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 (2,293 reviews) - 91% of the 2,293 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 15, 2011

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Sanctum

Buy Sanctum 4-Pack

Includes four copies of Sanctum - Send the extra copies to your friends

Packages that include this game

Buy Sanctum: Collection

Includes 4 items: Sanctum, Sanctum: Map Pack 1, Sanctum: Map Pack 2, Sanctum: Official Soundtrack

 

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:

  • 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

Windows
Mac OS X
    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
19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2015
Sanctum is a Tower Defense game which allows for a first person shooter perspective. Released in 2011, graphically it doesn't look bad at all. The object of the game is to lay blocks and outfit them with varying weaponry to direct the path of your enemy waves, lay down suppressive fire and take out as many enemies as possible, and have a varied amount of weapons as each wave has different enemies who have resistences to certain types of damage. Once you have done this, you go into initiate a wave, use your own personal first person shooter weapons and assist the towers with defeating waves before they reach your core. At the end of each wave you are given a number of resources which can be spent on upgrades both to the towers as well as your personal weapons.

I've played several tower defense games, but this one let's you get down in there and add a personal touch to defense, by combining the FPS experience with more traditional tower defense features. While I enjoyed Sanctum, I look forward to seeing what happens next in the series and how they upgrade our experience to another level. Sanctum features single player mode, a variety of different levels each with their own geography and challenges, as well as multiplayer mode. I recommend going through the tutorial phase, so you really get an understanding of what the weapons and enemies are capable of before diving right into the main game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2015
Tower Defense action where you set up a variety of defenses to stop oncoming hordes, but also an FPS where you yourself try to deal with that your set up defenses cannot handle. Its getting a bit dates, but for those who are interested in this sort of thing, it seemed like a decent sort of game. As for me... I just ended up moving on to other things because I've never been too into TD stuff.

A "maybe" from me that, because of Steam, is forced to become a "yes" instead.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
I played Sanctum2 first and came to Sanctum backwards. I have to say, I really like the game play of one better than 2. The ability to upgrade personal weapons, the fact that towers also block the play field of view, and the televators is something I would have liked to see in 2. The one thing that I don't like about Sanctum is that you don't get the achievements for playing multiplayer. Personally, I enjoy these games more in multiplayer than in solo play.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
63.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2015
The best tower defense game I've ever played, period – and I've played well over a dozen. Seamless integration of FPS gameplay with impeccable TD mechanics. Tons of ways to create mazes, many effective tower/weapon combinations, great mix of satisfying combat and strategic planning. Unique enemies, beautiful art style and AN ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC SOUNDTRACK!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
Best played with friends; while you can play by yourself, you'll likely get bored once you learn the quirks and mechanics of each level.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny