Answer the siren`s call and defeat the cruel Mayor Murray and his pet sea monster, the Kraken
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About This Game

Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren`s Call is the sequel to the smash hit Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart.This epic adventure features an exciting plot full of outstanding puzzles and unforeseeable twists and turns.
When Sarah Black, curator at the Caribbean Naval Museum, receives a package from a mysterious messenger, she is unwittingly drawn into an ancient conflict. Inside the package she finds an artifact, and instantly assailants descend on the museum to rob her. The artifact is stolen. Sarah lowers her head in disbelief as she realizes that again she is falling headfirst into a nightmare from the deep.

Next Sarah finds herself on the shores of Kingsmouth, a forgotten fishing town which holds an incredible secret. A would-be messenger reveals the sad truth: he and the rest of the town’s denizens are suffering from a curse that is gradually turning them into ghoulish, mutated ocean creatures… a curse that was cast by none other than the mayor, Murray, and the old sea-devil himself, Davy Jones.


Features

  • Thrilling storyline with complex plot based on a dark mystery
  • Unusual depth of character for the Hidden Object genre
  • AAA-quality cinematics
  • A plethora of majestic locations
  • Varied gameplay: interactive hidden-object scenes, mahjong, and many others
  • Three different types of collectible objects
  • The sequel to the smash hit Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart, building on the first game’s story
  • Bonus gameplay: an additional adventure, telling the story of the praetorians who seek redemption after decades of serving Major Murray
  • Additional materials: concept art, wallpapers and a stunning soundtrack
  • Replayable minigames and HO scenes

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: 512 MB 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:
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    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Alecander
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
If your looking for a review on this game you've come to the wrong place, but if your looking for an outstanding cheese cake recipe you've come to the right place.

Ingredients:
1 cup digestive plain sweet biscuit crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
40 ounces softened cream cheese
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs

Directions:
For The base:.
If you're using a dark pan, preheat the oven to 350. If you are using a shiny pan, 375.
Combine the crumbs, melted butter and 3 tbsp sugar well and pat onto the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan. I also like to very very lightly butter the sides of the pan so that the cheesecake will not stick later on.
Bake for 10 mins in your preheated oven and remove. Let it cool while you prepare your batter.
For the batter:.
Make sure everything is at room temperature.
Combine sugar, cheese, flour and vanilla in a big bowl and mix on medium speed till well combined. Don't forget to scrape the bowl as you're doing this.
Mix in the sour cream till its incorporated well. Then, add the eggs one by one, mixing well after each addition.
Pour the batter into the springform and let it bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes After the baking time, turn off the oven and leave the door ajar. Let the cake cool in there for about 1 1/2 hours.
Remove the cake and let it cool thoroughly. Refrigerate overnight.
Release the sides of the springform.
Eat.
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CrystalBooness
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Have all of these and worked through them. There were ok your normal hidden object type game.
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ClockworkMouse1
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
A great game, especially as part of the trilogy.
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Kössi #ripkone
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
love this type of games
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glawarhal
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
I'm a huge HOG player, so after reading the reviews on this game, I decided to buy in and hope that the game was as good as they say. I wasn't disappointed at all. In fact, it's one of the best HOGs I've played in a long time, and that's coming from someone who has played a lot of these types of games. There's nothing terribly complicated about it. The story was the usual "rescue someone in distress" kind of thing. The main feature, as always, are the puzzles. I managed to polish the game off in 4 hours, but again I play these games a lot. If you love HOGs you'll definitely want to get this one.
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Menace123
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
- This review isn't written by a native speaker, thank you for your understanding -

Rating
Must Play !

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
about 5 hours
Gaming level
Casual
Achievement level
Casual
Game style
Hidden object; Puzzle; Point n' Click (First person view)
Game modes
Story mode, Bonus story mode
Graphics
Very good !
Story
Very good.
Playthrough
Two, refer to (#) at the end.
Voice
Very good.
Music
Very good.
Controls
Mouse only.
Tutorial
Yes.
Unmissable / backtracking content
Some, refer to (*) at the end.
Glitches / bugs
None.
Worth price
Full price if you accept the (#) and (*) point at the end.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Artifex Mundi sp. z o.o. is one of the best Puzzle/Hidden Objects developper I've found so far !

Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren`s Call is the sequel of Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart. This is the continuation of new curses Davy Jones made, so a strange man come to meet the Caraibbean Museum Director which was previously involved in the curse between Davy Jones and a famous pirate who had kidnapped her daughter.

The story is very good and graphics are awesome. The puzzles and hidden objects scenes are equally reparted.

The game features an inventory where you can store items to combine with the environment to go deeper in the story.

The game have several difficulties and have a guest feature : all the family can play the game and resume it where they left. There is also a map which is useful to fast travel through the different places and that can have some hints if you play in a easier mode. Also you can use the Hint/Skip hourglass whenever you want and wait until its refill to use it again. But be warned that you may not skip or use a hint in any puzzle or hidden objects scene if you wish to have some achievements.

There is a wide choice of puzzles and there are two kind of Hidden objects scenes. The first Hidden objects scene features the name of the objects to find some are found easily (normal one) and some others need you to interact with the enviroment or to combine two items to found them. The second Hidden objects scene let you find the shape of the objects in the scene and sometimes ask you to use them in order to obtain the others.

(*) :
The game has some achievements that can be missed which are some challenging achievements. There is a guide on steam that will help you to not miss any of these achievements. The challenging achievements require you to finish a puzzle or an hidden objects scene or a mahjong game under a minute. And some achievements require you to find 4 objects in 4 seconds or find all objects with only 3 misclicks or less in the hidden object scenes. There are also collectibles to find through the different sceneries but the good thing is you can always backtrack them as long as you don't open the final chest.

(#):
As I said in the key features, you need two playthrough to finish the game. One to finish the game with all the puzzles and hidden objects scenes perfected and another one playing the mahjong game instead of the hidden objects scenes. The good thing is you can skip all the cutscenes and puzzles in your second playthrough if you succeeded your first one.
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wyldrose
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
Even a little more uncanny valley that usual for an HOG, but the gameplay is fine. Lots of collectibles.
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rahepp76
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
Just as fun as the first adventure.
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The Greater Good
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
The Good:
  • skillful and detailed visuals and well-fitting audio
  • intriguing setting and a delightfully morbid story
  • object combination puzzles and minigames that, for the most part, are very logical

The Meh:
  • many current Hidden Object games have little collectibles that are hidden all across the location screens; this game has three different types of those with one type being quite a pain to collect, as it's visible only on occasion; it is not neccessary to collect them in order to complete the game, but achievement hunters might get a little annoyed

The Ugly:
  • no major complaints; I've finished the game without encountering any technical issues or bugs, game-breaking or otherwise; the whole thing's very polished

Overall:
Nightmares from the Deep 2 is an improvement of the already very enjoyable first game. As far as I'm concerned, this is the sort of Hidden Object title that newcomers to the genre should check out to get a great first impression. A very strong "Recommend".
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sgbeal
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
Jumped right into this one after blazing through Episode 1 in the series. This one is an improvement on every level except possibly the voice-overs (which haven't gotten worse, but which i'll characterize as "average - not bad, certainly acceptable"). Most notably, the quality of the cinematic scenes is improved about 50x over its predecessor, and they are (still) used to good effect in transitioning between scenes.

i'm _not_ a point-and-click adventure lover, nor a lover of puzzles, but at 8 Euros for the 3-part series i felt compelled to try this out (based on the positive reviews) and have not been disappointed. Each episose is short (under 6 hours for part 1, and i read that part 2 is under 4 [edit: i must be slow, because i needed just over 5 hours for the main story and had to ask the internet about one of the puzzles because i "just didn't get it"]), and couldn't normally justify paying the full asking price, but on sale it was certainly a reasonable deal.

