The Witness

Rating Summary

Based on 98 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

86

Top Critic Average

81%

Critics Recommend

Based on 98 critic reviews
Sort by: Page 1 of 10
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 30, 2018

t’s a pure puzzle game and is happy to be a puzzle game, though with simplistic controls, excellent environment, and well developed puzzles. It’s worth checking out even if you aren’t a major puzzle fan.

Read full review

7.5 / 10.0
Jul 16, 2017

The Witness is a brainchild of Jonathan Blow, the creator of Braid. It's praised for being more of an art price than a game. That's not good. The Witness might look interesting, might have a story that we ought to figure out by ourselves, it might even be on of the best. The only thing is that it's a nice puzzle game and nothing more.

Review in Polish | Read full review

Jan 30, 2016

The Witness might be one of the best games ever made, but there's no denying it's also infuriating in equal measure.

Read full review

9 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2016

The Witness, then, is an exploratory puzzle game with very limited mechanics and has the tendency to make you pull your hair out in frustration as you begin to reach the limits of your own comprehension. In spite of this, it is an excellently crafted world, with a huge amount of brain teasers to attempt. Some people may not like the lack of immediate feedback when making your way through some of the areas, but the varied nature in solving the puzzles that ultimately combine with each other in such a way make figuring out The Witness an experience without parallel.

Read full review

9.5 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2017

The Witness is as devious as it is brilliant and not for the easily distracted.

Read full review

Mar 24, 2017

There is not much to say; and in no way is that a mark against The Witness. On all accounts The Witness exceeds as a puzzle game; in a visually satisfying and perfectly challenging way it presents puzzles for the player to solve. I want to rant and rave about all the puzzles I solved, I want to convene with others and pick their brains over the challenging ones, I want to describe in vast detail the great variety of challenges The Witness presents. But all of this would do a disservice to The Witness; a truly marvelous game which, to the curious problem solver, simply must be played. I wish there were more to add but there is no story, there is no soundtrack, there is no combat, there is no antagonist, there are no upgrades, there is nothing except line puzzles. And in that regard The Witness is a perfect game.

Read full review

4.5 / 5.0
Feb 7, 2016

The Witness is at its best when it is teaching you its mechanics simply by exploring the world and playing the game.

Read full review

9 / 10
Sep 11, 2016

A remarkable open world puzzler that never loses faith in the intelligence of the player.

Read full review

95 / 100
Sep 15, 2016

The Witness is a fantastic experience that everyone should play and love. Great looking graphics are walking hand in hand with fun and challenging puzzle gameplay.

Read full review

D+
Feb 3, 2016

The Witness is a very interesting game, when you first hear the premise for it. You're just a person going around an abandoned island, solving puzzles, and learning the story along the way. How that is portrayed is wonderful, but the execution is downright sloppy.

Read full review

Sort by: Page 1 of 10