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 (399 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 19, 2012

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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
20 of 25 people (80%) 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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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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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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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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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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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
A fun hidden object game, and the story is pretty decent!

If you dislike having to backtrack because you didn't have <this item> to unlock <that place>, you might not like this game.

It's also short enough to make a replay worthwhile to get the achievements.
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1 of 3 people (33%) 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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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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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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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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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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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
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
great game 10/10 must play this game and story is mind blowing !!!
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