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 (475 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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February 22

Time Mysteries: Inheritance is coming back in a remastered edition!



The first episode of the extraordinary time travel saga from Artifex Mundi will soon be available on Steam.

The remastered edition of the 2010 classic will feature:

• Fully voiced dialogue
• Redesigned user interface!
• 5 all-new cutscenes!
• Enhanced visuals in numerous locations!

The game will be released on 26 February with 40% off to celebrate the launch!

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January 23

Davy Jones is on the horizon!




The final episode of the epic pirate saga from Artifex Mundi is coming to Steam.

Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones will be available on 29 January with 40% off to celebrate the launch.

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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
26 of 34 people (76%) 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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11 of 12 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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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
I enjoy alot of hidden object games. This one by far is the best.
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4 of 4 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
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
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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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
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, 2014
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
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
good game but short =)

4/5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Terrible voice acting (I've come to expect that from Artifex Mundi), but good story and just the right difficulty level for a hidden object game. I especially enjoyed the bonus adventure.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
Picked up Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart during a sale. This was my first Hidden Object Game, didn't even knew this sort of games existed. :)
You play a female museum curator whose daughter is kidnapped by an undead pirate. Quickly you find yourself in hot pursuit to set her free. The game is the first part of a trilogy.
While I didn't have high hopes for this game, I quickly found myself hooked on progressing through the game. The main game is a point & click adventure, but combined with 3 types of sub-games. First there are puzzles, which are usually not too difficult to solve. Second there are the hidden object games, where you need to find a list of objects in a single scene. And third, mahjong. Mahjong? Rather strange, as Caribbean piracy was already stopped by the time this Chinese tile game was created...
I found the game addictive as you quickly pass puzzle by puzzle and the story line opens up. Not a must-play game, but quite entertaining.

Score: 7/10

Pro:
+ nice graphics
+ steady game progress
+ decent story
+ additional bonus story

Contra:
- maybe a bit too short?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
Very fun object/puzzle game.Nice enchanted graphic,nice story play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
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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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
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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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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Quick, light, entertaining nonsense. I'd check out pretty much all the Artifex Mundi titles on here if you like adventure games, female protagonists, and cheesy horror. They won't rock your world, but they can at least pleasantly vibrate your afternoon.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
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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