Salt Review - Sailing to New Worlds

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Gorgeous islands and peaceful sailing experiences await you in Salt from developer Lavaboot Studios. 

Salt released to Steam Early Access back in 2014. In the years that followed, developer Lavaboot Studios worked hard to tweak and improve the game in order to offer players the best overall experience.

These improvements include new island types, a main quest line, online multiplayer, boss battles, new items, and side quests, among other features.

With everything in its rightful place, the game officially left Early Access on February 6th of this year, and is now available as a full release for $19.99 on Steam.

Gamers unfamiliar with Salt will likely draw parallels between the indie title and Rare’s upcoming seafaring adventure, Sea of Thieves.

While there are certainly similarities between the two, there’s more than enough room within the gaming realm for both titles to coexist peacefully, as each has something unique to offer.

Or—to be more specific—each game has a key area where they excel. For Salt, this area is exploration and discovery. For Sea of Thieves, it’s combat and overall player interaction.

During my time in Salt, I noted that the combat felt a bit clunkier than some of the combat offered in Sea of Thieves.

While there are certainly opportunities for player engagement in Salt, I typically prefer to cast off alone in order to see what I could find.

In comparison, the world within Sea of Thieves feels less peaceful thanks to the sheer number of players you’re able to encounter. This makes solitary exploration a bit trickier, though certainly still possible.

It’s hard to ignore how beautiful the world of Salt is, and the act of sailing around on your own is strangely peaceful. You can get lost in the act for hours on end, only to realize once you close the game that you’ve spent all that time effectively doing nothing.

Which is fine, as the game doesn’t force you to complete any of the quests it offers.

I wound up taking on quite a few quests simply to add direction to my aimless sailing, though I still found myself sidetracked by new discoveries. If you’re looking for a game with intense action, Salt really isn’t for you.

Additionally, if you’re not into walking sims (or in this case, a combo between walking and sailing) Salt may not be the title you’re looking for. However, if you’ve always wanted to hop aboard a ship and go wherever the wind takes you, Salt is a gorgeous game with a lot of promise.

All in all, Salt offers a unique feeling of freedom, and for just $19.99, that freedom is well worth the price. For more info on Salt, be sure to check out the game's official website

Review

78%

Pros

  • Freedom to explore with plenty to discover during your explorations.
  • Simple, yet pleasing artistic design.

Cons

  • Player interaction, primarily via combat, can feel unnecessarily clunky.
  • UI could use a few additional improvements.
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