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36 Great Games Like The Witness

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to The Witness and have found the following:

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.

Unfortunately, The Witness is not available on Android, Mac, PS5, Switch or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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)

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

35 Hand Picked Games Like The Witness

These are our hand-picked games similar to The Witness. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed The Witness. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Everything

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/03/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: David Oreilly (@DavidOreilly)

Players: This is a single player game

This is an unusual game that simulates a world where you can become any object. It sounds strange and not much fun, but the enjoyment is in discovering how small or how big a thing you can become. From tiny atoms to whole planets and everything in between.

Paradise Killer

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 04/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Kaizen Game Works (@KaizenGameWorks)

Players: This is a single player game

Paradise Killer is a detective game set in the open world of Paradise Island. It's a strange place with quirky characters and an alien obsessed, demon worshiping world. You are an exiled investigator brought back to solve the mass murder of the island's...

The Forest

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 30/05/2014

Platforms: PC and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: End Night Game (@EndNightGame)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Forest is a survival horror game where you are the only passenger to live after a plane crash. You explore a mysterious forest to find food, shelter and safety but soon have to battle strange cannibalistic people.

Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 28/10/2015, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Yakandco (@Yakandco)

Players: This is a single player game

Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise is a puzzle game where you infiltrate a spy hideaway to stop an evil plan. Each location is full of retro futuristic contraptions, hidden gizmos, gadgets and clever logic based puzzles.

Sable

Sable

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Developer: Shedworks Greg (@ShedworksGreg)

Players: This is a single player game

Sable is an adventure game where you play a young girl, Sable, alone in the world, but bravely exploring ancient monuments, ruined architecture, and fallen ships to uncover her place in it.

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/12/2018

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: This is a single player game

A Good Snowman (Is Hard To Build) is puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen. On each level you must roll your snowballs to be the right size and then position them on each other to make a snowman.

Myst
PEGI Rating 7 for Myst

Myst

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/01/1983

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PSP and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Cyan Worlds (@CyanWorlds)

Players: This is a single player game

Myst is a classic video game graphic adventure. Published in 1983, and selling over six million copies, it pre-dates many modern adventure games and created a new genre for gaming. Exploring by clicking in the world to move, you use a special book to...

A Dark Room

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 10/06/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Double Speak Game (@DoubleSpeakGame)

Players: This is a single player game

A Dark Room is an adventure where you try and survive in the wild. The world is depicted with just text but leads you into a dense narrative with intriguing visitors and a steadily expanding world. It has a simple start – a single option to stoke a...

Baba is You

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: ES Adevlog (@ESAdevlog)

Players: This is a single player game

Baba is You requires some lateral thinking. Each level is controlled by rules written on the screen, such as ‘Lava is Hot’, ‘Wall is Stop’ and ‘Flag is Move’. By moving the words around with your pixilated character, you subvert the...

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-11 year-olds

Release Date: 05/06/2006, updated in 2021

Platforms: DS, Switch and Wii

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Big Brain Academy is a puzzle game designed to test and improve your mental capacity and well being. You are presented with an assortment of challenges designed to measure how smart your brain is. The focus is on fun rather than learning, and the Big...

Carto

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Sunhead Games (@SunheadGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Carto is an adventure puzzle game that is unusual in letting you rearrange the map tiles while you are playing. This enables you to access new areas of the world previously impossible to get to. This can be as simple as redirecting a river out of your...

Heaven's Vault

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/04/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Inkle Studios (@InkleStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

In Heaven’s Vault you play an archaeologist translating an ancient alien language whose decrypting weaves through an unfolding drama. While doing real linguistic work you interact with companions and locals. Your choices can open or close vast swathes...

Tint

Tint

Release Date: 13/09/2019

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Lykke Studios (@LykkeStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Tint is a puzzle game you solve by painting. You mix watercolours to match the colour of the origami. The aesthetic and the low-pressure puzzles make for a soothing experience. There are no timers, no countdowns, no points and certainly no rush,...

Traffix

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 08/07/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: 8 Infinity Games (@8InfinityGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Traffix is a puzzle game that puts you in charge of traffic lights on different road systems. By changing the lights to red, orange and green you work to get traffic to flow on increasingly complex and busy roads. It sounds complex, but with simple...

The Talos Principle

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/12/2014, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Croteam (@Croteam)

Players: This is a single player game

The Talos Principle is a narrative driven puzzle game, praised for its cerebral and philosophical nature, where you play an android with a human conscience. You explore environments to complete complex brain-teasing puzzles to collect "sigils".

Braid

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 06/08/2008

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Jonathan Blow (@Jonathan_Blow)

Players: This is a single player game

Braid is a platform game, not dissimilar to Mario World, that appears simple but has a twist. The movement of your character is connected to the progression of time in a mind-bending manner. The resulting puzzles are fascinating and connected to a story...

Cinco Paus

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 25/12/2017, updated in 2021

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: Smestorp (@Smestorp)

Players: This is a single player game

Cinco Paus is a puzzle game where you try and get through 5 rooms picking up treasure as you go. What makes it unusual are the magic wands that help you do this. What appears to be a maze game turns out to be a challenge to discover the effects of each...