Fantastic graphics, trivial controls, some improved/more advanced gimmickry in the puzzles (compared to part 1), and a lovely soundtrack make this a great casual game for the non-hard-core PaC/HOG players.

Post-finish notes:

- Just over 6 hours, including the bonus mini-adventure after the main storyline.

- fantastic graphics and mixing of cinematics with still scenes.

- the "bonus" hidden items (Parrots, Octopi, and Seahorses) are a nice touch, except that the Parrots come and go over time - they literally fade in and out of view within a scene (very subtly), so it's difficult to spot them and they might literally not be visible while you're looking for them. i manged to get all the Octopi, but not the others.

- the protagonist is a spoiled brat: she refuses to smear jam on bread with her own fingers, and demands silverware for that purpose. Yet she'll pick up a mouse with her bare hands.
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EnVil Store
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
I love this game, the sound is good and gameplay is not bad
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Kilaker
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
This game picks up the story 1 year after the events of the first Nightmares from the Deep, and you notice several "mementos from the last adventure" early on in the game. For me you can also notice that Artifex Mundi had made more games in between as well. Everything is better with this one, even the good things the first had like artwork, ambiance and sound. The only bad things I have to say about about this, is the puzzles and total game time. I completed the game, every puzzle and hidden object location without any hints in less than 3h, and that is with the standard "bonus adventure". Game that are this good are never long enogh of course, but I still can't help feeling a little disappointed in the game length. An "easy" way to increase the game length would be to increase the difficulty of the puzzles in the game. So that you actually would have to sit down and think, now you can see the solution too quick and get moving before you lean forward to see a pattern in the puzzle you were doing. But I shouldn't spend the entire review criticizing the game, it's still a beautiful game with a good story that continue on from the first game nicely. It's a great game, either to start with but more to continue the Nightmare from the Deep series with. 7.1/10
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bruce komic
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
Today, I am feeling good that I managed to complete this game to it's very end and have now been given the chance to enjoy the bonus content also given at the end of this story,after the main story is over. I will return and do that later on as the game really pulls you in like a magnet and keeps you inside playing out your role till you are able to reach ,some kind of satisfactory progression. I like it for it's interesting story like environment and the range of puzzles available to be solved and objects to be found .There are still some puzzles to be solved and achievements to be unlocked ,so I will be playing it again, even though my main objective has been achieved. This game and story is worth buying and keeping as it is a interesting journey working like a detective looking for all the clues which lead to the end of the story. The availability of different choices of puzzles and the artwork ,the sounds enhance the overall experience and make the drudgery of finding clues and solutions a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.
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Rain Horse
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
I loved this game. The storyline and quailty made my experience awesome. Nightmares from the Deep is my favorite game series from Artifex mundi! Enigamtis is my second fave.
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morea85
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
A mix of hidden object and puzzle game. I really enjoyed the plot and backgrounds. I hate part of the soundtrack, really annoying. Quick game. Nice.
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Yoodiv-Terraria1.3.1@edf.noip.me
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
Very well-done hidden object/adventure-lite game. You ought to play #1 first for the full story.

Getting the achievements is frustrating. There are hidden seahorses/parrots/octopi, and you can go back through every scene in the game searching for those, but you must do so before you open the midget's chest.

For each of the hidden object games, you can play it an alternate way with a mahjong game, and not all of them are accessible from the "Extras" menu even after you've beat everything. That means you need to play through the game a minimum of 2 times (once finding hidden objects, once doing mahjong).

During my mahjong playthrough, I reactively clicked 1 or 2 hidden objects, and finished the balance of the scene by mahjong, but it seems that every single object in the scene must be done by mahjong, in order for it to count as being done by mahjong.

Thanks to that minor screwup, I would apparently need to play through a 3rd time and not click a single object....

Edit: FUUUUUUUUUUUU- I started to play through a 3rd time, and in my rush, I clicked hidden objects again. Now the problem is not simply that I'd need a 4th playthrough, but that I need to finish the 3rd one so my progress resets too, AAAAAAAARGHHHHHHHH

Edit2: I did play through the entire ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ game again to get it. That ship in the center of the achievements page simply shows that you got it, it doesn't unlock anything more.....ugh.....

Well that was a frustrating experience. #3 is better, here's my review for it:
http://steamcommunity.com/id/Yoodiv/recommended/284810
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Sipa
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 19
All in all a fun game to play in 2, couples enjoy :D
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Wuzzerator
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
A really good game - I played for over 6 hours which is very unusual for these hidden object/point and click adventures (normally I find they're 4 hours max).

A nice range of puzzles and colletibles (I didn't manage to find all the parrots on the first play through) and in expert mode it presents quite a nice challenge.

A few criticisms are the same as the first game - the story you get for collecting the golden fish is largely repeating what you already know, which adds nothing really to your enjoyment (unlike Ravenwood 2 where you learn additional information). The after game is short and simple, but you'd expect that. Finally, some of the characters are laughably awful in their design.

All in all a great game!
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crazipowerz
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 19
Part 2 of a trilogy. Well done, almost as good or a bit better than the 1st of Nightmares from the Deep games. Again top marks for voice acting, art, puzzles. Story and pacing are great, with atmospheric music backing it up. Collectibles, and a bonus story for completing them as well.

Really enjoyed the cast of characters, this time around. Rich and varied totally worth the buy but get the first one though it sets this up nicely. A hidden gem of the Hidden object genre that is well worth the time.
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TopazMystique
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 14
This was a tough call. I enjoy the game to a certain extent. However, the cons for me were:

1. Four achievements are dependent on playing all the hidden object scenes as mahjong instead. I don't buy hidden object games to play mahjong instead. If it had been match 3, I might have ignored this but I absolutely hate mahjong and these are LONG mahjongs. So, if you want these achievements, you will need to play the game at least twice and if you accidentally play a hidden object instead of mahjong, it will be more than twice! After wasting 2-1/2 hours playing through the second time trying to get these achievements, I gave up and decided it was not worth my time.

2. There are way too many cuts scenes. Even though they can be skipped, I hate to do that when playing the game for the first time because I might miss something. My feeling is that if I wanted to see a movie, I would go to the theatre!

3. Voice acting was on the poor side. In most cases, emotions were either incorrect or missing from the spoken dialog which made it sound cheesy.

4. The "strategy guide" is intergrated into the game... mostly. However, there is no indication that I could find for the collectibles in the game. So if you want the achievements for that, you will have to look elsewhere for help in finding the 19 octupi, 18 parrots and 7 seahorses.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
- This review isn't written by a native speaker, thank you for your understanding -

Rating
Must Play !

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
about 5 hours
Gaming level
Casual
Achievement level
Casual
Game style
Hidden object; Puzzle; Point n' Click (First person view)
Game modes
Story mode, Bonus story mode
Graphics
Very good !
Story
Very good.
Playthrough
Two, refer to (#) at the end.
Voice
Very good.
Music
Very good.
Controls
Mouse only.
Tutorial
Yes.
Unmissable / backtracking content
Some, refer to (*) at the end.
Glitches / bugs
None.
Worth price
Full price if you accept the (#) and (*) point at the end.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Artifex Mundi sp. z o.o. is one of the best Puzzle/Hidden Objects developper I've found so far !

Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren`s Call is the sequel of Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart. This is the continuation of new curses Davy Jones made, so a strange man come to meet the Caraibbean Museum Director which was previously involved in the curse between Davy Jones and a famous pirate who had kidnapped her daughter.

The story is very good and graphics are awesome. The puzzles and hidden objects scenes are equally reparted.

The game features an inventory where you can store items to combine with the environment to go deeper in the story.

