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  • Summary: Salt and Sanctuary casts you as a sailor shipwrecked on a strange, purgatorial island, insulated somehow against a backdrop of centuries-old worldwide perpetual war. What hope remains is isolated in Sanctuaries: protected dwellings where travelers band together under common creeds to takeSalt and Sanctuary casts you as a sailor shipwrecked on a strange, purgatorial island, insulated somehow against a backdrop of centuries-old worldwide perpetual war. What hope remains is isolated in Sanctuaries: protected dwellings where travelers band together under common creeds to take shelter from the hostile world outside. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 18, 2016
    100
    This tribute to Souls series is built on the proven mechanics, but it extends them beyond the "original" universe. Thanks to jumping segments, it offers a tougher challenge, yet it is fair and fun as hell. [Issue#263]
  2. 90
    Ska Studios have done a fabulous job with Salt and Sanctuary, as the transition to 2D has created a more accessible game while also retaining all of the depth.
  3. Apr 15, 2016
    90
    Salt & Sanctuary is a brilliant piece of work that apes the Dark Souls franchise in all the right ways while still cutting its own path.
  4. Mar 31, 2016
    85
    Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but Salt and Sanctuary is truly inspired.
  5. Play UK
    May 17, 2016
    80
    A robust and rewarding Souls-like. We'd rather it deviated from its source material a little more but there's no denying what's in front of you is worth the price of admission. [Issue#269, p.84]
  6. Mar 22, 2016
    80
    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 Dark Souls in 2D.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Jun 7, 2016
    60
    Salt & Sanctuary can be brilliant, but it's held back by undersized visual design, both in UI and open play, making playing it from distance a pain. [June 2016, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 84
  2. Negative: 6 out of 84
  1. Mar 15, 2016
    10
    Just get it.

    Ignore the middle of the road reviews complaining about 'game identity' and other such nonsense. Anyone who says this game is
    Just get it.

    Ignore the middle of the road reviews complaining about 'game identity' and other such nonsense. Anyone who says this game is a Souls rip off clearly has their eyes closed and brain lobotomised.

    S+S has its own identity; which is being thest Metroidvania since Aria of Sorrow.

    Notice how that sentence does not mention anything about Dark Souls.
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  2. Mar 23, 2016
    10
    Although people will compare this to dark souls it still maintains its own identity with dark souls and metroidvania components. EvenAlthough people will compare this to dark souls it still maintains its own identity with dark souls and metroidvania components. Even capturing the same feeling of playing dark souks for the first time and encountering new bosses
    Highly recommend getting if you're a fan of either style of game and just 2-d platformers in general.
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  3. Mar 21, 2016
    10
    Just loving the game! Ive already spended more then 40 hours in this, congratz to all the developers for making a MetroidVania on Dark SoulsJust loving the game! Ive already spended more then 40 hours in this, congratz to all the developers for making a MetroidVania on Dark Souls style, its awesome! Expand
  4. Mar 25, 2016
    9
    Anyone saying this isn't a love letter to Dark Souls are out of their minds. Yeah it's got Metroid style elements with the paths you can takeAnyone saying this isn't a love letter to Dark Souls are out of their minds. Yeah it's got Metroid style elements with the paths you can take eventually etc but it's essentially a 2D Dark Souls game. The good news is it's a really fantastic one. The only thing I'd change about it, is the art of the humans faces but that's a taste thing, they don't match the quality of everything else in the game.

    Few quick plus points:
    Challenging but rewarding.
    Big game for the price and of excellent quality.
    Good system for leveling/skill tree.
    Combat is basic yet complex to master due to enemy verity.
    Parries.
    Invincibility frames rolling.
    Looks amazing aside from the faces of humans but you can wear masks.
    More obvious weapon leveling system than Dark Souls.

    In short: It's really good.

    Best game I've played since Nuclear Throne, Rocket League and Bloodborne.

    The only let down is to play online co op is absurdly complex and not just a native thing you can do when you buy the game. Youtube it to see what I mean. I'm also knocking a point off for the outrageous amount of Dark Souls in here, even though I love that it is a 2D Souls game.
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  5. Mar 15, 2016
    9
    One of the best indie games I have played this year is Salt and Sanctuary. From the moment the DL was completed and I started the game I gotOne of the best indie games I have played this year is Salt and Sanctuary. From the moment the DL was completed and I started the game I got hooked into it. the only complain i can make is that many elements of the game is straight out of DS series, which makes it feel like there "could" have been room for more innovations other than just coppying. But Overall its a game any gamer shud play not only DS fans. Expand
  6. Mar 17, 2016
    9
    Normally don't do reviews. The game is not perfect, but it is close for any souls fan. I would have given it a 10 if the facial models wouldNormally don't do reviews. The game is not perfect, but it is close for any souls fan. I would have given it a 10 if the facial models would have been more adult, ability to remove the hud, and the addition of more voice acting. I also did this review to balance out the aholes who give this a 0 rating. They obviously didn't play it or they suck at hard games. Expand
  7. May 5, 2016
    0
    DO NOT BUY. No online multiplayer or PVP. 30 hours in and save file corrupted due to a known bug the dev chose not to fix. Was a pretty neatDO NOT BUY. No online multiplayer or PVP. 30 hours in and save file corrupted due to a known bug the dev chose not to fix. Was a pretty neat single player game up until that point but not anywhere close to Skas previous games. It lacks both the charm and 4 player online of Charlie Murder, and the finesse of Dishwasher. Save your money kids. Expand

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