There are a lot of browser games out there for you to enjoy. In fact, there are so many that, realistically, not all of them are going to get the attention they deserve. Thomas was alone is just such a browser game that has immediate appeal, but could easily get lost in the wake of all the other browser games pushing for the consumer spotlight.
Before you play and judge the game there’s something you should know about Thomas was alone: this game, in its entirety, was created in 24 hours by developer Mike Bithel. So, while the game is certainly lacking some things, please keep in mind this is one man’s entire day poured into development of a full game. If that doesn’t impress you in the least then I don’t know what will.
Thomas was alone is a minimalistic puzzle game that is basically about friendship and cooperation without all the heavy handed messages or overtly depressing themes. In essence it’s a puzzle game where you must use a combination of blocks to help get each block to its appropriate place in each level.
Each level starts out similarly. You control a block and somewhere else in the level — usually on the other side — is a small outline that is the same shape as your block. Your goal is to get your block from point a (where you start) to point b (the outline). Of course, as the game goes on more blocks are added and each will be required to make it to their own outline. This is where the game begins to get interesting.
As with the message, once more blocks get added you’ll be required to use each block to help get your pieces to their appropriate place. For example, you start off with a small, tall rectangle piece that can jump moderately high. Soon after you’re joined by a small square that can’t jump as high. In certain levels you’ll be required to use the rectangle as a sort of booster for the square so that he can make it beyond certain obstacles.
Overall the game isn’t too challenging. In fact, it’s pretty easy once you get the hang of the mechanics. However, in style, aesthetics and message Thomas was alone is certainly a fun and meaningful browser game. One that carries with it a message, but not in any sort of overbearing manner.
Thomas was alone is available to play right now on Kongregate. If you enjoy the game feel free to follow the developer via his Twitter account. You can also check out the interview Mike did with Blitz1Up about why he decided to undertake such a project and what his intentions were.