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Could deformed sisters torture cyclops in a Mexican morgue?.. Unicorn Lynx (181465) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
An interesting, but unfortunately very eclectic experience plumifrons (98) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
Awesome unique game keeping the dying adventure genre alive. kbmb (435) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
One-line summary not available Katakis | カタキス (42143) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
A bizarre graphic adventure with great potential. One of those games worth a remake. Slug Camargo (589) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Has some big problems that get partially forgiven because of it's unique-ness. Zovni (10629) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
A true adventure game underdog with a great, unique but rather short story Electric Penguin (4) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
Sanitarium is much more than a game, it's an obsession Ricardo Ramirez (2) unrated
Chilling, psychological thriller Terrence Bosky (5459) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Insane... Adictively insane Sam Tinianow (116) unrated

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Critic Reviews

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Playback (2006)
W końcu pomyślałem sobie tak:” Jeśli ta gra nie zasługuje na taką ocenę, to która zasługuje?” W efekcie gra dostaje tyle, ile widać niżej. A czy warto w nią zagrać? Spójrzcie na ocenę, a będziecie wiedzieć już wszystko.
Sanitarium has already found a hallowed spot on my top shelf. Though I think the experienced gamer may find it a little easy and beatable in less than 20 hours, it is an excellent game for beginners, horror fans and anyone who just wants to play a solid, well-written adventure game. The negatives in this game--some of the voice acting, long restore times--are overshadowed by the many positives--the eerie atmosphere, the uncertainly of knowing what will occur next and the mature plot development. Let's hope Dreamforge has more games like Sanitarium on the drawing board. So turn out the lights and get ready to play the scariest, creepiest computer game you have ever loaded on your hard drive.
Sanitarium is a wonderfully creepy, psychological thriller/mystery of a game where the sole purpose is to discover who you are, why you're in the asylum, who's done this to you and how to get out. I found the story worthy of an Outer Limits episode with all of the twists and turns that one would expect in such a story. The reverse mouse movement notwithstanding, Sanitarium rates the FFC gold star from me!
In the final analysis, it’s just too hard to seriously come down on a game that does so much right, and which—in terms of both subject matter and presentation—soars head- and-shoulders above everything else in the adventure genre. If you can deal with the often horrific subject matter and imagery and can get past the minor annoyances, then SANITARIUM is well worth the money, especially for anyone who has been longing for a serious, adult game. Flaws aside, SANITARIUM is the best adventure game released so far this year.
These minor flaws are all but insignificant, however, considering the scope of what Sanitarium accomplishes. Stephen King once said that he recognizes terror as the finest emotion, but if he can't get it, he'll go for horror or the gross-out. Sanitarium never lowers itself to a gross-out for a gross-out's sake; everything here works in service to the overall effect. Even the stand-alone puzzles have been so shrewdly integrated into the whole that you may not realize they're really standing alone. Sanitarium deserves what may be the highest compliment any work of horror can merit. Make sure you play it - but don't make the same mistake I did. Don't play it alone.
Game Over Online (May 02, 1998)
Getting scared has become one of the great thrills in modern entertainment and probably produces the most intense and overwhelming feelings within us. When these qualities are brought by a computer game I have always dived at the chance to play it, so as soon as Sanitarium came along I couldn't wait to try it out. Sanitarium is an adventure game along the lines of dark games such as Beneath a Steel Sky and Dark Earth: it delves into the depths of human fear and sanity (or rather, insanity). While this may sound very ominous, it is also very compelling and if you are at all like myself you will be drawn to this game. So has the preamble intrigued you? If not, read on anyway.
Power Unlimited (Apr, 1999)
Sanitarium is een geslaagde combinatie van mysterie met een aantal horrorachtige elementen. Klasse!
Meristation (Feb 11, 1999)
Nos encontramos delante de un grandísimo juego. Una historia impactante, con la intriga justa y con un punto de fantasía y un toque tétrico que hacen que el argumento de Sanitarium sea para mi uno de los mejores en un juego de ordenador de los últimos tiempos.
Sanitarium ist bitgewordener Traum und Alptraum des Adventuregenres schlechthin. Weder die Gabriel Knight-Krimis, noch die beiden Phantasmagoria-Gruseletts konnten mit einer ähnlich verstörenden, schockierenden und gleichzeitig fesselnden Atmosphäre aufwarten. Das Irrenhaus setzt sich damit an die Spitze der Horror-Adventures.
85 (Jan 11, 2010)
Sanitarium n'est certes pas parfait, cependant, son ambiance glauque et son histoire unique en font un titre phare et le hissent parmi les meilleurs titres du genre. Sanitarium ne se joue pas, il se vit.
