In the first game, the main character was described as a mute woman who had no memories of her previous life, all thanks to an experimental drug she was injected with, which transformed her into a powerful union. The world that you experience to start with is still that of the present, and you’re asked to help her find her lost son, who has run off to join a religious cult. As you trek through the world, you uncover the secrets behind the evil plot and those who wish to bring it about, all while dealing with hallucinations of your own to help you cope with the experience.
The world is broken, and as a result, your quest to find your son takes you through dark and stormy waters to an island in the Pacific Ocean. From here, you’re confronted by giant sharks that are looking to devour you for sustenance, and as a result, you have to develop your powers to take on the sharks one-on-one. You will encounter a wide variety of scenery as you traverse the island, including snowy mountains and open plains, and as a result, the game’s environments really do feel real. In fact, the island is a part of you, and as a result, a large portion of the game is developing your personality as you discover the secrets of the story and interact with the locals. All this while you are trying to discover the truth about why your son has runoff.
Unlike some games where the objective is clear from the start, in Salt and Saker, you’ll need to make choices throughout your investigation. For example, you’ll need to decide whether or not you’re going to investigate the lighthouse or the church. There are also many other decisions to be made throughout your journey, such as whether you want to follow the clues left at the lighthouse or go after the balloon left floating. However, because you have so many options during your investigation, there is a lot for you to deal with. As a result, you will quickly grow tired of exploring and will probably end up going back to the beginning and doing things again.
This game feels so real because the true story happens in a small rural community in Mississippi. You will travel through fields, overgrown with weeds, and through a small town that seems barely alive. Throughout your investigation, you will find that the people living in this environment are very realistic and will believably react to your questions. It’s always a joy to visit a strange place to do your investigative work, and this game definitely delivers on that.
One thing you can expect to pay a little bit extra for in this ‘noir RPG’ is a better storyline. You will encounter many more locales to investigate, and you will likely see more events that have potential relevance to the plot. This isn’t necessarily a problem, however. The point of playing a mystery is to be frustrated by the circumstances around you, not to be impressed by them. If you are constantly happy while playing Salt and Saker, you are not likely to get bored, and you will probably end up playing it for a few hours every day.
Because of its highly realistic setting, Salt and Saker are a great game for families. Your kids will enjoy the detailed stories, and they will learn a lot about the history of the town and the people living in it. They’ll also discover that they live in a ‘noir,’ one that is both dark and eerie. This adds a little mystery to their lives and gives them a sense of the real mystery wrapped up in the game’s main plot.
Most of the time, your progress in the game will be slow. You will spend a long time learning the ins and outs of the town, piecing together the clues to solve crimes, and generally just waiting for things to go right. In this way, the narrative stays exciting, but the pace can sometimes be slow. However, as you unravel the story, you will find that the narrative gets more intense as each puzzle piece becomes more visible and the tension builds. You may end up finishing the game with your head bangin’ and a sense of accomplishment, knowing that you played through the majority of the game without any help from a walkthrough!
There’s plenty more to Salt and Saker than a crime-filled story and cool graphics. If you like role-playing games with a bit more depth, you’ll probably find that this is a great game to give your PC or laptop a try. I found that I really enjoyed it and that there wasn’t anything in the story that made me bored.