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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 Using your talents to solve box-pushing puzzles.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Fan of Blades attack
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows The levitate talent is used to cross chasms and other obstacles.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Your first psionic boss battle, against telephone psychic/redneck revolutionary Priscilla Divine.

Alternate Titles

  • "Aiken's Artifact" -- European title

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The Press Says

Game Vortex 2000 100 out of 100 100
PC Gamer (Netherlands) Nov, 2000 84 out of 100 84
PC Gamer 2000 81 out of 100 81
Electric Games Nov 01, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 2000 78 out of 100 78
Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 2000 78 out of 100 78
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 13, 2000 14 out of 20 70
PC Action Mar 21, 2001 63 out of 100 63
Computer Games Magazine Oct 02, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Just Adventure 2000 C 50

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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