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The Witness

The Witness

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  • Fun but minor issue Jul 14, 2018

    By AppStorecritict
    So I have been playing this game for quite a while and I just got to the desert ruin puzzles and I was so clueless as to what to do. Then I looked it up and it said that it is all about physical orientation and lighting. So then I go back to the game and I move around and I get the first one and then after that I could barely see anything with the light reflecting puzzles. So for those I had to just keep guessing until I got up to one of the puzzles. I was so confused because that was about secret patterns through lighting and I could not see anything. One solution would be too put little spots on the ground so we know where to look or make us be able to see the pattern at a wider angle. Otherwise it is a good game with fun puzzles (not desert ruins) and it makes me use my brain a lot. For ten dollars this game should really have no issues and developers should fix any problems on the reviews (not saying you have to answer mine immediately). I hope this gets fixed.
  • Nearly perfect Oct 15, 2017

    By KALE-L
    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)
  • Love it and Hate it Apr 4, 2018

    By audiotinker
    This game has a lot of 5 star qualities. The pros: The map for one is huge and wandering around is fun. Stumbling on to new puzzles is exciting. And periodically you get some interesting information on the story line. The graphics are pretty good for an iPhone game. Not great, but still pretty cool. The amount of puzzles in the game is staggering. Those are all the positives. The cons: this game is aggravating. I consider myself to be good at puzzles and pretty smart and I have a rough time with many of them. To the point where I had to start relying on walk throughs to help me. And in some cases the puzzles are so annoying they almost make you give up on the game. There are also environmental puzzles that are freaking impossible to find or do unless you have a walk through. I don't think a single person can do this game on their own. It's also very tedious at times and all of the puzzles are nearly the same. It gets old after a while. Honestly if it wasn't for my stubbornness I would quit. So, it has its good qualities and it's bad. Sometimes I wonder if it's worth all the hassle if I'm not really having fun. The discovering part is really fun but the puzzles are so tedious and boring. Once I finish the game I'll update this review.
  • Great game limited by small screen Aug 6, 2020

    By awmerkley
    This is the full game experience you get on console/PC, and I bought it for my iPhone 8 because that’s the only device I have that can play it at decent graphical settings. There are some parts where the slightly janky controls become frustrating, and there are some parts where doing a puzzle with your finger actually blocks part of the screen where the puzzle is. But 99% of this game is comfortably playable on mobile, and of course the $10 price tag makes the 1% of frustration easier to swallow. I’m quite impressed with whoever was responsible for porting this. Great job! I will say that if you have the choice to play this on console or PC (maybe MacOS as well?), you absolutely should because the visuals in this game are very nice to look at and having a bigger screen with better graphics to show them off will make the 20-80 hours you spend with this game more enjoyable. And a mouse/keyboard is the optimal input method for this game as well, although I will admit that being able to touch the panel puzzles is a pretty cool gimmick.
  • Great puzzles; horrible controls Jul 1, 2019

    By 8bitdee
    This game is wonderful. I love being immersed in this mysterious world and discovering areas after hours of figuring out great and challenging puzzles. But the god awful controls are really aggravating. Touch to walk has never been a good idea. You can never move smoothly, it feels so clunky. Especially for a game where it’s all about being aware of your surroundings, you are constantly distracted by the fact that you always have to be constantly tapping where you want to go rather than, so your focus becomes tunnel vision. You are always fighting the controls, since you may tap one place but the game registers as another and your character is constantly moving to places you don’t want to. This is especially aggravating when going up or down stairs. I have no idea how they thought that not including the option for a virtual d-pad was a good idea at all. I love everything else about this game, but the controls too much in the way to fully enjoy it. Some music would’ve been nice too, to break off the monotony of going through puzzle after puzzle.
  • Slowly falling in love Jun 29, 2018

