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The Witness

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The Witness is a 3D puzzle game where you explore a mysterious island full of natural and artificial structures. The game is focused on non-verbal communication that should make the player more attentive to the environment surrounding him. To complete the game, you need to solve puzzles in each of the eleven island's regions and get to the mountain in the center of it. While the regions differ a little, puzzles they feature are quite similar and, as a rule, have something to do with symmetry to be solved. Puzzles are activated at the grids you can find around locations. 
There are two modes in the game. In the walking mode you can explore the island, and in the path-drawing mode you don’t move and focus on solving puzzles.
While the game’s plot is quite unclear and The Witness doesn’t give many details on the hero’s background, its key feature is the visual aspect combined with music, inspiring quotes you can hear and the meditative tone of the game in general. The game features several visual illusions based on depth perception.

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Thekla, Inc
NVIDIA Lightspeed Studios
Number None, Thekla, Inc.
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Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: 1.8GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 series
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Storage: 5 GB available space
  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: 2.4GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 780
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Storage: 5 GB available space

System requirements for iOS

iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8, iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Seventh Gen

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: 10.11.6 (El Capitan)
  • Processor: 1.8GHz
  • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 series
  • Storage: 5 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Metal support required
  • OS: 10.12.3 (Sierra)
  • Processor: 2.4GHz
  • Graphics: Radeon R9 M370X
  • Storage: 5 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Metal support required

System requirements for Android

6.0 and up
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The Witness reviews and comments

Stellar puzzling marred by an incredibly cloying attempt at intellectualism.
This is the best puzzle game I have ever played.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
The Witness is an extraordinary Game in many Ways. I bought it because I find it visually eerily appealing and like relaxed Puzzle Games where you are given free Rein to how you want to proceed. The Witness meets these two criteria 100%. However, I fell in love with this Game for very different Reasons, and only after a few Hours of Play. Like no other Game I know, The Witness requires getting into it. Whoever plays it as if it had nothing more to offer than hundreds of Labyrith puzzles (no Exaggeration, there really are hundreds), who is concerned with "solving" the Game as quickly as possible will surely lose the Joy of it after a short Time. In many Reviews, I read that other People found the Learning Curve too steep, the Puzzles eventually became too difficult, and Frustration arose. In My Estimation, that Feeling only comes up when you rush and don't engage with the Gaming Experience as a Whole. The Joy of the Game has to come from yourself. There is no Story in the Sense, nor do you get Rewards for Solving the Puzzles. Instead, you have to be happy to have understood a new Game principle. You have to be able to rejoice in finally understanding the island's many little secrets, which have been hiding right under your own Nose all The time. And it is precisely these little Secrets that make The Witness one of my absolute Favourite Games today. I admire the Level of Dedication that is in this Game world. Solving these small and sometimes not quite so small Puzzles beyond the Switchboards has been twice as much Fun for me personally. So You miss a very excellent Part of the Game by Focusing purely on solving the obvious Puzzles! But again, you have to take your Time to do it. At some Point, you have almost no choice but to stumble upon these Puzzles by chance at some point, if you look closely. But I also enjoyed solving the actual Puzzles on the numerous Switchboards scattered on the Island. Even though, as already mentioned, there are literally hundreds of them on the Island, the Principle did not get boring. Each Region has its own Rules, and it is important to teach itself. One is absolutely not taken by the Hand, but has to act independently. However, there are small "Tutorials" for each Region, which make the Rules quite clear to you. For my Part, every Time I understood a new Game principle had a small Sense of Achievement, and that's the only and the best Reward you get. At the same time, I often simply Admired the Cleverness of Puzzle Designs. Sometimes there is a lot more to it than you might think at first Glance! I absolutely do not consider myself a puzzle professional, but still got very well clear with an estimated 99% of the Puzzles (admitted partly after long Breaks of Thought!) I openly and honestly admit to having used a Complete Solution for the remaining Puzzles so as not to cause unnecessary Frustration. You shouldn't fall back On That too often, otherwise the experiences of Success will not be missed and the Game will be boring. But If you really sit down, or if you do not understand the Rules with the best Will, you should not be afraid to look up the Solution. Small Note: Many of the Puzzles are based on Colors and a few are based on Sounds. Those who are color blind or Have Hearing problems may not get on their own In some places. As far as price is Concerned, I have to say afterwards that the just under €40 is actually justified, provided that the Game is really taken full of utilise. If you are not completely sure, however, one should still wait for a Sale (at the Moment, for example, to have for just under €13), so as not to get too annoyed afterwards, if it is not for you. All in all, The Witness is quite a remarkable Game. But In order to be able to enjoy this fully, you are not allowed to play it like any other Game. In a way, it's a Work of art that you have to look at and value as such from time to time. If you can do that and you're ready for it, it's uninhibited a lot of Joy. So Anyone who likes to explore and discover, simply for the sake of Discovery, and not because of a promised Reward, is right at The Witness. P.S.: This record player ...!
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Short version: Exceptionally good game! Long Version: I thought the price was one dry out from what I expected, but after playing for a little week, I say I adore developing Jonathan Blow every single penny (though Apple takes 30%). The game is so incredibly accomplished down to the last detail. When one thinks one has almost done / discovered everything on you, a suddenly big new area discovers one has never visited before. The puzzles are sometimes completely geinals, sometimes very difficult (but the most difficult ones are not a requirement for completing the game), and always very well thought out. If you want to clear everything in the game you have to set aside for a long time (unless you googles); When I thought I had almost everything that was read, I saw that I only had about 300 of about 600 puzzles ... Many are hidden right in front of your eyes. The game is simply exceptionally good. PS; DO NOT GOOGLE WINGS, go ahead and come back later. The feeling of finally clearing it is absolutely magical, so google first after a 1-2 weeks. Played on Macbook Pro 2016 with touchable. Good fps on medium graphics and 720p-1080p. Some choppy, but in some way playable, by the hefty graphics and 1080p native resolution .. Play in windowed (not full screen) if thert lag much. If you have a PS controller lying on it, it can be recommended to use if you like it.
Too hard for me. Maybe at some point I'll tackle it again but that seems unlikely. It was a bit vague and I couldn't get my head into the puzzles to care enough to complete them.
The people who beaten The Witness deserve some kind of special achievement. This game is so smart and hard. I dropped it after a few days, but still hope to find free time to return and play more.

All puzzles are a variation of a single puzzle type. Sometimes this is frustrating and dull, other times you are just impressed by the developers imagination and cleverness. And a few times you encounter such beautiful puzzles, it's just wow.
«Blew my mind»
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