also known as Saw: The Video Game, is a third person survival horror video game with action elements that was developed by Zombie Studios and published by Konami. The game launched on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, with a downloadable version released soon after for the Microsoft Windows platform. The game was first released on October 6, 2009 in North America and was released later that year in other regions. The Microsoft Windows version was released a few weeks following the initial release for consoles on October 22, . It is an adaptation of the Saw film series that was released around the same time as Saw VI, although they have entirely separate story lines.
In Saw, The Jigsaw Killer has healed Detective David Tapp from his gunshot wound, and places him in an abandoned insane asylum to teach him a lesson of life appreciation. Obsessed, Tapp traverses the asylum and gathers clues along the way in hopes of finally apprehending Jigsaw. As he progresses through the asylum, he encounters several people with past and current connections to him, whom he must save. The asylum also has inhabitants who are in games of their own. Along the way, Tapp also uncovers the origins of Jigsaw and his motives behind his tests. The development team brought in the Saw creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell to write a new storyline and create new trap designs exclusive to the game.
Upon release, Saw received mixed reviews, despite overwhelmingly positive previews. It was praised for the storyline and multiple endings, as well as the immersive environment being true to the Saw film series. The controls and combat system, however, were universally panned by critics. Since Konami purchased the publishing rights after former publisher Brash Entertainment went bankrupt, Konami had a significant input on the games' final outcome. They stated that they have plans to make Saw their next big franchise as well as a spiritual successor to their other survival horror series Silent Hill. A sequel, Saw II: Flesh & Blood, was released on multiple platforms on October 19, 2010.