    By HuaTham
    I am honestly not into repetitive puzzle game, and The Witness looks just like that, at first. The game starts out slow, presenting a segment of the world I am in where board-like puzzles are everywhere and solving them is absolutely crucial to advance. I wasn’t thrilled when my first impression was that it’s going to be like solving these puzzles in a beautiful park for the entire game. However, things start to impress me once I get to explore how vast, how mysterious, and how eye-poppingly beautiful the whole island is. There are moments I even think to myself, after seeing all kinds of beautifully created locations that I know a lot of love has been put into, that even just “sightseeing” around the entire island alone is already worth the money. Once I get intrigued by the beauty of the island, the puzzles become the reward of what I get to see and explore further. The story also unfolds slowly. The best part is: I have now come to love these board puzzles, for its ever-evolving nature throughout the game, and its cleverness put into them. This is not a game to binge, to play it all in one sitting. It’s a game to take it slow. Play it now and then. Solve some puzzles, walk around, enjoy Einstein’s quotes dubbed by an electrifying voice, and then put the game down for a while. Do that for a few days, and I can guarantee that you will walk away with something you love about this game.
  • Exploring fun Jun 20, 2020

    By Level 11 has a bug?
    I enjoyed the various venues and amazing detail. I took my time and wandered around. For me, that is the best part. Each part of the island was a puzzle of its own. It was easy to re-enter where I left off by selecting start and choosing the last saved “game”. The Caves was quite unexpected; loved it. I am not into intense gaming but love exploring, so Witness was spot on for me. However, I found the puzzle panels to be tedious after a while. Just way too many of them. The Quarry is my favorite because it had more variation in getting around, not just puzzle panels. The least favorite was Shady Trees. The audios were interesting but the videos not so much. It was worth the cost even though I did not complete everything there was to do; but did almost all. Thanks to Theica and Mr. Blow! June 2020
  • Well worth it Oct 5, 2017

    By rocketsurgeon28
    I saw this game when it initially released, but didn’t play it until it was released for iPad. Puzzles start off very easy, but you quickly learn this isn’t a linear game. Early on you are able to explore nearly the entire island. It took me longer than it should’ve to realize this was to encourage me to walk away from puzzles I couldn’t currently solve. Different areas provide new puzzles and tutorials in the form of multiple puzzles side by side to build your understanding of the rules. Navigation and puzzle solving is done with touchscreen only. I thought I’d be annoyed without a virtual controller, but double tapping a point in the distance leads to you running to the destination and occasionally taking you through routes you may not have known were there. If you like puzzle games, this is for you. You have to adjust your mindset to not look at the current maze in front of you as the next one you *have* to solve and be ok leaving. The manner in which you solve some puzzles is amazing at times. As you progress you also find the possibilities for what can be a puzzle evolve to a point where you view the island entirely from a new perspective. This is an expensive game for iOS, but considering the current price on steam is $40 and the stunning amount of care going into creating the world and puzzles, it’s a bargain.
  • My game of the decade Feb 17, 2018

    By AyleaP
    I have been obsessively playing this game for over 6 weeks now. This addiction started slowly. The first few days I wasn’t sure it was worth my time and money. But the more I explored, and discovered, and solved, I realized I was wrong. This is one of the best games I’ve ever played. The more I played, the more I was in awe of the developers imagination and implementation. I can remember a few OMG moments in games I’ve played over the years: In Myst when I suddenly found myself on a completely different island for the first time; in Obsidian when I realized I was working my way around the inside walls of a cube. And in The Witness, after playing for a month, all of a sudden I saw another completely different aspect of the game. It was there all along, I just hadn’t noticed it yet. Wow! This is a game for explorers and puzzle solvers. It takes a person with patience, a hunger for discovery, and lots of perseverance. If that is you, this game will reward you with daily surprises and delights. I finished it today—well, I got to an end. But I haven’t solved everything, so I’m not really finished. There are messages still to find. I can see places I haven’t explored yet (a door to an unexplored room is locked from the inside, for instance). So I am continuing to explore, in hopes I can discover more.
  • Beautiful looking game may not be best on iOS Oct 19, 2017

    By Encyes
    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.
  • Fun but minor issue Jul 14, 2018

