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  • Summary: Salt and Sanctuary is a 2D hardcore action RPG that blends the brutal signature combat of The Dishwasher with an unforgiving world of demons and dungeons, traps and treasure, and gallows and graveyards.

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  1. May 25, 2016
    86
    Almost every mechanic from Dark Souls is – in some form or another - implemented into Salt & Sanctuary. But in this specific case that is far from being something negative. I might even be a little addicted to the game’s concept: uncovering secrets, defeating humongous bosses and diving deep into the lore of the game. All of that manages to entertain me for dozens of hours. The only complaints I have with the game are the subpar German voice acting, the somewhat confusing skill-tree and – at least for my taste – boss-fights, which lack a certain challenge. However Salt & Sanctuary will undoubtedly bring a lot of joy to every fan of the Dark Souls-franchise, while people, who aren’t really into those, won’t be won over by this game either.
  2. May 23, 2016
    86
    You could call Salt and Sanctuary a 2D mashup of Dark Souls and Castlevania, and you'd be right. But such a simple pronouncement would be a disservice to the tremendous amount of thought that's gone into Salt and Sanctuary, whether it's in the graphic style that evokes horror through the style of comic strips or in the intricate web of dungeons and castles serves as it map.
  3. May 26, 2016
    85
    Salt and Sanctuary doesn’t want to innovate and doesn’t deny its inspirations. But once you accept this fact, you’ll find a more than solid game, full of challenges and death. It’s basically like a Dark Souls in 2D.
  4. May 27, 2016
    85
    Salt and Sanctuary is a wonderful and honest tribute to Souls series. With great mechanics, a well designed dark world and dozens of hours of fun is a great game for every Dark Souls player.
  5. May 18, 2016
    80
    If you want a 2D Dark Souls it’s hard to imagine From Software doing much better than this, even if it has too few original ideas of its own.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. May 23, 2016
    10
    As many people have described this game as Dark Souls x Metroidvania, which is pretty much spot on for the most of it, that isn't the entireAs many people have described this game as Dark Souls x Metroidvania, which is pretty much spot on for the most of it, that isn't the entire story. Anyone who may have played a SKA Studios game previously will recognise the brutal and beautiful artwork and play style.

    So far I am 20 hours in, enjoying the exploration and challenges while still experimenting with the ability tree. You will hear people complain about level design and how unfair it is... but isn't that the point? I think people cry too hard when a game becomes too hard or unfair. I loved the difficulty of the Dishwasher games and those, hand-in-hand could arguably rival the skill timing and patience of any 3D action platformer such as the likes of DMC and NG. Mixing up that level of difficulty with the souls formula is next to genius and as someone that LOVES 2D action platformers, Salt and Sanctuary allows you to explore a more gritty and visceral world in much more depth compared to those before it. The fact that SKA Studios have laboured intensely over this game show's their commitment to creating deep, enjoyable and unique games. After this experience, I can't WAIT to see what they will bring to the 3rd instalment of the Dishwasher Series. If you like 2D platformers (Ori and the Blind Forest, Dust: an elysian tale, or of course Metroidvania) and want to experience something brutal, unforgiving that has sharp and responsive controls gritty and depressing cyberpunk/grungy artwork, churning original soundtracks (despite being criticised for being stretched thin here, you have to realise the music is made in house too!!) that has been mixed with the 'souls formula' with RPG elements.

    This game will blow you and your expectations away, glitches and all.

    If you are a fan of COD, hand holding, or generally sub PG13 rated content and have little skill with gaming generally, don't bother, you will end up being one of those people that rates this game negatively while having little tears of regret streaming from your eyes.
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  2. May 31, 2016
    10
    A Dark Souls game for the wider market! Which would make it a "Lite Souls", if you would. Don't mistake anything: the game is HARD.A Dark Souls game for the wider market! Which would make it a "Lite Souls", if you would. Don't mistake anything: the game is HARD. (However, whereas Dark Souls will kick you in the face to knock you down, then call five of its friends over to pummel you with baseball bats, Salt and Sanctuary will simply punch you in the stomach then smile to make it all better.)