The game have several difficulties and have a guest feature : all the family can play the game and resume it where they left. There is also a map which is useful to fast travel through the different places and that can have some hints if you play in a easier mode. Also you can use the Hint/Skip hourglass whenever you want and wait until its refill to use it again. But be warned that you may not skip or use a hint in any puzzle or hidden objects scene if you wish to have some achievements.

There is a wide choice of puzzles and there are two kind of Hidden objects scenes. The first Hidden objects scene features the name of the objects to find some are found easily (normal one) and some others need you to interact with the enviroment or to combine two items to found them. The second Hidden objects scene let you find the shape of the objects in the scene and sometimes ask you to use them in order to obtain the others.

(*) :
The game has some achievements that can be missed which are some challenging achievements. There is a guide on steam that will help you to not miss any of these achievements. The challenging achievements require you to finish a puzzle or an hidden objects scene or a mahjong game under a minute. And some achievements require you to find 4 objects in 4 seconds or find all objects with only 3 misclicks or less in the hidden object scenes. There are also collectibles to find through the different sceneries but the good thing is you can always backtrack them as long as you don't open the final chest.

(#):
As I said in the key features, you need two playthrough to finish the game. One to finish the game with all the puzzles and hidden objects scenes perfected and another one playing the mahjong game instead of the hidden objects scenes. The good thing is you can skip all the cutscenes and puzzles in your second playthrough if you succeeded your first one.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
This game picks up the story 1 year after the events of the first Nightmares from the Deep, and you notice several "mementos from the last adventure" early on in the game. For me you can also notice that Artifex Mundi had made more games in between as well. Everything is better with this one, even the good things the first had like artwork, ambiance and sound. The only bad things I have to say about about this, is the puzzles and total game time. I completed the game, every puzzle and hidden object location without any hints in less than 3h, and that is with the standard "bonus adventure". Game that are this good are never long enogh of course, but I still can't help feeling a little disappointed in the game length. An "easy" way to increase the game length would be to increase the difficulty of the puzzles in the game. So that you actually would have to sit down and think, now you can see the solution too quick and get moving before you lean forward to see a pattern in the puzzle you were doing. But I shouldn't spend the entire review criticizing the game, it's still a beautiful game with a good story that continue on from the first game nicely. It's a great game, either to start with but more to continue the Nightmare from the Deep series with. 7.1/10
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39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Here, we have the second instalment of Nightmares from the Deep series: The Siren's Call. Artifex Mundi keeps upping the game and brings another succeeding HOG in. Compared to the first game, The Siren's Call carries a faster pace in story with just as good puzzles and HOG scenes. In this game, we'll have less undead, more... fishmen?

The museum curator Sarah Black's adventures in the Caribbean continues. After her remarkable encounter with Captain Remington, Sarah is safely back and prepares for a new exhibition while trying to promote a "fiction" novel about her last encounter with Captain Remington. It is the middle of the night when a strange courier visits the museum to deliver a package. With the content of the package revealed, Sarah suddenly becomes a target again and a central figure in an old curse that slowly transforms the inhabitants of Kingsmouth to fishmen. You are to become a part of the resistance against a corrupt mayor, free a siren and challenge the curse of Davy Jones himself yet again.

Catchy, huh? Yeah, I know. Some might think that Nightmares from the Deep series are basically a retelling of Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Even I thought so when I finished the first game. This one, obviously gathers anecdotes from Dead Man's Chest and On Stranger Tides, but still manages to harbor the Caribbean lore into something curious and genuine. The bonus chapter at the end of the game even presents some foreshadowing about the last instalment, namely the origin of infamous Davy Jones himself. I really expect something a bit different than the movie version Davy Jones. Here's hoping!

I'll just skip praising the quality of artwork in Artifex Mundi games and define with two words: plain gorgeous. It is no big news that Artifex Mundi redefined the HOG genre, especially with the quality of artworks. This one is no different. Aside lovely background visuals with strong nautical themes, character animations are really good in this one compared to the first instalment. Characters have distinct facial remarks and body language. Cinematics seem to improve quite a bit too.

