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You control Thomas, a strange-looking but vaguely cutesy animal of some description in an ultra-fast platform game. There are 50 levels, split into 5 groups of 10.

Each one has a certain number of gems, and your task is to collect a certain number of them (for example, level 2 has 55 and you need at least 40) and then find the exit, all within the time limits. The yellow gems are worth 50 points and the purple ones 100, although the purple ones don’t appear to be more precariously-placed, and the total makes no distinction, so this is for colour as much as anything. Once you’ve got the required amount, the gems double in value, tempting you to continue to explore

The levels are infested with cutesy-looking baddies, such as birds and bears, which can’t be killed, and must be avoided, as contact with them costs you time as Thomas picks himself up. You can jump on the heads of some of them, which gives a small points bonuses. The layouts include ropes to ascend, moving platforms and more. Some levels are entirely vertically-scrolling, seeing you progress up the ledges of a tree or similar.

If you run out of time you lose a life, but the level isn’t reset, so you keep the number of gems collected and have a fresh set of time. This means that you are far less likely to lose a second life on the level, similarly to Chase HQ.


Tearaway Thomas Amiga The only thing that happens when you get hit by an enemy, is that you lose a little time. You can't be killed in any way. I'll bet Jack Thompson would love this game :-)
Tearaway Thomas Amiga What a delicious diamond! I just have to figure out how to reach it.
Tearaway Thomas Amiga The jack in a box is helping me jump much higher.
Tearaway Thomas Amiga Scary ghosts will make you cry for mommy.

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CU Amiga Jan, 1993 84 out of 100 84
Amiga Joker Dec, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Amiga Games Mar, 1993 70 out of 100 70 Jul 12, 2008 6 out of 10 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1993 6 out of 12 50


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The game's plot did nothing to disguise the game's consolesque nature, as it declares that the species is from 'Cinos Eht Gohegdeh in the 'Magadriver' star system'. Your opposition is 'Dr Oriam' and 'Minedto'.
Martin Smith (76137) added Tearaway Thomas (Amiga) on May 15, 2004