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?


  • 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!

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    • 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
    • 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
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
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8.4 hrs
Posted: September 24
Enjoyed this game. Graphics good and story good. Have just bought the nightmare from the deep package so that I can play the other two games. Worth playing.
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Zap Rosdower
3.3 hrs
Posted: September 12
Really well done from HOG from Artifex Mundi, probably their best series.
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Bad Mood Jones
6.7 hrs
Posted: September 7
Good casual game. Don't pay 10 bucks for it though. Get it on discount and have fun
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7.4 hrs
Posted: September 6
I really liked the pirate theme, it made a good story. The moving cutscenes were pretty blurry for me but it is an older game. There were more HOs than puzzles in this one. The HOs were pretty challenging too.

You have to play through twice to get all achievements. It is best to do a run doing the HOs and then another playing the Mahjong game instead. On the second run you don't even have to finish it to finish the achievements.

I quite enjoyed this game for the HO genre.
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15.1 hrs
Posted: September 5
What I was looking for when I started this game last night was something I could be a little bit detached while playing. I stumbled onto a genre that I actually really love with this Artifex Mundi point and click style game. There are different puzzles, hidden object areas, and side games like Mahjong as you find your way through this haunted pirate adventure.

The hidden object parts were my favorite, I wasn't expecting to be so into this style of game either. After expecting to check it out with a passing interest I actually played through it almost 3 times so that I could get the 100% achievement. It isn't a game or series that you will be able to completely emerse yourself into the characters and story. However, if you want a more casual game to change the pace a little bit, this series is definitely worth a look.

The mini games are interesting, and you will definitely have to put on your problem solving hat from time to time. I found most of the game to be very asthetically pleasing, but there are some parts that don't look so great. The cut scenes especially tend to be very blurry and strange compared to the beautiful artwork displayed in the still scenes. I wasnt expecting to be blown away by that aspect of the game so not having my hopes up surely kept it from pulling me out of the experience.
The story is about a museum owner who brings in a pirate exhibit and runs into a barrage of problems. She is harassed by the haunted pirate who sold his soul to Davy Jones eventually ending up on Skull island fighting to right the wrongs caused by the ghastly fiend. It has enough there to keep you interested even though the games are definitely the driving force that keep you hooked.

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5.4 hrs
Posted: September 3
This is the second Artifex Mundi game that I have had the chance to play, and was a breath of fresh air after giving a fairly negative review on Demon Hunter: Chronicles from Beyond ( Read here). What is so confusing for me however is based on Steam information Demon Hunter was released in 2014 and this game in 2012...it almost felt like learning from their mistakes but with that timeline couldn't be the case. Enough about that however, this was a cohesive and fun puzzle game that pushed me through to the end.

  • As I am just getting into modern hidden object games, you couldn't call me a veteran in the space. Besides this, I felt like there was enough challenge and at the same time intuitive items that it was fun piecing through everything.
  • The art, especially on the pirate ship portion of the game that is toward the beginning I felt was very well done. Characters, environments and objects all blended together so well. This is one of the huge weighing factors on why this game is rated positively. The game was tighly put together, and you could see their inspiration.
    nes will sometimes have you forgetting you aren't in the main story with The Witcher 3.
  • The mapping system is quite handy if you get stuck and are not sure where to progress, and it was made quite accessible.
    -Where I felt they got puzzles wrong in the aforementioned Demon Hunter game, I felt they did right in this game. They provide you a clear objective, and the puzzles are imaginative enough to keep you interested. A lot of reused concepts here, but well executed.

  • You have the option to play a game of mahjong instead of playing the hidden object mini-games. While they were fun enough, it was far and away from being one of my favorite times in playing mahjong. While I appreciate that they gave players a separate option if they weren't interested in hidden object games...at the same time, it almost feels like the reason you play a title like this is for that very reason.
  • This was surely done because of having a target demographic that has low-end systems, but the in-game cutscenes were pretty horrific in quality. And sadly, it was just bitrate and encoding, not actual art, rendering or writing! If you run this game at 1080p, I can only assume the videos are in 640x480 with a low bitrate. It is so pixelated and messy, it definitely pulls from the environment.
  • The story was actually pretty darn good. If there was a con, they could have maybe rewritten the beginning of it however. It teeters on what you would expect as a plot device from a Goosebumps book. Sadly I'm not here to propose a better opener, but it could have been done as well as once you are swept into the story.
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Derrick Rifkin
5.5 hrs
Posted: August 25
It's apretty decent puzzle and hidden object game, the setting is remarkably well-thought out and intricate, but the distance you need to travel in-game seems slightly too far each time you find that one element you need to progress, the addition of a quick-travel would greatly remedy this problem. The bonus adventure, however, feels less fleshed-out and the hidden-object scenes don't alays grant the items you were looking for (which is a pet peeve of mine).
Regardless of these minor issues the game is very enjoyable, especially the main story, and the absence of collectibles is actually a relief for me, considering the amount I've been looking for recently.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: August 21
This game may be older, but I still enjoyed it very much. It has been in library for a while. I'm glad I finally gave it a try. It didn't disappoint. It is alittle short. But, it has a nice story, good graphics and puzzles that are not overly hard. It is a pleasant game to sit down and pass some time without giving you a headache. I liked that you are given the option to play Mahjong or the hidden objects screens. I would recommend on sale.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Don’t get me wrong, I love Artifex’s games a lot… but this first game from the “Nightmares from the Deep” series is simply bad. The HO scenes were ok, but the story is kinda meh and the cutscenes are in really bad quality.

3/10, get this one on a very generous sale and only if you’re really bored.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
The version you buy, is not the same version you are shown on the store page. All the cutscenes which originally are of excellent quality, have been compressed heavily to where they look like blurry smudges. This is a known issue of this version, but it has not been addressed, and will likely never be fixed.

It's a great game, but the version being sold on steam is crippled.
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46 of 47 people (98%) found this review helpful
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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36 of 38 people (95%) 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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45 of 58 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2015
Hidden object and adventure.

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)

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
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
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
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
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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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2014
This is a surprisingly nice adventure game, blending 3 genres into one game nicely. Puzzles are plentiful and varied, everything is logical and falls good into darkish atmosphere. A bit on an easy side, though.
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