Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart Collector's Edition
Graphically beautiful doesn't equal great game
This review is based upon the hour long demo, because I did not want to buy the game. I am going way against the tide here on BFG (no pun intended), after looking over the other reviews. But, the gorgeous graphics and wide screen aspect and cinematic cut scenes were not enough to overcome a very simple (and boring) game.
I have a lot of respect for the developers (Artifex Mundi) and have enjoyed more than one of their prior games. They were challenging games with some difficult puzzles and good HO scenes, along with having beautiful, immersive graphics.
This game held my hand way too tightly. Every (non difficult) step was explained to me. Conversations felt like little more than being told what to do. The daughter character was-- well, annoying. The VO actor for her sounded like a 10 year old [something I've been noticing in games with VOs - the women characters often sound like children but that's a whole 'nuther issue....] -- and the strange concept that she would be telling her mother what to do when her mother (me) is the director of the museum..... made no sense.
Incredibly, deeply, supremely disappointing. I was really looking forward to this one. Yes, the graphics are fantastic. The cut scenes are cool and very fun. The game play -- what there is of it -- is so easy it felt tiresome. That's the best description of my gaming experience that I can think of. Tiresome.
May 21, 2012
I was one that also went by the reviews and bought this game. I couldn't even finish it and that is the first time I've ever said that. There was way to much running back and forth. You get one item and walk way back to use it and get the next. The visuals were stunning but that is all I really found great about this game. I found the story slow moving and some parts of it kind of annoying. I may be in the minority here but felt this game was a waste of money.
June 6, 2012
Not worth the money.
Not challenging for experienced players. Too many hidden objects, puzzles were not challenging. OK for beginners. Wasn't worth spending the money for the Collectors Edition.
May 28, 2012
Same Old Same Old, Boring, Easy & Annoying
I don't get it -all the glowing reviews. I only played part of the demo. I found nothing compelling or original in this typical Adventure/ HO game. Easy, not much of a challenge & boring. But the worse part for me: the daughter character's voice- fingers on a blackboard to me & very annoying. I quit after about 20 minutes of play.
June 25, 2013
I don't know why but this game immediately irritated me. I was not drawn in. The dialogue seemed stiff and false. I only played the demo for ten minutes and then uninstalled it.... I was surprised because I always read all the reviews before I even try a game and this had lots of 5 stars.... perhaps I should have persisted but there are so many amazing games available I felt I was wasting my time and just wanted to go find something that engaged me within the first minutes!
June 20, 2012
I found this game to be really annoying. Too much handholding, not enough challenge. Graphics were done well and HOS scenes were okay, but try and exit this game and you get a mini preview of the game. Seriously??? I felt like I was at the movies waiting for the main feature to start. No thanks, BFG, I won't be buying this one.
May 17, 2012
I'm sorry, but I really didn't like this game. So banal!
I feel a bit uncomfortable, because I?m in this case a voice off the chorus?
I bought the game without trying it, because I confess I was deeply conditioned by the total enthusiastic series of positive reviews, so I?m totally responsible for my rash decision.
Unluckily I have not liked the game at all.
I fully agree about all the options as described in other reviews, they are all well-conceived and make the game very easy to play.
Besides that I didn?t find anything original or particularly new in this game, the usual story of ghosts and kidnapped person and pirates?At least there is not an overdose of demons, but all the usual ?creepy? elements are there.
The graphics are not exceptional and very dark.
The game is easy and after a while rather boring.
The voices over are good, but the characters are banal and the kidnapped daughter quite unpleasant.
I?d have appreciated a little of irony, a winkle, something different.
I wonder when we might have, just for a chance a game with doesn?t take the plot too seriously, something lighter and humorous, even though not childish.
I?m totally fed up with asylums for lunatics, demons, ghosts, bones, dark graphics and dilapidated haunted manors.
The developers are extremely skilled in creating well working and amazing games, but they should make an effort of creativity and originality in their plots.
This is just my humble opinion, of course.
May 19, 2012
Not a Game for True Adventure Gamers
This Game is a HOG with a story
OR a Mahjong Game with a story
the Adventure part
is Sooo Overpowered by the HO part...
I found gameplay to be one HO scene after another
and the Bonus Chapter was Literal TORTURE for me
HOS HOS HOS thats what i paid for in this CE
Needless to say i dont like most HOGS
nor do i like HO scenes in my Adventure Games
Praying for the day when pc gaming becomes PURE Again
PC Adventure games with NO HOS!!!
I only Tolerate the HOPAs because that is what is being
Pushed on us by the Creators..
this is the first game from Artifex Mundi i have played
and NOT Enjoyed ...
and that Includes their TM games
and even the HOS Heavy
Abyss The Wraiths of Eden
Although i still havent played a couple of them yet
When a game has so many HO scenes
that it Interferes with the Adventure
it really doesnt matter how Awesome the Graphics are
or your story...
Disappointing Game for me..
if you love HO scenes or Mahjong Gaming
and dont care much for Adventure Games..
then ignore my review and check out the five star ones..
March 27, 2013