Tagged "Thomas Was Alone"

Oct 07
By Matt Gander In Features No Comments

Every Xbox 360 owner and their dog knows that if you want to give your Gamerscore a boost you have to force yourself to play terrible movie tie-ins, half-baked kid’s games and decade old sports sims.

It would appear that easiest Xbox One games to rinse for achievements aren’t commonly known. As luck would have it, many of the games on the list below are genuinely worthy of your time – only one or two can be considered poor.

We have however left out Telltale’s episodic adventures – and Life is Strange – as otherwise they’d take up half the list.

Without further ado, here’s a shortlist of the Xbox One’s shortest:

Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons


The shortest game on this list also happens to be one of the best – Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons is often referred to as being an essential purchase, and that’s despite a fleeting 2-3 hour runtime. What’s neat about Brothers’ achievements is that they’re based around assisting others, including a two-part quest to reunite a pair of love birds. They really do add a certain something to the experience; an experience that isn’t lacking in emotion to begin with.

505 Games recently gave Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons a physical release which can easily be found for around £12 in the likes of Asda and GAME – a few quid cheaper than the digital version (currently £14.99).

The Swapper


The first on this list from Curve Digital – a company that has quickly become renowned for sniffing out quality indie titles – The Swapper is another well worth a play, featuring a sci-fi storyline and puzzles that involve cloning the main character. A notable degree of artistic flare is present as well as characters were CRAFTED from clay before being photographed and used as in-game assets. This is nothing new, of course, as even a few 16-bit games experimented with claymation but the results here are a lot more striking. Pleasingly, none of the achievements are missable – a colossal 100G is simply awarded at the end of each chapter.

Pneuma: Breath of Life


First-person puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life follows suit, with 8 of its 11 achievements gaining for simply playing though the story. The remaining three are for solving the Spirit, Body and Soul puzzles – plenty of guides are available on YouTube should you find yourself becoming flummoxed. Like previous games on this list, this one only offers around an afternoon’s worth of entertainment. At a slightly steep £15.99, you may want to wait for it to appear in one of the weekly sales.

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Nov 25
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

This week belongs to Nintendo. Not only do we have the biggest Wii U launch of the year – in the form of Super Smash Bros. – but also the eagerly anticipated Pokémon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby on 3DS.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is due on the eShop this Friday, but at £49.99 you’d be better off looking online as it can easily be found for around £35. The digital version of Pokémon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby is rather steep as well, priced at £39.99. Guess Nintendo really didn’t want to undercut bricks and mortar stores on these two titles. Well, three titles.

Other retail releases heading to the eShop this week include Little Orbit’s The Penguins of Madagascar (£34.99 Wii U/£24.99 3DS) and Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (£24.99 3DS – there’s no Wii U version, oddly), Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (£34.99) and Horse Vet 3D (£24.99).


As for download-only titles there’s the much loved Thomas Was Alone (£6.99), delightfully retro RPG Pier Solar and the Great Architects (£11.99), the 16-bit Zelda flavoured Ittle Dew (£8.99) and a conversion of PC platformer Shiny The Firefly (£6.29 until 31st Dec). A pretty decent selection, all told.

This week’s Virtual Console offerings may pique your interest too. Wii U owners get Capcom’s SNES RPG Breath of Fire (£5.49) while cult puzzler Pokémon Puzzle Challenge (£4.49) heads to 3DS VC.

The 3DS’s line-up of new arrivals is nowhere near as exciting as that for the Wii U. Talking Phrasebook – 7 Languages (£4.49) and My First Songs (£4.49) anybody? Thought not. Castle Conqueror EX (£3.49) might be worth a look though.

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May 30
By Jake In Most Played No Comments

If Thomas Was Alone was a plate of food on Masterchef, it would be a deconstructed roast chicken dinner.

A ballotine of breast, confit wing, fondant potato, a shard of crispy skin, pearls of bread sauce, a consommé for the hell of it, inevitably morels, something clever with a pea. Greg and John would wonder whether it’d deliver the flavour of a real roast chicken dinner. Does it really need elevating to fine dining?

But John would be impressed by the skill, and Greg would make some sort of guttural noise and describe it as a hug or a kiss, and hopefully nothing more graphic. Each individual element would be perfectly cooked, and come together in absolute harmony. The seasoning would be bang on.

Thomas Was Alone

Thomas Was Alone is a deconstructed platform game. It’s elegantly minimalist; terribly modern, in a fashionably retro sense. The skills that you’d expect to find in a platform game are dispersed amongst the cast of rectangles. That stark cast are given personality through the narration, reflecting on the human condition.

Sounds like it might be a bit ‘clever’ – which is probably why I’ve only just come to it. But the game has done a remarkable job of maintaining its profile – which is why I’ve come to it at all.

It was released on PC in 2012, then PlayStation Network in 2013, later that year taking the BAFTA Games Performer Award for Danny Wallace’s narration. In 2014 it’s been released on iPad, and features in Sony’s new ‘Discover’ section of the PlayStation Store. Resistance is futile.

But like that fancy plate of chicken, it works a treat.

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Apr 25
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

Dead Island Riptide reviews are in, and for a second time running Techland has managed to divide the critics. Considering how rarely this happens nowadays it really is quite the feat.


We’re talking about everything from The Official Xbox Magazine and GameCentral‘s duo of 4/10s to an 8.0 from GameInformer. Then there are the scores in between to take into account, such as the 5/10 from Destructoid and 6.0 from EGM.

Most reviewers point out that even with a two year development period over the original it still feels rushed out and many faults haven’t been fixed. GameCentral in particular notes that “if anything the graphics appear to have gotten worse – although that’s probably only due to the passage of time. Characters still appear as barely animated shop mannequins, and the backdrops look like 10-year-old PC tech demos that haven’t quite been finished.”

The Official Xbox Magazine meanwhile compared it to an expansion more than a sequel. “When ‘extra swamp’ is your USP, you know you’re in trouble,” they said.

What about the good stuff? Well, like before it’s pleasingly violent and fun can be had playing with others cooperatively online. The melee combat has been improved, plus there are new weather effects. As much as it pains us to say it, if you enjoyed the first one you’ll probably enjoy this as it sounds like it’s a case of more of the same.


A more sensible use of money would be to purchase hack ‘n’ slash RPG Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, especially if you missed it first time round. It’s a budget re-release of sorts, containing the full game plus an expansion and other extras at a purse pleasing price.

For £13.00 at Asda online, it’s a bit of a bargain. Eurogamer gave it an 8/10. Budget re-release of the year? It’s hard to imagine anything else topping it.

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