    By AppStorecritict
    So I have been playing this game for quite a while and I just got to the desert ruin puzzles and I was so clueless as to what to do. Then I looked it up and it said that it is all about physical orientation and lighting. So then I go back to the game and I move around and I get the first one and then after that I could barely see anything with the light reflecting puzzles. So for those I had to just keep guessing until I got up to one of the puzzles. I was so confused because that was about secret patterns through lighting and I could not see anything. One solution would be too put little spots on the ground so we know where to look or make us be able to see the pattern at a wider angle. Otherwise it is a good game with fun puzzles (not desert ruins) and it makes me use my brain a lot. For ten dollars this game should really have no issues and developers should fix any problems on the reviews (not saying you have to answer mine immediately). I hope this gets fixed.
  • Nearly perfect Oct 15, 2017

    By KALE-L
    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)
  • Love it and Hate it Apr 4, 2018

    By audiotinker
    This game has a lot of 5 star qualities. The pros: The map for one is huge and wandering around is fun. Stumbling on to new puzzles is exciting. And periodically you get some interesting information on the story line. The graphics are pretty good for an iPhone game. Not great, but still pretty cool. The amount of puzzles in the game is staggering. Those are all the positives. The cons: this game is aggravating. I consider myself to be good at puzzles and pretty smart and I have a rough time with many of them. To the point where I had to start relying on walk throughs to help me. And in some cases the puzzles are so annoying they almost make you give up on the game. There are also environmental puzzles that are freaking impossible to find or do unless you have a walk through. I don't think a single person can do this game on their own. It's also very tedious at times and all of the puzzles are nearly the same. It gets old after a while. Honestly if it wasn't for my stubbornness I would quit. So, it has its good qualities and it's bad. Sometimes I wonder if it's worth all the hassle if I'm not really having fun. The discovering part is really fun but the puzzles are so tedious and boring. Once I finish the game I'll update this review.
  • Great game limited by small screen Aug 6, 2020

    By awmerkley
    This is the full game experience you get on console/PC, and I bought it for my iPhone 8 because that’s the only device I have that can play it at decent graphical settings. There are some parts where the slightly janky controls become frustrating, and there are some parts where doing a puzzle with your finger actually blocks part of the screen where the puzzle is. But 99% of this game is comfortably playable on mobile, and of course the $10 price tag makes the 1% of frustration easier to swallow. I’m quite impressed with whoever was responsible for porting this. Great job! I will say that if you have the choice to play this on console or PC (maybe MacOS as well?), you absolutely should because the visuals in this game are very nice to look at and having a bigger screen with better graphics to show them off will make the 20-80 hours you spend with this game more enjoyable. And a mouse/keyboard is the optimal input method for this game as well, although I will admit that being able to touch the panel puzzles is a pretty cool gimmick.
  • Great puzzles; horrible controls Jul 1, 2019

    By 8bitdee
    This game is wonderful. I love being immersed in this mysterious world and discovering areas after hours of figuring out great and challenging puzzles. But the god awful controls are really aggravating. Touch to walk has never been a good idea. You can never move smoothly, it feels so clunky. Especially for a game where it’s all about being aware of your surroundings, you are constantly distracted by the fact that you always have to be constantly tapping where you want to go rather than, so your focus becomes tunnel vision. You are always fighting the controls, since you may tap one place but the game registers as another and your character is constantly moving to places you don’t want to. This is especially aggravating when going up or down stairs. I have no idea how they thought that not including the option for a virtual d-pad was a good idea at all. I love everything else about this game, but the controls too much in the way to fully enjoy it. Some music would’ve been nice too, to break off the monotony of going through puzzle after puzzle.
  • Slowly falling in love Jun 29, 2018

