The Witness [Game Review]

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Title: The Witness
Developer: Thekla, Inc.
Publisher: Thekla, Inc.
Platform:
Xbox One (Playstation 4, PC, and Mac)
Category:
Puzzle & Trivia
Release Date:
January 26, 2016
How we got the game:
I downloaded it onto my Xbox One

 

 

 

The Witness is a game I had heard about through watching a streamer on Twitch. I was instantly drawn to the tranquility of the game and the beauty of the graphics. When I realized it was a puzzle game, I was all in and wanted to give it a try myself.

gameplay

The Witness is easy to play, but not easy to figure out. You play in first person mode moving around with the analog stick exploring an unfamiliar island. There are computer-like screens just about everywhere with puzzles on them.

Each puzzle is a line puzzle, for lack of a better way to describe them. You start at once end and make your way to the other. However, it’s not as simple as it sounds. Each puzzle has its own set of rules. For example, the tutorial puzzles are as easy as getting the line from one end of the other, but the next set of puzzles have black and white dots in the mix. To get the line from one end to the other on those puzzles, you need to take a roundabout way to group the black dots together and the white dots together, separating the colors.

That one is fairly easy to figure out the rules once you get the hang of it. There are no rules or no directions. This game has no dialogue or instruction of any kind. You need to figure out the puzzles, the “rules” of each puzzle on your own. You need to explore the island on your own and decide where to go next.

I’m pretty sure there is no linear path, but the puzzles do get more and more difficult as you progress.

graphics-music

Normally I’d say the puzzles are my favorite part of the game, but I think for this one it’s the graphics. The world The Witness has taken you is a beautiful one, even if it is unfamiliar and a bit scary to explore.

The colors are so bright and each biome (the forest, the desert, etc.) are spot on with their colors and the overall atmosphere. There are some interesting spots throughout the island which are meant to help you get your memories back. The island has a mysterious aura around it and it’s done well.

There’s not much music to this game. It’s soft and soothing that adds to the calmness of the island and aids you when you get frustrated with a puzzle here and there.
storyAt the beginning of the game, your character wakes up in a dark tunnel. You make your way out into the fresh air of the island with some tutorial puzzles. However, you have no idea who you are, where you are, or how you got there in the first place.

The story is a mystery and you need to explore the island and solve the puzzles to find clues about your past and the island itself.

replay-value

This definitely has some replayability since one could never remember the solutions to the puzzles. While they don’t change, some of the answers are so complex you can’t remember them and have to re-figure them out. There are well over 600 puzzles in this game, so you may even forget some of the rules to certain puzzles.

This is a one-player game, but I can see playing with a group, passing the controller along, trying to figure the puzzles out together or simply just taking turns to give your brain a rest.

The Witness gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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Will More Characters Be Announced For Super Smash Brothers Ultimate?

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

We’ve got a few months before the release of Super Smash Brothers Ultimate which means there’s a lot of time to speculate more about this anticipated game.

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When the teaser for a new Smash Brothers game came along, everyone erupted into the hype. Blogs and websites everywhere were posting lists and polls of who they wanted to see in the latest Smash game.

So when the roster was announced at this year’s E3, I’ll admit I was surprised to see very little new characters.

Was I disappointed? No, not at all. Believe me, I’m stoked to play as Young Link again. He was my all-time favorite back in the day. Revisiting old characters is just as good as trying out new characters.

Like I said though, I was still surprised to see very little new characters added. The newest we got were the Echo characters.

However, Nintendo Life interviewed Bill Trinen and asked about more characters in Smash. His answer?

“We can answer that when we get closer to December.”

So… we have well over 60 characters for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Will there be more announced down the road?

I was also surprised they announced everyone at once, especially when they usually keep up speculating until the release – or they leak characters slowly before the launch date.

Maybe Nintendo has more up their sleeve. Or maybe I’m reading too much into things.

What do you think about this? Do you hope more new characters are added to the roster? Let me know in the comments below!

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I’ve Been Doing More Buying Than Playing

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

There are too many games and not enough time. That’s pretty much what I’m going to rant about in this post.

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I remember when the Nintendo Switch came out over a year ago. Kris and I got the console late because they were all sold out. Honestly, we were bummed, but other than Breath of the Wild, we didn’t mind because there weren’t too many games out at the time.

Now there’s a ton.

In addition to the review copies we get as well as re-discovering our Steam accounts and new games coming out for the Switch and then also going through our old games to play because “we have no games,” there’s just so many games to get through and not enough hours in the day.

Ideally, I would love for my life to just be me, my pets, the couch, and all my gaming consoles. I would love to have the chance to sit and play a game in its entirety in one day.

I’m tried coming up with a “schedule” for myself and nothing’s worked since something always comes up. So, in the meantime, I just have to play when I can. Usually it’s at the end of the day so I can kick back and relax.

I’m looking forward to a lot of games coming up and also some new releases as well as oldies that I’ve just discovered.

Kris and I downloaded Minit on our Steam account, I’m playing The Witness for the first time on the Xbox, The Lion’s Song on the Switch, Octopath Traveler for the Switch is coming tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to getting Overcooked 2 both for the Switch when it comes out.

