The Witness – A Game or a Fun IQ Test?
One of Top PC games 2016, the Witness is all about learning and doing puzzles; it’s a mix of science and spirituality. Although it’s not flawless, Jonathan Blow’s single-player game could easily be a modern and visually nice IQ test. It’s a series of maze puzzles with a tropical island setting. The Witness was one of those games payers liked to play last year, but if you’ve never tried it, you can enjoy it in 2017 too.
You wake up, alone, on a tropical island full of puzzles which both surprise and challenge you; welcome to the Witness. By exploring the island, you should discover clues and regain your memory to find out how you came to be on this strange island and to find your way home. With more than 500 maze puzzles to solve, the Witness is an open world game with many locations, it respects its players as intelligent and doesn’t waste your time; each puzzle brings its own brand new idea, there are no fillers. The witness is an elegant, artful game that makes you fall in love with it easily. Early puzzles are very easy to finish, but then the story and the problems become more complex.
What came as a surprise is the fact that the creator of this game, Jonathan Blow was the one who created Braid. So, in his last game, the narrative was crucial, even inextricable from the mechanics. So, how come he created the game that consists of hundreds of puzzles? Is there a catch? No, there’s not. Don’t expect “Braid experience”, but something completely different. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the Witness is bad, on the contrary, it’s rather an intriguing, fun and challenging game to play. Still, it’s a series of maze puzzles and if you’re not into solving them, this game won’t live up to your expectations.