Questions tagged [the-witness]

The Witness is a 3D puzzle game where the user explores an island and has to work out the rules for the puzzles without any explicit explanations.

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How many faces are in this tree?

This is the tree above the Quarry, just outside of the Desert area. So far I've seen three different faces, yet I get the distinct feeling there's more. I've tried all sorts of viewing angles running ...
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Why isn't this laser at the Bunker showing up?

So I have completed all the puzzles inside I think, including the elevator. I've activated the panel at the topmost part: The laser mechanism is pointing at the summit of the mountain, yet no laser ...
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Explaining the solution for this treetop area puzzle

After failing numerous times on this puzzle, this is the solution I found when looking up solutions for this puzzle. I don't get the answer at all. I can't see how it makes sense. These are my ...
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How do I solve this puzzle in The Challenge?

I've been trying for so long but couldn't do this. I was trying to find different ways by drawing the lines on this picture on my computer but all won't work (I play on PS4 btw.) This is in the ...
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Does The Witness change on your second playthrough?

Is the game different on your second playthrough? I just started my second game after my first one ended, and almost immediately encountered several new things. Did I just not notice them before, or ...
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what is the meaning of the second + in the save file?

in the "Load a Game" menu it tells you how many puzzles you solved in this format: ("normal" puzzles ) SOLVED, +(environmental puzzles) +(the number in question); ... so what does this second + with ...
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Dot puzzle wrapped around a pillar near the end of The Witness

Near the end of The Witness, there are a series of puzzles wrapped around pillars. I'm having trouble with the one composed of a 6x5 grid mostly covered with dots ⬣. I've already tried drawing it on ...
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(!potential spoilers for people who haven't played) In the Witness, how do I solve this puzzle? [duplicate]

I'm terrified to Google this and I would appreciate if anyone could answer this as gingerly and spoiler-free as possible because I'm not very far in the game and I'd like to experience all of the ...
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What is the “flickering lamp” connected to?

There is a flickering lamp at the lake, which is emphasised at the ending video. It is flickering in the video, and can be both active and passive (permanently off) in the game itself. What exactly ...
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What this secret floor puzzle at the entrance activates?

There is this secret floor puzzle next to flowers which has 4 possible exits: and it makes the sound on completion like it activated something, but nothing actually happens. Usually puzzles with ...
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What is the purpose of the dark cloud in The Witness?

At one point in The Witness, you can aim a reflection of one of the lasers at a dark gray cloud, and it will light up. Is there any point to this? Is it simply an easter egg? Or is this a puzzle of ...
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A Witness Marsh puzzle having more than one correct answer [SPOILERS]

I was quite confused because I believe to have an alternate solution to a Witness Marsh puzzle and this lead to me finally submitting and doing my first "cheating" and looking up a puzzle solution for ...
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How to solve the puzzle in the sunken ship?

Spoiler Warning: This is a puzzle late in the game and I'll discuss the mechanics of the puzzle here. I'm stuck on one puzzle in The Witness, in the sunken ship: I am confused about how to handle ...
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The Witness - Keep Tower Puzzle - Why Is This Incorrect?

I'm not sure why this is wrong. Could someone explain it to me?
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How do I solve this water reflection puzzle in the Desert Ruins?

I'm stuck here in the last puzzle in flooded basement of desert ruin. As you can observe below [see image], I can only see part of the solution. Is it possible to find the remaining part from a ...
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Where were we taught the mechanics needed for Swamp Yellow Puzzle 4?

Last night I finally got to the point where I just had to cheat in The Witness. The answer (provided by IGN's Walkthrough) sent me through the roof. Where were we taught that we could manipulate the ...
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I beat the game. It reset my progress. What gives? [duplicate]

I unlocked several of the (evidently optional) secrets, and I was definitely expecting to be able to go back and continue working toward completing the game. However, when I finished the game, And ...
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The Witness marsh puzzle: Valid solution not accepted? [SPOILERS]

I breezed through most of the Marsh area, then got stuck for hours on the puzzle below before giving up and looking up the answer online. I was frustrated to find that the "correct" answer appears to ...
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Do you have to play The Witness twice to solve the last puzzle?

This whole question is a spoiler, so I ask it all hidden:
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Possible to Accidentally Block the End Game Area?

This question involves major spoilers for The Witness. You won't even be able to understand the question unless you've completed one particular environmental puzzle (in the mountain) and have found ...
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What is the solution to this witness puzzle (spoiler)?

I think the rule is: the number of triangles indicates how many edges you have to draw along. Ignore the line I drew. This occurred near the end of the music challenge section (in the maze like room)...
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Does The Witness have a 3rd ending?

