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  • Summary: A doomed sailor is shipwrecked on an uncharted island. In fog-shrouded valleys, where grinning, mossy corpses cling to rusted arms, shambling figures begin to stir. Beneath crumbling, salt-worn structures, labyrinthine passageways lead to unspeakable evil, long forgotten by man.

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    A doomed sailor is shipwrecked on an uncharted island. In fog-shrouded valleys, where grinning, mossy corpses cling to rusted arms, shambling figures begin to stir. Beneath crumbling, salt-worn structures, labyrinthine passageways lead to unspeakable evil, long forgotten by man.

    Salt and Sanctuary seamlessly combines fast, brutal, and complex 2D combat with richly developed RPG mechanics. Discover, craft, and upgrade over 600 weapons, armor pieces, spells, and items as you explore a cursed realm of forgotten cities, blood-soaked dungeons, desecrated monuments, and the fallen lords they once celebrated.

    From Ska Studios, the award-winning indie studio behind a long list of stylistic, visceral, and brutally executed action titles that includes The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, and Charlie Murder, comes Salt and Sanctuary, the studios most ambitious title to date.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Aug 1, 2018
    95
    Salt and Sanctuary is as difficult as its inspiration would suggest. You will die, often and in spectacularly embarrassing ways, but you’ll learn and adapt. You’ll level up and then you’ll overcome its challenges and you will probably love doing so. Because Salt & Sanctuary is a game that deserves to be played.
  2. Aug 9, 2018
    90
    Salt and Sanctuary manages to convey to 2D the difficulty, rawness and beauty of Dark Souls. We will have complete freedom to choose from a massive number of weapons and ways of fighting that we can experiment with. We'll enjoy the artistic side of their world and tremendously complex and challenging bosses.
  3. Aug 10, 2018
    90
    Salt and Sanctuary is the result of a perfect combination of the metroidvania and “souls” elements in order to create a unique, hard and satisfying 2D adventure that knows how to reward players’ skill. The Nintendo Switch version is indeed a great one.
  4. Aug 2, 2018
    85
    Time does not seem to have left any negative signs on the production from Ska Studios.
  5. 80
    If you want a 2D Dark Souls it’s hard to imagine FromSoftware doing much better than this, even if it has too few original ideas of its own.
  6. Aug 3, 2018
    80
    So yeah, go with the Switch. You’ll die, die and then die again, but you’ll always go back for more.
  7. Aug 2, 2018
    60
    Salt and Sanctuary does an admirable job of hitting all the right beats that it needs to provide a challenging and fun action adventure that will no doubt provide a solid bang for your buck, but it doesn’t do a whole lot to stand on its own two legs; this is a game that can only thrive on the scraps generated by the overwhelming popularity of a much better game series. We’d give this one a recommendation to any Dark Souls fans - this is a decent way of capturing that game’s spirit - but those who’ve never been interested won’t find much new here to entice them.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Aug 2, 2018
    9
    Huge Dark Souls fan, impatiently waiting for literally any news about the switch release. In the meantime, 2D Dark Souls will have to suffice.Huge Dark Souls fan, impatiently waiting for literally any news about the switch release. In the meantime, 2D Dark Souls will have to suffice. I want to say I'm maybe a third of the way through the game and I've quite enjoyed myself. Pro-tip: parry is god Expand
  2. Aug 3, 2018
    0
    From the first moments it becomes obvious that the developers just tried to make their own DS-like game and they were not really worried aboutFrom the first moments it becomes obvious that the developers just tried to make their own DS-like game and they were not really worried about quality or how good gameplay mechanics work in the game. The gamedesign of the game is just terrible. It's obvious that 2D space is just too limited for this genre. Surprisingly, the devs did not even try to workaround the issues caused by 2D. The graphics is a nightmare, it seems that the devs tried to develop their own style but it looks more like drawings of a 12-year-old kid. The sound design of the game is at the same level as the graphics. The storytelling and the script both sound more like a joke. It's a great pity that Nintendo doesn't want to provide refunds. Expand