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Sanctum is a tower defense game with first-person shooter elements. The story is rather simple: the player takes the role of the elite soldier Skye who has to save her home from alien attackers.

The basic principle follows the usual genre rules: In every round Skye has to buy and set up defenses to repel attacks. She also sets up walls to steer the attackers. After the building phase the horde comes in and the player has no longer controls over the defenses. This means the heart of the game is to make a useful plan beforehand (it is known which of the twelve alien units will attack). In this phase the playing field is shown from a top-down view.

But while normally control is completely taken away from the player during the attack, Sanctum switches to a first-person mode and gives Skye several weapons to use, e.g. a freezing cannon or a sniper rifle. She can't be hurt; enemies just shove her to the side. After every wave there are credits rewarded which can be re-invested in upgrading the guns or buying more defenses.

The game features three levels, four difficulty levels and a co-op mode.


Sanctum Windows Oh no! He reached the core
Sanctum Windows Using the sniper rifle
Sanctum Windows Here comes the first enemies
Sanctum Windows Game over - and the enemies do a little dance with their party hats on

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Bit-Tech Windows Aug 09, 2011 80 out of 100 80
XGN Windows Aug 30, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Cheat Code Central Windows 2011 3.8 out of 5 76
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Apr 29, 2011 76 out of 100 76 Windows May 09, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75 Windows May 04, 2011 B 75
GameTrailers Windows 2011 7.3 out of 10 73
GameZone Windows Apr 18, 2011 7 out of 10 70 Windows Jun 23, 2011 6 out of 10 60
GameStar (Germany) Windows May 28, 2011 60 out of 100 60


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