    By HuaTham
    I am honestly not into repetitive puzzle game, and The Witness looks just like that, at first. The game starts out slow, presenting a segment of the world I am in where board-like puzzles are everywhere and solving them is absolutely crucial to advance. I wasn’t thrilled when my first impression was that it’s going to be like solving these puzzles in a beautiful park for the entire game. However, things start to impress me once I get to explore how vast, how mysterious, and how eye-poppingly beautiful the whole island is. There are moments I even think to myself, after seeing all kinds of beautifully created locations that I know a lot of love has been put into, that even just “sightseeing” around the entire island alone is already worth the money. Once I get intrigued by the beauty of the island, the puzzles become the reward of what I get to see and explore further. The story also unfolds slowly. The best part is: I have now come to love these board puzzles, for its ever-evolving nature throughout the game, and its cleverness put into them. This is not a game to binge, to play it all in one sitting. It’s a game to take it slow. Play it now and then. Solve some puzzles, walk around, enjoy Einstein’s quotes dubbed by an electrifying voice, and then put the game down for a while. Do that for a few days, and I can guarantee that you will walk away with something you love about this game.
  • Exploring fun Jun 20, 2020

    By Level 11 has a bug?
    I enjoyed the various venues and amazing detail. I took my time and wandered around. For me, that is the best part. Each part of the island was a puzzle of its own. It was easy to re-enter where I left off by selecting start and choosing the last saved “game”. The Caves was quite unexpected; loved it. I am not into intense gaming but love exploring, so Witness was spot on for me. However, I found the puzzle panels to be tedious after a while. Just way too many of them. The Quarry is my favorite because it had more variation in getting around, not just puzzle panels. The least favorite was Shady Trees. The audios were interesting but the videos not so much. It was worth the cost even though I did not complete everything there was to do; but did almost all. Thanks to Theica and Mr. Blow! June 2020
  • Well worth it Oct 5, 2017

    By rocketsurgeon28
    I saw this game when it initially released, but didn’t play it until it was released for iPad. Puzzles start off very easy, but you quickly learn this isn’t a linear game. Early on you are able to explore nearly the entire island. It took me longer than it should’ve to realize this was to encourage me to walk away from puzzles I couldn’t currently solve. Different areas provide new puzzles and tutorials in the form of multiple puzzles side by side to build your understanding of the rules. Navigation and puzzle solving is done with touchscreen only. I thought I’d be annoyed without a virtual controller, but double tapping a point in the distance leads to you running to the destination and occasionally taking you through routes you may not have known were there. If you like puzzle games, this is for you. You have to adjust your mindset to not look at the current maze in front of you as the next one you *have* to solve and be ok leaving. The manner in which you solve some puzzles is amazing at times. As you progress you also find the possibilities for what can be a puzzle evolve to a point where you view the island entirely from a new perspective. This is an expensive game for iOS, but considering the current price on steam is $40 and the stunning amount of care going into creating the world and puzzles, it’s a bargain.
  • My game of the decade Feb 17, 2018

    By AyleaP
    I have been obsessively playing this game for over 6 weeks now. This addiction started slowly. The first few days I wasn’t sure it was worth my time and money. But the more I explored, and discovered, and solved, I realized I was wrong. This is one of the best games I’ve ever played. The more I played, the more I was in awe of the developers imagination and implementation. I can remember a few OMG moments in games I’ve played over the years: In Myst when I suddenly found myself on a completely different island for the first time; in Obsidian when I realized I was working my way around the inside walls of a cube. And in The Witness, after playing for a month, all of a sudden I saw another completely different aspect of the game. It was there all along, I just hadn’t noticed it yet. Wow! This is a game for explorers and puzzle solvers. It takes a person with patience, a hunger for discovery, and lots of perseverance. If that is you, this game will reward you with daily surprises and delights. I finished it today—well, I got to an end. But I haven’t solved everything, so I’m not really finished. There are messages still to find. I can see places I haven’t explored yet (a door to an unexplored room is locked from the inside, for instance). So I am continuing to explore, in hopes I can discover more.
  • Beautiful looking game may not be best on iOS Oct 19, 2017

    By Encyes
    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.

