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The Witness

Rating Summary

Based on 95 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

86

Top Critic Average

82%

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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Jan 26, 2016
Xbox OneSep 13, 2016
PCJan 26, 2016

Developer: Thekla Inc.

Genres: Art, Puzzle

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.

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Strong Head
10
Fair Head
6
Weak Head
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Eurogamer

Recommended
Eurogamer

Big, beautiful and rewarding, Jon Blow's enigmatic puzzle epic is virtuoso game design - and only a fraction too clever for its own good.

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IGN

10 / 10.0
IGN

The Witness has a power and pull that carried me throughout the more than 40 hours it took to complete it for the first time, and that, even now, beckons me back to confront the mysteries I left unsolved. Its graceful combination of tangible goals, obscurity, and freedom creates ample opportunity for small victories and grand revelations alike. For the most part, its themes weave themselves beautifully throughout the gorgeous world and wide variety of puzzles, but even when it breaks subtlety in favor of a more heavy-handed approach to exposition, it never detracts from the truly fulfilling moments The Witness offers in terms of solving its physical puzzles and unlocking its deepest mysteries.

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PC Gamer

89 / 100
PC Gamer

Blow does it again. Exquisitely layered puzzles populate a world that will keep you guessing.

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GamesRadar+

GamesRadar+

As brilliant as it is infuriating, The Witness' ingenious puzzles all too easily have their shine worn away by length and a constantly extending complexity.

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