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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Xbox One

Xbox One

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Published by
Thekla, Inc.

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Approximate download size
4.1 GB

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I loved playing this game. The art style is fantastic and it has a perfect learning curve. Most likely only enjoyable for someone experienced with puzzle games. Simple at the start and satisfyingly difficult by the end. I am very happy with getting it for $20, but would not have spent $40 for it.

37 out of 39 people found this helpful.

What a surprise!!!

This game is really clever... I play a lot of different types of games but I am a story driven player & although I have cancelled preorders just for not having a campaign. There is that exception to the rule--those days when you dont want to get into anything to envolved but you want to still play a game, but looking for something different but relaxing' but also challenging. Just something you can relax playing after a long day. This is not my normal type of game, but I have to say its really addicting. At least, for me it gives me a little break from the norm. Hope this helps if your on the fence about purchasing, because I was too. I am still playing, but i am glad its been added to my game library--GREAT GAME.

24 out of 25 people found this helpful.

Wonderfully challenging. Shinning with style.

I love a good challenge. And the Witness certainly delivers that. But the beauty is in the non-rushed way the game presents itself to the player. You can solve whatever you want whenever you want. Relax and feel free to walk away from whatever puzzle you're stuck on and come back later. The infinite variations on the same base puzzle design is refreshing and brilliant. This goes on my top 5 of the year.

30 out of 32 people found this helpful.

Beautiful Design

The witness does puzzling right. Each time I would get stuck on a puzzle I would go explore the island and find some new mystery to unravel. I have spent over 20 hours in this game I'm still having a blast. I would highly recommend this game to anyone that enjoys puzzles.

29 out of 31 people found this helpful.

Blissful yet Tough. A Legend in the Making.

This game is such a sweet escape from the real world. With its sheer beauty and tough yet solvable puzzles, I found myself pulled into this masterwork for hours at a time. I am 32 years old, and I've been a gamer since I was 5, and I can honestly say that this wonderful piece of art ranks right up there with the Super Marios, Zeldas, Metal Gears and of course the most famous puzzle game of all time, Tetris. Be prepared to have a new favorite game when you start playing this puzzler that rivals any of the greats you can possibly think of. I give this historical game an easy and well deserved 5 out of 5 and I thank the team that created this masterpiece for such a great experience and also for renewing my passion for gaming.

48 out of 55 people found this helpful.

Diabolical - In a good way ☀

[ The Positive ] Put your puzzle solving cap on, and grab a friend (or two). This is a game where extra brain power can come in handy! If you like to explore and figure things out, then come on in and go to it. Thinking outside the 'box' and re-thinking any assumpions that pop up, may just turn out to be very helpful. Just saying. Look at (and 'see') everything. lf it doesn't work, the game isn't broken. There is a way. Find it. It's a gorgeous open-world environment - have fun and enjoy the path(s) through... [ The Negative ] The audio segments and especially, ESPECIALLY, the video segments were the only disjointed aspects of the game. Neither furthered the player's understanding of the game's environment or how it came to be that way. Saying more could be considered 'spoiler material' by some players. Overall rating - 4.8 out of 5 stars. 👍👍👍👍👍

36 out of 41 people found this helpful.

Great, Unique Puzzle game

Do you like Puzzle games? Do you like "head scratchers"? Are you a person that is fond of Mystery? This is the game for you. The mysterious Island is filled with very unique puzzles and situations. There is no hand holding here(thankfully). It is just you and the Island. Get your mind working, and find a way out of this place to get home. Good luck.

36 out of 41 people found this helpful.

The Rubik's cube of video games.

This game is a puzzler's paradise. If you don't like solving challenging puzzles or you have no patience, this game is not for you. It's more of a Rubik's cube than a jigsaw puzzle. Very cerebral.

14 out of 15 people found this helpful.

Brillantly Intelligent

From the clever and beautiful Technicolor art to the thought provoking audio vingettes and, of course, the remarkably creative puzzles, this game stands out like a lighthouse on the raging sea of video game sameness. Thank you for producing this unforgettable experience.

14 out of 15 people found this helpful.

Great puzzle game!

I havent felt this way about a puzzle game since Portal. If your tired of shooters and like a challange give The Wittness a try!

12 out of 13 people found this helpful.

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