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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Includes 3 items: Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren`s Call, Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones, Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart


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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?


  • 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
31 of 37 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
I think this is Artifex Mundi's best game they've made so far, which is saying something
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
This is my fifth Hidden Object Games on steam that I played.

Pros :
  • You can do hidden object scene in 2 different ways: classical (search the requestedand mahjong.
  • In-game Walkthrough. There is a Guide button which shows what to do and where to find items.
  • Hidden object items can be mouse hovered to show the item's silhouette. This is nicely reduces the hint usage.
  • Have good tutorial.
  • Nice backstory.
  • Full voice over, though some of the actors are not good and one of the pirate's line has no voice.
  • Bonus adventure.
  • Achievements and trading cards.

Cons :
  • Cutscenes are low quality and very blurry.
  • The Puzzles are too easy. Less challenging.
  • To complete 100% achievements, you have to play the game twice. You have to play all hidden object scene in classical way, restart the game and play all hidden object scene with mahjong. Both with the same user profile. It doesn't matter you do mahjong first or classical first. Too much effort, I prefer single gameplay.
  • IMO, the story development is kinda dull. The story is predictable.

Overral : 7/10.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
It was my first experience with Artifex Mundi's games and I was so hooked that I'm buying any game from them once on Steam.

Nightmares from the Deep puts you in the shoes of Sarah Black, a museum curator in the Caraïbean Islands, and interested in the pirates stories. After receiving the corpse of the famous Henry Remington, don't ask how but you awakened him. Taking your daughter as hostage, you sneak into his ghost ship and find yourself in a race against the clock to save your child.

The story is beautiful as you're also diving into the pirate's past and love story. Besides, Remington is cursed because of a pact with Davy Jones, only you can undo it. And Davy Jones is important for the trilogy anyway.

The gameplay mixes point-&-click, puzzles and hidden objects scenes. It's well balanced: all the puzzles aren't too hard but are not too easy (though one or two of them could be seen as harder to understand). I didn't find anything wrong or buggy.

The graphics are correct but beautiful too as between the boat and the island, you have also that surnatural aura surronding you. As for the soundtrack, nothing bad can be said.

Also, you have a bonus chapter, showing how you rescued another poor soul on your way home.

A well-constructed plot, a nice ambiance, a balance for the difficulty, you have everything in this hidden object game. Never hesitate for this one!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
- This review isn't written by a native speaker, thank you for your understanding -

between Mixed and Good.

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
about 5 hours
Gaming level
Achievement level
Game style
Hidden object; Puzzle; Point n' Click (First person view)
Game modes
Story mode, Bonus story mode
Good. But a big issue with the cutscene ! Refer to (#) at the end.
Two, refer to (@) at the end.
Mouse only.
Unmissable / backtracking content
No, refer to (*) at the end.
Glitches / bugs
Worth price
Half price or lower if you accept the (#), (@) and (*) point at the end.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Artifex Mundi sp. z o.o. is one of the best Puzzle/Hidden Objects developper I've found so far BUT this game is the worse one I've played !

The story is good and graphics are fine if we don't talk about the main cutescene issue !

The puzzles and hidden objects scenes are equally reparted. The game features an inventory where you can store items to combine with the environment to go deeper in the story.

The game have two difficulties and have a guest feature : all the family can play the game and resume it where they left.

There is also a map which is useful to not get lost despite you can't fast travel with it but can show some hints if you play in the easy mode. Also you can use the Hint/Skip hourglass whenever you want and wait until its refill to use it again. But be warned that you may not skip or use a hint in any puzzle or hidden objects scene if you wish to have some achievements.

There is a some choice of puzzles and there are two kind of Hidden objects scenes. The first Hidden objects scene features the name of the objects to find some are found easily (normal one) and some others need you to interact with the enviroment or to combine two items to found them. The second Hidden objects scene let you find the pictue of the items to find.

From the beginning to the end I've a very bad issue : all the cutscenes were full of pixels and I've seen one or more discussion on steam despite I didn't read them all. I tried to switch to the lowest resolution, I did made some few changes even if the cutscenes are still worse.

(*) :
The game has some achievements that can be missed mostly challenging achievements including finishing the game on hardmode or using no hints in the puzzles or hidden objects scenes. There is currently a good guide for that (Chapter 0 - Achievement / Arquivamentos):

The challenging achievements require you to finish a puzzle or an hidden objects scene or a domino game under a minute. And two achievements require you to find 3 objects in 3 seconds or find all objects with a few misclicks in the hidden object scenes.

As I said in the key features, you need two playthrough to finish the game. One to finish the game with all the puzzles and hidden objects scenes perfected and another one playing the mahjong game instead of the hidden objects scenes. The good thing is you can skip all the cutscenes and puzzles in your second playthrough if you succeeded your first one. The mahjong game consist in taking all of the mahjong tiles, to do so you need to make couples. BUT there is one main trap to not fall in... you need to play a new game in the same user ! If you don't you'll not have the last achievement that require you to have all of the previous achievement in one user session !
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