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.
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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Ralv D. Vapkowski
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Nice little HOG, but a little bit "old fashioned" nowadays.
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Domar
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Fun point and click puzzler, there's a few things to nitpick though, the voice acting isn't very good, and towards the end of the game lip synching is just totally gone, with your daughter speaking an entire sentence but her mouth only hanging open for an instant, closed for the rest of the dialog.

The Hidden Object scenes are weird, it'll have the item you're looking for, but you can't just grab it, you have to accurately pick out a bunch of other junk that you don't take with you in roder to complete it, I'd rather just grab the lever, you know? As an alternative to doing the Hidden Object scenes for the important items, you can play Mah-jong, why? I have no idea, complete a game of it and the item just jumps into your inventory, I think the key to the game is just to not question it too much.

Really glad they didn't add in tons of nautical puns.
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kosepus1
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Good little game, not too challenging puzzles. Nice and relaxing!
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Critical Cupcake
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
So, the story for the game is actually pretty nice, and the puzzles/ hidden object sceens are amazing, for that I really enjoyed the game. I did however, have problems getting a couple of the achievments at fist, one being finish the game in expert mode. I had done this, but it didn't give me the achievemnt. It wasn't until I looked on the steam forums that I saw others were having the same problem and the developers of the game said that they would have a fix for this, but it hasn't been fixed as of yet. So in order to get the achievement I had to finished the game in the 'extras' section all at once. (No exiting the game and coming back to it later) and that worked. The other problem is the cutscenes are super blurry. I mean- the game would be so great, if the cutscenes didn't go super pixilated, but they did. I looked this up on the forums as well and the developers said they would fix this issue as well. I am hoping that the sequels to the game do not have these issues, but I will still play them because I found this one to be fun and entertaining despite the issues. I would say get them on sale, as it seems it would be worth it then, not at full price with the couple of bugs that are going on.
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deanapants
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
Story was pretty good but I was a bit skeptical at first. The main character and daughter character were both boring which is why I was initially skeptical but the story of the pirate and his lover was not bad. I enjoyed how things were gradually revealed as time went on. However as things progressed I became even less interested in rescuing the daughter and more just interested in learning more of the pirates story. Voice acting was not the worst but could be better.

The puzzles were of reasonable difficulty, I didn't use hints or skip any of them. However the hidden object scenes were a bit annoying in my opinion. Because of the colors used, objects blended in a little too much and required too much time to complete if you aren't using hints. However you have the option to skip these scenes and instead play a game of majong which was a nice change. The downside to this option is that to get 100% achievements you will need a minimum of 2 play throughs to play all the hidden object scenes and all the majong games. This is a bit annoying to me as I don't feel like these games are usually interesting enough to commit to a second playthrough. Even with skipping cut scenes the game is time consuming with a lot of back and forth to get items to progress.

I spent around 4 hours for my first playthrough so with that in mind I would suggest you buy it on sale if you are only going to play it once.
Overall though the game was enjoyable
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SpaceRodent
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
I liked the story in this one. One issue is the cut scenese are so heavily compressed they are almost unwatachable. They should have HD cut scenes.
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red5thedragon
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
Nightmares from the Deep is a typical adventure game but with "hidden objects" minigames. You go through hidden object minigames to get certain objects. You use objects in certain locations.

Story is nothing special. It is a typical / cliched pirate love story.

Most of the scenes looked fine, but the video cutscenes are horrendous. They are highly compressed, showing lots of artifacts. It felt like I was watching Youtube in 240p. It looked like this game was designed only with mobiles in mind.

Voice acting was decent. Most of the voice actors sounded like amateurs. For some of the voices, it sounded like they used a cheap microphone.

For gameplay, it was on the easier side, and that's a good thing. I didn't have to click-scan every pixel. Every interaction had a wide area of clickability that made sense. Sparkle effects on the map and in every location hinted at what to do next.
The only thing I didn't like about gameplay was the constant back and forth traveling. Fast traveling on the map would have helped. For gameplay, I thought it was well thought out.