The gameplay? As a HOG, it is more than decent with presenting different type of HOG scenes, one or two FROG scenes and some puzzle dynamics even in HOG scenes themselves. Puzzles are mostly ordinary with lovely artworks this time. You'd go through the most challenging one within 3-4 minutes. If you are bored with HOG gameplay, you may give Mahjong alternative gameplay a try anytime you wish. To grab all achievements, you'll be needing at least two playthroughs though: one for HOG achievements, one for Mahjong achievements. The map is interactive with "available action" indicators so backtracking is not an issue. We are already familiar with collecting coins and poking a - this time fish-dwarf to tell us the background story. I'm getting used to these guys. Sure they are creepy as ♥♥♥♥, but hey! They are company.

Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren's Call is a good addition to the series, building up the concept further and establishing a bridge between the first and the last game, and a neat HOG by itself. Pick it during a sale and enjoy!

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Like its predecessor (Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart), this one here does not disappoint.

It shares the same advantages: maaaaany minigames, many Hidden Object scenes (a special minigame that presents you with a whole messy pile of items, from which you have to select some few) and none of the objects you need will be ridiculously hidden somewhere in your screen - in other words, no pizel hunting, which is great. If you don't like the Hidden Object minigame, you can always replace them for a Mahjong match without penalty.

The animation seems to have improved in this one when compared to its predecessor, but that might just have been my impression. The colourful and lively scenes are a sight to see throught the whole game. The story wasn't very interesting, but some might be into it.

So this is your high quality puzzle/hidden object title.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
Amazing sequel. I do recommend playing the series in order, just to compliment the storyline. Def a top notch quality hidden object game from artiflex mundi. A must have!

Pros:
beautiful visuals
sound
Steam trading cards and achievements
video cutscenes
good animation
creative puzzles

Cons:
overdone voice acting
jumpscares
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Very good hidden object game; interesting puzzles and story, music is ok. Me and my gf played it together and we had great time! :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Good hog with ok story and mini game.
Hog in here rather nice, not pixel hunt ^^
I just find one mini game is annoying but doable in extra content
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
A great sequel. i havent finished this one yet but from what ive played it seemed to be a top notch quality hidden object game from artiflex mundi. they rarely disappoint.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
like the other games from the same devs , good casual game with anice plot ,no bugs or glitches
easy achievments and cards
7/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
A great HO game and a great sequel!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2014
Okay, how the hell did this slip past my radar.

For everyone wondering what happened to the old point-and-click adventure games, here's your answer.

This has so far given me very strong vibes of Shadows Over Innsmouth, which makes me love the game even more. Some of the puzzles aren't overly difficult, but then again, for a genre where you have to knock the moustache off the Washington monument with a /broom/, not the /bamboo stick/, because that's for the giant panda three levels from now...

Still, don't let the 'hidden object game' fool you; this is little like the old I Spy games from yesteryear. This is a proper point-and-click adventure game geared towards a more grown up audience, with intriguing plot, interesting puzzles, and a couple nice bonus achievements for the eagle-eyed completionists out there. Hell, it opens with a kraken crushing a ship as a sailor watches in terror.

