and right buttons are so close together, it can get really frustrating especially when you’re balancing precariously on an edge near some dangerous water. To switch between characters your choices line up alongside the edges of the screen and the different colours of each shape make it easy to spot which one you need next.
If you’ve already played Thomas Was Alone on another platform, adding the iPad version to your collection isn’t going to bring you anything new. If you’ve never experienced Thomas Was Alone though, you should certainly pick it up on iOS. Adding it into the Apple App Store is a smart move, the install base is huge and even though paid titles are well known not to achieve as much as their free-to-play counterparts, at least Thomas Was Alone will reach a new, if small, audience.