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Sanity: Aiken's Artifact (Windows)

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Description

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 Your controller Frost will periodically call with information.  You can also call her for a reminder of what you are trying to do.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Two identical opponents
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Adrian Starr's showgirls try to murder you with playing cards...
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Heavy damage

Alternate Titles

  • "Aiken's Artifact" -- European title

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The Press Says

Absolute Games (AG.ru) Sep 19, 2000 85 out of 100 85
ActionTrip Oct 05, 2000 82 out of 100 82
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 2000 78 out of 100 78
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 2000 78 out of 100 78
Power Unlimited Nov, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
FiringSquad Sep 04, 2000 74 out of 100 74
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 13, 2000 14 out of 20 70
GameSpot Sep 22, 2000 6.6 out of 10 66
Computer Games Magazine Oct 02, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 5.25 out of 10 52

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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