Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

  • Addictive – Play the way you want – Free to play
  • Learning curve can be tough

Salem is a free to play MMO with a focus on exploration and crafting mechanics. Seatribe is behind development of the game who also run the popular hardcore MMO, Haven and Hearth (to which Salem has many similarities). Just like in Haven and Hearth players can expect permanent death in Salem so it definitely isn’t for the faint of heart.


Salem is set in 17th century New England and as the name might suggest has obvious ties to the witchcraft of the era, with players playing as a pilgrim. Your job is to leave the safety of the main game city (Boston) and adventure out to the wilderness to create a life for yourself. This life can include claiming your own plot of land, exploring the world and removing the evils of witchcraft or participating in the community.

The persistent world of Salem uses Java and allows players to add to the game world by shaping the landscape, farming and building houses. Of course where there is creation there is also destruction with players just as capable of destroying in the game world.

Gameplay of Salem has great diversity with players able to craft, invent, or participate in combat (including player vs player). These activities will reward the player with experience and ultimately increase their skill levels The skills available offer plenty of character development  and strategic depth that doesn’t lock you into a class choice but instead lets you build a unique character.


While Salem is free to play, the game uses the premium currency of silver to reward paying players with a number of benefits. Thus far these bonuses are fairly balanced and don’t tip the game in favour of paying pilgrims.

If you want a survival based MMO then it is hard to look past the free option of Salem. The game has a huge open world that can prove very unforgiving which makes for a great challenge.


  • Play as a pilgrim and set out on your own adventure.
  • Make your character unique by choosing the skills you want.
  • Permanent death makes for a harsh game world.
  • Free to play and well balanced even with paying players.
  • Endless activities to pursue.



Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on June 3, 2014. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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