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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 The levitate talent is used to cross chasms and other obstacles.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Cops try to bring down a zombified butcher cow with little success.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Two identical opponents
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).

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
GameZone Nov 03, 2000 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpy Sep, 2000 83 out of 100 83
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 2000 78 out of 100 78
Yiya Oct 22, 2001 B 75
FiringSquad Sep 04, 2000 74 out of 100 74
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot Sep 22, 2000 6.6 out of 10 66
Svenska PC Games Jan, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Fragland.net Sep 18, 2002 57 out of 100 57

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Trivia

Users of Nvidia graphics cards will find themselves unable to load this game, as it always locks up at the level-loading screen while "processing world geometry". A fix for this problem does exist, just enable the Nvidia logo to display during gameplay in the Display Settings of your control panel (found in the advanced properties, additional properties of your 3d graphics card). It's anybody's guess why this should work, but it does.

This unorthodox but functional solution can be attributed to "winterfat" on the Monolith technical difficulties board.

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