is a point-and-click adventure game, best described as a psychological thriller. The player is cast as Max Laughton, a man who wakes up in a bizarre asylum, suffering from amnesia due to a car accident. He will have to find out who he is, and what he is doing there.
The game world is divided into five different levels, each having its own atmosphere, and it's not always clear if something is happening on the grounds of the sanitarium or in the delusional mind of the protagonist. Both movement of Max and picking up items are done with the mouse. Puzzles are mostly inventory-related, with a few machine and lever puzzles. There are also a few action sequences, but even when the player dies, the game can be continued without any penalty. Talking to various NPCs will teach the player about their bizarre surroundings.
- "Шизариум" -- Russian spelling
- "סניטריום" -- Hebrew spelling
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Initial shipments of Sanitarium
came with a game-wrecking bug that would cause the player to get locked out of buildings in level 2. A patch is available that corrects this, but there are still reports that it appears infrequently.
- Computer Gaming World
- April 1999 (Issue #177) – Best Adventure Game of the Year (together with Grim Fandango)
This entry to the MobyGames database was contributed by faceless (395)
on Dec 15, 1999.