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Would you like to enter a thrilling Pirates world where danger lurks in every corner? You are a museum owner pursuing an undead pirate who kidnapped your daughter. You quickly realize that the villain is entangled in a tragic, centuries-old love story, and wants to resurrect his mistress with the girl’s life force.
Release Date: Apr 19, 2012
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About the Game

Would you like to enter a thrilling Pirates world where danger lurks in every corner?

You are a museum owner pursuing an undead pirate who kidnapped your daughter. You quickly realize that the villain is entangled in a tragic, centuries-old love story, and wants to resurrect his mistress with the girl’s life force. You feel sorry for the pirate, but you have to stop him before it is too late for your daughter…

You will leave the modern museum quickly, and find your way to rundown pirate settings, all of them three centuries old. Since the time of the golden age of piracy, the locations have become neglected, deserted and overgrown with plants. Full moon, bones laying on the ground, and a skull-shaped rock add to the dark atmosphere of the mysterious island.
What tragic events took place on the island before your arrival? What evil powers can make an old, rotting ship sail? Is the horrifying, undead pirate really as evil as he seems?

You will find answers to these questions during your trip through the ghost ship haunting the seas of the Caribbean, the grim Skull Island where pirates’ bones cover the ground, a ruined fortress ridden by cannonballs and catacombs stretching below the island’s surface. Are you strong enough to save your daughter? Will you dare to lift the curse?

Features

  • Special Collector’s Edition version full of exclusive extras!
  • Switch between Hidden Object and Mahjong puzzle!
  • Amazing storyline;
  • AAA-quality cinematics;
  • Astonishing sceneries;
  • Clever puzzles;
  • Collect 12 Cursed Doubloons!
  • Face the fearsome Captain Remington and his crew!

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
All in all, if you love the spooky, mystery subset of hidden object games, you will love The Cursed Heart.
Posted: June 27
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Another great adventure game. If you are looking for challenging point and click game, this one is really worth your time. Not too hard to solve but not too easy though.
Posted: July 8
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Nowhere near as good as Artifex Mundi's more recent Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink.

The map is huge, requires a lot of backtracking and the elements of point and click puzzles are scarce and uninteresting. Give this one a pass unless you're a huge fan of HOGs and/or mahjong.
Posted: August 18
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Point and click of hidden items. Funny but short game, i finished it and extra mission in 4 hours. You should try this little gem if you like this kind of game. I like it so i really enjoyed it.

Estamos ante un juego de buscar objetos ocultos y resolver acertijos bastante facilotes, sin embargo el juego engancha y dan ganas de terminarlo de un tirón. No es muy largo, en 4 horas se hace fácil, incluyendo la campaña extra. Si te gusta este tipo de juegos entonces te recomiendo que lo pruebes, seguro que te gusta.
Posted: July 13
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
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~Overview~
STORY: 3/5
DIFFICULTY: 1/5
GAMEPLAY: 3/5
GRAPHIC: 2/5
REPLAYABILITY: 2/5

~My Personal Progress~
Story: 300% [beat the game three times, in regular and expert mode]
Time played: 10h05m total [3h55m 1st run (regular) + 3h15m 2nd run (expert, mahjong achievement) + 2h55m 3rd run (expert, hidden object achievement)]
Achievements: 100% [15/15 ACMs]

