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.
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Release Date: Apr 19, 2012

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About This 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!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Granvic ™
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
DO NOT HESITATE TO BUY THIS GAME IF YOU FIND IT ON SALE!

Recently, I adquired this game in order to fill my free time, mainly.
The first impact I had about Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart was the scenarios being pretty well detailed, where I found some cool mini-games, puzzles, memory testing, etc.

If you're a fan of challenges which make you struggle a bit in order to succeed, this is the right game!
Even if you aren't an adept of this genre, I assure you that it'll please you. And now you ask, "What would make me interested in a genre I don't usually play?"

Well, this is a game where you don't have just challenges which make you focus more than you'd imagine. At a certain point, you'll notice that the story itself is envolving and starts attracting you more and more.
I became an huge fan of this game and I'd reccomend it to any person, since it has enough elements to attract almost everyone!
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sandiego.ana
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
loved the plot
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Krusepower
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Ok so after reading some reviews i expected to get around 10 hours playtime. But i finnished the game 2½ times in 7 hours (that includes some afk time). 100% achievement done.

The game is easy for experienced hidden object players and it is a mix of puzzles and hidden objects which both are easy without hints.
Did not use a single hint in both expert mode or normal mode.

So what do i think about the game? It's alright. i wish it was more hidden object scenes tho and maybe a bit better quality on the movie scenes. I would not pay full price for it but on sale you should go for it if you enjoy those kind of games. I would probably give it a 6 out of 10 in this genre. Maybe a 7 if it wasnt that easy
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Singularity
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Its good game overall. Standard game lenght up to 10 hours to complete. Story is no so deep like in other games they made, but enough to keep you going.
Spooky atmosphere, sound is very good with good looking visuals.
I am no big fan of hidden objects games, I played only few, but I like their titles. Its great fun, nice effects, story not so bad, puzzles not too hard, so very good game for its price.
I recommend it as a causal game for few hours fun. If you like purchase whole trilogy its worth it.

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Sarkoth
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
A truly great hidden object game, probably one of the best out there. I might be biased though, I love pirates.
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Kia™ is the best
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
Product received for free
Artifex Mundi makes good hidden object games. This game is no different. Good story, puzzles, art, music, and voice acting. Only downside is this game is a bit old now. As such the cut scenes are extremely low resolution. The game play sections though are unaffected
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BelleMorte
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
Great story, Great graphics, Great gameplay.
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CrOnNoS
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Product received for free
i'm reeeeally not a fan of those kind of point click at all BUT got this for free and decided to play through.
Well, i don't need to be a fan to be completely sure that it's a great point and click game =P maybe a con would be that the puzzles weren't challenging at all. Still on overwall, i recomend it.
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girumon.20
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Old hog but still good ^^
(I play 2&3 first)

Who are two undead pirate on cover, btw..?
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Its good game overall. Standard game lenght up to 10 hours to complete. Story is no so deep like in other games they made, but enough to keep you going.
Spooky atmosphere, sound is very good with good looking visuals.
I am no big fan of hidden objects games, I played only few, but I like their titles. Its great fun, nice effects, story not so bad, puzzles not too hard, so very good game for its price.
I recommend it as a causal game for few hours fun. If you like purchase whole trilogy its worth it.

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45 of 46 people (98%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2014
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.
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35 of 37 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2015
Artifex Mundi delivers usual quality, but only that

Anyone who has already played an Hidden Object Game by Artifex Mundi, knows that this developer delivers beautifully designed games, which form the best the genre currently has to offer. The first game in the Nightmares from the Deep series does not disappoint and proves to be another fine release from Artifex Mundi. However, the game does show its "age" a little bit: it was actually already released early in 2012, and this shows – it's not as meticuously polished as Artifex Mundi's more recent releases.

Don't take me wrong: I enjoyed playing this game, but I didn't felt "drawn in" as much as by other games from Artifex Mundi. This was mainly due to the voice-acting of the different characters, which proved something of a disappointment. This is a pity, since the story itself is more than interesting and offers a nice twist on the well-known "Pirates of the Caribbean" theme, although the ending could hardly be more cliché.

Somehow the different elements of the game – point-and-click, hidden object scenes, puzzles and cutscenes – didn't add up for me to something really engrossing. Most of the separate elements are perfectly fine, with the hidden object scenes standing out as beautifully drawn as ever. The puzzles range from very easy to moderately difficult, and add some variety to the gameplay. I was especially pleased to find the option to choose for a game of Mohjang instead of the different hidden object scenes., with the Mohjang games gradually increasing in "difficulty". The music in this kind of games often strikes me as bland, but that's just a matter of personal taste I guess.

As is well-known among collectors of achievements, games by Artifex Mundi offer excellent possibilities to achieve perfect games without too much difficulty. As usual, two playthroughs are needed for this, but both need to be on the same profile in order to let all the achievements unlock. Something to keep in mind, as I made the mistake of starting the second one on a new profile, and playing through it for a third time would be stretching it way too far ;-).

Overall conclusion: recommended, mainly to fans of the Hidden Object Genre
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45 of 57 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2015
Hidden object and adventure.

Highs:
I was impressed by the animation that went into portions of the game. It went beyond the usual throw-in story of most hidden object adventures.
The plot was decent and you were reminded pretty constantly of what was going on by contextual clues.
The location of the next hidden-object puzzle is usually hidden in the most-current location (a picture, etc) otherwise you can just spam the hint button and it will get you to the right area.
High resolution puzzles made it easy to pick out the items that were required and lots of hidden object puzzles were present in the game (with only a couple of exceptions)

Lows:
The doubling back to the "guardian" to unlock the chest that takes like 20 doubloons to open was kind of annoying. It isn't required throughout the game, but that's not made apparent while you're playing.
A couple of the puzzles had sections that were a bit hazy and fuzzy on large monitors.