Down in Bermuda

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Wii U, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Yak and Co (@YakAndCo)

Players: This is a single player game

Down in Bermuda is a puzzle game where you are stranded on a set interconnected islands. You push, pull and manipulate objects to solve puzzles and explore the world. Each one you complete brings you closer to getting back home.

Fling Smash

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 07/11/2010

Platforms: Wii

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Fling Smash is an action throwing game where you direct a ball-shaped hero by flicking the controller.

Genesis Noir

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 26/03/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Fellow Travellr (@FellowTravellr)

Players: This is a single player game

Genesis Noir is a narrative-driven puzzle game. It's a time travelling mystery to save your lover, by intervening through the history of the world to ultimately stop the expansion of the universe. Although it sounds bizarre, existential and confusing,...

Grindstone

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Fighting and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Capy Games (@CapyGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Grindstone is a colour matching puzzle game, where you plot the right path through each grid-level to attack enemies and gain treasure. The aim it to join together as many similar coloured monsters as possible in once go.

Room to Grow

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Mischka Kamener (@MischkaKamener)

Players: This is a single player game

Room to Grow is a puzzle game about movement and expansion. You play a plant that moves by growing and wrapping your way around a maze. You can shift your location by growing into walls which enables you to manoeuvre around obstacles and make room for...

Zen Bound

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/02/2009, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Secret Exit (@SecretExit)

Players: This is a single player game

Zen Bound is a puzzle game about wrapping objects in rope. With a relaxing soundtrack and calm visuals you are present with different objects with an attached rope of a specific length. Using a mouse, touch or tilt controls you transfer paint from the...

Color Jumper

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 01/11/2017

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Ben Burnes (@Ben_Burnes)

Players: This is a single player game

Color Jumper is a running and jumping game where you control a square. Each side of the square has a different colour and rotates each time you jump. To get through a level you can only use platforms that are white or match your current colour. This...

Inner Tao

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/04/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Le Slo Dev (@LeSloDev)

Players: This is a single player game

Inner Tao is a puzzle game where you move two circles, manoeuvring objects to their destinations, marked by small squares. This starts simply but soon has you manipulating multiple elements and moving between the white and black halves of each puzzle....

Wildfire Swap

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 31/03/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Puzzle, Simulation and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Ryry Kubes (@RyryKubes)

Players: This is a single player game

Wildfire Swap is a puzzle game where you swap tiles to stop forest fires. Each level starts with a grid of trees, houses and bare land. Your job is to rearrange the tiles so the fires that start can’t spread to the houses.

Kitty Q

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 08/10/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Kamibox Ph (@Kamibox_Ph)

Players: This is a single player game

Kitty Q A Quantum Adventure is an escape-room where you use outside-the-box thinking to solve puzzles in an odd world with quantum physics themes. It's unusual not only because the puzzles are approachable and visual appealing but because they each...

Not Not, A Brain-Buster

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 20/04/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Qubic Games (@QubicGames)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online

Not Not is a puzzle game about following simple instructions in limited time. All you have to do is read the instructions and then direct your character in one of four directions. It sounds simple but the instructions get increasingly convoluted and...

Corrypt

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/12/2012, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Smestorp (@Smestorp)

Players: This is a single player game

Corrypt is a role-playing puzzle game where you collect items and interact with characters in a maze filled with moveable boxes. In a novel twist, you can push and pull the boxes, but they stick to you, making it a challenge to move them out of the way...

Draw! (Dreams)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/03/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 17 features

Players: This is a single player game

Draw! is a puzzle game where you draw your own platforms in order to get a stick figure to run and jump through the level to an exit. It is designed to look like drawings on a notepad with you as the artist.

LOCK (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/10/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: 800 Pixel Gorilla (@800PixelGorilla)

Players: This is a single player game

LOCK is a puzzle game about escaping rooms. LOCK stands for Logic Operated Combination Keep, referring to a digital password protected door lock. You must discover secret four letter word clues by exploring each space, in order to unlock panels, collect...

Pushy and Pully

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/05/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Resistance Stdio (@ResistanceStdio)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Pushy and Pully is a puzzle game where you push blocks into enemies to kill them, or into each other to gain special attacks. The action takes place on a single screen with up to two players. After 10 levels there is a large enemy to defeat before...

Sensorium

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Rbd Jelly Fish (@RbdJellyFish)

Players: This is a single player game

Sensorium is a puzzle game set in a freely explorable island. You need to solve puzzle to access rooms, which usually contain more puzzles granting access to deeper recesses of the buildings.

Seven Scrolls

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/03/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: Jesse Venbrux (@JesseVenbrux)

Players: This is a single player game

Seven Scrolls is a puzzle game where you explore a dungeon, kill enemies and get to the exit. What's unusual is that the rule of the game change as you pick up scrolls.

Twofold Inc

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/01/2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Grapefrukt (@Grapefrukt)

Players: This is a single player game

Twofold Inc is a puzzle game where you deliver requests for coloured tiles. You fulfil these orders by connecting the required coloured squares on the small grid. When you don't have the required coloured tiles to match next to each other you can also...