If you've been missing point-and-click adventure games, now's your chance to find them again.
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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2014
If you played and liked the first game from the series (or if you simply are a hidden-objects games lover) you'll definitely end up LOVING this one. Smooth gameplay, good story, comfy puzzles, well-designed hidden-objects scenes... that's enough: stop reading this uninspired review and buy the game. You won't regret it.
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30 of 36 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
Very fun game if you like this Genre, lots of unique puzzles that make you think while not being overly difficult. Has a pretty descent story and beautiful graphics, very vibrant and pretty colors.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Once again Artifex Mundi makes a real good story driven sequal !!! And as always good story, Art and voice acting added with fun and relaxing puzzles and hidden object game play !! You just cant go wrong with Artifex Mundi games !! Give it try if you llike puzzle and hidden object games !!
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
It's an Artifex Mundi point and click / hidden object / puzzle game! I have no shame in finding these to be a guilty pleasure, because they're a nice change of pace from more demanding games. This one maintains the devs' usual decent standards, with generally good presentation throughout (with some weird exceptions, as though a different artist was roped in at knife-point to fill in certain gaps). The formula does wear a little thin towards the end, and there's a certain sense of going through the motions that's not evident in the first two thirds of the game. You know the drill: explore locations, pick up items, do hidden object scenes to find necessary objects to solve puzzles (in this game, they really like "swap the pieces around so they form the right picture / match the background"), and listen in horror to some stilted voice acting. It starts well, with much drama and a cutscene that they probably blew half the game's budget on (this probably explains the marionette-like animation later in the game), and then settles into a comfortable formula. Towards the end it actually starts to get, dare I say it, quite exciting! I nearly spilled my tea at one point. The dramatic music helps, and threads begin to wrap up towards the big showdown, but it never really challenges you and feels a bit anticlimactic. If you get "stuck" it nearly always means there's a new hidden object scene that's opened up somewhere on the map, and you have to wander around until you find it. Frustratingly, there are occasions where apparently useful objects can be seen in the background art, but which are non-interactive (in reality the location of the object you need is elsewhere). It's sloppy. Removing useful objects (like a hammer) and then requiring you to find another one later in the game is also annoying. However, like its terrible voice acting (one actor is wildly inconsistent, seemingly forgetting the character he's playing mid-sentence on several occasions), it comes with the territory.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 28, 2015
Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren`s Call picks up the story one year after the conclusion of the previous game's story. This time around you embark on an adventure to save a siren and to lift a curse cast upon Kingsmouth that makes its inhabitants gradually transform into aquatic creatures.

Although the story is connected to the first game from the series, you don’t need to have played The Cursed Heart to enjoy The Siren’s Call because this game serves very well as a stand-alone game. However, if you find yourself enjoying either of them, I highly recommend you play the entire series, concluding with Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones.

The exciting plot, the fun gameplay, the lovely concept art, the mysterious atmosphere, the ambiance and music closely follow the style of the first game and are up to the standards that Artifex Mundi got us used to. In addition to what you expect of a high-quality Artifex Mundi game, this game offers a lot of interactive moments (for example the scene in which you have to extinguish a fire), clever plot twists and turns, smooth animations and slow-motion shots. All of these combined make for immersive gameplay and deliver a very pleasant gaming experience.

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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2015
Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call:
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You play Sarah Black, a curator of the Caribbean Naval Museum who receives an unexpected delivery deep into the evening; a chest with a missing triangle carved in the middle of the top cover.

One of the artefacts on display reacts oddly with the chess and you quickly realise that this is the key to open the chest. Inside the chest you find the Golden Octopus!

As soon as you hold this beautiful statuette, you are set upon by some sort of creature with a body of a man and head of a fish waving swords at you. At the time, your delivery man comes to your rescue. Unfortunately, one of these charming creatures throws a potion and you faint into the abyss without the Golden Octopus!

From there, you will try to free the siren Calliope and lift the curse that the Mayor Murray and your old jovial friend Davy Jones put onto the population of Kingsmouth.

This sequel is a great hidden objects adventure game with some strong, challenging puzzles. A definite step up from “Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart”. I am looking forward to play the next game in the series.

The graphics are great, cut scenes are fantastic and the story line is good. It took me a solid five hours to finish this game. If you are new to this type of game, you might find some of the puzzles a bit hard to beat. The good news is, you can bypass them if need be.

Positives:
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- Good graphics
- Well structured game with a good story
- Challenging puzzles
- Achievements
- Trading cards

Negatives:
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- Couple of frustrating puzzles

Definitely a game to own!

8/10

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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 28, 2015
Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart represented something of a low point in Artifex Mundi's library for me, so approaching The Siren's Call I didn't have the highest of expectations, or really any to speak of. Maybe it was the lack of enthusiasm on my part or the benefit of having a few other Artifex Mundi games pop up between its two pirate themed adventures. but Nightmares of the Deep managed to avoid the vast majority of the problems which brought down its predecessor and could easily sit as one of the developer's most polished works.

