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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 Solving platformer puzzles as Bobby.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows There are also limited dialogue trees built into the game.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows In a level reminescent of Resident Evil, the undead take over the city and its up to Cain and the DNPC to stop the zombie madness.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Psionic Push

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Alternate Titles

  • "Aiken's Artifact" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

Shooterplanet Aug 22, 2006 87 out of 100 87
IGN Sep 25, 2000 8.3 out of 10 83
PC Gamer 2000 81 out of 100 81
Electric Games Nov 01, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Sep 06, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 2000 78 out of 100 78
PC Joker Nov, 2000 77 out of 100 77
Fragland.net Sep 18, 2002 57 out of 100 57
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Just Adventure 2000 C 50

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Trivia

Despite the numerous hang-ups, crashes, and freezes users have reported, Monolith has stated it has no intention of releasing a patch for this game, suggesting that the majority of problems are the fault of graphics card incompatibilities rather than actual gameplay issues.

This, coupled with an unsuccessful marketing campaign, is probably one of the larger contributing factors which has led to new retail copies of this game being sold for $2.99 at game outlets such as EB and Software Etc.

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