Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Sanitarium by DreamForge Intertainment and XS Games.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game for review purposes back in 2014 but like all of my reviews, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences.
Sanitarium is a horror adventure game that released in 1998. It follows a man named Max who wakes up in an insane asylum with amnesia. He can’t remember how he got there or who he is. Through a series of flashbacks that come to him in each chapter of the game, you learn more about him and his career.
The game is split into 9 different chapters and you visit many deranged places. Max also morphs into different characters including his sister Sarah, his favorite comic book character, Grimwall and an ancient Aztec warrior named Olmec. Each area has it’s own mysteries for you to discover as well and the characters can often be quite strange. As an example, the first major area you travel to has mutated children as it’s inhabitants.
I will admit that the game is pretty dated in quite a few areas. The first is it’s graphics. The game doesn’t support high resolutions and is defaulted to 640×480 resolution. The game’s walking speed is incredibly slow and there’s no run option. The cinematics in the game have scanlines in them which makes them a lot less clear than they should be. The game is a bit buggy on modern operating systems as well. I played through it on Windows 10 and I had a lot of frame rate issues, especially if you turned the graphics up. There were also times when the game would go invisible for a second or two and you’d be able to see the windows in the background.
The game’s story is definitely the best part of it though and if you can look past everything else, you’ll find it to be a pretty interesting game. Granted, it’s definitely not a game that many people are probably going to enjoy due to the issues with modern PC’s. I enjoy the game quite a bit despite its issues but that’s mostly because of the story. I realize that it’s a very dated game. I would like to see a remaster of the game but I don’t see that happening since not many people really know about this game.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks.
Shaun Meyers Out!