~Review~
"Nightmares From The Deep: The Cursed Heart" is a simple hidden-object-/puzzle-game set in a mystic "cursed Pirate"-Adventure.
The story is simple and straight forward: you're a museum's curator and proud mother. You receive the dead body of Captain Remington, who was - back then in his days - a feared and cruel pirate. In fact, you are the one who brings him back to life and Remington flees with your daughter to Skull Island. Obviously, it is your task to rescue your duaghter and break the curse that keeps the old Captain alive. One should not expect a deep and emotionally moving story behind such a game and so didn't I, to be honest. That's simply because such games are ment to be played casually: easy to learn, even easier to master! In comparison to other games of this genre this game made a quite good attempt and at least tries to build up tension and most of the time keeps you a little curious, indeed. Of course, this isn't comparable to extraordinary RPGs, for example, but within its own genre this game knows how to sell its plot well (therefore my STORY-rating is pushed from a 2 to a 3).
The difficulty was mainly rated with the highest difficulty-level in mind. There are two modes you can choose from: "regular mode" that shows on your maps all places where actions are available and gives you a shorter charge time for hints, and "expert mode" that doesn't give you hints at all and lets your hint-bar fill up more slowly. If you play this game for the first time, expert mode can be really hard, indeed, because you have to spent more attention on clickable items and have to backtrack a lot to find spawning hidden-object-scenes, but there is one big downside: the game offers a complete "strategy guide" ... I would rather call it a "click-through", to be honest. It's an entire list of all objectives, you have to fulfill, including all clickable items with a beautiful photo gallery. This is ... *clearing throat* ... ment to be nice, really, but this game is simple enough and offering a complete walk-through is destroying the last bit of a challenge completely ^^" Without this "feature" my rating would probably have been a 3 of 5 due to the expert mode, but in this case I decided to reduce it to a 1 out of 5 because even the "clever puzzles" (as stated in the game description) weren't clever enough in my opinion but rather easy-peasy.
The gameplay is solid and the voice acting is ok. This game is actually just a simplified Point&Click-Adventure (because the game chooses the appropiate interaction-method with objects automatically, e.g. "talking" while hovering about persons, magnifying things that can be inspected, and collected objects from your inventory aren't combinable, at all) with hidden-object-/mahjong-elements and - let's be honest - it's hard to screw something up that's as simple as clicking ; ) Autosaving works perfectly fine and I didn't bump into bugs or crashes of any kind. However, there doesn't seem to be a way of starting a new game as long as your current campaign isn't finished, despite of creating a whole new player-profile; not the end of the world, but mildly annoying. Due to some restrictions I had to play this game three times to earn all achievements. Mini-games can be played in two different modes: One is the common hidden-object scene and the other one let's you solve the object finding by playing mahjong. To earn the achievements "Self-guided Tour" and "Mahjong Master And Commander" you have to solve all 28 mini-games in a playthrough either only as hidden-object-puzzles or only mahjong-challenges, and during my first run I tried out both mechanics and wasn't able to complete these puzzles a second time in the other mode. I'm not sure if this was intended. If it was, then I've got to criticize that this design-decision artificially lengthens the game time for those who want to get a Perfect Game.
The graphics are generally good and offer a decent resolution, the only thing that disappointed me, was that the game description claims to have "AAA-quality cinematics" that it clearly doesn't have! The cinematics didn't scale with the resolution and because I play with a FullHD-monitor, probably as most players these days, I had to watch horribly pixelated cutscenes. Either the devs didn't test the quality on a common monitor or they simply lied ... no matter what applies, it's awefully negative, in my opinion.
I decided to decrease the rating for the game's replayability, although I personally played it three times. The reason simply is, that on one hand I only would have needed two playthroughs - maximum -, if I had paid a little bit more attention. And on the other hand I want to evaluate games as objectively as I can, which means, that I have to be aware of people that don't care for achievements like I do. These people would probably not consider to replay this game, because it doesn't offer new challenges, alternative endings or anything else that makes this game worth playing again.

~Conclusion~
"Nightmares From The Deep" is a decent game. Those of you who like hidden-object-games will probably have some nice hours to spend with this. I personally don't think that it offers any original ideas or breakthroughs in this genre and didn't create tension or fun above the ordinary, but on the other hand I don't see any severe reason to prevent you from buying this game, if that is the kinda game you like and enjoy, because despite the misinformation about the "AAA-cinematics" it offers a solid quality and I consider it as one of the better hidden-object-games on the market.

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Posted: April 28
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42 of 43 people (98%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
A very good example of the casual adventure game.
Wonderful and detailed artwork, albeit with fuzzy cutscenes and mediocre voice acting.
Great selection of puzzles including 'find the object' (you can bypass this with a minigame of mahjong if you want) that consistently keep you engaged.

A great game to drink and decompress with that makes you feel clever without straining your brain.
Posted: February 5
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