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  • Nearly perfect Oct 15, 2017

    By KALE-L
    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)
  • Great game limited by small screen Aug 6, 2020

    By awmerkley
    This is the full game experience you get on console/PC, and I bought it for my iPhone 8 because that’s the only device I have that can play it at decent graphical settings. There are some parts where the slightly janky controls become frustrating, and there are some parts where doing a puzzle with your finger actually blocks part of the screen where the puzzle is. But 99% of this game is comfortably playable on mobile, and of course the $10 price tag makes the 1% of frustration easier to swallow. I’m quite impressed with whoever was responsible for porting this. Great job! I will say that if you have the choice to play this on console or PC (maybe MacOS as well?), you absolutely should because the visuals in this game are very nice to look at and having a bigger screen with better graphics to show them off will make the 20-80 hours you spend with this game more enjoyable. And a mouse/keyboard is the optimal input method for this game as well, although I will admit that being able to touch the panel puzzles is a pretty cool gimmick.
  • Slowly falling in love Jun 29, 2018

    By HuaTham
    I am honestly not into repetitive puzzle game, and The Witness looks just like that, at first. The game starts out slow, presenting a segment of the world I am in where board-like puzzles are everywhere and solving them is absolutely crucial to advance. I wasn’t thrilled when my first impression was that it’s going to be like solving these puzzles in a beautiful park for the entire game. However, things start to impress me once I get to explore how vast, how mysterious, and how eye-poppingly beautiful the whole island is. There are moments I even think to myself, after seeing all kinds of beautifully created locations that I know a lot of love has been put into, that even just “sightseeing” around the entire island alone is already worth the money. Once I get intrigued by the beauty of the island, the puzzles become the reward of what I get to see and explore further. The story also unfolds slowly. The best part is: I have now come to love these board puzzles, for its ever-evolving nature throughout the game, and its cleverness put into them. This is not a game to binge, to play it all in one sitting. It’s a game to take it slow. Play it now and then. Solve some puzzles, walk around, enjoy Einstein’s quotes dubbed by an electrifying voice, and then put the game down for a while. Do that for a few days, and I can guarantee that you will walk away with something you love about this game.
  • Well worth it Oct 5, 2017

    By rocketsurgeon28
    I saw this game when it initially released, but didn’t play it until it was released for iPad. Puzzles start off very easy, but you quickly learn this isn’t a linear game. Early on you are able to explore nearly the entire island. It took me longer than it should’ve to realize this was to encourage me to walk away from puzzles I couldn’t currently solve. Different areas provide new puzzles and tutorials in the form of multiple puzzles side by side to build your understanding of the rules. Navigation and puzzle solving is done with touchscreen only. I thought I’d be annoyed without a virtual controller, but double tapping a point in the distance leads to you running to the destination and occasionally taking you through routes you may not have known were there. If you like puzzle games, this is for you. You have to adjust your mindset to not look at the current maze in front of you as the next one you *have* to solve and be ok leaving. The manner in which you solve some puzzles is amazing at times. As you progress you also find the possibilities for what can be a puzzle evolve to a point where you view the island entirely from a new perspective. This is an expensive game for iOS, but considering the current price on steam is $40 and the stunning amount of care going into creating the world and puzzles, it’s a bargain.
  • My game of the decade Feb 17, 2018

    By AyleaP
    I have been obsessively playing this game for over 6 weeks now. This addiction started slowly. The first few days I wasn’t sure it was worth my time and money. But the more I explored, and discovered, and solved, I realized I was wrong. This is one of the best games I’ve ever played. The more I played, the more I was in awe of the developers imagination and implementation. I can remember a few OMG moments in games I’ve played over the years: In Myst when I suddenly found myself on a completely different island for the first time; in Obsidian when I realized I was working my way around the inside walls of a cube. And in The Witness, after playing for a month, all of a sudden I saw another completely different aspect of the game. It was there all along, I just hadn’t noticed it yet. Wow! This is a game for explorers and puzzle solvers. It takes a person with patience, a hunger for discovery, and lots of perseverance. If that is you, this game will reward you with daily surprises and delights. I finished it today—well, I got to an end. But I haven’t solved everything, so I’m not really finished. There are messages still to find. I can see places I haven’t explored yet (a door to an unexplored room is locked from the inside, for instance). So I am continuing to explore, in hopes I can discover more.
  • This game is mind-blowing. Apr 21, 2021

