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Sanitarium (Windows)

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Sanitarium 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.


Sanitarium Windows Town hall
Sanitarium Windows Opening screen
Sanitarium Windows The asylum
Sanitarium Windows Elementary school

Alternate Titles

  • "Шизариум" -- Russian spelling
  • "סניטריום" -- Hebrew spelling

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User Reviews

An interesting, but unfortunately very eclectic experience plumifrons (95) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
A bizarre graphic adventure with great potential. One of those games worth a remake. Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Awesome unique game keeping the dying adventure genre alive. kbmb (399) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
One-line summary not available *Katakis* (37815) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Has some big problems that get partially forgiven because of it's unique-ness. Zovni (9355) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
A true adventure game underdog with a great, unique but rather short story Electric Penguin (4) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
Sanitarium is much more than a game, it's an obsession Ricardo Ramirez (2) unrated
Chilling, psychological thriller Terrence Bosky (5234) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Insane... Adictively insane Sam Tinianow (98) unrated
A spine-chilling adventure game... faceless (395) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars

The Press Says

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Dec, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Power Unlimited Apr, 1999 8.6 out of 10 86
Meristation Feb 11, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Revolution Aug 01, 1998 B+ 83
GameSpot Jun 04, 1998 8.2 out of 10 82
Adventure Classic Gaming Oct 20, 2006 4 out of 5 80
Power Play Jun, 1998 73 out of 100 73
PC Games (Germany) Oct 07, 1998 70 out of 100 70
Quandary Jun, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Adventure Gamers Sep 11, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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problems installing sanitarium 4 kate moss
Sep 14, 2010



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)

Related Web Sites

  • Crapshoot (A humorous review on PC Gamer)
  • Postmortem: DreamForge's Sanitarium (A postmortem of the isometric adventure game, Sanitarium, on Gamasutra. The article is written by the game's writer, Chris Pasetto, and deals with the origins of the game's concept, pinning down an engine, their relationship with their publisher, and several other elements that arose or had an effect in the creation of the game (Dec. 4th, 1998).)
  • Sanitarium Hints (These hints provide gentle nudges before the final solution is revealed, helping you solve the game without spoiling it for you.)
  • Windows XP Setup (Inferno's help file to get this game to run on your WinXP system.)
faceless (395) added Sanitarium (Windows) on Dec 15, 1999