So there is 1st ending when you 2nd ending when you I would expect 3rd ending when you complete all obelisks, but once I've done it I haven't been able to find any trigger. Completing all 523 ...
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The Witness: Reformulate sound puzzles for a deaf person

Some puzzles in The Witness are sound based. So you need to distinguish high and low pitch sounds, and this is just headache for me. Literally. Thereby, I would like to someone else to do this ...
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Tetris puzzle in the marsh with no use?

I found and solve a puzzle in the Marsh for which i don't find any use This puzzle is under the water, after the 3 square moving platform. Here is a picture of the location : And here is the puzzle ...
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What is point of no return in The witness?

I'm feeling like i'm very close to an ending of The Witness, even though there are a lot of puzzles are left unsolved. And I heard that it is possible to beat the game without solving all the puzzles. ...
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Why my solution for white/black dots and block puzzle doesn't work?

After what must have been at least one hour and a half, I finally thought I found the solution for the maze puzzle. However, the game wouldn't accept it. I found the right solution somewhere else on ...
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Can someone explain the solution to the final temple puzzle?

The greatest thing about the puzzles in The Witness is that they make perfect sense... or so I thought, until I came across one I just couldn't solve. I ended up looking up the solution (much to my ...
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Where are all the obelisks?

I'm trying to find all the hidden puzzles in the game. The obelisks (black hexagonal pillars) are really helpful hints for that and I'm pretty sure I've seen all of them at least once before, but ...
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Is it fair to use painting software for tetris puzzles? [closed]

As the title says I am curious if it's fair to do this. Some of the tetris puzzles are just too hard to solve them mentally for me, so I came up to that kind of aids. On the one hand I feel like ...
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Why is my solution for the final Keep puzzle incorrect?

I tried solving the puzzle at the Keep overlooking the glass walking maze area, and I came up with a solution that appears to satisfy all of the constraints: The game doesn't accept it though. What ...
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Why is this solution to the mountain 'puzzle-in-a-puzzle' incorrect?

Spoilers - this occurs after you open the endgame box at the top of the mountain As far as I can tell, this should be correct. What am I missing?
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Marsh puzzle with empty block columns is not working

I don't seem to understand why this solution to the puzzle is not working. However, please don't respond with a solution because I'll figure that out ;) Edit: I found a solution, but feel free to ...
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Locked myself out at the waterfall location

I was just curious what Now I cannot enter that location anymore and also I can't find any switch to roll back that action. Is there any chance for me to get inside?
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What happens when you solve the second Maze/Tower puzzle?

There's a "castle" with two areas, both of which contain four mazes. In between the areas is a tower with a laser. On top of that tower, there are two puzzles. The first requires the solutions to the ...
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GPU not fully utilized?

I've been playing The Witness, and I noticed that the game is lagging without fully utilizing my graphics card. My setup is pretty old at this point (HD 5850 and i7-930). The game remained at a semi-...
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How do I know when I've 100%'d the game?

I've been reading forums and I've seen multiple quotes that give different numbers for how many puzzles there are total, and this gets muddied a bit by the question of what actually counts as a puzzle....
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How do I open this door on the west coast?

I came across this door on the west coast, and I thought I already understood all these puzzle elements, but I don't see any way it can be solved. My understanding of the rules involved here are: I'...
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Piece of paper with a solution - the witness

Immediately after you leave the entry are there is a huge door with puzzle on it. You learn how to solve it buy following the path past it to the next puzzles. If you return and to it successfully it ...
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Sofa blocking puzzle [duplicate]

Ok, so I've spotted another one of the dot+line patterns that I want to click, however, I don't seem to be able to stand in the right spot to get a perfect circle. There's a sofa exactly where I need ...
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Where are all the yellow-triangle puzzles? What are they for?

As you walk around the island, you occasionally come across simple puzzle-panels that aren't attached to anything. They all have a single yellow triangle in them, and no matter what solution you give, ...
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Why is this Marsh puzzle solution wrong?

Ok, I'm new to the game (under an hour) so bare minimum of spoilers please. I'm trying to solve the marsh puzzles and from the "tutorial" set, I picked up the following rules... The outline must ...
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Where are all the environment-based 'sparkle'/obelisk puzzles?

I'm not sure what to call them... I'm talking about the puzzles in the environment that you need to look at from a certain angle, then when you touch them they sparkle and fly to one of those black ...
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How to line up the pieces at the coast near the shipwreck?

In The Witness, I was walking along the coast, and I came upon this: Now, since I've learned I see the puzzle here, but I just can't get the pieces to line up well enough. Standing on the couch and ...