|Games||$9.99||Thekla, inc.||iPhone, iPad, iPod|
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.
The game is great, but has terrible quality on my my iPhone 6. It works great on the 6s, but I would like to be able to enjoy the game on my phone, especially after I spent $10 on it.
I had started the game last week and was getting into it, had solved a bunch of puzzles. Just installed an update to the app (haven't gone to iOS 11 yet) and I login to find I've lost all my progress! It's very nicely dropped me back at the start of a new tunnel, and no ability to load my prior game. I know iOS can cause trouble and these things happen sometimes - my phone is probably low on space and memory - but stilllllll. I have had it for probably a week and it lost the whole game/concept that I had played before, not just recent progress. Please get save working better!
Very, very few games use their main gameplay mechanic to pass a message instead of relying on text or cutscenes. From the symmetry island’s fading yellow lines to the monastery’s flashes of inspiration, this game teaches you an incredible language of satori. What few bits of dialogue exist serve to underscore the importance of the game’s message. The Witness says things in ways no book nor film ever could. One small suggestion for the iOS release: give a little haptic feedback for iPhone 7 and above whenever you hold down on a circle to begin tracing a path!
I love this game when it works. Puzzles are clever and the environment is well thought out. But there's something up here where it crashes constantly. I have a 128GB 7+, so I don't think it's because of low spec hardware.
Wow am I feeling generous, and out of respect for the amazing design I’m rating this 4 stars — despite the fact that late in the game I opened in this morning and I’m at the beginning again! Grrrr! I may or may not continue and chip away at it. Disappointing, but have to recognize the amazing work and thought that went into this game.
Consistent failure to install/load at all after several attempts to do so.
Not a lot of variety. This game could be so much more..... but it isn't. This is a .99 game that is way overpriced.
The Witness is a beautiful, thought-provoking game that treats it’s users with respect as intelligent beings. The game does not hold your hand, but it does provide you with everything you need to solve each and every puzzle. I originally played this on PS4 but never finished it. (Yes, I bought it twice, it’s worth it.) Having it on my phone/iPad means I can chip away at it when ever I like, and I’m finally nearing what I think is the end, though I’m sure there are still plenty of things I’ve missed. If you get stuck, go somewhere else or put the game down for a while. I’ve found that a fresh perspective can often make previously inscrutable solutions pop out. Don’t get frustrated. This is the point of the game. The puzzles are very clever, but the game never treats you like you are not clever as well, and you’ll love the satisfaction of solving a difficult puzzle or clearing an area. I haven’t had any issues with save progress being lost like other reviewers, but I would suggest checking the load game screen on the pause menu occasionally just to make sure the game is being saved as you go. 5 stars (because I can’t give it more)
Graphics are infantile, puzzles are repetitive and boring, sometimes without clues or logic. People who compare this simplistic game to Myst obviously never played the game. Maybe after a few more hours I'll see why this is an Editor's Choice. Won't waste too much more time on it though. Wish I could get my $10 back.
I really wanted to like this game. I really wanted to LOVE this game! I was interested in it the first time it was previewed but the $40 cost put me off. So when I learned it was ported for the iOS at a third of the cost, I was super excited for it. Although this game looks great, I feel it doesn’t play great. The touchpad is a poor replacement for a game controller and I don’t think you can use it properly and precisely to get to every angle needed to solve many of the puzzles. That and the fact that there is absolutely NO clues, hints or suggestions in it to help you along, makes it even more difficult. The only way I knew how to advance on some puzzles was to reference an online cheat. I stopped playing for now mainly for that reason because it was becoming frustrating, not fun. That and the fact the it was a super battery hog, makes me not want to pick up again for quite awhile.