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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 Fan of Blades attack
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Heavy damage
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Main menu
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Talents are hidden in the levels or given as a reward for defeating boss enemies.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Aiken's Artifact" -- European title

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GameZone Nov 03, 2000 8.4 out of 10 84
Techtite 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Joker Nov, 2000 77 out of 100 77
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Oct 11, 2000 74 out of 100 74
GameSpot Sep 22, 2000 6.6 out of 10 66
Svenska PC Games Jan, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Computer Games Magazine Oct 02, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 Sep 18, 2002 57 out of 100 57
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 5.25 out of 10 52
Just Adventure 2000 C 50


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