Saw Hands-On

Jigsaw has set up shop in an abandoned insane asylum, and you're the one who needs to get out of it.

Have you ever held a passing interest in survival horror games but always felt they weren't quite twisted enough? Maybe you'd rather replace the zombie dogs of Resident Evil 5 with a puzzle that requires you to fish a key out of a toilet bowl filled with syringes? Don't worry; we won't judge you. Instead, we'll kindly point you in the direction of the upcoming video game adaptation of the Saw movies. Published by Konami and developed by Zombie Studios, Saw seeks to disturb and horrify gamers in the same way the movie franchise has been doing for the past five years.

Saw takes place in an abandoned insane asylum and uses a mix of puzzle-solving and exploration-based gameplay. As you make your way through the asylum, you'll run into all manner of twisted booby traps, elaborate puzzles, and gruesome imagery that will test your ability to process clues and not lose significant chunks of your body in horrific accidents. It's not an entirely solitary experience, either; you'll run into other characters throughout the course of the story. Some are merely corpses scattered around of those who weren't able to solve Jigsaw's puzzles, but some are survivors who are trying to get out, those who have lost their minds and don't care what happens, and some who have gone so far off the deep end that they've become minions of Jigsaw and are hell-bent on ending your life.

We played through a bit of the Xbox 360 version of the game. The demo began with the main character stuck in a nasty apparatus called the "reverse bear trap." Basically, it's a trap that will separate your jaw from your head if you don't get it off in time. The way you do that is by quickly responding to button prompts on the screen that command you to rotate the analog stick in a certain direction while pressing the B button when a red light flashes on the trap. At first, we didn't associate "red light" with "B button," resulting in the tragic loss of about six or seven jaws.

But no matter; we figured it out and moved on to the next puzzle. This one required us to figure out the combo to a locked bathroom stall door. A nearby wall had random white lines painted on it, but only after looking at the opposite bathroom mirror that also had lines on it did we realize they came together to form "7-5-3" when viewed from the right angle. With that, we opened the door and plunged our arm into the aforementioned toilet bowl filled with syringes to fish out a key to the next room.

You don't want to be caught in this trap.

From there, we got to explore some of the dark and dingy environments that make up this insane asylum. There are doors rigged with a shotgun pointed down that will fire if you don't hit a certain button quickly enough, a puzzle that makes you arrange wires in the correct order to open an electrified door, and an area where we had to smash through a weakened wall with a lead pipe. All around you are cryptic clues laid out by Jigsaw and a few dead bodies of those who weren't so good at processing these clues.

As you get deeper into the game, you'll face more of the morally challenging puzzles so often seen in the movies, such as saving one character by killing another. As we chatted with producer John Williamson, we learned that the ending will also be of that didn't-see-it-coming variety that the movies tend to be capped off with. And in terms of story, the game fits into the timeline of the movie series by being situated between the first and second films chronologically.

Saw is currently scheduled for a Halloween 2009 release in order to arrive in time for the sixth movie. You can expect to see the game available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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cw71017
cw71017

lol did any1 read the first paragraph??? get bored of resident evil 5???? how STUPID does that sound???? n i guess this game would be ok.....but jst not the greatest game out.......

seinfeld95
seinfeld95

can't wait for it! this game is so cool. i am really into those puzzle-adventure kinda games.

JoshMiester
JoshMiester

it will be cool if you could create traps

welshy023
welshy023

If you can't feel the pain the characters go through, then there is no real 'hard choice'.

Scieran
Scieran

This game will no doubt have some climatic moments as well as intense wet-your-pants moments. @stevexlr i love cooking mushrooms. if only you could put mario and luigi in Saw traps.

Flipyap28
Flipyap28

@SteveXLR: I hope that is the case, it sounds pretty good to have the lives of others in your hands. I have a feeling this game will be a lot different than what we see in the movies, If we are going to fight enemies, there is going to have to be a few hundred of them....I shall be interested to know how the Jigsaw killer got so many victims and minions

SteveXLR
SteveXLR

Another idea maybe to play as one of several people all in there at once and you have to choose who will survive by helping them, that could make for hundreds of replays and endings.

SteveXLR
SteveXLR

Hmmmmm, me personaly don't like it because i don't like the movie, but i do wonder if fans will like it? But i do like how they said that there will be clues, that i could get into finding all the clues to get out.

dark_gender
dark_gender

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The_Weekend
The_Weekend

they should have a time limit ... Jigsaw poison you ... you have to clear the puzzles as soon as possible and reach him for a cure ... the clock is ticking! Man, that would really piss you off but scare the bonkers out of you too!

benny322
benny322

if you scroll down some of these comments there is a person that has a really good idea of how the game should be their username is flakcon

benny322
benny322

ive only seen saw 3 and i loved it but i just dont get how the video game would work out really it would be a bit werid

nf1994
nf1994

If you had to think of a movie to turn into a game, this just wouldn't be it. I think it will be awkward and will turn out poorly.

dbpvivi
dbpvivi

Considering Saw is known for one thing I highly doubt, what with Manhunt2, that this will have anywhere near the shock value of the films, this is going to flop.

