- Alternate Character Interpretation: Either Trip is a scared young girl with understandable motivations, who's sympathetic despite her actions, or a calculating bitch who will exploit anyone and anything to get what she wants. Any forum thread concerning Enslaved will have a fair number of people defending either interpretation.
- Cult Classic: Sales were poor, but those who play the game rather enjoy it.
- Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: The gameplay is consistently cited as the game's weakest point, but the performances, visuals, and writing is agreed to make up for it.
- Guide Dang It!: Finding every Tech Orb in the game (there's an achievement/trophy for it). While you likely wont have trouble finding the vast majority of them (say 70 to 80% per level), finding ALL of them will require careful use of a guide. Even worse is the fact that some orbs are glitchy, and sometimes will either randomly not be there, or will disappear if you don't grab it fast enough.
- Finding every Mask as well.
- It's Easy, So It Sucks!: A common complaint by reviewers. Game Informer cited how the game apparently won't let you jump unless you'll land safely.
- Jerkass Woobie: Trip makes some awful decisions over the course of the game, but you can't help but feel bad for her.
- Nightmare Fuel: Certain Mechs are sure to be this.
- The death of the slave that is threatened into assisting Monkey.
- The screams of the slaves trapped within coffin sized cells. No, there is no way to help them.
- The Dog stalking you in the theater.
- Older Than They Think: Some people started to complain this series was ripping off Dragon Ball. Both are inspired by Journey to the West.
- Polished Port: The game runs very well on the PC.
- Surprisingly Similar Stories: As SuperButterBuns points out, its character arcs are similar to The Last of Us.
- Tear Jerker:
- At one point, Trip and Monkey stumble upon an aquarium where the fishes inside it have survive for almost 200 years by building their own ecosystem. Moments later, a Mech destroy said aquarium.
- Pigsy's Heroic Sacrifice.
- The DLC ends with Pigsy realizing too late that his robot buddy, Truffles, has always been his friend moments but he is too stubborn to realize it and takes him for granted. In his final moments, Truffles gives out one last smile before shutting down permanently. It is no wonder Pigsy is willing to follow Trip and Monkey on a suicide mission and willingly sacrificed himself. He doesn't want to lose his friends again.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: The animation is beautiful to look at, and has aged very well since the game's debut. Aside from the stunning world design, there's also the character animations. Monkey, Trip, and Pigsy all look incredibly lifelike without falling into Uncanny Valley.
YMMV / Enslaved: Odyssey to the West