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 (707 reviews) - 93% of the 707 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
Helpful customer reviews
35 of 36 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
I think this is Artifex Mundi's best game they've made so far, which is saying something
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2015
First game in a present three game series.

Story: Museum Director Sarah Black is putting together an exhibition surrounding pirates and one pirate captain in particular, Captain Henry Remington. Unwittingly Sarah triggers 'ancient' magic and revives the cursed Captain. Captain Remington upon his revival steals Sarah's daughter, Cory. Of course, Sarah follows and stows away on Captain Remington's summoned "ghost" ship as it sets sail for Captain Remington's island. As Captain Remington's story unfolds the player discovers his personal history, his cursed 'life' and why he stole Sarah's daughter. Sarah with the help of a surprising ally convinces Captain Remington that what he wants to do will only cause more tradegy.

Gameplay is basically set up to occur in three distinct arenas, the museum, Remington's ship, and Remington's island. The tragic tale of Captain Remington is revealed through the various characters (mostly his undead crew, who were cursed when he was, assuming the player talks to them). Rather reminscent of the 'Pirates of Caribbean' first movie and the tale of 'The Flying Dutchman'. Captain Remington's entire tale is told by the Guardian of Remington's chest, which contains the collateral of Remington's Davy Jone's bargain, whenever coins are found and given to the Guardian. Very keeping with the Davy Jones motif and legends.

The puzzles are classic, nothing hard or head scratching. The game even includes a 'treasure hunt'. (When I saw the 'treasure' map, it reminded me of 'Treasure Island'.) There are enough hidden object scenes to keep this a Hidden Object game. The puzzles and hidden objects scenes are intergrated well enough into the storyline that they do not stand out, which in my opinion is a very good thing. However, since the gameplay arenas are limited to three areas there is a lot of back and forth movement within the area until everything is completed. Some may find this annoying but the amount of things needed to be done and accomplished within the area keeps the gameplay moving.

Being the first Artifex Mundi game I have ever played I found I enjoyed the well written storyline as well as the overall gameplay. This game would and did bring me back to buy more, not only of this series, but other games by them, as well.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
It was my first experience with Artifex Mundi's games and I was so hooked that I'm buying any game from them once on Steam.

Nightmares from the Deep puts you in the shoes of Sarah Black, a museum curator in the Caraïbean Islands, and interested in the pirates stories. After receiving the corpse of the famous Henry Remington, don't ask how but you awakened him. Taking your daughter as hostage, you sneak into his ghost ship and find yourself in a race against the clock to save your child.

The story is beautiful as you're also diving into the pirate's past and love story. Besides, Remington is cursed because of a pact with Davy Jones, only you can undo it. And Davy Jones is important for the trilogy anyway.

The gameplay mixes point-&-click, puzzles and hidden objects scenes. It's well balanced: all the puzzles aren't too hard but are not too easy (though one or two of them could be seen as harder to understand). I didn't find anything wrong or buggy.

The graphics are correct but beautiful too as between the boat and the island, you have also that surnatural aura surronding you. As for the soundtrack, nothing bad can be said.

Also, you have a bonus chapter, showing how you rescued another poor soul on your way home.

A well-constructed plot, a nice ambiance, a balance for the difficulty, you have everything in this hidden object game. Never hesitate for this one!
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