Denu1
Denu1

@siddarthshetty did you say puzzle and horror are complete opposites and wont work together? have you never played a survival horror game before? all of them have puzzles to solve sure they might be simple puzzles but they are puzzles.

andrei912
andrei912

I'd say don't judge a book by it's cover. ..might be a good game. I look forward to it as I am a big fan of adventure games.

siddarthshetty
siddarthshetty

Puzzle and horror...they are 180 degree out of phase...

Hellknite190
Hellknite190

As much as i want to believe that the game will be good, i just cant see it happening. The reason the traps were so scary because it was either suffer immense pain or die. So how they will convert that into a video game where you cannot be scared of pain is a mystery to me

Dragon1057
Dragon1057

sounds incredibly boring as it goes...

thegamegod
thegamegod

hell yeah,now this is a game i wanna invest in,huge fan of the films,ready to be mutilated for my lack of logical thinking lol :)

008Zulu
008Zulu

Yeah, this game reads as if it is one big Quicktime event, it's kinda sad that most developers have caught on that QTs are a waste of time. Seems like these devs were too interested in Torture Pr0n (the classification given to movies/games like this one) to read up on the latest changes to the industry.

Decepticon_11
Decepticon_11

sick bro. sounds like a game that wiil gets you goin'

Foggel
Foggel

I'm probably gonna check it out, because I love puzzles. (Oh, who am I kidding)

mindgamers
mindgamers

Sometimes i want play as Jigsaw.

Flakcon
Flakcon

no no no! they went the wrong way! playing as the victim really lowers the replayability value almost to a none. you'd knwo what would happen, how to solve the puzzle and etc. if only you could play as jigsaw and create your own traps/environment and let people join (something like LBP), i say it'll be worth it. geez i guess this will fail badly.

bwsealirl
bwsealirl

I dont think 10 hours of QTEs and puzzles will make a great game even if it is horribly gruesome

adzobren44
adzobren44

I dont get it.. in the saw movies, the main thing that stopped people (or made them hesitate) was the fact that doing some things to save yourself.. would freaking hurt like hell. kinda hard to invent that in a game? i say we bring on electric shocks to video games :)

tenlong
tenlong

hopifuly its good as the movies

ratchet200
ratchet200

I don't think this will go well at all. You solve the puzzle then move on to the next one. And the next one. And the next one. But what to do when you actually finish the game? Play it again and solve the puzzles in a faster time? Hmmm...

penpusher
penpusher

well lets hope they dont stuff this one up

gamescottsman
gamescottsman

No thanks. This game is for poeple who need a serious head check. Back to the asylum, that's it off you go...

JFHansen
JFHansen

Even if the gameplay fails, there is still the horrific, grotesque gore orgy, to keep one amused. I think il give it a shot

CravingGibbon
CravingGibbon

Hmm... i though the films where... well... pants,worst dribble i've ever had the misfortune of watching... but the game... now... this interests me a little...

BlackTargetmark
BlackTargetmark

Umm I don't really catch how the gameplay works... so it stress on the puzzles more rather than the actions?

Lou_Menace
Lou_Menace

If video games like Myst and Portal can sell greatly...Why couldn't a game so gruesome and strategic not sell? This IS part of a great selling series of movies AND it's being developed by KONAMI...I can't see anything but good coming from this. I can see the ending now...Wait...No I can't...They get me everytime.

Mr_Fujiv1
Mr_Fujiv1

i knew the film would turn into a game a really good move i think it will sell in big numbers i will buy it

soulfunkdjx
soulfunkdjx

Smart move by KONAMI.The movie has already great numbers in sales.So the game as i see it will follow this success.Very very beautiful game with riddles and pure violence.

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

eh, il play the demo...it does sound interesting

LAboy06
LAboy06

Well, that just got me real excited! Saw VI and the Saw game here I come this Halloween!!! I can't wait to see what the reverse bear trap will do to my character! lol

lindseyiluvyou
lindseyiluvyou

Ill pass the movies got repetitive i just can't see you playing a game of saw by running from a guy

swoosh18
swoosh18

looks like a $10 DLC. and should be. not that ill play it

Psycho-Naut
Psycho-Naut

o0o... very interesting. I've kind of wondered what a Saw game would be like, can't wait to try this one out!

zallo
zallo

It may not end up to bad.... who knows