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Saltsea Chronicles

Die Gute Fabrik
Oct 12, 2023 - Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PC

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5 / 5
Digital Trends
3.5 / 5
4 / 5
Push Square
7 / 10
Paste Magazine
9.7 / 10
Press Start
9 / 10
The Punished Backlog
8.5 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Saltsea Chronicles

A crew searches a watery world for a missing friend in this evocative game of exploration and conversation.

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Saltsea Chronicles is a poignant nautical adventure about the distances between us and what we gain from crossing them.

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Involving narrative game reveals little by little the complex relationships of a ship's crew seeking their kidnapped captain

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There's a lot to like about Saltsea Chronicles. It has a clever structure, low-pressure gameplay, and even a neat minigame to play in each location. Add on top an eye-catching style and meaningful decision-making, and you have a pleasant, ship-shape adventure.

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A relaxing exploration of a fictional world in which characters discover themselves as much as they do each other.

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Saltsea Chronicles, put more simply, is triumphant. It’s up there (amongst very tough competition) for the best game I played this year. I found its measured and realistic portrait of the collectivist society it portrays extremely hopeful. It pushes the medium forward, as cliche as that may be to say, in its insistence on theorizing the specifics of a social and political philosophy to its conclusion.

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Saltsea Chronicles is unequivocal proof that Die Gute Fabrik is an unstoppable force in the industry. A team blazing brand new trails, wholly their own, with stories that are radical and thoughtful in equal measure and told in unexplored ways that only video games could deliver.

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I thoroughly enjoyed playing Saltsea Chronicles and will happily play through it again. I’m interested in finding out what else the story holds based on decisions I didn’t make in my first run. I loved meeting new characters and learning about their backgrounds—it’s so easy to root for them and their happiness. If you’re a fan of narrative games with an unpredictable yet heartwarming story, then Saltsea Chronicles is perfect for you. It’s a must-play cozy game and feels like a perfect bedtime story. I loved my time with the game, and it is so worth your time and attention.

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