You've watched the films, now experience the terror of SAW with the official computer game. Seems that wretched fiend Jigsaw just won't go away, as it appears the evil antagonist has taken control of an abandoned mental asylum and transformed it into a bespoke chamber of horrors. It’s all about life appreciation, don’t you know.
Detective David Tapp is shot, and Jigsaw heals his wound - for a price. The killer places Tapp in his maniacal playhouse. Shocking meat-grinding utensils and vicious headgear is the order of the day here, and the only way to escape this terror palace is to play Jigsaw's twisted game. You must challenge the nutcase by overcoming various traps and dangers, and if you haven't been minced by horrific gadgets then the puzzles laid out in each room might just scramble your brain beyond repair.
Using cutting-edge graphics to fully realise the strange and bizarre atmosphere of SAW, you control Tapp as he explores the asylum and beats up crazies that try to kill him. You can tackle your foes head on using hand-to-hand combat or weapons, or you can be more savvy and use some of Jigaw’s own traps against his goons.
You’re not always alone in this game of horrors. AI teammates can help you overcome certain obstacles, and multiple paths allows for Tapp to experience different things and meet different people on each play through. For those looking for a dedicated SAW ambience, this will provide the scare of your life!
Saw's greatest achievement is capturing the feel of the movies. From the title music to the environments, it's an authentic experience. Subtle touches are everywhere; the fact Tapp is barefoot throughout, forced to walk over broken glass, is reminiscent of the films. Televisions switch on automatically when nearby, displaying that horrendous clown. As a source of illumination, Tapp can use a camera flash. The effect it creates is disorientating, and at times panic-inducing. It's lifted directly from the series, and proves an effective gameplay mechanic. There's also an element of fan service, as many popular traps feature. The bear trap is included, in addition to the Pendulum and Rack. There are some new ones, including an injection chair. Each stage requires the rescue of a different victim. Moral decisions are rarely used in survival horror titles, but it's a welcome addition.