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.
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.