The Witness speed run finishes the game in just over 25 minutes

The Witness

I haven't played The Witness yet, but nearly everyone else at PC Gamer has. It's notoriously tricky, so it's a surprise to see impressive speed runs trickling through already. The current record is held by speedrunner Azorae, who has managed to complete the game in 25 minutes and 53 seconds. Contrast that with the work of fellow PC Gamer scribe Chris Livingston, who (in his own words) "spent 23 minutes driving a boat back and forth past a rock I thought had something to do with something, but didn't."

In fairness to Chris, Azorae has clearly memorized the solution to all of The Witness's puzzles – which is quite a feat as I can't even remember how to spell "occasionally". Check out the video below, and be warned that it contains spoilers for pretty much the whole game.

Shaun Prescott

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.