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22 Great Games Like The Witness

These are hand-picked games similar to The Witness. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like The Witness. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify 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.
 

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:

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

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: @Thekla_inc

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

Paradise Killer

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Release Date: 04/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: @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

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Release Date: 30/05/2014

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

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

Developer: @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.

Everything

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

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @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.

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build

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Release Date: 01/12/2018

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @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.

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Myst

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Release Date: 01/01/1983

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation Portable and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @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...

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Tint

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Tint

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Release Date: 13/09/2019

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @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,...

Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise

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

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @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.

Heaven’s Vault

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Release Date: 16/04/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @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...

Braid

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Release Date: 06/08/2008

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Developer: @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...

Baba is You

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Release Date: 13/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @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...

Sable

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Developer: @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.

Fling Smash

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Release Date: 07/11/2010

Platforms: Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @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.

Carto

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Release Date: 27/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @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...

The Talos Principle

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

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @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".

A Dark Room

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

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS

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

Developer: @Continuities

Players: This is a single player game

A Dark Room is an adventure where you try and survive in the wild. It has a similarly simple start – a single option to stoke a fire – but also evolves into an incrementally complex system of resource management as a larger story unfolds.

Grindstone

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Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: @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.

Traffix

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Release Date: 08/07/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @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...

Down in Bermuda

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Release Date: 14/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, Xbox One and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure, Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @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.

Inner Tao

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Release Date: 12/04/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @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....

Pushy and Pully

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Release Date: 05/05/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @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...

Not Not, A Brain-Buster

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

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @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...

Genesis Noir

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Release Date: 26/03/2021

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @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,...

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:

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.
 
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Roki

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Portal

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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 the:
  • 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.

 
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Hades

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Roki

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Halo

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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.
 
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Qomp

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Gris

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Eco

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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.
 
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Ico

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Hoa

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Kine

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Pode

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Roki

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Gris

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Eco

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Portal

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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.
 


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