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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.

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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 Cain confronts his evil brother Abel, the world's most powerful psionic who believes psionics should rule over humans (shades of Magneto, anyone?)
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows There is a multiplayer aspect to Sanity but it is deathmatch only.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Trying out new talents in the training room.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Aiken's Artifact" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

Absolute Games (AG.ru) Sep 19, 2000 85 out of 100 85
GameSpy Sep, 2000 83 out of 100 83
All Game Guide 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Sep 28, 2000 78 out of 100 78
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 2000 78 out of 100 78
PC Joker Nov, 2000 77 out of 100 77
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Oct 11, 2000 74 out of 100 74
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 13, 2000 14 out of 20 70
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 69 out of 100 69
Computer Games Magazine Oct 02, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

As they usually do, Monolith has included references to their previous games in Sanity. There's a creepy portrait of Caleb from blood inside Krebspawn's Manor in Chapter 4, and while browsing an antique store in Chapter 2 Cain will come across a mint copy of Monolith's "Claw". Cain will even joke with the owner about how badly "Claw" bombed.

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