The Witness Skidrow

From the creator of Braid, The Witness is an exploration-focused puzzle game that takes place on an uninhabited island.

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Overview

The Witness is a first-person puzzle game where players explore an uninhabited island by solving a variety of puzzles to progress. Development began shortly after the release of Jonathan Blow's previous game, Braid.

The game begins with the player waking up in a corridor with a locked door. The first puzzle opens the door and gives access to the island. From here on in, the player is free to explore and choose their own non-linear progression (to an extent); however, some paths are blocked. The island is littered with recordings of famous quotes about religion and philosophy. There is no ambient music on the island, which emphasizes the feeling of isolation. However, a certain hidden room contains a record player with the classical songs "Anitra's Dream," and "In the Hall of the Mountain King," composed by Edvard Grieg.

The game was released on January 26th for PC and Playstation 4. It has subsequently been released on Xbox One, Android, and MacOS, with the iPad version TBA. The team built their own engine for the game.

Gameplay

The gameplay is highly focused on exploration and discovery. Puzzles all involve drawing a path from a starting point to an end point but variations on the concept are introduced throughout the game. The player can solve puzzles at their own pace; puzzles that are too difficult can be left behind and be solved later after the player gains a better understanding of the mechanics. Puzzles quickly ramp up and become more complicated. Little instruction is provided, allowing the player to explore on their own and achieve the satisfaction of figuring out the puzzles for themselves.

On October 16, 2013, in a posting on the Playstation.Blog, Blow said this about the length of the game:

Originally I had meant to design an 8-hour game, but The Witness is more like 25-40 hours depending on how much you play (some of the game is optional!)

PC System Requirements

Minimum

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: 1.8GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 series
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 4 GB available space

Recommended

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: 2.4GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 780
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Storage: 4 GB available space