You think Tower Defense games are all about building? You thought wrong. Sanctum is not your average Tower Defense title. When the havoc starts, you get to join the fray! As one of the world’s first First Person Shooter - Tower Defense games, Sanctum has taken the best of both worlds to deliver an epic, one-of-a-kind experience.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,463 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 15, 2011

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About This Game

You think Tower Defense games are all about building? You thought wrong. Sanctum is not your average Tower Defense title. When the havoc starts, you get to join the fray!
As one of the world’s first First Person Shooter - Tower Defense games, Sanctum has taken the best of both worlds to deliver an epic, one-of-a-kind experience.

Key Features:

  • 4-player co-op support; why double the trouble when you can quadruple it?
  • 5 fancy, physically-improbable Weapons!
  • 4 Challenging Game Modes
  • Don’t just build towers. Build mazes!
  • Your way or the highway! Our Customization System lets you have it all.
  • Powered by Unreal, Sanctum is one of the pin-up girls of the indie games.
  • 87 Achievements
  • Hidden Secrets & Easter Eggs. Have meta with your metal!
So what are you waiting for? Sanctum is probably the most affordable title out there right now!

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP(SP3), Windows Vista(SP2) or Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon X2, or equivalent, running at 1.6GHz or greater
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB available
    • Video Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 256 MB of VRAM; NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS, ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro 256 MB, or greater
    • DirectX®: 9.0c or higher
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit
    • Network: Internet (TCP/IP) connection
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista(SP2) or Windows 7
    • Processor: QuadCore 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB available
    • Video Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 512MB of VRAM; NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS or similar
    • DirectX®: 9.0c or higher
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit
    • Network: Internet (TCP/IP) connection
    • OS: OS X version 10.6.3 or later
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz (Dual Core) Intel CPU
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Card: Open GL 3.3 / Shader Model 3 capable graphics card with 256 MB video RAM
Helpful customer reviews
45 of 49 people (92%) found this review helpful
166.3 hrs on record
If you are reading this review right now, and consider buying the game, do it. It's that simple, the game is totally worth the money. First of all, it's a First Person Shooter Tower Defense game. It's rules are simple:

- Choose your personal Towers and Weapons.
- Build blocks to create a maze as big as possible.
- Build towers using resources that you gain for completing waves.
- Upgrade your gear and towers.
- Defend the core at all cost.

Sanctum has this good feeling of progression. Each new wave provides another, a more difficult challenge. And the player must keep up. By upgrading the towers and weapons. Which by the way, come in a surprisingly pleasant number. There are a lot of different towers to choose from. Some are used to deal damage to the creatures on the ground, and some to those airborn. So it's a good idea to buy them both, and experiment with their placement. Another very nice addition, are the "Support Towers". They can manipulate your enemies in various ways. The "Slow Field" for example, slows every creature that steps on the ground where it's placed. There also towers that amplify both yours and your tower's attacks, make your enemies more susceptible to damage, and so on. Speaking of enemies, each type of creature has it's own good looking alien body. That comes with a certain, sometimes hidden, area called the "Weakspot". Each alien has it's own unique abilities, like "Charging", "Soaking", "Dodging", well, you get the point. They not only behave differently, but also look so. Very cool and fantastic-looking models.

Your towers are the main source of firepower in Sanctum. But the player is as important. You get to choose from 6 unique weapons like the "Sniper", "Freeze",and "Tesla" guns. Which come in very handy when dealing with certain enemies. Especially those that somehow survived your defenses. You can create some really awesome guns and towers combinations if you think about it. You could, for example, use your "Freeze" gun to temporarily stun all the enemies in a certain radius. And then blow them all away with a charged "REX". It's really awesome come to think about it.

Another thing worth mentioning is the variety of maps (16 if have the DLCs) and game mods (like Bounty, Stamina, Pre-Build, and Standart). Which add a certain feeling of freedom. And the maps are pretty awesome. They look vibrant and alive, full of fauna and flora. Which is so strange looking that it makes you love it. Giant spores, glowing trees, multiple Suns, huge flowers, and mineral-rich caves. But the best thing about the maps, are the Easter Eggs. There are so many secret spots to find. So well-hidden and camouflaged, that you'll spend some time looking for them, and when you'll finally find them, they'll put a smile on that face.

And now, my favorite subject, the Music. I never thought I'd enjoy Sanctum's music so much as I do. Every map has 2 pieces of music attached to it. The first one plays in the "Building" phase. Usually a rather slow and tuneful loop, which I always like. And the second piece plays while the "Action" phase is in progress. A very pulsing, rhythmic and dynamic song, that I just love. Just listen to THIS or THIS. Please do, they might seem simple and plain, but they feel so complex and sparkling. 16 different maps, 2 songs for each... You do the math. All the credit goes to Coffee Stain Studios, and more specificaly to the genius Gustaf Tivander.

The last but not least, the best feature of this game is the Cooperative play. You and up to three of your friends get to build, upgrade and defend together. It's fun and effective, it grants even more creativity and firepower. Letting you get the most of this game. Which I strongly recommend if you're looking for either a good Co-op, or Tower Defense.



10/10
Posted: April 9
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
68.9 hrs on record
Are you into Tower Defense games? What about First Person Shooters? Sanctum takes a unique twist on TD games by combining both. The game includes funny commentary as well. A must for your TD collections!
Posted: April 19
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Considering the concept and the genre it falls into, this game pulls off a fun and quality experience very well. The second one is probably even better but I haven't had the chance to try that out yet. Easily a game you could play over and over again, given the amount of content. I would probably recommend it a lot more if it had local co-op, but at the same time the game is fairly cheap, with sales and bundles. Anyways, the game is enjoyable and especially so with friends. Interesting gameplay, stunning graphics, and everything else is up to par with that. Totally worth checking out.
Posted: June 1
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Sanctum is a great game, tough as nails, but good tough.
You lose, then you lose again, take some time to think about it,
come back to the game and beat the little *%$£&!
I have been known for rage-quitting a lot of games, but never this one.
And whether you win or lose, that little dance at the end of each level
really takes the edge off things.
Get all DLC too.
Posted: August 15
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
29.1 hrs on record
If you like good strategy, intense challenge and epic music, this game might fit all your needs.

This game is a masterpiece in hybrid TD/FPS games, because it promotes the tower defense gameplay as priority over FPS gameplay. For which, in comparison to the 2nd game in the series, this one does a really good job at it with little things such as randomized enemies in survival mode, the ability to upgrade weapons and no overcharging towers.

All in all, i'd recommend getting both the original Sanctum and Sanctum 2, since both have completely different gameplay priorities over the other.
Posted: July 2
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61 of 67 people (91%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Honestly one of the best tower defense games I've ever played. Being forced to pick a limited set of towers and weapons to use for each level adds a nice extra level of challenge in both solo and co-op play as knowing which towers to bring into play, when to bring them out and where to place them is easily the key.

By far this game is better co-op.
Posted: November 25, 2013
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