    By Didly do do
    The graphics are perfect, the puzzles are unique and make you think outside the box. (No spoilers) If you’re thinking of downloading this game, you may have read in other reviews that some puzzles are based on chance. This is absolutely NOT true. It may seem that way at first, but it’s not (hint: look at your surroundings!) Others complain that there is no story, or that it’s too confusing. There IS a story, and yes, it can be confusing, but it will clear up if you look in the right places. Many say the puzzles are easy and repetitive. The game is repetitive in that most (not all) puzzles occur on square panels, but the similarities end there. There are many different factors within the panels that make each section unique. Are they easy? It depends. The first ones you encounter in the game are very easy. They get much more challenging. Some I had been stuck on for months. Also, the game has 50+ of hours of playtime. There are many puzzles and secrets to discover. I have been playing for 2+ years and am still finding things out. Trust me, the experience is worth it. There is a LOT more to this game than meets the eye. It won Game of the Year for a reason....
  • Never updated Apr 17, 2019

    By beat flatulence
    It makes me sad that a game like this doesn’t get updated after its initial launch excitement. I have a new iPad Pro that is just begging to be used for gaming like this, but then checking the App Store page reminds me that its most recent update was well over a year ago. New devices, no luck. They just pushed this to the store and left it there. I see this all too often in big-name App Store releases and there’s no backlash or accountability for it. It’s disheartening as a fan of these games and this kind of model. Update: Thanks, team, my review was seen loud and clear! This has been updated and I greatly appreciate the extra attention and TLC given to this port. Cheers! I changed my review from 1 to 5 stars. 🎈
  • No way to report an issue, so... Jan 3, 2018

    By Cause007
    “Support website” provides no support, so I’m forced to complain through the review forum: The rail line environmental puzzle in the Quarry is broken on the iPhone 7 Plus. I flat out can’t drag the line along the track (I can activate the start and a short length of the line, but as the elevator lowers, I can’t drag the line any further). Please fix. [Update] The puzzle works, but you have to back-track your line (back to the start) and extend it again at the point when you can extend it beyond the initial length... agitating, considering it’s slow moving to test the puzzle over and over again. Not game breaking, but could still use a fix/optimization.
  • Wildly immersive and rewarding Feb 18, 2018

    By Citizen.kane.
    Normally I like tense difficult games, but this provides an immersive relaxing experience I am enjoying a lot. I don’t play puzzlers because the puzzles lack coherent logic behind their solutions, that a ha moment. But these puzzles are very coherent and it rewards you for thinking intelligently, but not in a way where you are overanalyzing everything. And it rewards you for wandering, looking, tinkering, and I find how often the game pats you on the back so satisfying. There are secret videos that absolutely make the searching for answers so gratifying. I recommend this to lovers of world wandering and puzzle solving. And it is worth the money because it is a deep enriching, very long game.
  • Low quality graphics gimp experience best game I ever played. Nov 16, 2017

    By Redbuds I
    On iPhone 7 or 8 or x we should be able to tweak the graphics in squeezing out a little extra detail for this modern masterpiece is important. My brother went on a rampage to get all of his friends to play this game including family members and he believes he lower poly models degrade the quality to an unacceptable level. Provide the ability to tweak the games graphics based on hardware. If we wanna run the game with less FPS but higher graphics allow us to do. The games art is unique in every corner I also got it for pc same day and I mobile version feels gimped. Still though an impressive price for this piece.
  • Fun but minor issue Jul 14, 2018

    By AppStorecritict
    So I have been playing this game for quite a while and I just got to the desert ruin puzzles and I was so clueless as to what to do. Then I looked it up and it said that it is all about physical orientation and lighting. So then I go back to the game and I move around and I get the first one and then after that I could barely see anything with the light reflecting puzzles. So for those I had to just keep guessing until I got up to one of the puzzles. I was so confused because that was about secret patterns through lighting and I could not see anything. One solution would be too put little spots on the ground so we know where to look or make us be able to see the pattern at a wider angle. Otherwise it is a good game with fun puzzles (not desert ruins) and it makes me use my brain a lot. For ten dollars this game should really have no issues and developers should fix any problems on the reviews (not saying you have to answer mine immediately). I hope this gets fixed.
  • Exploring fun Jun 20, 2020

