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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 Gaining a talent gives Cain a power surge.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Your first psionic boss battle, against telephone psychic/redneck revolutionary Priscilla Divine.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Heavy damage
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows You develop your powers by collecting talent cards in the eight different psychic "totems".

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Alternate Titles

  • "Aiken's Artifact" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

GameZone Nov 03, 2000 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpy Sep, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Techtite 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Joker Nov, 2000 77 out of 100 77
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot Sep 22, 2000 6.6 out of 10 66
PC Action Mar 21, 2001 63 out of 100 63
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2000 62 out of 100 62
Svenska PC Games Jan, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

All US copies of Sanity: Aiken's Artifact came with a 23" X 17" poster featuring the box cover art on the front and a guide to the 80 psionic power cards on the back. Those who bought the game at Best Buy got an added bonus, a CD Single of the song "Sanity" performed by Ice T's metal band "Body Count".

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jeff reitman (64) added Sanity: Aiken's Artifact (Windows) on Oct 07, 2000