I’m sure there are plenty more I’m missing, but those are the ones that are on my brain for the moment.

What games have you gotten lately? Any you’re looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below!

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Will More Be Added To Pokemon Quest?

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I’ve been playing a lot of Pokemon Quest lately – I go in spurts with it and you’ve played the game, then you know you can only play for a little bit at a time. A message pops up once in a while that got me wondering about the future of the game.

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I’ve noticed this before but have never really thought about it. I was playing the game the other day and a message popped up on the loading screen saying something along the lines of, “Supposedly there are 17 or more types of Pokemon.”

Now, I got excited because I thought that was Nintendo’s way of hinting that they may be adding a new type of Pokemon to the next generation since there’s a new core game in the works for the Switch.

Then I realized that there are already “17 or more” types of Pokemon because there’s 18 total.

So I started thinking again.

Do you think Nintendo is ever going to add onto Pokemon Quest? The game only has 150 Pokemon, the Kanto region, the original Pokemon. So, there’s no dark type Pokemon or Fairy type. Dark was introduced in the Johto region and they’ve been slowly adding each generation of Pokemon to Pokemon Go, so why not do the same thing to Pokemon Quest?

Of course, Pokemon Quest is a pretty small game and there’s not much gameplay to it at all. So I don’t see how or why they would add the other 6 – or 7 – generations to it. I can’t imagine them adding DLC to a free game and adding sequels would be way too much.

It was just a random thought that occurred to me, though. I was curious as to why they said “17 or more types” rather than just saying there’s “18 types.” Then I realized not all the types are in the Kanto region, so there’s that.

Who knows what will happen though. In the meantime, I’m still going to try to beat the game.

What are your thoughts on this? Or am I overthinking things? Let me know in the comments below!

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More 2DS XL Designs

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Yesterday Kris and I were talking about some cool 2DS XL designs that Nintendo came out with and some we wanted to see. It was shortly after that, Nintendo announced some new designs coming out for Japan.

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There are three new designs. One is based off Animal Crossing New Leaf, which is something I wanted to see. It’s a simple enough design, with the franchise’s name engraved on it with some known features from the games as well as the leaf in the middle. I like it and think it looks nice.

The next design is based off Mario Kart 7. It looks similar to the original designs that game out – the white and orange or the black and blue. This one is simply black and red. It looks really nice, but I’m surprised they didn’t have anything more on it to show that it’s a Mario Kart 7 design. Of course, I assume the game is included with the handheld, but I was still expecting a little more. It still looks great though.

The third design is for Minecraft, the handheld cover resembling a creeper. Aside from the Link’s Hyrule shield and the pokeball designs, I think this is my favorite. The design looks so complex and really resembles a creeper right in your face. I love it.

As always, if I was rich, all of these would be in my pre-order cart, despite them being in Japan.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Characters

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday and July!

Now that a new Super Smash Bros. has been announced I thought I’d revisit some of my favorite characters; especially since they’re all coming back.

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3. Zelda

Once Roy and Young Link were no longer playable, Zelda was my main character and she still is. I think her Link Between Worlds design looks great and I’m looking forward to giving her move set a try.

2. Roy

Roy was a go-to for me if Young Link wasn’t available for some reason or if I just needed to practice with someone else for a change. I’ve missed him and I’m can’t wait to test out his moves once more.

1. Young Link

Young Link was always my go-to character in the earlier Smash games. He was always my favorite and I played so well with him (even though I wasn’t even good at Smash at the time). I’m excited I’ll be able to play as him again.

Who are you looking forward to playing as? Let me know in the comments below!

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Throwback Thursday: How I Got My Pokemon Blue Game

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

With the announcement of Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! it’s got me thinking about the original Kanto games that game out in the 90s.

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I didn’t officially start my Pokemon journey until Johto because I was pretty young with Red, Blue, and Yellow came out. The first time I played Kanto was when FireRed and LeafGreen came out, though I had played Yellow and Blue later in life.

I still don’t have Pokemon Red – it’s the last game I need in order to complete my full Pokemon games collection. However, the Gameboy Color games are pretty hard to come by these days.

I ended up getting Pokemon Blue on a whim on day years ago. I was searching eBay (I have no idea why) and I noticed there was Pokemon Blue on auction for a dollar – and there was only 10 minutes left of the auction.

I immediately texted my friend, who I knew had an eBay buyers account, and she let me sign into it so I could give it a go.

Once I was on, I set up a bid and waited. I constantly refreshed the page, but I realized if people hadn’t bid on it yet, who would?

People who wait until others bid on it first because, apparently, people like to wait until the last possible minute to bid so they can get it. Clever, definitely.

Let me tell you – those 10 minutes were the most stressful of my life. I ended up in a bidding war with one other person. For 10 minutes, I upped my bid just just a little bit every few seconds as the other person wasn’t letting up.

I won, needless to say. I remember I refreshed the page when the timer ticked to zero and the other guy’s username was still the latest bid. I’m not sure how I won, but I somehow managed to get my latest bid in right before the end.

I ended up getting Pokemon Blue for $8.00. That’s it.

And it still works.

Are there any games you’ve gotten in a special way? Let me know in the comments below!

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