    By Level 11 has a bug?
    I enjoyed the various venues and amazing detail. I took my time and wandered around. For me, that is the best part. Each part of the island was a puzzle of its own. It was easy to re-enter where I left off by selecting start and choosing the last saved “game”. The Caves was quite unexpected; loved it. I am not into intense gaming but love exploring, so Witness was spot on for me. However, I found the puzzle panels to be tedious after a while. Just way too many of them. The Quarry is my favorite because it had more variation in getting around, not just puzzle panels. The least favorite was Shady Trees. The audios were interesting but the videos not so much. It was worth the cost even though I did not complete everything there was to do; but did almost all. Thanks to Theica and Mr. Blow! June 2020
  • Nice however... Nov 28, 2017

    By Feline Muse
    The best part of the game by far is the ability to wander through a gorgeous island and uncover incredible puzzles. This would have been an A+ game if the puzzles were more varied, not the same trace a line on a screen. They became more difficult and almost impossible, but were still the same type of puzzle. Do that for 20% or even 40% of the game but incorporate completely different types of puzzle tasks as well. I got bored doing the same thing. I had to bump my rating up a notch for the enlightening movie film clips. Brilliant. The cave was a delight as well. I will hope to see a Witness 2 with varied tasks and puzzles. I am a fan forever.
  • Great game, better with controller...unfortunately..... Sep 28, 2019

    By TheGooch76
    This is a really cool game. Challenging, beautiful, and fun. I had to put it down though because it really needs to be played with a controller. I picked it up again after iOS 13, and started to play it with my Xbox controller. I was excited when it worked. Unfortunately that excitement only lasted a few seconds, because the game freezes. The games isn’t “bad” without the controller, it’s just the kind of game that greatly benefits from having one. I’ll keep checking back to see if they’ve addressed the issues.
  • Love it and Hate it Apr 4, 2018

    By audiotinker
    This game has a lot of 5 star qualities. The pros: The map for one is huge and wandering around is fun. Stumbling on to new puzzles is exciting. And periodically you get some interesting information on the story line. The graphics are pretty good for an iPhone game. Not great, but still pretty cool. The amount of puzzles in the game is staggering. Those are all the positives. The cons: this game is aggravating. I consider myself to be good at puzzles and pretty smart and I have a rough time with many of them. To the point where I had to start relying on walk throughs to help me. And in some cases the puzzles are so annoying they almost make you give up on the game. There are also environmental puzzles that are freaking impossible to find or do unless you have a walk through. I don't think a single person can do this game on their own. It's also very tedious at times and all of the puzzles are nearly the same. It gets old after a while. Honestly if it wasn't for my stubbornness I would quit. So, it has its good qualities and it's bad. Sometimes I wonder if it's worth all the hassle if I'm not really having fun. The discovering part is really fun but the puzzles are so tedious and boring. Once I finish the game I'll update this review.
  • Great puzzles; horrible controls Jul 1, 2019

    By 8bitdee
    This game is wonderful. I love being immersed in this mysterious world and discovering areas after hours of figuring out great and challenging puzzles. But the god awful controls are really aggravating. Touch to walk has never been a good idea. You can never move smoothly, it feels so clunky. Especially for a game where it’s all about being aware of your surroundings, you are constantly distracted by the fact that you always have to be constantly tapping where you want to go rather than, so your focus becomes tunnel vision. You are always fighting the controls, since you may tap one place but the game registers as another and your character is constantly moving to places you don’t want to. This is especially aggravating when going up or down stairs. I have no idea how they thought that not including the option for a virtual d-pad was a good idea at all. I love everything else about this game, but the controls too much in the way to fully enjoy it. Some music would’ve been nice too, to break off the monotony of going through puzzle after puzzle.
  • Beautiful looking game may not be best on iOS Oct 19, 2017

    By Encyes
    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.

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