85 (Jun 18, 2005)
Le héros de l’histoire, Max, est amnésique. Il a été victime d’un accident de voiture, et au lieu de se réveiller dans un hôpital, il atterrit dans un asile psychiatrique. Il va dès lors évoluer dans un monde inquiétant, à mi-chemin entre la réalité et ses rêves et traumatismes d’enfant refoulés, ponctués de flashes relatant des événements importants de sa vie passée, ce qui ne va pas lui faciliter la tâche pour l’aider à reconstruire son identité. Le médecin-chef de l’asile, le Docteur Morgan, semble en tout cas beaucoup s’intéresser à son cas…
Game Revolution (Aug 01, 1998)
While Sanitarium does have its minor drawbacks, it is one of the best-executed adventure games on the market. The plot, described by some as being "sick-made", keeps the player involved until the end of the game. In the end, Sanitarium is one of the most weird, twisted sick games that you will ever play. Bravo.
GameSpot (Jun 04, 1998)
Still, it's hard not to recommend this game. Through its deft juggling of mood and story, Sanitarium creates one of the most compelling, involving adventures to grace a hard drive in a long time. As long as you're not looking for a synapse-frying, brain-buster of a game, Sanitarium can't be beat.
Imperium Gier (Oct 01, 1999)
No i cóż tu więcej dodać? Wszystko zawarte jest na trzech płytach. A więc jeśli wśród czytających są miłośnicy przygodówek lubiący mroczne opowieści i nie bojący się dreszczyku strachu to Sanitarium polecam bardziej niż gorąco! To po prostu moim skromnym zdaniem jest gra jaka się zdarza raz na tysiąc lat! Jeśli jeszcze w nią nie graliście, to pora bo nie wiecie co straciliście.
Aventura y Cía (Aug 14, 2001)
A pesar de estar en inglés, Sanitarium es un juego que encantará a todos los aficionados al género por su historia y guión, y por sus increíbles gráficos y sonido.
80 (Jan 22, 2008)
Cercatelo. Installatelo. Gustatevelo. Dimenticatevi di avere un Pentium4 e abbracciate la semplicità di una bellissima storia. Farsi rapire sarà più facile di quanto pensiate…
In this creepy and ambiguous, yet captivating and immersing adventure, you play a man who must fight his own demons who are trying to pull him away from reality and into madness, all the while exploring his own journey of redemption. While the story may not begin in the most original fashion, how the story eventually unfolds is light years away from being a cliché such that it is anything but predictable.
PC Zone (Aug 13, 2001)
Sanitarium is not an adventure game classic; moving the main character about can be a chore, and there are some throwaway arcade combat scenes that don't quite fit in with the rest of the game. However, it tells an intriguing tale, the graphics are very impressive, and decent point-and-click adventures are a bit thin on the ground these days. So this could be your last chance to get into a 'true' adventure in the conventional sense. Try it, you might like it.
75 (Sep 10, 1999)
On the computer, we go places that we normally spend our lives avoiding. So here I was, “entering” Sanitarium. After a dreamy flashback graphic you wake up as an amnesiac in a richly detailed scene. It was billed as an Adventure game with Action, the action being a couple of sequences where you can't die (but you can be forced to start the sequence again)! That leaves the rest of the game safe for exploration and experimentation.
Power Play (Jun, 1998)
So abgedreht und eigenartig wie „Sanitarium“ nun mal ist, trifft das Spiel sicher nicht jedermanns Geschmack, liegt aber dafür ganz auf meiner Wellenlänge. Die Rätsel werden einem Hardcore-Abenteurer zu simpel erscheinen (Gelegenheitsspieler wie ich werden sich jedenfalls nicht überfordert fühlen), wodurch sich auch der Umfang von drei CDs relativiert. Zu schnell landet man letztendlich in der nächsten Episode. Außerdem ist die Fortbewegung des Charakters per Mauscursor zuweilen etwas umständlich ausgefallen und hätte durchaus einfacher gelöst werden können. Trotzdem: Wer schon immer einmal – zumindest virtuell – zwischen (Alp-) Traum und Realität wandeln möchte und einen Sinn für morbide, surreale und bizarre Elemente besitzt, sollte unbedingt einen intensiven Blick riskieren.
