Thanks to the Humble Bundle weekly sale, which has about 1 day left as of this writing, I was able to acquire this game along with a few other indie games for a few bucks. I'd been eyeing it for some time, but whenever I thought I'd take a chance on it, I'd back away slowly because I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy a game, even a platformer, about jumping blocks. Ten bucks isn't much money, but I'm a parent. I drive to work everyday. I pay bills. I have other interests. So, spending ten bucks on something I might not like is sort of a big deal to me when it could've gone to some other use. I've been doing my best to play more indie games lately, so these Humble Bundles and Steam sales have really been great for helping me to indulge that interest.
Thomas Was Alone is actually a very charming, engaging game. When I read the description about the game being about friendship, I said to myself: "But they're jumping blocks!" Now, I'm saying: "Emotions, what are you doing? This is absurd. These are jumping blocks that you're attaching my feelings to." It can't be helped, though. Danny Wallace's wonderfully expressive narrating has really brought this game alive for me along with the simplistic visuals, soothing music, and puzzle-oriented gameplay. I always say that I'm only going to play ten minutes of this game, and before I know it, an hour has gone by and I'm still playing.
I may try this game with my oldest to see if he'll like it. I think he'll love the story, but I'm not so sure about the actual mechanics of the game since I typically try to stick to the PC games he can use a controller with. This might present a new way for him to challenge himself.