The Witness is a puzzle game developed and published by Thekla. It was released on January 26, 2016 for the PC and PlayStation 4. The game involves a variety of puzzles that center on a traditional board and may also encompass the environment. Some puzzles are easier than others, but with over 700 puzzles in the game, there’s a lot to cover.

While we work through each puzzle for you, we also wanted to provide a strategy base so that you have all the knowledge you need to complete each puzzle yourself. Once you know the tricks to the various puzzles you encounter in The Witness, it’s much easier to solve them. Of course just knowing the tricks to solve each puzzle may not be enough, so we’ll also be going through the game, solving each puzzle for you.

Puzzle Types

  • Colored Dot Puzzles are one of the most common type of puzzles in The Witness, especially early in the game. To solve these puzzles you need to move the cursor line through each dot. In some cases there are multiple colors of dots and cursors, indicating that the line must go through the matching color dots. For example, if you have yellow and blue cursor lines, the yellow lines must go through the yellow dots, while the blue lines should go through the blue dots.
  • Dot Separation Puzzles are similar to the Colored Dot Puzzle but the dots are black and white. With these puzzles you need to draw a line so that the black dots are separated from the white dots by the cursor line. Imagine drawing a circle around the white dots with the black dots on the outside of the circle. You won’t find an exact circle in the game, but the principle is the same, use the cursor line to keep the black dots on one side and the white dots on the other.
  • Environmental Puzzles are difficult to solve unless you look at your surroundings. With these puzzles, there’s a visual cue in the immediate area that shows you how to solve the puzzle. It may be the structure of a tree or the exact path of a nearby rock formation, but if you can’t figure out the trick to a specific puzzle, chances are it’s in the surrounding environment.

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The Witness Puzzle Areas

Opening Area
Make your way through the first 24 puzzles leading up to the laser activation.

Home Area
Once you get out of the initial garden, head through the gate and into the home area.

Adobe Area
After going through the second gate the puzzles begin to get a bit more difficult.

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The Witness PC Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: 1.8GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 series
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 4 GB available space

Recommended Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: 2.4GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 780
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Storage: 4 GB available space