In a lot of ways, Artifex Mundi has "fixed" Nightmares of the Deep by basically retconning the entire first game. It follows a nearly identical premise, features similar puzzles, and has effectively the same structure as The Cursed Heart. In some ways this makes it feel somewhat redundant, as if you've played the prior game there's a constant feeling of deja vu following you around as Artifex Mundi mostly tries to pretend that game doesn't exist. But they've also done so much to improve the originally underwhelming experience that I still found myself enjoying their signature brand of casual adventure game HOGs (hidden object games) and appreciating the ways they'd found to streamline and subtly enhance a familiar formula. It also means that if you never played The Cursed Heart you're under no obligation to before The Siren's Call, as for all intents and purposes this is a second start for the series, and a markedly better one at that.

Siren Call's most immediate upgrade is its visuals, especially that of character faces and animations. Gone are the unnerving lip spasms, clunky walks, and convenient tricks to hide a lack of animation, replaced with actual facial movements and a significant increase in the amount and quality of animation in every area of the game. It might still be fairly tame compared to games with budgets in the multi-millions, but it goes a long way to making Siren's Call stand out among its peers as almost certainly the prettiest HOG I've ever played.

Other fixes are less overt but no less desirable, such as fast travel carried over from previous Artfiex Mundi games which cuts out all the tedious backtracking that was at its worst in Cursed Heart, helping especially in making the end game fetch quest something I actually enjoyed. Contextual puzzle solving has a much larger focus now, with logical solutions that make you feel more like an improvising scavenger than someone that just happened to stumble into a pile of junk with everything you need. They're a lot of small alterations that might not be immediately apparent, but make it hard to imagine going back to the way games of the genre have been for so long.

The one place Siren's Call failed just as much as its predecessor is its narrative, which once again borrows heavily from Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean. I wouldn't say I expect to find Pulitzer worthy writing in this style of game, but Artifex Mundi's prowess at delightfully cheesy plots remains nowhere to be found in Nightmares from the Deep. Plot holes abound, motives feel contrived and character reactions even more incomprehensible, and in general Siren's Call is trying so hard to be serious that it just comes across as dry and frankly pretty boring.

Compared to The Cursed Heart's list of annoyances though, that's a not insignificant step up in quality, and leaves the inevitable third game in a position to finally bring the series up to the standards Artifex Mundi has set themselves with other games. I'm still not entirely sure why Nightmares of the Deep seems to be the flagship title in their eyes, but if future games can keep in line with The Siren's Call I wouldn't be all that bothered to have a few more of them.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
I've just played this game through and I can definitely recommend it to those, who enjoy casual adventure (specifically hidden-object/simple puzzle) games. The graphics are more colorful and refined compared to the first part. The sound design is better too. The puzzles are fairly interesting without being too complex. It seemed to me, in fact, that compared to the first part the puzzles became more varied and interesting while actually being easier to understand (definitely prettier). The main story is OK, although there is nothing special about it. It is there only to set the mood and create a backstory for the setting, after all.
There is a bunch of achievements, which are reasonably easy to unlock, if you are into hunting for those.
Overall the game is a nice relaxing experience for those who want to play something fun and casual.
UPDATE As promised I have 100% completed everything in the game (including achievements and extra story) and I can add the following to my review above. You can skip all HOG parts of the game by playing mahjong (there is even a bunch of achievements for those so you might want to replay the game to get them). However, the original HOGs are still much more entertaining in my opinion. I do appreciate that Artifex Mundi offers and alternative solution to those who hate HOGs, though.
There is also a short bonus adventure, which adds a little bit of extra game play, but changes nothing on the big scale (no achievements for it too and no grand storyline discoveries).
In any case I do appreciate all the additions and variations that are available in the game and thus my overall assessment of the game remains "positive".
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