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Sanctum is a tower defense game with first-person shooter elements. The story is rather simple: the player takes the role of the elite soldier Skye who has to save her home from alien attackers.

The basic principle follows the usual genre rules: In every round Skye has to buy and set up defenses to repel attacks. She also sets up walls to steer the attackers. After the building phase the horde comes in and the player has no longer controls over the defenses. This means the heart of the game is to make a useful plan beforehand (it is known which of the twelve alien units will attack). In this phase the playing field is shown from a top-down view.

But while normally control is completely taken away from the player during the attack, Sanctum switches to a first-person mode and gives Skye several weapons to use, e.g. a freezing cannon or a sniper rifle. She can't be hurt; enemies just shove her to the side. After every wave there are credits rewarded which can be re-invested in upgrading the guns or buying more defenses.

The game features three levels, four difficulty levels and a co-op mode.


Sanctum Windows The core is exploding
Sanctum Windows Enemy getting shot by laser
Sanctum Windows They come from the sky - and I haven't got any anti air turrets
Sanctum Windows Using the sniper rifle

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Video Games Daily Apr 29, 2011 8 out of 10 80
XGN Aug 30, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Gamer Limit May 15, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Apr 29, 2011 76 out of 100 76
Destructoid Apr 14, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
GameTrailers 2011 7.3 out of 10 73
GameZone Apr 18, 2011 7 out of 10 70
GamesRadar Apr 25, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Absolute Games ( Sep 20, 2011 57 out of 100 57
Rock, Paper, Shotgun Apr 20, 2011 Unscored Unscored


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Patrick Bregger (208029) added Sanctum (Windows) on Jun 29, 2011
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (209502)