With the ship in terminal meltdown and things falling apart around you, you manage to escape your pod, only to be confronted with some less than perfect character control and camera issues. I found the beginning of the level frustrating, and all I was having to do was run in a straight line. Fortunately however, I soon discovered that Monkey (the character you play) is a deft hand at climbing, jumping and swinging from hand hold to ledge etc, with a acrobatic ability of, yes, a monkey. A very big and muscular monkey.
On escaping the slave ship on the out side of an escape pod – one that the sole female occupant (Trip) wouldn’t let you into – you awake to find that this young (and rather attractive) lady has secured a slave device to you head so that she can control you. Do as she says or you die. Wander to far away from Trip and you die (you do of course get a warning, else it could get tedious) and of course, if Trip dies, you die. Luckily for Trip and the game, Monkey quickly gets over the whole escape from a slave ship to become a slave on a hostile planet. Hostile because earth is now a post apocalyptic wasteland controlled by mechs who only want to kill you , as they have most of humanity. This isn’t your Fallout 3 wasteland however, it’s been a while since earth’s cities were destroyed and vegetation has taken over, creating a lush green environment. The aim of the game is to escort Trip safely back to her home. In the way are numerous levels that have to be safely transferred, which essentially means using Monkey’s acrobatic and fighting skills, and from time to time carrying or throwing Trip. Combat is fairly basic, yet no means a walk over, and you have a few different options in combat that come in handy depending on what you come up against. But for the most part this is a 3D platform puzzler with a dependancy twist and plenty of combat thrown in for good measure. Graphically Enslaved is stunning with some very nice character designs and some impressive cinematic cut scenes. The early issue of character control is soon forgotten and the game is easily embraced. Enslaved is a worthy game, especially if you’re wanting a break from the glut of first person shooters.