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Salt and Sanctuary

A dark 2D platformer with RPG elements, developed by the team of Ska Studios, known for its original and equally brutal productions The Dishwasher and Charlie Murder. In Salt and Sanctuary we take on the form of a pirate whose ship crashes near a mysterious island inhabited by hordes of drowned and their powerful masters. By eliminating hordes of enemies and bosses the protagonist gradually discovers the secrets of the island, and thanks to the raw materials he acquires, such as gold and salt, develops his equipment and skills when visiting safe enclaves (titular sanctuaries). The hero has a considerable range of weapons and magic skills at his disposal, and the key element is the proper selection, because too much unnecessary equipment negatively affects the protagonist's mobility and special abilities. The game features an extremely gloomy atmosphere and hand-drawn artwork, typical for the studio's early productions.

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Sony PlayStation 4
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Salt and Sanctuary

Salt and Sanctuary | PS4

Salt and Sanctuary release date for PS4:

game language:

15 March 2016 | Worldwide

15 March 2016 | Europe PAL

15 March 2016 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 58 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 4.5 / 10 calculated out of 29 players' votes.  

PlayStation Vita
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Salt and Sanctuary

Salt and Sanctuary | PS Vita

Salt and Sanctuary release date for PS Vita:

game language:

28 March 2017 | Worldwide

28 March 2017 | Europe PAL

28 March 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 5.7 / 10 calculated out of 50 players' votes.  

PC / Windows
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Salt and Sanctuary

Salt and Sanctuary | PC

Salt and Sanctuary release date for PC:

game language:

17 May 2016 | Worldwide

17 May 2016 | Europe

17 May 2016 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.35 / 10 calculated out of 56 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.9 / 10 calculated out of 77 players' votes.  

Salt and Sanctuary for PlayStation 4 is a two dimensional platformer featuring many strictly RPG elements, dark atmosphere, and high level of difficulty. The title was developed by the team of Ska studio, creators of such productions as Charlie Murder and the The Dishwasher series.


During the game we play the part of a sailor shipwrecked on a mysterious island. This peril, however, despite its appearances, turns out to be godsend for him, as the world is engulfed in global a war that decimates mankind. The mysterious piece of land provides him with an asylum that gives hope for the reconstruction of a new, more peaceful world in the future.


In the discussed production, which was released for PlayStation 4, the players will be able to develop their protagonist, employ many types of offensive measures, fight a lot of powerful and diverse bosses, and a use a wide array of weaponry, including, among others, one handed swords, staffs, throwing knives, shields, bows, crossbows, and two handed weapons. The last one increase damage inflicted during fights while dramatically reducing our mobility. The game features also magic, a feature typical of the RPG genre, although in this case the weight of the gear we're carrying will significantly reduce the fighter’s stamina. So if we decide to overburden our sailor, it will negatively affect his movement and rolling speed as well as health regeneration. During the game, in addition to side scrolling fights with various antagonists, players collect gold and salt, which enables them to develop hero’s skills while visiting sanctuaries - a kind of enclaves, where people gather in order to avoid dangers swarming in the outside world. Importantly, we lose our stock of this substance when we die. Game features many brutal moments, dynamic gameplay, and sometimes extremely overwhelming atmosphere.


All of this was emphasized by a gloomy soundtrack and hand-drawn, very subdued visuals, certainly appealing to fans of the genre.

PEGI Rating

Age rating. The PEGI rating considers the age suitability of a game, not the level of difficulty.Game contains depictions of violence.
Salt and Sanctuary launches on PC

News 18 May 2016 12:50

Salt and Sanctuary, the newest game by Ska Studios, launched on PC yesterday, following its release for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on May 15.