All in all, this was a good game. I enjoyed the story. Not so much the fact that you were a talking character (and female at that) which disconnected me from the main character a bit. But, still it's a game and it was a good one even if some of the sequences were pretty obvious.
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
...and here we have another Artifex Mundi caliber HOG. I've been meaning to play this game for ages now. Finally being able to find the time, I'm rushing here to give you my full review. Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart is one of Artifex Mundi's earlier games, thus it is quite possible to encounter amateur mistakes or some clumsy animations now and then. Yet, the charm attached to the developer’s name doesn't fail to entertain us anyway.

Here we have Sarah Black, the curator of the Caribbean Museum and the mother of one cheery teenage girl, preparing the exhibition of a life time. The mummified corpse of Henry Remington, most notorious pirate of the Caribbean Sea back in 1800s is finally discovered and retrieved from his resting place: "Davy Jones' Locker" a.k.a the bottom of the sea. The corpse is delivered to the museum for the exhibition, and Sarah prepares him to be displayed. Just as we were thinking that he seems kinda handsome for a corpse that's been lying at the bottom of the sea for some centuries, he comes back to life, kidnaps our daughter, summons his ghost ship and sets sail to Skull Island... Oh, where did I see that before?

Okay, okay, I'll say it. I have no idea about the rest of the series yet, but this first game is basically a retelling of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest without Captain Jack Sparrow to lighten up the mood. But as the first instalment of the Nightmares from the Deep series - and possibly the most clumsily done - The Cursed Heart still finds means to keep you interested, with a detailed story of its own, weaved out of countless nautical folktales. Hey, I'm glad that we have a name for the protagonist at least, contrary to "Madame Detective" of Left in the Dark.

Artwork is most brilliant with its eerie depictions, nautical themes and an expected amount of undead roaming around. At this point, no one expects Artifex Mundi to present bad artwork, even with its older titles. What I do wonder though, is that how they've managed to make cinematics in lower quality than actual game artwork. Cinematics are blurry and less presentable compared to actual in-game artworks. Same goes for the voice acting: voice acting itself is beyond par, but the lip synch is non-existent: people do move their mouths rhythmically, that's all. I think this is forgivable considering that this is an older title though.

Here comes the gameplay: we have quite enjoyable and clear HOG scenes, some FROG scenes, a good amount of enjoyable puzzles and alternative Mahjong games if you are bored of object hunting. It takes at least 2 playthroughs to complete all achievements - one for HOGs, one for Mahjong games. The map is not interactive, but you get used to the environment quickly, and there is little backtracking aside going back to the ship to place a Dubloon on a chest and listen to an undead dwarf tell a story now and then. What's that about? You gotta play the game to learn!

Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart is probably not Artifex Mundi's best game, but it is a promising title and the start of a possibly enjoyable journey on a series. If you'd manage to grab it on sale, you'd enjoy it thoroughly when you'd be in the mood for a pleasant little HOG.

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31 of 37 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2014
I used to play these "hidden objects" games a lot back then, so I was expecting Nightmares from the Deep:The Cursed Heart to be to my liking, and I was very curious about it since the day I found it on Greenlight.

Well, it didn't disappoint :)
The hidden objects scenes didn't give a headache and the mini-games were just right - neither boring nor needlessly complicated. The story of the "main" chapter is interesting, the cutscenes are enjoyable to watch and the ending was kind of captivating.

Also, undead pirates are badass! <3
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
All in all, if you love the spooky, mystery subset of hidden object games, you will love The Cursed Heart.
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82 of 125 people (66%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2014
Играю с удовольствием и это главный плюс игры.
Головоломки разнообразные, среднего уровня. Рекомендую всем любителям квестов.
Из плюсов также - возможность выбора играть в поиск предметов или маджонг.

VERY good game. Puzzle variety, the average level. I recommend to all lovers of quests.
Of the benefits as well - a choice to play hidden object or mahjong.
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2014
This is a surprisingly nice adventure game, blending 3 genres into one game nicely. Puzzles are plentiful and varied, everything is logical and falls good into darkish atmosphere. A bit on an easy side, though.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2014
Short game, trite story, beautiful art, nice theme song.

This is the first hidden object adventure game I have ever played, but I am a veteran of the old 90's style point and click adventures.

For the most part you wander around, seemingly at random, until you find a "swirly" spot to click on. This will start a hidden object scene search, upon completion you will be awarded an item, although some items are found without hidden object searches as well (general environment finds).

Some of these items are used in puzzles, some of them are keys, and the rest are your traditional use on environment items that adventure fans are familiar with. None of the puzzles are challenging, and all are logical. The only exception to this rule is the "Urns" puzzle - the final one in the game. Thankfully you can hit a button and skip any puzzle if you want, but this version of the game also has a strategy guide which you can access from the menu (probably not during a game though, but I never tested this).

This version of the game does come with some digital "extras", most notably 8 beautiful (up to 1080p) wallpapers which are taken from the memorable scenes in the game. In fact you can see three of these in the screenshots on the Steam Store page. Naturally you get to play back any video you have already seen, and there is also some concept art (but not much, six images to be precise).

Oh, there's also a mahjong game if you want to play that instead of finding hidden objects, but I never tried that feature.

For the price I feel like the game is too short, versus something like Monkey Island II - another zombie themed pirate adventure, and probably the best adventure game of all time. However, it's worth playing if you like pirates and the sounds of thunder and lightning and want to have the beautiful wallpaper art on your desktop (I do).
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