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!

System Requirements

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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
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    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.5 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
It's such a rare thing for a hidden object game to get everything right. Invariably the story is lacking or the graphics are muddled or it's just plain boring even for the genre. That's why titles like this should be treasured, because there's a rare level of artistry put into creating them. Nightmares from the Deep goes significantly beyond the standards of hidden object games to create a journey perfect for new and experienced players alike.

I absolutely adore the opening to this game, and no one can take that away from me. You're the curator of a Caribbean history museum that just got the body of an infamous pirate, fresh from the ocean floor. Dark magic brings him back to life, and instead of keelhauling you or looting your museum, he kidnaps your daughter and drives his ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ed ghost ship straight through the building. From that totally metal setup you're tasked with exploring the ship and their secret pirate isle to uncover the story of your undead antagonist and a way to stop him.

You'll run across plenty of roadblocks in your travels, whether they be locked doors or deep water or broken equipment. These roadblocks are more sensible than the foot-high fallen trees and dusty cobwebs that hold you back in other such games, and this attention to detail deserves to be noted. Your challenges are, for the most part, logical and approachable and tie in well with the story, which itself is a cut above most dreadful plots you might find yourself dragged along for. There's characterization and pathos to uncover and an ending you might not be expecting at first.

This is all meaningless if the puzzles are garbage, but here again Nightmares from the Deep shines. The hidden object scenes are crisp and detailed, with your objectives clearly displayed for your clicking pleasure. There are multi-part items to find like ones inside of other objects, and side scenes with components to assemble to make new items. Each scene earns you an inventory item needed to progress or solve one of the game's many other puzzles. These are almost always creative and engaging, keeping away from safe, banal options like chess puzzles and Tower of Hanoi so often seen in other games.

I can also call this one of the few hidden object games for people that hate hidden object games, because as it turns out the object scenes are even optional. During any scene you have the option to toggle a Mahjongg mode where, instead of sniffing out items, you match tiles to earn the items needed. You can even flip back and forth between modes if there's a particular item you can't find OR a pair of tiles you can't match. This is an incredibly novel addition that contributes so much to the enjoyment, as you'll never be stuck for long on a single scene. As if that wasn't enough, the game offers robust hints and skip functions to keep frustration as far away as possible.

There are minor complaints I can make, such as a surprising amount of backtracking being necessary or the terribly low-res cutscenes being almost unintelligible. But honestly, the shocking level of care and quality that Nightmares from the Deep is crafted from leads me to wave these objections away. This is very much one of the best hidden object games I have ever played, from the mechanics to the story to the graphics to the sound. It's an automatic recommendation from me, even to those who profess a dislike for the genre.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
I playd this after third so maybe that is why I was little dissapointed in this game. Graphics bit messy when looking for objects and game doesn't update when you do something so you try doing same thing many times because of this. But plot is nice and game sets mood very good!
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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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32 of 38 people (84%) 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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45 of 61 people (74%) 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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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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Pink Turtle
5.0 hrs
Posted: October 23
If you like this kind of game and get it cheap, then yes I can recommend it. Otherwise no.
My biggest disappointment are the 480p cutscenes. Would at least think they had bothered rendering some HD cutscenes for a computer game.
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4.6 hrs
Posted: October 16
aye, savvy
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4.3 hrs
Posted: October 15
Very good HOG. Pretty, rather easy. Cut scene videos are a bit low-res.
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The™ Baron
3.4 hrs
Posted: October 13
Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart is another perfectly enjoyable hidden-object game, but it is marred by some very low-res cutscenes and an at-times questionable English translation.
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2.3 hrs
Posted: October 10
After my 15th game of Mah-jong I have to call it quits, completing about ~ 60% of the game.

Nightmares from the Deep is a 1st person point and click adventure game, in the same vein as Myst but not as devious with its puzzles. In fact, it's not devious at all, the puzzles are some of the easiest you'll find in an adventure game. There is some challenge to this, but not in a good way. Pixel hunting is the game's worst, but not only offense. Didn't know you could interact with the tiny little object that looks like it's just background? Hope you didn't waste too much time.

Key objects often require you to complete an arbitrary game of tile matching Mah-Jong or an Eye-spy game. It makes no sense and if anything detracts from the atmosphere. Worse, these key objects JUST SPAWN in areas you had already visited, triggering after some event, with no logical reason for them appearing.

The actual object rubbing that any adventure game fan is familiar with is incredibly straightforward and boring. The actual game play is just terrible.

The story, atmosphere and graphics are admirable, and the voice acting i serviceable. CGI movies are a grainy mess but the backdrops are pretty. So I can't knock its presenation, just what you, the player, actually have to do to play the game.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: October 6
The Cursed heart is part of a trilogy masterpiece. Great game, great pirate story.

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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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