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 (1,550 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 15, 2011

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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:

  • Don’t just build towers. Build mazes!
  • Your way or the highway? The Customization System lets you have it all!
  • 4-player co-op support; why double the trouble when you can quadruple it?
  • 87 Achievements
  • Hidden Secrets & Easter Eggs. Have meta with your metal!

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (SP3)
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB Free Space
    • Video Card: Shader Model 3, 256 MB VRAM
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB Free Space
    • Video Card: Shader Model 3, 512 MB VRAM
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit
    • OS: OS X 10.6.3
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB Free Space
    • Video Card: Open GL 3.3, Shader Model 3, 256 MB VRAM
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Personal rating: 8/10
Bought on: Discount (80%)
DLC: Worth it. New, more challenging maps. A nice addition to a short core game.

What is Sanctum?
Sanctum is a completely different take on the "Tower Defense" genre, it mixes up First Person Shooter elements in it and it does it well.

About the gameplay:
Here's the catch: If you have your mind set on "I'll only upgrade Towers!" or "I'll just shoot everything!", you're in for an embarrassing defeat. You cannot take everything head on here, you need to balance resources to deal with everything coming from you: enemies that comes in large quantities, tough ones and tricky ones.

Do you want to do the heavy lifting and shoot most of what's coming or use your towers while you kill whatever is left by the end? Or maybe you want to do both of these things? No problem, all three options are possible in this game.

One of Sanctum's most known aspects is the maze building, you've got room and resources to create your personal enemy slaughtering course, it's far from putting one block here and another over there. If you want to survive the toughest levels of Sanctum you'll need to smart up and create mazes that will force enemies to walk as much as they can.

Something that should be noted:
Unlike Sanctum 2, there is absolutely no grinding in Sanctum 1. You start with everything the game gives you and after a short, optional, Tutorial you're free to do whatever you feel like in the first map. Play and learn, no hand holding here aside from the absolutely necessary.

Tower Defense, because calling it "Resource Management" sounds like a boring discipline
Managing resources here can be tough, they are rather scarce early on and woe betide the unprepared. Do you upgrade your towers or your guns? A difficult choice that can be the difference between victory or defeat.

Towers and Weapons can be upgraded up to Level 6, and while they seem extremely cheap at first don't go thinking you can leave a bunch of Level 1 towers scattered and expect them to do heavy damage; enemies gets progressively stronger and soon you'll realize even your Level 3 towers are hardly doing any significant damage. And the same will apply to your guns if you ignore them.

Upgrades will considerably power up your towers and guns, however they'll also become incredibly expensive and, chances are, you won't be having lots of Level 6 towers even by the end of the map unless you focus more on them.

Sanctum: Not an easy game
If you are looking for a difficult game, Sanctum may be your cup of tea. The game is ruthless, but hardly unfair. It punishes poor planning and poor shooting accuracy and you'll probably be frustrated once you see that your carefully planned maze and towers did not work, but amazed when you beat that tough wave with your wits.

The game is merciless and will not shy away from dropping tough enemies, although not without warning: the game provides a list for a number of incoming waves and what will be there.

However Sanctum fail in one crucial point: there is no indication on how resilient the enemies will be, one wave you may face a single, but extremely resistant, enemy and the other the same type of enemy in larger numbers, however with less HP. This can and will catch you off guard and is one of the very few times the game will play "dirty".

Sanctum, where the simplest level can take 1 hour to complete.
Every level can be VERY long. Even the first one can take anywhere between 30 minutes (if you are insanely fast) to 1 hours and a half and can last even longer. But don't worry: the Campaign has checkpoints between waves which you can also use to correct a mistake as long your have enough resources. It may sound cheap, but picking the "Load Checkpoint" will be something you'll do often here unless you feel there is no hope and click on the "Restart Level".

Music for your ears
Sanctum also has an amazing soundtrack, much more relaxing and soothing than what you'd expect for a game about killing hordes of enemies while hearing the heroine laughing and screaming in glee.

For some the music will feel strangely out of place and annoying, for others it will be a contribution to immerse the player.

Final notes
The game came out in 2011, and even on 2014 it remains one of the most pleasant, satisfactory games to play.

It is a game created with care and you can notice it as you play. Coffee Stain Studios did a good job with this game and it is worth your money and time. Even if you are not a fan of Tower Defense or First Person Shooter genres, give Sanctum a try at least in the demo, you may be surprised.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
198.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
One of my all time favourite games
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
very fun game Tower defence at its finest
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
i like it because the aliens cant get you from a hire place and they cant even kill you soo thats good.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Incredibly fun and addicting!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
very nice
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
this game is fun simple and easy to pick up on, if its on sale i would give it a try. the second one i did not find to be as much fun.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
strategic shooter...very interesting.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
94.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
one of my favourite games its an fps where you can build towers to defend the enemies from reaching the core definitely worth the buy
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
verry nice game"
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Pretty good so far.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Cheap COD copy. 9/10
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
The co-op mode for this game in unbearable. I played this with one of my friends and we had the best maze possbile with leveled up towers. But guest what! They send either 500 speedy units that you can only kill a few or they said a about 5 giant units with around 10,000,000 hp. I thinking I got this since I upgraded my sniper rifle and the damage ampfing square to the max level doing around 1 million damage per shot. But guest what! There big monsters just laugh at the damage and just go on slowly to your base. There is no stratgeay when all you do is sit there following the monsters shooting at them. I feel like all the towers don't do anything but add a little damage here and there even though they are full upgraded. The anti air towers are the only good towers. I can tell that the multiplayer was meant for 4 players and if you got anything less than that you're going to lose.
The sad thing is your not just going to be killed but your going to be absolutely destroyed. They would kill us and there would still be about 50 more units still alive. To conclude this, I think Orcs Must Die! 2 did the tower defense with fps better. You felt like you could win, you felt like with one more try you could beat the enemy; in this game all I felt like was that the game was just being really cheap and unfair. I just started and the game expected prefection. Although I heard the single player was better. But again, surprise surprise, the levels are so BORING AND LONG. I couldn't recommend this.
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Couldn't get into it.
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2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Imagine an FPS where you run super slow and clunky. Now imagine having to run around at that slow clunky pace and build large amounts of towers. The lack of an overhead view for building towers became so tedious I stopped at the third level. Could have been good, but it's not. And seriously, the speed of the character's movement needs to be doubled at least.
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0 of 9 people (0%) found this review helpful
76.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
worth
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11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Just, wow. Coffee Stain Studios has created an amazing game by combining the popular First Person Shooter style with Tower Defence, as I'm sure you are aware. With an all-female cast this ought to please those without girlfriends, or girls who think that games need more girls. Anyway, there are plenty of easter eggs hidden around the place, sure you may think that the game is just about placing towers and shooting aliens, but hidden in the easter eggs is a very rich story, as is brought forward in Sanctum 2. I would personally have loved this as an open-world game. Amazing game for people who like Tower Defence or First Person Shooters, or maybe a bit of both!
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7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
hell fun, awesome mix of FPS and TD style game. very interesting balence of monsters and towers. even flying aliens i didnt expect. the maps are fun to run around too.
only thing i would like is a sprint funtion how ever the telaport lifts are awesome idea can lift you but and telport you across the map.
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2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Have to say, it's an extremely fun and addictive game. I was hooked the second I started it up, definitely worth a try, even if you aren't normally a fan of tower defense games. Fun, challenging and addictive, what more could you ask for?
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4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Tower defense + FPS, that really a good remix.

Multi-play could be more fun, but no game for joining is a big problem.

The second series improved in many area.
Try this if you don't have Sanctum 2, otherwise directly Sanctum 2.
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