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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 Playing as Bobby the kid in a psionic battle against Abel.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows An explosive psionic duel between Cain and Abel
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Cain confronts his evil brother Abel, the world's most powerful psionic who believes psionics should rule over humans (shades of Magneto, anyone?)

Alternate Titles

  • "Aiken's Artifact" -- European title

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The Press Says

Game Vortex 2000 100 out of 100 100
Shooterplanet Aug 22, 2006 87 out of 100 87
GameZone Nov 03, 2000 8.4 out of 10 84
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
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Oct 11, 2000 74 out of 100 74
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 13, 2000 14 out of 20 70
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 69 out of 100 69
PC Action Mar 21, 2001 63 out of 100 63
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 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