1 Game Like The Witness Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to The Witness. This includes games from the Puzzle, Open World and Narrative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

The Witness is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to The Witness in the following lists:

Educational Games That Are Also Good Games

These games have an educational element to them, but also offer experiences that are good games in their own right. This isn't busywork to trick you into learning, but clever and innovative ways to encounter history, physics, engineering, maths, geography and language subjects without feeling like you are in school. They also teach softer, deeper skills like long term strategy, planning, balancing systems, emotional intelligence, compassion, team-work and self-care.

Some of these games are aimed at younger players to play on their own, but others (as indicated by their PEGI ratings) are better for teenagers or played together in a family. Find some games that pique your interest, read through the details and decide how your child might benefit from playing them.
 
Qomp
Eco
PEGI Rating 7 for Eco
Gris
PEGI Rating 7 for Gris

Commit No Violence

While a significant portion of video games focus on combat and competition, these titles offer a less aggressive way to progress and win. None of these games enable or require the player to cause harm to another living thing -- even Mario's merciless campaign to stomp on every Goomba he meets bars him from this list. Or then there's catching and selling fish in Animal Crossing that rule that one out.

Many of them are aimed at children and families, but you'll be surprised how many explore deeper, more mature themes in their narratives, or require just as much skill as a fast-paced first-person shooter. This means there's plenty of offer for parents who might lack the reflexes (or interest) to survive a round of Fortnite.

We've focused on the games you might not expect to be played non-violently here, but you can find the full list at Non-Violent Games Of the Day curated by James Batchelor.
 
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Nuts
Kine
PEGI Rating 3 for Kine
Pode
PEGI Rating 3 for Pode
Roki
PEGI Rating 12 for Roki
Eco
PEGI Rating 7 for Eco
Fez
PEGI Rating 3 for Fez
Gris
PEGI Rating 7 for Gris
Portal
PEGI Rating 12 for Portal

The Besties Podcast's Games of the Years

The Besties is a podcast about video games with a focus on a Game of Year format. Although episodes do cover new games like other podcasts, much of the content builds towards yearly Game of the Year shows, and head-to-head showdowns for best games in a series (Zelda, Grand Theft Auto and so on).

"It's Game of the Year meets King of the Hill as four of Earth's best friends – Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Chris Plante, and Russ Frushtick – rank and review their favorite video games. Because shouldn't the world's best friends pick the world's best games?"

This is a list of the game that they have picked for their final game of the year show from 2014 to the current year. In some cases we didn't have the game on the database, but generally this is a good representation of their picks over the time of the show.
 

BAFTA Nominated Games

The British Academy Games Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding creative achievement in Games. The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of the games sector.

The awards started in 2004 and are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). For parents, they are a great way of discovering brilliant games to play in their family. The games included here are from these categories:
  • The Family Games Award highlights games that will work really well for parents and children. These often include multiplayer features and feature a cast of family-friendly characters.
  • The Games Beyond Entertainment award is also of interest as this highlights more unusual games with an emphasis on storytelling that addresses topics that parents may find appealing themselves.

 
Roki
PEGI Rating 12 for Roki

Space For Loneliness

In a culture that often assumes that the route to happiness is with another person, it can benefit us to acknowledge that being alone is not always a bad thing. We teamed up with Courtney Garcia’s Screen Therapy channel to curate a list of games that give us a chance to experience being alone in different ways.

Garcia’s Screen Therapy project employs Positive Media Psychology research to highlight and interpret meaningful experiences with games and movies. “With mindfulness, there are even more benefits to gain from intentional consumption of media,” she says, “games can be tools we use to recover or grow, psychologically, and our time with them isn't wasted if they provide us insights or rest we need.”

This list was inspired by the experience of playing the unusually solitary (and long) game The Longing and the Twitter thread that followed. In it, you spend 400 elapsed days waiting for the King to wake up and living at a slow pace. The other games offer their own lens on loneliness and solitary seasons of life. These games offer us insight into the benefits of appreciating time alone, such as opportunities for self-reflection, self-discovery, and the chance to curate enriching experiences or environments for ourselves.

Some of the games, like Never Alone, Journey and The Long Dark place you in a harsh environment that emphasises your diminutive size when faced with the expanse of nature. Other games in the list, like Thomas Was Alone and Bird Alone offer you the chance to reflect on friendship and the need to nurture relationships. Then there are games we included like Shadow of the Colossus that let you get lost in the vastness of its landscape. Finally, a few of the games like The First Tree and Sunlight invite you to make a connection to other players, once you have come to terms with a journey on your own.
 

Solve a Mystery

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit novel, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. However, rather than just watching these mysteries while someone else does the heavy lifting, these video games place you firmly in the role of the detective. Gathering statements, sifting evidence and making intelligent leaps of deduction requires care and attention. These investigations makes these games slower than others, but it’s worth the effort each time you find the correct conclusion and move the story on.

These games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique, first-hand sleuthing challenge.
 
Nuts
Roki
PEGI Rating 12 for Roki
Stray
Fez
PEGI Rating 3 for Fez
Portal
PEGI Rating 12 for Portal


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