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Sanctum is a First Person Shooter Tower Defense where you take the role as Skye, an elite soldier sent out to protect her home town, Elysion One, from hordes of mysterious alien creatures.

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"If you are a fan of tower defense and FPS mechanics it's definitely worth checking out." -Destructoid.com

"Sanctum is a fun first-person take on traditional tower defense" - Gamespot.com


Sanctum is a First Person Shooter Tower Defense where you take the role as Skye, an elite soldier sent out to protect her home town, Elysion One, from hordes of mysterious alien creatures.

To succeed you have to construct and upgrade defensive structures. What makes Sanctum unique from other Tower Defense games is that when the havoc starts, you jump right into the action with your own weapons and play a key role in the defense. Sanctum has taken the best features from First Person Shooters and Tower Defense games to create something totally unique.

Key features:

  • Experience a brand new mix of genres

  • Team up with a friend in co-op mode

  • Develop your own strategy and build your custom mazes

  • Play through beautiful environments with unique strategic possibilities

  • Powered by Unreal Technology, Sanctum is one of the world's best looking independent developed games

  • Coming DLC and content updates

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Coffee Stain Publishing
Coffee Stain Studios
Shooter, Action, Mac
Coffee Stain Publishing
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Digital PC Download
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Minimum Requirements


  • 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


  • 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
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Fun game but much better with friends.


If you like tower defense games and have friends to play with then you'll enjoy playing Sanctum. The goal is to prevent the enemy from reaching your power core and to do that you'll have to build towers or turrets to slow down their route to your core. There are different types of towers that you can build but some turrets can only attack air units and others can only attack ground units. Your character is also able to shoot at the enemies with a weapon of your choice. Every weapon and turret has a few upgrades. The higher difficulties can be pretty challenging because of how many hit points the enemies have. Every enemy creature has a weak spot which means they'll take more damage if they're hit in that spot so sometimes your turrets will not be very useful. This game is pretty fun but there isn't many players online for co-op so I'd recommend getting a friend to play with.

FPS and Tower Defense never worked that good


Sanctum features two of my most beloved videogame genres: tower defense and FPS. This mixture works so well it looks like they've been done a thousand times, but the fact is that Sanctum is an innovative game in is own way. It's easy to explain Sanctum. Imagine the generic tower defense game. You have some time to place the turrets, upgrade them or whatever to avoid waves of enemies reaching the core. Once you've placed the turrets the round starts and it becomes a generic FPS where you can shoot the incoming enemies with different weapons. You can also upgrade your weapons just like you do with the turrets. There are plenty of enemies with different stats and movements, different turrets and different weapons you have to choose in the starting menu. The game only lacks some structure, as you can only select the levels and play them separately. No story or any connection between each levels. The game also features some game mods including a fun multiplayer co-operative game. I've enjoyed this game way more than I can tell.

Best FPS tower Defense Out There


Sanctum allows the player to experience a first person view of a tower defense game. The towers are easily build able and upgradeable like in any other tower defense. There is a twist, however. You can choose your character and defeat monsters by making them go through your maze of towers. The weapons and gameplay style is unique and provides a very fun aspect of tower defense games.

Great First-Person Tower Defense


This game is a lot of fun with more than one player. The difficulty scales very decent with the number of players and different game mods really help to measure it. It is quick and easy to get a game setup without a ton of menus. I've had hours of fun just messing around with friends and the voice chat. There are a lot of cool features such as map ping, which all allies can see, and a map that shows the position of everyone else. I suggest to pick this one up if you are looking to spend a good time with friends.

Futuristic pew pews at your service


FPS + Tower Defense + win poses = One heck of a game. Sanctum is your basic Tower defense game where you stop *Aliens* from reaching the end. At your disposal are futuristic looking towers (there's even 1 called, i kid you not, The "Penetrator"... which penetrates enemies. What were you thinking about?) and a selection of familiar weapons (the Rifle, shotgun, rocket launcher, even a freeze cannon). to allow you to personally enter the fray. The enemies are varied, from the basic scouts (think zerg rushers) to the heavy shield variety. Thankfully, the weakpoints of all enemies are usually obvious enough for you to spot - they appear as bright yellow dots. Remember to look up for flyers! Now, while the graphics are not the best (game released in 2011), the game play is still fun, especially if you're into this genre of games. If you can get friends to help out, it gets a lot more easier, especially the harder difficulties. Othewise, it's still do-able solo. There's even a wiki to help you design your tower structure beforehand. Aim well, shoot carefully, and remember to dance when you win!

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