Conclusion:
Highly compressed video cutscenes. Typical pirate love story. Adventure gameplay was easy. Needed fast travel.
Decent game but could be better.
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Dagron
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
CONS:
-Flat, i couldnt care less about the characters by the end of it.
-Video cutscenes graphics are completely messed up(resolution), pixels the size of my head in every single one of 'em.
-Beyond repetitive puzzles.
-Bad translations every now and again (eng).
-Overpriced, 8€ for barely 4hours of gameplay (including afking couple times)
-No replay value.

PROS:
- Good visuals (except for the cutscenes mentioned above).
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philipp_chris
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
Actually quite good
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misfitrhi
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Pirates + Hidden Objects? Sign me up! This was pretty enjoyable but I rarely needed hints, cruised through it in just 3 hours, and the cut scenes were crazy grainy. The quests were decently challenging and I'd probably play another game in this series because it was an enjoyable story. If you're looking for a hard challenge or a longer play you might give it a skip.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
So, the story for the game is actually pretty nice, and the puzzles/ hidden object sceens are amazing, for that I really enjoyed the game. I did however, have problems getting a couple of the achievments at fist, one being finish the game in expert mode. I had done this, but it didn't give me the achievemnt. It wasn't until I looked on the steam forums that I saw others were having the same problem and the developers of the game said that they would have a fix for this, but it hasn't been fixed as of yet. So in order to get the achievement I had to finished the game in the 'extras' section all at once. (No exiting the game and coming back to it later) and that worked. The other problem is the cutscenes are super blurry. I mean- the game would be so great, if the cutscenes didn't go super pixilated, but they did. I looked this up on the forums as well and the developers said they would fix this issue as well. I am hoping that the sequels to the game do not have these issues, but I will still play them because I found this one to be fun and entertaining despite the issues. I would say get them on sale, as it seems it would be worth it then, not at full price with the couple of bugs that are going on.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
With voodoo zombie pirates, the story is definitely reminiscent of the Caribbean inspired by On Stranger Tides, the source material for the Pirates of the Caribbean and Monkey Island franchises. Since I love both of those franchises and enjoyed Artifex Mundi’s Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride, this game was an obvious follow-up choice. Similar to Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride, the story relies on the Damsel in Distress trope to motivate the player, although the player is playing as a female character in both games (mom in one case and twin sister in the other). On a more personal note, it was fun to start off in a museum and play a character who is a museum professional since that’s my job in reality as well. I liked that the bonus adventure was about how to get off the island and home because it tied up the loose ends in the storyline.

There are some nice gameplay features Nightmares from the Deep has that Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride doesn’t have (or if it does have them it didn’t really explain how to use them). For example, I appreciated that the purpose of the Mahjong games was explained better. The puzzles were fun, even though a couple of typos (probably from translation errors) did cause a little confusion in a couple of puzzles. I did have a little bit of trouble with a bug causing achievements to not unlock properly, but it didn't ruin my enjoyment of the game (multiple playthroughs!) and it has now been resolved so new players should have no trouble unlocking achievements.

TL;DR – If you like pirates and adventure games, this is a good bet for you!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
I liked the story in this one. One issue is the cut scenese are so heavily compressed they are almost unwatachable. They should have HD cut scenes.
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45 of 46 people (98%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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35 of 37 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2015
Artifex Mundi delivers usual quality, but only that

Anyone who has already played an Hidden Object Game by Artifex Mundi, knows that this developer delivers beautifully designed games, which form the best the genre currently has to offer. The first game in the Nightmares from the Deep series does not disappoint and proves to be another fine release from Artifex Mundi. However, the game does show its "age" a little bit: it was actually already released early in 2012, and this shows – it's not as meticuously polished as Artifex Mundi's more recent releases.

Don't take me wrong: I enjoyed playing this game, but I didn't felt "drawn in" as much as by other games from Artifex Mundi. This was mainly due to the voice-acting of the different characters, which proved something of a disappointment. This is a pity, since the story itself is more than interesting and offers a nice twist on the well-known "Pirates of the Caribbean" theme, although the ending could hardly be more cliché.

Somehow the different elements of the game – point-and-click, hidden object scenes, puzzles and cutscenes – didn't add up for me to something really engrossing. Most of the separate elements are perfectly fine, with the hidden object scenes standing out as beautifully drawn as ever. The puzzles range from very easy to moderately difficult, and add some variety to the gameplay. I was especially pleased to find the option to choose for a game of Mohjang instead of the different hidden object scenes., with the Mohjang games gradually increasing in "difficulty". The music in this kind of games often strikes me as bland, but that's just a matter of personal taste I guess.

