The Witness

Pros & Cons of The Witness

  • Cool graphics
  • Not easy to solve puzzles
  • The end of the game is not super exciting

The Witness is an open world based puzzle video game.

It was developed by Thekla, Inc. and published in 2016. The game has received a lot of positive feedback for the high-quality gameplay. It’s available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nvidia Shield, and Apple devices.

The gameplay of The Witness

Once you jump into the game, you’ll find yourself on an island full of various puzzles waiting to be solved. The Witness contains more than 650 puzzles and will probably take some time to complete. They all represent one type of puzzle - maze and can be solved in the same way: by drawing a path on a grid. Most likely, once you figure out how to solve one of them, you’ll be able to figure out how to deal with the ones nearby. Checking the surroundings is helpful - it can provide you with information necessary to complete the tasks. Remember, anything that looks like a puzzle probably is a puzzle.

The Witness does not come up with a deep narrative, so it doesn't really matter in what order you deal with the puzzles. The main point is to activate turrets equally distributed between the game “zones”. To do that, you’ll need to complete all the puzzles in one zone. Once you light most of them (you don’t even need to activate them all), you’ll get access to the mountain which is the player’s ultimate goal. Reaching the mountain will allow you to open additional puzzles, that (unlike previous ones) must be solved within the time limit.

The Witness encourages you to walk away from the puzzles that you are not able to solve yet. There is no competition, no life threat or a time limit. If you are stuck at one puzzle, you can always get back to it later and, maybe, you’ll see it from a new angle. Some puzzles might seem extremely complicated, yet the solution to them is very simple once you look around carefully. The game does not leave you on your own and provides every clue needed to find the answer. You just need to learn how to ask the right questions.

Overall, The Witness is all about science, visual illusions, and finding a different perspective. No doubt, you’ll have plenty of stuff to enjoy. Don’t be discouraged if you cannot solve all of the mazes - perhaps, it’s just not the right time yet. If you like this The Witness and want to try other games of the puzzle genre, check out The Room and The Tanos principle - you might find them pretty good too!