Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart
Fabulous game that works on my old PC!
I've got a 5 or 6 year old PC and wasn't sure this game would load/play, but it did, and it's very entertaining. I'm 60 and was uncertain about the pirate theme, but the scenes are almost cinematic in quality, and it's like an interactive adventure movie. The puzzles and HOGs are appropriate and fun. I'm delighted with the game. Recommend strongly.
June 19, 2012
must buy..the end is (you have to see)
I just want to point out first, hiints, help, are there..Its a little tricky, we all want a little whats comming next.. some of the hos, were easy, yet I love the whole story.. I think this is one of my best buys.. just hang in there..It is worth it .keep them comming...music,pictures, all are trully breath taking.. back to the pond//
June 17, 2012
Fun, interesting, and pirates !
I enjoyed this game. The graphics are good. The HOS could be a little clearer - there is an option to play a short [and really really easy] Mahjong game instead of the HOS
There is some back and forth with this game - they do have a map but not one to jump from place to place. Good news the hint button and the skip button for the mini games refill fast [30-45 seconds].
The voice overs were okay - the "daughter" did get a little irritating. Loved the pirate skeleton?s clanking of the mouth - fun and well thought out by the devs.
The voice-overs can be moved along if you read fast. There are a lot of little added details to this game that make it enjoyable.Nice game that flows well.
June 16, 2012
All about the storyline
If you really like a heavy storyline, this is the game for you.
I really liked this game at first, but it got to the point where I had to use the hint constantly just to find where to go next. Lots of to and fro.
July 16, 2012
could of been longer.
This is fun game. The story kind of breaks your heart. Great story and graphics.. Even love the break it gives you on the side. Fun game.
June 21, 2012
Great dev disappoints with poor gameplay
TITLE?Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart
VERSION?Standard Edition (demo)
GENRE?Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure (supernatural adventure)
STORYLINE?As curator of the Caribbean Museum, you've recently acquired the remains and relics of the notorious Captain Remington, scourge of the seas. You rather stupidly reunite him with his demonic amulet, only to have him reanimate as an undead pirate and kidnap your annoyingly helpless yet bossy daughter in order to resurrect his mistress. So, off you go to save her while she screams, "Help, Mom!" and struggles uselessly. I'm thinking you shelter her way too much.
OVERVIEW?I really dislike giving a low rating to a game with such lush graphics and animation, but it seems that Artifex Mundi spent most of its time on that and very little on storyline and gameplay. And I just yesterday gave a five-star rating to their game Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden, a rating I rarely give. While this game is a visual feast, it is the Sahara for the experienced gamer, I'm afraid.
GAMEPLAY?Standard adventure intermingled with lots of HOs and a few incredibly easy puzzles. Lots of backtracking. The HOs are partially interactive (use a machete to crack a coconut, move one item to find another, etc.).
INTERFACE?Journal: Keeps notes and lists objectives. Map: Shows your location and areas where you have actions available, but it's not a jump map?and it should be. Hints: You won't need any. Specials: None in the SE. Strategy Guide: Not applicable.
GRAPHICS?Stunningly rendered 3D backgrounds and objects. Good use of color and texture. Eye candy.
CUTSCENES?Breathtakingly cinematic when they don't include characters. Characters are 3D posers with fairly lifelike movement, and lip synching which isn't lifelike.
MUSIC?Music style and performance added to the storyline and mood of the game, as it usually does in Artifex Mundi's games. They always do a great job with the audio.
SOUND?Ambient and game sounds very appropriate to the game theme.
VOICEOVER?I'm sorry to say that the voiceovers were just awful. The museum curator came across as an irritatingly overprotective mother who reacted with shock every time she saw her daughter, but never reacted at all to talking undead pirates. Her daughter seemed a naive, sheltered, spoiled brat. Captain Remington was a dead ringer for Captain Barbosa from the Pirates of the Caribbean series. And his "crew" spoke a mishmash of low class British accents. The only awesomeness was the decaying guardian of the doubloon chest.
SUMMARY?While I appreciate that Artifex Mundi is stepping up the graphics and animation, they need to remember they're writing games, not movies. Had they spent more time on the storyline, which was weak, and on gameplay, which was beginner-level at best, this game could have been a five-star game. As it stands, I can't recommend it unless you're home sick and feel like a really easy game that's full of eye candy and you happen upon it as a Daily Deal. And I can't give it more than two stars, and it only gets those because of the graphics, animation, and music.
February 27, 2013
nightmares from the deep
its fun liked it loved it it was
September 19, 2012
This is not going to be one of my favourite games, but I still enjoyed playing it. The graphics are very good and I loved the opening sequence. The Storyline which I believe is the best part of this game was brilliant, the music was ok. There were far too many HOS for my liking, although I do like being able to complete a short game of Mah-jong instead. The Puzzles on the whole were good but not very challenging. I Would recommend this game for people with a medium skill level as expert adventurers and Puzzle solvers may find it lacking.
December 30, 2012