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 (526 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
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
The Cursed Heart is one of ArtifexMundi's first Hidden Object Games and it shows. Compared to their later games animation is nearly fully absent, voice acting is rough, and the puzzles are relatively simple.

However, that does not take away the fact this is a very good HOG entry. The story is a compelling myth which encourages you to continue playing, the AM staples of randomized hidden object puzzles are already present, and it never feels unnecessarily difficult.
And for those who have no patience to solve hidden object puzzles, you can play a simple mahjong game instead.

Definitely worth picking up, if only for the bonus adventure in this version that nicely ties the story to the sequel's.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
A very well done hidden object point and click adventure game! The story wasn't that interesting but it was a decent backdrop to the fun puzzles. It was also a bit odd how they told basically the whole story in the first quarter of the game but then every time you collected a dubloon you'd get pieces of the story. I kept waiting for the dubloon cut scenes to tell me something I didn't already know but they didn't. Not saying it was a bad way to tell it, just kind of unnecessary? Oh well.

The puzzles were fun. I liked how interactive they were. A lot of the times you didn't just assemble the items and click them on to the screen but you actually had to follow instructions and pick up a tool to manipulate different things, etc. I really thought that made the game so much better than other ones I've played. I didn't get stuck or get frustrated with any of the puzzles. They were mostly pretty easy (in fact, the only time I used the hint the whole game was when I kept over looking a small item lying on the ground which I needed to pick up to progress >.<).

The hidden object puzzles were pretty good. Sometimes they were a bit weird on how they labeled things (like one where there's something that looks like a ribbon rolled up but they called it a "spring"). They also have items that need extra actions to find or complete which makes the HOPs more fun. These actions usually made sense to do so I never encountered any frustration with them like I have with other games.

Voice acting was okay. Nothing great but nothing horrendous either. Cut scenes were cool but low resolution.
Overall, I enjoyed it very much. The bonus adventure available through the "Extras" on the main menu is worth playing after too.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
The Cursed Heart is a great hidden object game with beautiful graphics and a storyline that will actually keep your interest. It is a story of a pirate ghost who wishes to resurrect the love of his life. Unfortunately, this ghost pirate wishes to use your daughter as a means to resurrect his mistress. The hidden object games are well done, the puzzles are simple, yet require at least a little bit of thinking. Great game from a well known source that makes great hidden object games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
I really enjoyed this game. Good storyline and finished in a day. nice job.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Its really good game but short, its not hard to get all achievements.
I completed it in 3 hours.

Pros:
+Good graphic
+Good story
+Good puzzles
+Pirates :D
+Original

Cons:
-Its short
-Sometimes is hard to pass some parts, because they have no sense


All in all, for this type of games...
Rate:87/100
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Nice game, but I actually found it a little too easy. I played the expert mode and didn't need the hint or skip button for the puzzles, HO scenes or generally during the game. I admit, I normally play the casual mode because I often get stuck in the game and forget where there are still puzzles to solve or where I can use objects. But with this game I found it quite obvious where the items in your invetory could be used. It's a nice game if you have some free time and if you ran out of other options of Point & Click /Hidden Object games on Steam ;) If you decide to get the game I would recommend to wait for when it is on sale (I paid ~3€), or get the second part (Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren`s Call), which seemed to be more developed and which I definitely enjoyed more.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
Very good game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
● ● ● ● ● ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

△ beautiful artwork, bugfree, easy to play, nice videos and great difficulty options
▽ cliché story, questionable sound quality
(voice overs plop and are too loud)

★ A nice Hidden Objects Game, very relaxing to play.
I'm looking forward to play part 2 and 3.
High tolerance for B-Movie stories required :)
I enjoyed it nevertheless!

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Another excellent hidden object game from Artifex Mundi. The plot holds nothing new if you've seen Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3, but at least it stitches the gameplay together. Oh, towards the end you get to see a neat giant crab.

The puzzles themselves are challenging without being overly difficult, though I personally didn't care for the overabundance of 'recipe' puzzles.

All in all, a good buy.
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44 of 45 people (98%) found this review helpful
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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83 of 120 people (69%) found this review helpful
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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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
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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30 of 36 people (83%) found this review helpful
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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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2014
Ok, I have become shamelessly addicted to these hidden object games. Having played three, I now consider myself an expert on them. Definitely. Anyway, this is a good one. Just don't judge it on the quality of its story and voice acting, both of which are subpar at best. It seems to be a genre convention actually, so I can go with the flow. No, these games depend more on the quality of their artwork, the level of interactivity in scenes, the quality of the puzzles (if any), and how well things sparkle and zing when you click on them. No really, when you find that hairbrush hidden carefully in the background of a scene, you want some fireworks when you click on it. It's satisfying, I admit it. I get the impression, reading around, that this developer is considered a good one when it comes to HOGs. I wouldn't know, but on the strength of this it's well-deserved. The game's quite long; it took me a little over 6 hours to complete the game (including the two bonus chapters as this is the CE) which is about twice as long as some HOG games. Like most of these games, the difficulty level was towards the easier end of the spectrum, but frankly that works just fine inbetween bouts of Spelunky and Jets 'n' Guns. It's relaxing, and strangely compelling. Interestingly, each hidden object scene also offers a mahjong game. You can either do one or the other, and the more of the HOG you complete, the easier the mahjong game becomes (and vice versa). It's a good way of trying a different approach if you're stuck trying to find a particular object. That didn't happen very often with me, but I appreciated the option. There's no time limit on completing each scene, but if you do them quickly you can gather a few Steam achievements. The achievements were a little bugged though, not all of them registered, if that kind of thing is important to you. Puzzles? Yes, plenty of those, most of them very easy, but they're a nice change of pace. The game surrounding the hidden object scenes plays out like a point and click adventure, with an inventory and objects that must be found and used in the appropriate places, so there's plenty of variety to keep you going. There's even a map!

So overall then, the best HOG-like I've ever played (out of the three I've played over the last month). GOTY in the HOG category so far, in fact! But seriously, if you like this kind of thing you can't really go wrong. The artwork is excellent, the music and presentation are great, the storyline and acting are like fingernails on a blackboard, you'll love it.
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27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
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 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 3, 2014
Do you like puzzles? Pirates? Mahjong? Short but interesting story lines? Good graphics? Point and click games? If yes to all or most of those questions then this game may be for you.

It offers a variety of puzzles throughout the gameplay but tends to focus mostly on hidden object puzzles which can be turned into Mahjong if you prefer. Decent story line that remains interesting yet simple to follow and is enhanced by good graphics and decent voice acting.

Story line - You are a curator at a museum and you're setting up a big exhibition with the help of your daughter. After a few 'unfortunate events' at the museum your daughter is whisked away to Skull Island and being held prisoner by an undead pirate captain. Can you complete the puzzles and save your daughter? And what would the captain want your daughter for anyway?

I experienced no glitches or errors of any kind and if I got stuck on a puzzle there is a help button to speed things along.

My total gameplay was around 6 hours which included completion of the main story and also of the dlc. Great if you're inbetween games at the moment and want something to pass the time with or if you have just one day off school/work and want to complete something.
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