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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. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  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: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 6 out of 36
  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. Mar 19, 2017
    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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  3. Jul 2, 2021
    10
    I really enjoyed this game, i could say is one of the best "souls like" ever made
  4. May 1, 2020
    8
    The great unknown. Along with hollow knight, the best indie metroidvania. Guaranteed purchase for fans of the genre.
  5. Jul 23, 2021
    8
    Единственный недостаток этой игры является отсутствие карты, с возможностью оставлять метки. Ведь просто нереально в метроидвании запомнитьЕдинственный недостаток этой игры является отсутствие карты, с возможностью оставлять метки. Ведь просто нереально в метроидвании запомнить карту всего мира.(( Очень бы хотелось вернуться в неисследованные места после получения способностей, но я, как игрок, просто забываю о таких местах, и без подсказок просто невозможно их вспомнить. Expand
  6. Jun 25, 2019
    7
    Pretty fun, really cool art style. I like the world that the game is in a lot, the plot line is pretty cool.
  7. Jan 4, 2022
    0
    Да какого хрена у противников не прерываются атаки и каст спеллов, а мувсеты у боссов начинаются практически одинаково? И кто-то всерьёзДа какого хрена у противников не прерываются атаки и каст спеллов, а мувсеты у боссов начинаются практически одинаково? И кто-то всерьёз ставит этому шлаку что-то больше ноля не видя, что даже основная механика сломана к чертям! Expand

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