The mystery genre in gaming is vast, as there are many ways in which developers introduced puzzles into their games. But the last few years were bad for the fans of this genre. Yes, there were dozens upon dozens of puzzle games hitting the market, but the lack of quality was evident.
The puzzles were very simple, and the repetitiveness was evident. To appeal to a wider audience, many developers simplified their puzzles. This almost killed this genre.
The Witness is one of few games that break this trend. The puzzles it brings are interesting and yet frustrating, which is the way puzzles should be.
The Witness –puzzle game for puzzle lovers
The Witness is a challenging game. You should expect confusion, frustration, and mental exhaustion during the play through. You might also consider giving up on it but keep on playing because this game has a lot to offer. The game won’t hold your hand; it will give you hints of its mechanics in subtle ways. This game isn’t made for people who have a weak understanding of puzzles.
The setting of the game is simple; you are on an island in the middle of the sea. The island has different settings, from snow-covered mountains to deserts. While walking around, you will notice panels that contain mazes. Complete those mazes, and you will get clues that will lead you to new puzzles and, in some cases, different doors.
The panels at the beginning are easy, but as you progress the game introduces new elements that become increasingly difficult. Some of those elements will force you to break already determined rules; others will add new mechanics and so on. The diversity in this game is truly magnificent.
A game that will keep you glued to the screen
The majority of puzzle games have very little content and have around five or six hours of it. That isn’t enough for anyone. The Witness will keep you glued to the screen for more than 25 hours. The overall gameplay isn’t set in the background of the puzzles. As you go through the game, you will realize that puzzles have an effect on the world around you. Some puzzles change the environment around you, while others require certain environmental conditions. Some panels have no puzzles, but they still alter the world around the player.
The world of The Witness is open, and the player (you) can go wherever they want. Every setting has its puzzles and motifs. Once the puzzles in a particular scene become too challenging and impossible to complete, you can go to the other part of the island and learn new rules that will simplify those puzzles.
This open-world style of the game helps you to better understand complicated puzzles. It also gives you the ability to learn the game mechanics at your own pace.