Over four years ago, an entertainment blog was created. The blog featured topics from all kinds of categories. TV, music, movies, video games, fashion, and eventually cannabis were some of the various categories of entertainment being discussed. That blog is MakeSandcastlesNotWar.
MakeSandcastlesNotWar began in March 2016 as an entertainment blog that covers various ranges of topics. As the years went on, MakeSandcastlesNotWar reached into more complex and intriguing ideas. There were PR nightmares, product reviews, advertisement sightings, philosophical passages, quotes, memes, and so much more. The very first post was dived into a simple, yet perplexing puzzle game known as The Witness.
The Witness is an adventure puzzle game where you explore an open world island that is filled with both man-made and natural structures. You roam around the island solving more than 500 puzzles. Some are on grids featured on panels while others are all around the environment.
But its not just puzzles you discover while wandering through the island. Hidden across the different areas are audio logs that play recordings of famous passages being read. Many of these audio logs coincide with the stage of the game you are in. These passages are from educators such as Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Nicholas of Cusa, B.F. Skinner, and Arthur Eddington.
What really drew me into The Witness were the incredible amount of small details found within the island. There were times I had to walk slowly around the Jungle or the Tree house to find that hidden audio log. Just one more step to the left and I found that other environmental puzzle I was searching for. Even when I thought I found everything there was when I first played The Witness, I end up finding even more to discover. It’s a game where you have to take a step back for a bit and look at your surroundings.
Four years later and we have yet ANOTHER post discussing the The Wtiness. The Witness is more than just another puzzle game – it’s a game that challenges you to a whole new way of thinking. You have to think from this other perspective to fully comprehend what is happening. While there are no enemies or bosses, The Witness still pushes you to think a little deeper to solve the puzzle.
As the title of the first MakeSandcastlesNotWar blog post went, The Witness is about solving the maze within your mind.