There was a danger that the on-screen controls would make it impossible to navigate the characters through levels, which often requires some placement precision, especially on staircase sections.Available on PS3, PS Vita, PC, Mac, iPad reviewedIf you havent heard of Thomas Was Alone yet and you call yourself a gamer, shame on you. It has taken two years for Creator Mike Bithell and co to get Thomas Was Alone on the iPad and they have obviously worked hard on the port. As with all other versions of the game, Thomas Was Alone on the iPad is quite brilliant and the love and attention that went into the original has been very well represented in the tablet version. However, we advise donning some headphones for this game, as advised by the games opening credits, because its the only way to get the full, immersive Thomas Was Alone experience.
The on-screen controls are as minimalistic as the game itself, with two directional arrows on the right and a diamond shaped jump button the left.Having played Thomas Was Alone on the Mac and PS Vita, we were surprised how responsive the touchscreen controls were with the iPad version.99 App Store pricing, but this matches the cost of the game for all other platforms. Often wed have to tap them a couple of times to change character because the iPad registered that we were pressing multiple tabs simultaneously.
Youll be able to switch between characters by tapping these coloured tabs.If you havent played Thomas Was Alone before, the game starts off with the eponymous Thomas, an enthusiastic small red rectangle that is one of many shapes in a computer mainframe, who has suddenly realised it is capable of intellectual thought. The team at Bossa Studios, responsible for the iPad port, have done a great job with the touchscreen controls, so you wont find yourself wanting to fling your iPad across the room after you repeatedly over jump and plunge your character into the deadly water. Once youve been playing for a while though, you get used to where to press them and controlling your shape army becomes far easier.
These captions are dynamic, as with Thomas Was Alone for other platforms, changing length depending on where your character is on-screen, helping the games presentation feel slick and refined despite its blocky nature.The original game was released in 2012 to critical acclaim for the PC and Mac and has since been given a PS3 and PS Vita port.VerdictIts taken over two years for Thomas Was Alone to make it to the iPad, but it was totally worth the wait.You may also like:ROUND-UP: Best iPad GamesNEWS & RUMOURS: Fallout 4COMPARED: iPad mini 2 vs iPad AirYoull need to guide Thomas through each level, pushing him through white portals shaped and sized just like himself.
As you gain more characters in each level, the iPad version presents correspondingly coloured swatches at either side of the screen. This simple control layout is the only thing on screen as you play initially, aside from voiceover captions attached to the character youre currently controlling.Part of the games charm comes from the narrator, Danny Wallace of XFM, Yes Man and Assassins Creed fame, who portrays the characters personalities in such a way youll constantly be smirking at your iPad screen. Its a great puzzle-platformer that features a cast of blocks in assorted shapes and sizes that youll need to get to know to reach the portals at the end of each level.
The game looks stunning on the iPad and thats partly down to the original graphics, but also the attention to detail with the on-screen information.99 price tag shouldnt put you off. Despite the new touchscreen platform, youre still getting exactly the same game and if youve not played it before the 5. One of the games key features is its minimalistic appearance, and this iPad port lovingly reproduces it for touchscreen with great affect.
Now either we have oversized thumbs or the Thomas Was Alone team has made these coloured tabs a little on the small side. Wallaces voice as well as the awesome soundtrack from David Housden come across well even when played directly through your iPads speakers. The cast still brims with charm and the intriguing storyline combined with increasingly complex puzzles will keep you playing until the end without a doubt. If hes not to your liking, theres also John, who is a long, tall yellow rectangle capable of reaching lofty heights with one jump, much to Chris annoyance.
What might put you off a little is the 5. Now the game arrives on iPad and it is a great excuse to get in on the Thomas Was Alone action if youve missed out thus far. Throughout the game youll be introduced to an assortment of little shapes all with their own name, personality and distinct skills.Next, read our Child of Light review.
For a small window to the kinds of characters youll meet, theres Chris, a small cantankerous little orange square who is constantly moaning and not a great jumper. As you progress youll meet other characters that youll need to direct to their own level goals, which arent necessarily in the same section, solving the navigational puzzles along the way. What you think?