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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.

Screenshots

Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows In the depths of the Meat Factory Cain battles the villainous mastermind Golgotham and his meat-cleaver wielding zombie cows (or Butcher Bulls, if you will)
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Fan of Blades attack
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Chatting with Aiken's Artifact AKA Ted the Head, the most hilarious character in the game.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Taking a break for a musical interlude.

Alternate Titles

  • "Aiken's Artifact" -- European title

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The Press Says

Techtite 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Sep 06, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 2000 78 out of 100 78
FiringSquad Sep 04, 2000 74 out of 100 74
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Oct 11, 2000 74 out of 100 74
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2000 62 out of 100 62
Computer Games Magazine Oct 02, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 5.25 out of 10 52
Just Adventure 2000 C 50

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Weird Meat (Meat gets stuck at meatplant) 1 Nadia Smith
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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