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The Witness is a text adventure in which the player takes control of a police detective working near Los Angeles. The year is 1938, and on this stormy February night a wealthy but frightened man has asked the detective for protection. In spite of his best efforts, a death occurs, and the hero has twelve hours to solve the mystery and try to arrest the killer. If the player thinks there is enough evidence against one or more suspects to convince a jury of their guilt, he can arrest them and conclude the case.


The Witness Apple II Ready to Ring The Doorbell
The Witness TRS-80 CoCo Introduction
The Witness Commodore 64 Linder has been shot
The Witness Macintosh Title - game start

Promo Images

The Witness Magazine Advertisement
The Witness Magazine Advertisement Pages 104-105
The Witness Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Witness" -- Media title
  • "The Witness: Somebody's going to take the Deep Six!" -- Tag-lined title
  • "The Witness - An INTERLOGIC Mystery" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Invitation To Murder" -- Working title

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User Reviews

An excellent concept, but suffers from a limited scope DOS Ingold (134)
The stuff that dreams are made of. DOS Terrence Bosky (5458)
Nice 40's feel DOS Tony Van (2855)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari 8-bit May, 1985 10 out of 10 100
PC Magazine PC Booter Jan 22, 1985 11 out of 12 92
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Atari 8-bit Mar, 1984 3 out of 4 75
Amiga Format Amiga Nov, 1992 75 out of 100 75
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) DOS Nov 26, 2005 3 out of 6 50
64'er Commodore 64 Aug, 1984 Unscored Unscored


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(From The New Zork Times Vol.3 No.2 Spring 1984)

Some statistics about Witness:

  • Apparent number of rooms (those seen by the player): 28
  • Number of rooms: 31 (for various arcane programming reasons, some locations are inaccessible to the player)
  • Number of different ways to die: 2
  • Number of words in vocabulary: 711
  • Number of takeable objects: 18

Related Web Sites

  • Infocom homepage (At this site you can find information on ALL of Infocom's interactive games, Infocom related articles, sample transcripts, InvisiClue hints, walkthroughs, maps and information on buying Infocom games today.)
  • The Commodore Zone (All about the game, with introduction, images, related links and comments area.)
  • The Infocom Gallery (High-quality scans of the grey box package and manual of The Witness.)
Contributed to by Brian Hirt (10020), Rola (8277), Slik (942), Droog (522), Terrence Bosky (5458), Kabushi (257689), Terok Nor (32472), Игги Друге (46314) and Belboz (6576)
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