As is well-known among collectors of achievements, games by Artifex Mundi offer excellent possibilities to achieve perfect games without too much difficulty. As usual, two playthroughs are needed for this, but both need to be on the same profile in order to let all the achievements unlock. Something to keep in mind, as I made the mistake of starting the second one on a new profile, and playing through it for a third time would be stretching it way too far ;-).

Overall conclusion: recommended, mainly to fans of the Hidden Object Genre
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45 of 57 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2015
Hidden object and adventure.

Highs:
I was impressed by the animation that went into portions of the game. It went beyond the usual throw-in story of most hidden object adventures.
The plot was decent and you were reminded pretty constantly of what was going on by contextual clues.
The location of the next hidden-object puzzle is usually hidden in the most-current location (a picture, etc) otherwise you can just spam the hint button and it will get you to the right area.
High resolution puzzles made it easy to pick out the items that were required and lots of hidden object puzzles were present in the game (with only a couple of exceptions)

Lows:
The doubling back to the "guardian" to unlock the chest that takes like 20 doubloons to open was kind of annoying. It isn't required throughout the game, but that's not made apparent while you're playing.
A couple of the puzzles had sections that were a bit hazy and fuzzy on large monitors.

All in all, this was a good game. I enjoyed the story. Not so much the fact that you were a talking character (and female at that) which disconnected me from the main character a bit. But, still it's a game and it was a good one even if some of the sequences were pretty obvious.
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
...and here we have another Artifex Mundi caliber HOG. I've been meaning to play this game for ages now. Finally being able to find the time, I'm rushing here to give you my full review. Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart is one of Artifex Mundi's earlier games, thus it is quite possible to encounter amateur mistakes or some clumsy animations now and then. Yet, the charm attached to the developer’s name doesn't fail to entertain us anyway.

Here we have Sarah Black, the curator of the Caribbean Museum and the mother of one cheery teenage girl, preparing the exhibition of a life time. The mummified corpse of Henry Remington, most notorious pirate of the Caribbean Sea back in 1800s is finally discovered and retrieved from his resting place: "Davy Jones' Locker" a.k.a the bottom of the sea. The corpse is delivered to the museum for the exhibition, and Sarah prepares him to be displayed. Just as we were thinking that he seems kinda handsome for a corpse that's been lying at the bottom of the sea for some centuries, he comes back to life, kidnaps our daughter, summons his ghost ship and sets sail to Skull Island... Oh, where did I see that before?

Okay, okay, I'll say it. I have no idea about the rest of the series yet, but this first game is basically a retelling of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest without Captain Jack Sparrow to lighten up the mood. But as the first instalment of the Nightmares from the Deep series - and possibly the most clumsily done - The Cursed Heart still finds means to keep you interested, with a detailed story of its own, weaved out of countless nautical folktales. Hey, I'm glad that we have a name for the protagonist at least, contrary to "Madame Detective" of Left in the Dark.

Artwork is most brilliant with its eerie depictions, nautical themes and an expected amount of undead roaming around. At this point, no one expects Artifex Mundi to present bad artwork, even with its older titles. What I do wonder though, is that how they've managed to make cinematics in lower quality than actual game artwork. Cinematics are blurry and less presentable compared to actual in-game artworks. Same goes for the voice acting: voice acting itself is beyond par, but the lip synch is non-existent: people do move their mouths rhythmically, that's all. I think this is forgivable considering that this is an older title though.

Here comes the gameplay: we have quite enjoyable and clear HOG scenes, some FROG scenes, a good amount of enjoyable puzzles and alternative Mahjong games if you are bored of object hunting. It takes at least 2 playthroughs to complete all achievements - one for HOGs, one for Mahjong games. The map is not interactive, but you get used to the environment quickly, and there is little backtracking aside going back to the ship to place a Dubloon on a chest and listen to an undead dwarf tell a story now and then. What's that about? You gotta play the game to learn!

Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart is probably not Artifex Mundi's best game, but it is a promising title and the start of a possibly enjoyable journey on a series. If you'd manage to grab it on sale, you'd enjoy it thoroughly when you'd be in the mood for a pleasant little HOG.

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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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82 of 125 people (66%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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