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The Witness Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Witness combines maze puzzles in an abandoned world with its own mythology, secrets, themes and story. It’s a game with puzzles at the core, but the real mystery is solving what has happened in the world you find yourself in.

You play the game in first-perspective as an unnamed character exploring an island roughly divided into eleven regions, arranged around a mountain that represents the ultimate goal for the player.

To progress through these regions you need to solve maze-like puzzles. A path is drawn on a grid that must satisfy certain rules taught to the player by exploring the island. There is no text or dialogue directly explaining a puzzle's rules so it's an unusual combination of observation, intuition and then the application of logic.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/12/2015, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: Thekla inc (@Thekla_inc)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 18 hours and 30 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game. Because the game wants you to discover answers for yourself the time to complete it can vary wildly depending on your intuition, good fortune, observation and perseverance to solve each puzzle.

CostsCosts

The Witness usually costs £30.99 to £31.99.
 

The Witness

XBox Store Xbox One £31.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £30.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game was rated PEGI 3 because it contains scenes of partial nudity of a non-sexual, natural nature. The game features a statue which shows a bare-chested female. The bright and colourful surroundings give a warm and friendly feel to this island. Even though the island is completely abandoned and you venture in broken-down structures, the game never wants to scare you. The game is an open-world adventure which revolves around puzzles which become increasingly difficult. Because of this the game might not be suitable for the youngest of players.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Includes some puzzles that require you to distinguish colours or hear sounds to direct your play.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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