The Witness (Infocom, 1983)

Infocom's second mystery game, The Witness was something of a letdown when compared to Deadline or Suspect. The main source of frustration in The Witness, unlike the others, is that it is evident from almost the beginning of the game who is responsible for the murder around which the game resolves, yet it is quite difficult to prove. Though it features the same sparkling prose and fascinating characterizations that are present in every Infocom game (especially their mysteries), the puzzles in The Witness leave something to be desired as well--many have multiple solutions, but all do not seem to have been implemented correctly in the programming phases. Because of these faults, The Witness is not as thrilling to play as Infocom's other mysteries, or most of their other games, but it is still interesting and worth the time of any mystery buff.

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