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In Sanitarium you play an amnesiac thrust into a morbid, really creepy universe. After a car accident you wake up to find that instead of lying in a hospital, you’re in an asylum with your head wrapped in bandages. Who the hell am I? What am I doing here? How do I escape? There endless questions eating away at you, and so too are the many puzzles you’ll need to resolve throughout this immersive, captivating adventure.
Featuring a rich, complex plot set in an intense world where a very thin line separates reason from madness, Sanitarium is a masterwork suitable for point-and-click beginners, experts and everyone who enjoys captivating storylines and horror games. Sanitarium was recently voted one of the scariest games of all time.
Originally released in 1998 for PC and Adventure Game of the Year Winner, this timeless point-and-click horror game is a must-have for adventure game fans.

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DreamForge Intertainment
DotEmu, XS Games
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8
  • Processor: Pentium 4 2.4Ghz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8
  • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 3 GB available space

System requirements for Android

4.0.3 and up

System requirements for iOS

iPhone 4, iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4S, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPhone 5, iPod Touch Fifth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8, iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Seventh Gen
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Last Modified: Oct 25, 2023

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Sanitarium reviews and comments

I remember picking this out for $3 at some outlet sale advertised on a pamphlet left on the car. Probably the best game purchase ever.

I spent so much time enthralled in the dark story, the conversations, the puzzles and the soundtrack. I was probably a little sad when it ended.
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
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Microsoft from Deutsch
An entertaining 3Rd-person point of the click game that I can fully recommend to anyone who likes such Games. Due to its Age, it is likely to also run on Windows machines that are very poorly equipped today. The Duration of The game is about 8 to 16h. Caution: The Game has psychedelic Horror as a Background, is partly somewhat "igitt," and there are Corpses, torture, evil Clowns, Haunts and Ghosts. So Isn't for God Fanatics or healty world despots, but there should be nothing included that "media-experienced" Teenagers wouldn't have seen scarier these days. I didn't notice any sexual Content, Scenes or Innuendo. The Game also dispenses with flashy Shock-splatter scenes, most Scenes are somehow "shocking," but you have As much time as you like to pull this Horror in. The Controls take some getting used to, because it comes from the Pre-tablet era. The-few-"Action" sequences, which rarely have a Time Limit, can be repeated endlessly, but most of Them start all over again when they Fail. The Game does not store automatically, even when leaving! Save/Load is (as good as) possible at any time, but manual. You should save every now and then, I have manlotted myself at least 1 Time into a Situation where the Character was stuck on a Corner from which she never came out. You can look again at all the Film Sequences, etc. (Unfortunately, these are not listed chronologically), and there are Subtitles. However, the Sub-tiitising Area is sometimes too small to grasp the full German Texts, and sometimes the Text also subverts minimally. Otherwise, the German Implementation is impeccable. It's all read aloud. Except for what I think is the trickiest Place (the Sentence), it can be played unreservedly by Illiterate People. However, due to the additional, often erroneous, Background Noise is initially heavily superimposed And therefore difficult to understand. The Game Atmosphere often sounds like it does at a Funfair. People with limited APM or haptic Limitations will only have Problems in a few, few Places, but then need Help from someone who can handle the Mouse better. The Game has some very tricky, sometimes even slightly illogical, comic or terrible Solutions. With a lot of Patience, you can find out everything yourself. Almost always find all the necessary Hints in the Game itself, you can be seen or listened to by exactly or you have to try through or search every single Pixel for new Clues and go through some things several Times, sometimes changes The Result. If you really Get on, there are completely German Lets-Plays on Youtube, which you should not see beforehand, so as not to take the Fun on the selber cracking Of the sometimes wonderfully abstruse tasks. Some Problems in the Game are really traced, but most have a medium to low Difficulty. Logical Thinking (Paper and Pencil) is necessary for some Solutions, but only for Co-writing. Mathematics, away from counting, is not necessary. Despite or because of its Age of soon to 20 Years in Terms of game Content, this Game can easily keep up with the new "pretty" Apps of the same Kind, and easily surpass them, except in the graphic Representation.
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On The Voiceover: The English voiceover is just as Cheesy as the German One. I don't think the Latter is bad in the Context either. That's just how it used to be in the 90s. Contemporary Speech output in particular contributes to the retro feeling. And it is not so bad in principle.
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What a joy to find sanitarium on my iPad! And in full French version as at the time! The commands are well thought out, sometimes it happens that the game crashes after a small video, in any case great job of Dotemu!!!! To buy the eyes close! Rare are the games of this quality on the appstore. Thank you Dotemu! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
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Played this game back in 1998, it was great for it's time. The story and atmosphere are still gripping, but the adaption for IPhone (6 in my case), was a letdown. Navigation is awkward and sometimes frustrating, and the game crashes repeatably. I suspect that the developers basically recompiled the game for IPhone rather than adapting it for touchscreen.
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As my Predecessor has already written, the Voiceover of the absolute Atmosphere is Killer. I can't really remember what that was like in the original Game on PC, but I remember the Game very atmospherically. Too bad, too bad, I was very happy to experience it again on the iPad, but that's how the
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Very happy to finally be able to try this point & click which I could not play at the time. The game turns out to be quite playable on iPad but I regret QQ bugs. Indeed some dialogues jump on their own and the icon indicating the object that one holds in hand sometimes show an empty hand while an object is equipped... Once these few worries are corrected, it will be at all good 😀
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Five stars just for bringing this classic to my trusty Ipad. Kudos to the devs for their impeccable taste in doing this. You find yourself in a creepy asylum, not knowing who you are or what happened to you. In nine chapters you. Explore what turns out to be your subconscious. Puzzles are tricky but not overly so. Atmosphere is thick and heavy. The creep is strong. But there are also genuine moments of goosebumps. It is just as good as I remember. This is a faithful port that runs smoothly on a ipad. One niggle that obliges me to remove a star: the final level is unplayable with the current steering. This level may need some attention in an update. The game cannot be finished.in its current state..
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