A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

A demake of Thekla Inc's 2016 game "The Witness" has you exploring a mysterious island* and solving puzzles. Developed over 2 months, this Nes ROM stands as a reinterpretation and tribute to the original work. Aimed at both players unfamiliar with the full game who want to learn what it's like, as well as veterans that need a fix of new puzzle panels to solve.

  • 32 puzzles with various rules to discover
  • Overhead world with 4-way scrolling
  • 16 full screens of map to explore
  • NROM based hardware, no mapper necessary!

Run in your favorite NES emulator, or on original hardware using a Powerpak or Everdrive!

* - demo version: Only explore the starting area

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PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(31 total ratings)
Tags8-Bit, Demake, NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), overhead, Retro


thewit.nes 40 kB

Install instructions

You will need an NES emulator to play The Wit.nes. Recommendations for each operating system:

Windows: FCEUX (http://www.fceux.com/web/download.html)

OSX: Nestopia (http://www.bannister.org/software/nestopia.htm)

Linux: FCE Ultra (http://www.zophar.net/linux/nes/fce-ultra.html)

Android: Nostalgia.NES (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nostalgiaemulators.neslite)


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I remember it being really neat... have you folks been working on a complete version? 


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Such a beautiful, relaxing experience. I played the original game but I have to admit I find your version more enjoyable. I play it emulated on the Pocket Go. Are you still working on the full game?

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I loved this version, I made a tool-assisted speedrun of it



absolute genious

will the windows emulator work on windows 7

i absolutely adored the witnes, and to be able to play it in my favorite game style is amazing, i absolutely love it 

pretty amazing, and obviously a loving tribute :)

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Awesome game. I loved the witness and this captured its charm perfectly. I played this game on my YouTube channel and really enjoyed it :)

Ah ah awesome :D

That's what I call a fan art !

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I love you. Great tribute to a great game. Can the source code be found anywhere?? (totally understand if you don't want to share)

Is there a bug on the 2nd to last "blocks" puzzle, or am I just dumb? Neither of (what I believe to be) solutions to the puzzle are working, even though solving for just part of it seems to be valid.

Same problem

You, sir, are a king among men. Great game.

You are a Crack, a great tribute

Sounds like a strangely translated Argentinian praise. XD


you're absolutely right, it is helped with the Spanish translated;-) But it's a great compliment!

You ported the mechanics of the actual game into a nes rom, that's something to admire. I really like the work you did with this, a well done experiment. If you are thinking to port all the mechanics, i would say you are crazy. It's not impossible, but it is a tough challenge. Congrats!

A great adaptation, feels very faithful to the original's puzzles and game feel.

It's soothing and fun. A really nice tribute.