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.
User reviews: Very Positive (410 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 19, 2012

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"If you're tired of horrible Hidden Object games on Steam, you haven't been playing Artifex Mundi's games. Theirs are the good kind of HOGs."
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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
    • 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
    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
    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
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Largely paralleling Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart is a hidden object game (HOG) that compensates its lack of substance and numerous narrative issues with excellent production values and a continuation of Artifex Mundi's proven casual adventure game formula.

The consistent poor delivery of a story so full of tone and logical issues is by far the worst aspect of the experience. Though I wouldn't say I expect much from games of the genre, The Cursed Heart was an unexpected low for a developer that I know to be better than what they showcased here. It's shallow, abysmally voiced, and weighs down an otherwise mostly enjoyable game. It's hovers right between ignorable and so-bad-it's-good, but winds up more obnoxiously persistent than anything else.

A slightly awkward world to navigate combined with the often unclear objectives were also a bit annoying, in the sense that I had to continually check my map for where to go as opposed to a more natural form of progression. Despite these issues I would still consider The Cursed Heart worth checking out if you've exhausted the rest of the developer's catalog. Its high production values and addicting game design (the reason for which I'm still trying to figure out) are as exceptional as ever, it's mainly the developer's pedigree which brings the experience down, having demonstrated a better knack than most for the genre and in doing so set a higher standard which they as are also going to be judged against.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
I really enjoyed this game. Good storyline and finished in a day. nice job.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Another nice little game to basically use as a relaxation agent. Artifex Mundi makes pretty solid games overall, nothing special but not bad either.

The most notable thing I enjoyed about this one was the sonar that aids you minorly in hidden object scenes, I found it helpful without ruining the puzzles or anything. I also prefer Mahjong over dominoes as the alternate game. The game map could serve to be a bit better though, about 70% of the screens are one long line with a few rooms/paths branching off, and it can be a pain to navigate, especially near endgame.

The story takes elements from Pirates of the Carribean, rather heavily, up to having a heart in a chest keeping an otherwise immortal pirate king alive. I get the impression that Artifex Mundi just takes ideas from other places and uses them as their story, but whatever the story is not very important here anyways.

Overall, a solid game, maybe not worth the full price but certainly worth checking out on sale.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Bad voice acting.
Cliche pirate story,
Cool puzzels (not hard, but makes you think bit).
Good gameplay.
Great artwork.

Nice game overall, good when you just want to relax from complex/attention demanding games.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Nice Hidden Object Game, decent puzzles and easy to get help if you get stuck.

A few items that were strangely named but english is not my first language so maybe it was that.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
PROS:
- Nice art style, very "piratey"
- Good music
- A few challenging puzzles

CONS:
- VERY repetitive minigames
- Horrible voice-acting and dialogue
- Extremely easy to progress and figure out where to go, borders on grotesque

It really pains me to not give this game a thumbs up. Largely, I think my disappointment came from expecting a challenge.
Finished in just about 5 hours, I only really got stuck 2 times, for about 10 minutes each. This "adventure" game guides your hand so much that it's more like an on-rail adventure. Every single time you find a new object, the game basically tells you exactly where to go next, and what to do. And the mindless "find 10 items" minigames... ugh.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Great guilty pleasure game. Sure, the voice over's are a bit cheesy but the puzzles and hidden object searches are good fun and never overly frustrating.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Teaches you to play Mahjongg on the achievement run.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
+ nice graphic
- dumb conversations
- too easy gameplay
- sometimes reactivate and send back to old locations without logic
- 5 hours gameplay without help and rush
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
47.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Puzzles were lame and easy, mostly has you doing eye spy searching. Oh and running back and forth. The story was meh.
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8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Short version: 81%
Nightmares From the Deep: The Cursed Heart is a nicely drawn, although somewhat easy hidden object puzzle game with an engaging pirate-themed ghost story.

Long version:
As most hidden object puzzle games, Nightmares From the Deep: The Cursed Heart features truly astounding hand-drawn graphics, although they are maybe a bit too fairytale-ish for a game that takes places on a ghost ship and a haunted island.

The story dares to venture away from the usual ‘bad unknown evil cursed the magical land’ formula; our main lead, a museum curator, involuntarily gets wrapped up in a bittersweet pirate ghost tale of two lovers torn apart by fate. The narration and the voice acting are clunky, and the daughter character has the annoying damsel in distress syndrome, but the plot and some of the dialogues really make up for these shortcomings.

The puzzles, including the hidden object scenes, are somewhat on the easy side, but they offer a nice variety to keep the game constantly interesting and fun to play. And frankly, nobody should expect more from a one-afternoon long, nice and relaxing game like this one.
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6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Got this on a coupon.
A decent point-and-click. Most of the puzzles are hidden object or mahjong, but there are a few other scenarios to break up that monotony. The thing about this game that makes it odd is that has a lack of challenge, both good and bad. There is no good challenge in the sense that you are told exactly where to go and when, and there is really no way to lose. I'm playing this to have a spooky pirate skellingtons adventure, not "Gone Home: Pirates Edition".
There is no bad challenge in the sense that every action taken in the game is logical, and there isn't a whole lot of guesswork. In other games of this genre, I might, due to an obscure objective, just do random stuff until I find something that works. Thank goodness that is not the case here.
The art style is fine, but it quickly becomes obvious that almost everything is a 2D image. It's really noticeable during the dialogue sequences. The dialogue... works. It's certainly not the best, but it does its job in telling the story.
If you really like point-and-click games, and this is on discount, or you have a coupon, you might want to pick it up. It's not particularly innovative, but it's still a neat little diversion that will last a few hours.
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2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
An overall good game but short and not challenging
totally worth the money but not at full price
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
All in all, if you love the spooky, mystery subset of hidden object games, you will love The Cursed Heart.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
If you like hidden object games this one at least has a plot. Artwork is very pretty,
Map feature makes this an easy one to work around. Typical bizarre plot about the ghost of a pirate that kidnaps a young girl to substitute for his long lost and ghostly lost love. The player is the girls mother and you have to rescue her. There is an extension to the game to get home. Inexpensive good first or second game for someone who's yet to experience true classics like the Syberia series, or perhaps some older DOS games like GABRIEL KNIGHT! That's that stuff I like.

3.5/5, not the best in its genre, but great for kids. UI takes a bit of getting used to.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
I enjoy alot of hidden object games. This one by far is the best.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
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.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Got this in a bundle and played it for the cards, but I must say, if you are into hidden item/Myst-style games, this is a very good game to get. For the price, I think you will get a reasonable amount of play time in.

The artwork is appealing and the Pirate Zombie theme is great if you like that. Puzzles are not too challenging, and there is definitely a lot of backtracking throughout the map. The skip functionality doubles as a hint tracker that recharges, ensuring that you wont be stuck for too long.

There is also a find-the-items minigame (among all the other minigames) and you can play mahjong as an alternative and I thought that was really nice.

The story is meh, nothing too special, but for the price I would personally wait for it to go down before purchasing (but I am also very frugal lol)
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
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.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Good Hidden Object Game, it has a lot of puzzles and a good story. Graphic is okay, could be better for 2012 but animations are good (only mouth movements not). If you like to play hidden object games and you like to play an easy oe, then buy it. Would recommand buying on a sale because game is short and if you don`t like to get all achivements you maybe will play it only once.

I give it a 7 of 10

Pro:
Story
Music
a lot of puzzles
you can skip puzzles
you can play mahjong
extra gameplay
animations are ok

Contra:
too easy for hard mode
too short
similar too other hidden object gmes from the same company (same voices too)
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