DLC Review: Thomas Was Alone: Benjamin’s Flight
Thomas Was Alone returns in this story-oriented DLC for the puzzle-platformer. But is it worth the asking price? Check out our review to find out.
The Benjamin’s Flight DLC stands as a prequel to Thomas Was Alone, foretelling some of these game’s events, and providing backstory for one of my favorite characters. When you first start up the Benjamin’s Flight DLC, you’re introduced to Benjamin, and his much larger father whose properties resemble that of Chris from the main game. The beginning narration indicates that the events that unfold in this DLC predate Thomas’ adventure with his companions.
Benjamin shares many traits with Thomas, including his ability to jump relatively high and his curiosity about the unknown. Of course, this curiosity leads Benjamin to estray from his father following a picnic trip in the game’s world, leading Benjamin to take his father’s jetpack and find the fountain that we saw in the main game. Having enjoyed the game’s story so much, I was glad to see that Mike Bithell decided to go back and provide players with an origin for many of the game’s mysterious occurrences. Knowing how everything came to be was certainly surprising and painted a clear picture of the power and ramifications ones curiosity can have.
With the introduction of Benjamin’s new jetpack comes another new gameplay mechanic. Sadly, Mike Bithell’s commentary is absent from this DLC. Hearing his reasons for sculpting the prequel as he did would have been nice, especially closer to the end of the 20 levels in Benjamin’s Flight. Benjamin’s jetpack isn’t anything too special. However, maintaining control of Benjamin whilst balancing other AI on top of me did prove to be challenging, especially since the levels are filled with spikes to obstruct Benjamin’s race to knowledge.
All in all, Benjamin’s Flight is pretty fun. While it’s only 30 minutes long and doesn’t do anything particularly interesting with the game’s gameplay, it does manage to provide the boost in difficulty that Thomas’ main campaign lacked as well as an interesting backstory for the game’s events. If you’re itching for some more of Thomas Was Alone’s excellent narrative, then this DLC is most certainly for you.