Answer the siren`s call and defeat the cruel Mayor Murray and his pet sea monster, the Kraken
User reviews: Very Positive (155 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 24, 2013

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March 23

Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan on Steam!



The second chapter of the legendary series from Artifex Mundi comes to Steam.

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Time Mysteries: Inheritance is coming back in a remastered edition!



The first episode of the extraordinary time travel saga from Artifex Mundi will soon be available on Steam.

The remastered edition of the 2010 classic will feature:

• Fully voiced dialogue
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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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
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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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
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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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
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 ambience 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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Every HOG I've played by Artifex Mundi has been top quality, and I'd say this is the best. Good story, nice artwork, solid voice acting, and a goo variety of traditional HOG scenes, mini-game puzzles, other types of puzzles, and light point and click adventure gaming elements.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren's Call is the 2nd game of Hidden Object Game trilogy. After experiencing the first game in the series, The Cursed Heart, as a pleasant surprise, I immediately played The Siren's Call afterwards. You play a female museum curator who gets kidnapped to a cursed island by a man in desperate need to save his love.
The main game is a point & click adventure, but combined with 3 types of sub-games. First there are puzzles, which are usually not too difficult to solve. Second there are the hidden object games, where you need to find a list of objects in a single scene. And third, mahjong, the Chinese tile game.
I found the game addictive as you quickly pass puzzle by puzzle and the story line opens up. Not a must-play game, but quite entertaining.

Score: 7/10

Pro:
+ nice graphics
+ steady game progress
+ decent story
+ additional bonus story

Contra:
- if you played the Cursed Heart, it may feel repetitive
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Dear Sirs or Madams,

I am writing to express my interest in filling the vacancy for the role of Senior Object Locator at your organization.
I bring with me extensive experience solving elaborate underwater puzzles. My skills include gathering fake teeth and peanuts, as well as hunting down long-lost toy soldiers. In addition, I specialise in collecting octopi, seahorses, parrots as well as ancient tokens.

In your service, I won't shy away from partaking in Mahjong; if necessary, under duress.

For substantially jolly hazard pay, I am even willing to engage krakens.

Yours Truly,
S. Black
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Another great Hidden Object game in what seems to be a series, Nightmares from the Deep. Here we are following a Siren who has been kidnapped. You are trying to save her and of course along the way must complete hidden object games and solve a few simple puzzles. Again, the storyline has a certain interest that will keep you going. Overall a good looking game, and a fun entertaining few hours of gameplay.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
In this game, a follow-up to Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart, you again play museum curator, the hero of the first game, as she struggles to save a mermaid and an entire town of fish people from a sinister shark dude. You are aided in your quest by the mermaid's boyfriend (who is kind of a huge weenie). This game continues Artifex Mundi's charming tradition of borrowing heavily from pop culture, with the most obvious influences in this game being Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and the works of H.P. Lovecraft. (I'm serious about it being charming -- I probably wouldn't pay attention to the plot otherwise).

The puzzles are all challenging without being too mind-bending, although if you play on Expert mode like I do, you might spend a good ten minutes wandering around every now and then until you find the right hotspot that has the next little clue or gadget needed to advance.

I think the most important part of this game, though, is the animals. Early on in the game you meet a cute monkey and give him a banana. And then close to the end of the game you find an ENTIRE ROOM full of BIRDIES. BIRDY BIRDY BIRDY.

I also rather enjoyed putting out the fire early on in the game, and I think Artifex Mundi should have a lot more scenes in their games where I grab a firehose and put out fires.

All in all, a good buy, and I think even better than the first Nightmares from the Deep game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
My playtime on steam for this game is short, but I have played this game previously on different formats. Compared to other version of this game I see no difference or issues. It plays reasonably well. I enjoyed the game. The voice acting is a little dry but not annoying, I found the hidden object games and puzzles fun and challenging but not frustrating, The way they blended the art and cg makes for a beautiful and sureal atmosphere and the story is really well done. The quality is of the visuals is on a level where you will not have issues with pixel hunting. This game is the sequel to "Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart", you could start with that one first, or play Siren's Call first. Its up to you because each is its own seperate story but with a few tie ins. This game is a great casual game, you can play it for a while and put it away and come back days later, and get back into it with very little effort. I highly reccomend getting this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Nightmares from the Deep is one of the best hidden item game series I have played. Yes, a series. If you don't have the first one then make sure you pick it up before starting this one. While the story can be understood on its own, the two games connect and lead up to the thrilling third game as you play same character in all three.

While not as strong storywise as the first, the big draw is that connecting story. The main character has gotten on the wrong side of a very bad entity and she just keeps rubbing it the wrong way by helping people caught in its grasp.

Story aside, the game has solid voice acting and game play. The visuals are very beautiful and the puzzles offer a challenge. If you're into hidden item games then don't hesitate to jump in, if you're not then the Nightmare of the Deep games will probably convert you.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Excellent pacing (hard to do with hidden object games!), plus improved graphics and UI compared to the first game in the series.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
This game is so much fun that I played through it twice!

The story is cute, the art is fun to look at, and the puzzles are simple yet satisying to complete. Your attention to detail WILL be tested if you're going for all the achievements.

Hidden object and point & click puzzles scratch a great gaming itch for me. If you're generally into this genre, The Siren's Call is quite the gem. With achievements and steam cards thrown in, you can't go wrong.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
It's a very good game for relaxing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
I mean, I've already played three artifex mundi games prior to this. And there's little variation in gameplay between any of them. Yet I enjoy them all a bit? I dunno, they're kinda mindless and silly, but in a good way. They're like B-movies to the A-list of real adventure games. And this game wants to be a real point-and-click adventure game more than any other artifex mundi game I've played, with its puzzle scenes that actually give you a reason to look for hidden object stuff other than "because why not". The plot isn't anything special, the game looks pretty enough, the music's as generic but pleasant as anything else in the game. It's not too terribly long and there's not much replay value. You can buy it if you want, I guess. Bundles make this stuff worth it to me, it's... relaxing. Somehow. Yeah. This isn't a coherent review at all.

(Wrote this a while ago but it wouldn't post. Steam's weird, yo.)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
I got it for 1100 or so gems in the auction. For a 2-3$ , it's worth it. At full price, just wait for it to go on sale.

A single playthrough of the main adventure as well as the Bonus of Davey Jones takes about 10 hours (casual or normal).
Will take a bit longer in Expert as you aren't given indications of where to go next, have to keep track of what's outstanding for yourself.

It's a simple point & click hidden object game. The back story is enjoyable. And instead of one long cutscene they've integrated it into the game play - because it doles it out in reasonable chunks you'll find yourself listening instead of clicking skip.

To get all the achievements you'd have to play thru twice, never click skip, where one time you do the puzzles then the second time play Mahjong. The bonus content has no achievements so you play it to just play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
An enjoyable adventure game with surprisingly good graphics and straightforward puzzles. If you don't like hidden-object games, it offers a mah-jong alternative to those parts. A handy map eliminates tedious walking back and forth between places.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
Pretty nifty for hidden object game! Nice art, okay puzzle, and a really decent plot. this is one of the more fun hidden object games I've played!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
One of the best hidden object games I've played. Most games of this genre do not have adventure, excitement, and the vast number of achievements that this one does. I like that aspect (achievements) because chances are you're going to play it again just to see where you missed that morphing bird or that golden octopus. Well worth the money.
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