A speed runner memorizes every puzzle in The Witness and destroys in the game in just over twenty-five minutes during a stream. Watch the full video now.
Although the first play through of any puzzle game is all about mystery and slowly uncovering secrets and strategies, it doesn't take long for hardcore gamers to master a new system and start shaving hours off of their completion times. The Witness offers upwards of 40 hours worth of puzzles for most players on the first time through, but speed runners are already mastering the beautiful PC and PS4 puzzle game and flying through the experience in no time at all. The latest speed run clocks in at under 30 minutes and is likely the record holder for fastest run yet.
YouTuber Azorae breezes through The Witness in just 25 minutes and 53 seconds. The player clearly has memorized every puzzle in the game, but that doesn't make the incredibly fast run any less impressive. Some players spent nearly 100 hours making it through The Witness on the first time through and others are still working on breaking through the game's most challenging puzzles. Azorae clearly has reached the next level of puzzle solving skill.
The following video shows his entire run, so obviously spoilers are contained in the video. The Witness is a game best experienced with a fresh set of eyes, so we recommend skipping the video if you haven't already tackled the game and are still planning to. If you find yourself stuck and need some help, check out our game guides for The Witness.
Azorae isn't new to speed runs or puzzle games and his viewers have already seen him crush records in games like Portal 2 and The Talos Principle. The YouTuber has already participated in multiple Games Done Quick marathons and perhaps he will highlight his skills in The Witness during the next charity event.
The speed run was so impressive that even the game's designer, Jonathan Blow, took a minute to acknowledge Azorae's still...
One of the most interesting things about The Witness has been the game's popularity on Twitch and YouTube. Although the puzzle game is probably best consumed first-hand, a staggering amount of gamers have enjoyed watching the experience through a streaming service. Combine that with the high number of pirated versions of the game and it's hard not to worry about the bottom line. Hopefully enough copies were legitimately sold to prove the game as the financial success that it deserves to be.
What do you think of the speed run? How long did it take you to beat The Witness? Let us know in the comments.
The Witness is out now for PC and PS4.