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Salt and Sanctuary

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Salt and Sanctuary is a 2D action with role-playing elements developed by Ska Studios. Plot and art style The game follows an unnamed protagonist who escorts princess on a sail to her marriage in the distant country. The ship gets attacked by brigands that slay the whole crew and later gets destroyed by sea giant Kraekan resulting protagonist to find himself on a mysterious island. The hero must now find a way from the island and save lost princess. The game is notable for its hand-drawn watercolor art style with the dark and cold palette. Gameplay The gameplay is heavily inspired by From Software’s Souls series and Castlevania franchise. The game mixes traditional Metroidvania-style exploration with several game mechanics borrowed from Dark Souls. At the beginning of the game, the player chooses one of eight classes. The class affects initial equipment of the character and his starting skills. It does not, however, affect character’s stats or restrict him from acquiring any skills from the Skill Tree later in the game. The combat relies on different types of attacks, dodging, blocking and use of various abilities and items. There are more than 600 weapons, pieces of armor, disposable items and other equipment that can be found throughout the game. The game features local multiplayer, both cooperative and competitive.
Metacritic rating
84
Release date
Mar 15, 2016
Developer
Ska Studios
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SKA STUDIOS LLC
Publisher
Ska Studios
Age rating
Not rated
Website
http://www.saltandsanctuary.com/
System requirements for Linux
Minimum:
  • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit. S3TC support is NOT required.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz or equivalent
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SDL_GameController devices fully supported
Recommended:
  • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 3.2+ support
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SDL_GameController devices fully supported
System requirements for macOS
Minimum:
  • OS: Lion 10.7.5
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz or equivalent
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SDL_GameController devices fully supported
Recommended:
  • OS: Latest macOS Release
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 3.2+ support
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SDL_GameController devices fully supported
System requirements for PC
Minimum:
  • OS: Windows Vista
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz or equivalent
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 10 compatible video card with shader model 3.0 support
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers
  • Additional Notes: Xbox360 Gamepad recommended
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 8
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® 9600GT or ATI Radeon™ HD 5000+ or better
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card and drivers
  • Additional Notes: Xbox360 Gamepad recommended
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If you liked the Review and want to discover more great Games, take a look at my Curator Page. A Follow me very happy Salt and Sanctuary is a heavy Metroidvania that is strongly oriented towards the Dark Souls series and which really does very well, but also adds enough Peculiarity. The Boss fights are varied and demanding. Fans of Dark Souls will have their Fun. The Full Review is also Youtube: https://youtu.be/ABEElIK_rF0
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What is it? A 2D Mix of Dark Souls and Metroidvania, with a Focus on the Elements of Dark Souls. There's an atmospherically dense World with a vaguely told story, discovering and exploring many areas, leveling yourself and your own Gear, and, of course, passing cracking Fights. I was out on the Island for 16 Hours and enjoyed it all the time. The Learning Curve I found very pleasant and never felt the Game was unfair when I once blessed the Temporal.
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Castlevania meets Dark Souls. This is probably the most apt Description for this extraordinary Platformer of American indie developers SKA. The Game serves anyone who craves the hard-hitting Gameplay of the Dark Souls series, but at the same time offers a refreshingly new gameplay perspective that simply motivates you to Continue playing. In my Eyes, one of the best Games of the Year so far and an Insider tip for anyone who loves Castlevania, Metroid or Dark Souls (or all together). https://youtu.be/VkGXTMAQYf8
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Salt and Sanctuary is great! So Much before ... S & S may take over the Basic Mechanics and Game Design from the big Dark Souls Franchise. But Does this very well. Developed by the ska studios, behind stretching only 2 People stuck, you notice that very much Love is in this 2D Dark Soul. We explore beautifully designed Areas that are quite alternately designed. It's expecting a cracking Fight. And a very varied Character Development that allows us a la Dark Souls to shape our Character in every Direction of play. From the heavily armored Knight to the nimble thief or strong Magician, we can adjust everything as you wish. And then the Countless objects that find it and its Usefulness we have to come to know. At nice Regular Intervals a tough Boss fight awaits us, which well and gladly need some Attempts until you have laid them and can continue your Journey with satisfaction ... And then there's the PVP and the Co-op mode! Oh man, that can be a few more Hours ... Graphic style: 8/10 Atmosphere: 6/10 Level Worlddesign: 7/10 Playing: 9/10 Multiplayer: 6/10-------------------------Total: 8/10 Conclusion: GANZ KLAR TO EMPFEHLEN (not just for Souls Lovers!)
It took me a few tries to really get into this game, but ultimately I've found myself really, really getting into it. It's a worthy Soulslike Metroidvania. 
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