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 There are also limited dialogue trees built into the game.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows When Sanity was new, extra talents for the multiplayer game could be downloaded for free or purchased in "booster packs".  Good luck finding any now.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Correctly solving this "Soko-Ban" crate pushing problem will earn a new psychic talent card (upper left behind the fence).
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Two identical opponents

Alternate Titles

  • "Aiken's Artifact" -- European title

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GameSpy Sep, 2000 83 out of 100 83
PC Gamer 2000 81 out of 100 81
Techtite 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Sep 06, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
FiringSquad Sep 04, 2000 74 out of 100 74
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 69 out of 100 69
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Svenska PC Games Jan, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 5.25 out of 10 52
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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