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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.
Release Date: Apr 15, 2011
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Includes 4 items: Sanctum, Sanctum: Official Soundtrack, Sanctum: Map Pack 1, Sanctum: Map Pack 2

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About the 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!

PC System Requirements

    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

Mac System Requirements

    • 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
54 of 60 people (90%) found this review helpful
90 products in account
64 reviews
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 25th, 2013
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41 of 43 people (95%) found this review helpful
169 products in account
3 reviews
81.4 hrs on record
Short version: A big surprise. If you like tower defense at all and don't mind FPS, give it a shot. A great blend of strategy + action.

Long version: Sanctum is great for TD fans that either like or don't mind some FPS action in their games. The two aspects blend together very well; on lower difficulties, one can pretty easily focus on one over the other and do fine, while on higher difficulties both are needed pretty equally. Additionally, there are towers that help your shots and a gun that helps your towers, ensuring that the two aren't just separate parts of the same game but actually integrated together.

Even aside from FPS tactics, there's a fair amount more strategy than in most TD games, as the player must build a map for the enemies to travel on and building good maps can be necessary for survival. Building a map that makes enemies take longer to travel necessarily means less space for defensive towers, balancing the game with a choice of longer path or more firepower. And of course, correct positioning of towers for the most effective use of each one is as important as always in a TD game. Even the size of certain towers can be a strategic point for ensuring the player can move around flexibly.

One can bring 3 different guns and up to 6 different towers to maps, ensuring many different ways to play the game, although the total number of guns and towers may be a bit low to take full advantage of that.

If there's one problem I have with the game it's that some of the map designs come off as very lazy, but you'll largely forget about that when constructing a maze. I haven't played much multiplayer or survival mode myself, but in later waves of longer games, guns can also come to be seemingly ineffectual, as damage doesn't scale at all with the growing power of enemies. Sanctum does what it does near perfectly and there are very few changes I would consider making to improve it.
Posted: November 18th, 2013
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
46 products in account
11 reviews
30.8 hrs on record
Wonderful, innovative, and fun. This is a great go-to LAN game, and the DLC was really entertaining. How many games have an easter egg involving shooting santa out of the sky? This one. 9/10.
Posted: November 30th, 2013
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
183 products in account
26 reviews
23.3 hrs on record
There is not a dull moment in Sanctum, as whenever you aren't building something you're shooting enemies. A great balance between you and your turrets is maintained.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
37 products in account
16 reviews
3.3 hrs on record
Awesome game. Multiplayer is really good. Worth buying, but I think Sanctum 2 is better choice now.
Posted: January 31st, 2014
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