    Who will LOVE this?

    + Anyone that loves Dark Souls.
    + Anyone that even mildly enjoyed Dark Souls.
    + People looking for a brawler-RPG with tons of style and a superb visual design.

    Who will HATE this?

    - Those easily frustrated by games that sucker-punch you.
    - People who quickly grow tired of "grinding" for better gear or abilities.
    - Anyone who simply wants to mash the attack button to get by.

    Salt and Sanctuary offers a ton of challenge using mechanics that are still more forgiving than DS, offering a more regular sense of reward and power as the player improves his/her character. You will still die an awful lot until you learn the nuances of the combat system and beef up a bit, but it never feels teeth-cracking-with-frustration impossible.

    Customize and upgrade your gear, revel in all of the beautifully animated carnage, and die a few dozen more times. The game offers a wide variety of weapons with unique move sets, along with bows, crossbows, throwing weapons, even firearms...which is very cool. There may not be the absolutely insane number of weapons and goodies as DS proper, but there is an absolutely insane number of weapons and goodies here.

    One of the best games I've played all year. It accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do, and it does it with style!
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  3. May 29, 2019
    10
    With 200+ hours in S&S and 600+ across all 3 Dark Souls games, this is about as close to it as you can get without actually playing DarkWith 200+ hours in S&S and 600+ across all 3 Dark Souls games, this is about as close to it as you can get without actually playing Dark Souls. Beautiful art, music is meh with a few exceptions, and fun gameplay. Expand
  4. Jul 19, 2020
    8
    un souls-like metroidvania con estética gótica que si bien no es perfecto es muy prometedor
  5. Dec 12, 2016
    8
    Salt & Sanctuary is very different than any 2D platformer I have played previously - holding unique and familiar traits as well as rewardingSalt & Sanctuary is very different than any 2D platformer I have played previously - holding unique and familiar traits as well as rewarding and just down right frustrating elements. This indie title throws combat challenges as well as platforming puzzles at you from all angles. It's constantly changing - the player must be ready at all times, even for things you may not see. Jumping, rolling, blocking and parrying with some hidden surprises; these gameplay elements are fundamental but I could understand how some players may have a hard time catching on as there are many things to be aware of when you are traversing the areas. An example being equip load, it will affect your rolling speed and certain weapons scale way better with certain skill attributes - you really must shape your build carefully if you want to have fun early game and become more powerful for the sometimes ridiculous middle to late stages of this title. This is significantly rewarding for someone like me. Paying attention to every little detail is great when games make it worth while and this is definitely no exception.

    The story of S&S is where it would be at its worst but that isn't to say bad. I just don't think the character writing and item descriptions always deliver intriguing lore and depth one would hope. It seems as if the characters and lore are trying too hard to establish a connection to SoulsBorne rather than really being inspired to be completely on its own with subtle homages to the series. It doesn't really take from the game but it is something to note. I also need to point out that after you finish the final boss and select the ending you are locked into NG+. Narrative tropes and a forceful NG+ hardly bring this game down when the island is so wonderfully crafted, filled with awesome loot and well hidden secrets. The best parts are when you are trying to figure out how to reach out of reach areas and items, not necessarily lore diving. I managed to have a relatively smooth experience without getting stuck too much, that took me around 30 hours. A mass of content is to be found for a game that is $19.99 retail and constantly goes on sale. If you are a fan of dungeon crawling RPGs, do yourself the favour of trying Salt & Sanctuary.
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  6. May 4, 2020
    7
    Overall a nice game, nothing special, also there are some annoying mechanics on it like some boring platform levels and an automatic save whenOverall a nice game, nothing special, also there are some annoying mechanics on it like some boring platform levels and an automatic save when you finish the game, making you start all over if you want to explore more. Expand
  7. Aug 12, 2020
    3
    bored, no funny, not interesting and very colourless. why am i playing this game? for only boss fight or something?

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