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 (439 reviews)
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
    • 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
22 of 27 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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8 of 9 people (89%) 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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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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
This game was a happy surprise. I've always liked Hidden Object games as a relaxing kind of guilty pleasure: mind on stun, if you will, and just play with the pretty pictures. This one is a successful meld of adventure and puzzling. The story is clear and present, driving the action to the puzzles in a satisfying way. I enjoyed the voicing and the art, although - as is always the case - a couple of the objects were real "wha" moments, as in "wha zat?" (so it's a good thing the "sonar" shows outlines). The tasks were generally clear, the solutions were fun and not ludicrous or mood-breaking, and overall this was a fun way to spend a few hours. I even went back to get all of the missing achievements.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Artifex Mundi does it again... this title certainly delivers the level of quality and enjoyability that I expect from these games. With that said, I found a few exceptionally good things, and found a few things to be less enthused about. Firstly, the good: the game is beautifully illustrated, it has fantastic subject matter and setting, and it is satisfactorily full in length of gameplay. The voice acting and writing / dialogue are decent. The weaknesses are mostly that it eventually becomes slightly tedious, as clues later in the game require less intuition and more room-bypass-clicking legwork; in this regard there is a sense of the length of gameplay being somewhat inflated by unnecessary backtracking and uninspired search-errands. The puzzles are not particularly inspired either, however, some of the hidden object scenes are fairly challenging, and there were word usages and terms I was unfamiliar with (e.g. cockade) that upped the challenge bar. It is a very well-polished game, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I cannot help get the feeling that it somehow underachieves. Recommended: [ 7 / 10 ]
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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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
  • Very entertaining
  • Pirate puzzle game
  • Highly recommend

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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Very fun point and click adventure. I'm a sucker for pirates and the story was a lot of fun. I'm not sure about the replay factor, but going through the main story + bonus story was a good time. I might give it another shot to see if I can get all the achievements, but for now I feel like this quikc adventure was worth my time!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
For the type of game that it is, Nightmares from the Deep has more quality than i expected. Entertaining story, decent animation, and interesting environments. The game mixes point-and-click adventure with hidden object as well as a few mini-games sprinkled in. The puzzles are clever but not overly challenging. I never needed to use the "Hint" button.

Adding to the list of positive things are steam achievements, trading cards, a nice music score and zombie pirates.

If I have any negative marks against the game, it is a little on the short side. There is a bonus adventure that allows you to continue where the main game ended, but it too is short. I also wish the protagonist's daughter had a name. I don't feel as invested when I think of "HOLD ON! I'LL SAVE YOU.....WHATEVER YOUR NAME IS!". Maybe I'm supposed to be a crappy parent who can't remember my kids name.

Overall, it's enjoyable and if you feel the price is too high, wait for a Steam sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Hidden object, point and click. If you like those, you will like this. If not, then no, you won't like this. But what makes it a good hidden object point and click? I'm not an expert, but I think I can say it was on the enjoyable side of such games. The graphics are pretty but the animation is dated. The story is followable (unlike certain "mystery" games) but simple and forced. The puzzles... there are puzzles! But their mostly chores and don't stand out as memorable or beneficial to the gameplay. Ehh, it's a fine hidden object, point and click game. If you're expecting something good, you'll likely be disapointed. If you're expecting something horrible, you might be impressed. It's fine.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
I had a huge addiction for these hidden object style casual adventure games a few years ago until I totally burned out on them.
This game was my first, tentative, step back into the genre. And a good one at that. It's not the deepest game you'll ever play (no pun intended), but it entertained me enough to play it through to its satisfying conclusion.

Gameplay consists of traversing (pretty much) static screens of a museum, a pirate ship and a mysterious island, gathering items and solving decently fun puzzles. Items are generally gained by playing a mini-game, which is either the traditional hidden object one OR a game of Mahjong. The critical detail here is that you can choose which one to play whenever you want!
I went through the game only solving the Mahjong puzzles and had a great time.

The game is a great introduction to the genre and a solid example of how to do a casual adventure game right.
Steer clear of it if you're looking for a particularly serious or challenging experience though.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
ZOMBIE PIRATES HAVE KIDNAPPED YOUR DAUGHTER! ARE YOU READY TO FIND RANDOM JUNK, PLAY SOME MAHJONG, AND DO SOME POINT N' CLICKIN'?

I'm usually not one for hidden object games, because they're rather boring, but I've been hearing Artifex Mundi makes quality casual games and the recent Humble Bundle made me get some of their games, this was one of them. Cursed Heart is actually quite solid and fun, mainly because it’s not just a hidden object game, it’s essentially a first person point and click adventure game. You find inventory items to help you solve the puzzles and there's a good amount of puzzles that aren't just hidden objects. The atmosphere is quite good and the story is serviceable. Overall a lot better than you would think.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
A nice, casual point-and-click adventure/I-Spy hybrid. Writing and acting could use some work, though if you're not looking for a story to get engrossed in but rather a light story to frame consecutive puzzles, this works. It's similar to an arcade version of point-and-click, with plenty of signposting and hints at your disposal if wanted.

NOTE: The total time played to complete the game for me was 5 hours.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
2spooky4me... Good overall experience, short but sweet. Would get on sale for £4 max to get your money back 7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
good game but short =)

4/5
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