Salt and Sanctuary was released back in 2016 and was reviewed by yours truly here at Saving Content. Back then I enjoyed my time with the game on PS4 and gave it a solid 4 out of 5. There isn’t much to say about the Nintendo Switch port, it’s just a straight port. There is no new content for those who would like to play this game on Switch. The bonus here is that you can play on the go. I do recall the game being released for the PlayStation Vita as well, but with the Switch’s larger screen and the ability to dock in front of a TV, this would be my choice for on-the-go Salt and Sanctuary. Especially with the smooth 60fps the game runs at; I haven’t run into any hiccups in my playthrough.
Salt and Sanctuary is 2D Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off the bat. There’s really no getting around it, Salt and Sanctuary is inspired, immensely, by the Souls series. Although, Salt and Sanctuary has its Ska Studios signature art to stand out in a sea growing of Souls like games. In the end, it’s solid, it’s fun, and it’s a great 2D translation of Souls series.
“You can never have enough spindlebeasts” is a phrase we recently heard. In fact, that is one of the most common complaints about Salt and Sanctuary: There aren’t enough spindlebeasts. So, in the next update we’re introducing a new “Everything is Spindlebeasts” challenge mode!
On April 12th, Ska Studios launched its own bandcamp music store at music.ska-studios.com! Fans of their indie games can now download high quality music that’s featured in “The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile” (XBLA), “The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai” (XBLA) and “I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES 1N IT!!1” (XBIG).
All individual tracks and albums are priced at “pay what you want”, allowing you to download the tunes for free or whatever you can afford.
Visit music.ska-studios.com for more information.
“Wow, this is different”, those were the first words out of my mouth once I got into the campaign. You start off as Yuki, a very troubled looking female character, whom you learn the basics of the game with. After you complete that first tutorial chapter, The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile picks up after the events from the first game, that is if you choose to go with the Dishwasher. Yup, you have two characters to choose from right from the get go. Yuki is default role here but if you choose the Dishwasher then you can view different cut scenes. Both characters go through the same 13 level and fight the same bosses, but the story is different for each. If you don’t want to jump right into the campaign you can slice it out in Arcade mode for high scores on the Xbox Live Leaderboards. But you don’t have to make that decision alone as Vampire Smile includes an offline or Xbox Live Co-Op mode where you can team up in campaign mode or reach for top honors in the Arcade.