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Genre: Adventure, Indie, Puzzle

Platforms: Xbox One, PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Mac, iOS

The Witness is an exploration-puzzle game. The game is being developed by a small, independent team, a mix of full-timers and contractors.



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Great 100%

Man, this game really stayed with me, on a bunch of different levels. The design, the shapes, the audio logs, the hidden videos, everything. It changed how I think about games. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but if you like puzzles, this is a must play.

Great 100%

The Witness is a triumph of great design and creativity. The game has an extremely satisfying learning curve, where the puzzles feel challenging yet always surmountable. The openness of the game design paired with the lush art direction makes this a very relaxing experience. There was so much thought and care put into every aspect of the game with every decision feeling purposeful, and the game can explore its concepts fully thanks to its surpris... Read More

Positive points
Satisfying puzzles
Gorgeous art direction
Length
Relaxing
Negative points
None

Alright 80%

I didn't really know what to expect from the game when I first booted it up. I have always loved games like Myst, Syberia and Riven and at first I thought The Witness would be something similar. While Myst is more of a clue solving game The Witness is straight up a puzzle game. At first that really put me off. I was really looking forward to explore this beautiful island, find clues and solve them da Vinci Style, but the game soon had me hooked a... Read More

Positive points
Variation of puzzles
Scenery and game engine
Length of the game
Negative points
I would have loved to have a side element to the puzzles, like the Myst series

Storyline

You wake up, alone, on a strange island full of puzzles that will challenge and surprise you.

You don't remember who you are, and you don't remember how you got here, but there's one thing you can do: explore the island in hope of discovering clues, regaining your memory, and somehow finding your way home.

The Witness is a single-player game in an open world with dozens of locations to explore and over 500 puzzles. This game respects you as an intelligent player and it treats your time as precious. There's no filler; each of those puzzles brings its own new idea into the mix. So, this is a game full of ideas.