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Sanity: Aiken's Artifact (Windows)

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Dr. Joan Aiken had discovered a way to inject a special serum into the human brain, which will grant this human powerful psychic abilities, known as "talents". Since only little babies were able to absorb the serum properly, it was injected to twin brothers, Cain and Abel, in a scientific project called "Children of Tomorrow".

When they grew up, the children took different paths. Cain joined a special law enforcement group, while Abel walked away and stepped into the world of crime. Years later, a radical organization known as Eye of Ra emerges, with the only goal to sabotage Children of Tomorrow project - according to them for ethical reasons. Cain's first mission is to infiltrate their headquarters and deal with their leader.

Sanity is an action game with puzzle-solving elements. There is also a role-playing element present in card-collecting and upgrading the talents. The game is heavy on combat, which is mostly ranged, involving Cain either shooting or using the psychic powers. The talents are classified into groups, such as Fire, Sun, Illusion, Science, Demonology, etc. In each group, there are many talents Cain can learn, which range from offensive and supporting combat spells to abilities needed to solve puzzles (such as levitating, pushing heavy objects, etc.). The game has fully 3D graphics with top-down perspective, similarly to Metal Gear Solid.


Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows In the depths of the Meat Factory Cain battles the villainous mastermind Golgotham and his meat-cleaver wielding zombie cows (or Butcher Bulls, if you will)
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Gaining a talent gives Cain a power surge.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows You'll have to face your brother Abel in combat several times before he's gone for good.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Golgotham appears for an encore performance. What other game pits you in a boss battle against a 50 foot meat monster?

Alternate Titles

  • "Aiken's Artifact" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

Shooterplanet Aug 22, 2006 87 out of 100 87
GameZone Nov 03, 2000 8.4 out of 10 84
PC Gamer (Netherlands) Nov, 2000 84 out of 100 84
IGN Sep 25, 2000 8.3 out of 10 83
GameSpy Sep, 2000 83 out of 100 83
ActionTrip Oct 05, 2000 82 out of 100 82
PC Gamer 2000 81 out of 100 81
Electric Games Nov 01, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Games Magazine Oct 02, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Fragland.net Sep 18, 2002 57 out of 100 57


Topic # Posts Last Post
Weird Meat (Meat gets stuck at meatplant) 1 Nadia Smith
Mar 06, 2009


Users of Nvidia graphics cards will find themselves unable to load this game, as it always locks up at the level-loading screen while "processing world geometry". A fix for this problem does exist, just enable the Nvidia logo to display during gameplay in the Display Settings of your control panel (found in the advanced properties, additional properties of your 3d graphics card). It's anybody's guess why this should work, but it does.

This unorthodox but functional solution can be attributed to "winterfat" on the Monolith technical difficulties board.

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jeff reitman (55) added Sanity: Aiken's Artifact (Windows) on Oct 07, 2000