GameStar (Germany) (Jul, 1998)
Im Hexenkessel von Sanitarium brodeln alle typischen Zutaten von Gruselfilmen: Halloween-Kürbisse, eine Riesenkrake, der Zirkus des Grauens, ein Irrenhaus et cetera. Also boß eine seichte Klischee-Klamotte für Amerikaner, dachte ich - doch weit gefehlt. Einmal begonnen, zog mich die intelligente Story um den tragischen Helden mehr und mehr in ihren Bann und Stunden vergingen wie im Flug. Dank geschickt eingestreuter Filmschnipsel blieb die Spannung am Kochen und immer wieder setzte der berühmte "Nur noch zehn Minuten"-Effekt ein. Dann kam das jähe Ende: Viel zu schnell ist das Spiel vorbei. Für einen Hunderter sind zwei Tage Spaß zuwenig.
IGN (Aug 12, 1998)
Sanitarium is one of the better adventure games released in recent years. The game's storyline is entertaining start to finish, beginning with a classic 'man with amnesia wakes up in an asylum' opening, and getting more and more strange as the game wears on. Across the game's nine acts (spread across three CD-ROMs), you'll slowly learn more about the circumstances of your amnesia and the strange world of madness into which you have descended, with bits of the plot being unveiled in dialogue and fragmentary flashbacks that are spaced out fairly well.
Adventure Gamers (Sep 11, 2003)
It’s sad to say, but the place that I have found the majority of my adventure games over the past few years is in the bargain/discount section of my local Wal-Mart. These 2am treks are usually good for a mediocre title or two that I missed the first time around at a cost of ten bucks or so. But every now and then I stumble across something good – or even great. On my most recent venture I stumbled on a true rarity – Sanitarium - and not to sound like an old-time musical, but sometimes dreams really do come true.
Quandary (Jun, 1998)
With a name like Sanitarium it's no surprise that this game has disturbing episodes in an insane asylum that are definitely not suitable for children. In keeping with this 'not suitable for children' theme it also has lavish servings of mutilated and malformed characters and oodles of bloody, mangled bodies. As I am usually unimpressed by such 'embellishments', both for their own sake and because they often signal that gameplay is lacking, it was surely a surprise that I quite enjoyed Sanitarium.
PC Games (Germany) (Oct 07, 1998)
Die einzelnen Kapitel sind logische Bestandteile des gesamten Spielgeschehens: Jede erfolgreich abgeschlossene Etappe bringt Sie näher an des Rätsels Lösung. Nur schade, daß die altmodische Grafik nicht der unheimlichen Atmosphäre der Spielhandlung entspricht. Ich hätte mir zudem häufiger gewünscht, die Perspektive von Max einnehmen zu können. Demgegenüber weist Sanitarium ein paar originelle Spielideen auf: Beispielsweise watet Maxens Alter ego im vierten Kapitel durch hüfttiefes Wasser und bekämpft einen krakenähnlichen Freak mittels Feuerspucktechnik. Eine weniger betagte Umsetzung, und Sanitarium hätte ein echter Knaller werden können.
Aussterbende Arten behandelt man gerne etwas freundlicher. Adventures mit Point-and-click-Bedienung, Inventar und richtigen Rätseln sind so selten geworden, daß ich die schräge Zwangsjacken-Story mit gesteigerten Interesse installiert habe. Leider kommen in der Alptraum-Spielwelt die klassischen, Objekt-orientierten Puzzles etwas zu kurz. Die meiste Zeit verbringt man mit Gequatsche, Storyhäppchen zusammentragen und Herumgelaufe.
PC Joker (Aug, 1998)
Die gelegentlich eingestreuten und hübsch gerenderten Videos bieten dem Rätselnden zwar nicht gerade viele Anhaltspunkte, passen jedoch gut zu den schaurigen Begleitsounds und düsteren Hintergrundgrafiken. Fans morbider SF-Stories dürfen also ruhig einen Blick riskieren; allerdings nur, wenn sie der englischen Sprache mächtig sind.
PC Action (Germany) (Jun 17, 1998)
Gerenderte isometrische Locations und häufig eingestreute Cutscenes schaffen eine beklemmende Atmosphäre. Leider verhindern das hakelige Maus-Interface und die Dialoglastigkeit das Aufkommen von echter Spannung.
Some may call it adventure game heresy, but I would suggest that the popularity of Sanitarium may come down to its release at a time when the genre had not just fallen off its previously lofty perch, but was struggling to stay afloat; perhaps Sanitarium was an adventure game lauded merely for being so? The steady stream of new titles and re-emergence of old ones means there is a large selection of better adventures to be had for modern-day gamers, thus all but the nostalgic and adventure game completionist would be best advised to steer clear of this one. Those on the lookout for an unsettling, dark and depressive title would be better off seeking out the similarly isometric yet vastly superior Daemonica.