Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones Collector's Edition
Beautiful ending to one of the best series I've played.
This review is based on complete playthrough of the game and bonus content.
My profile tells me I've reviewed 75 games now. This is the 3rd I'm giving straight 5's for (Fate's Carnival and Catch Me When You Can are the other two). This ties up everything from the first two games, with a solid story in a challenging game that doesn't forget to be fun.
First off, the CE stuff (or "Why should I pay double for this game?"): The bonus chapter took me a solid hour playing mahjong over HOS. Unlike the last game, this time the ending isn't obvious (I expected something very different), and brings some new stuff to to story.
You've got three types of collectibles again (and again, I failed to complete any set, but I got close on all of them). Not as many achievements, but the ones that you can get mean something for the most part (rather than just being a checklist of how far you got in the game). Then the typical 'swag' stuff: some wallpapers, soundtracks (all very similar, not as good as Siren's Song), and concept art.
I only checked the SG once, but looking through it afterwards it seems very well done. Clear pictures along with enough description that you should find whatever help you need.
Now for the game:
THE GOOD: The game took me a solid six hours, playing mahjong for most of the HOS rather than doing the item finds (love that choice), on the highest difficulty: almost no sparkles (some puzzles), no map markers, click penalty (the main reason I did mahjong), but you still had hint and skip available, just slow charging.
The map is a jump map, and on all but expert difficulty show where there are tasks to do. You can change difficulty level in game Not the fanciest maps in a game, but they get the job done. They fit the style of game pretty well.
Cutscenes are beautiful - the only ding's I could give here would be one scene where an animal is too realistic, and one character that is more 'cartoony' than almost everyone else. Minor stuff. The voice overs were spot on and well delivered.
The story though, is where this game shines. Why did Davy Jones REALLY go through the trouble of kidnapping you and your daughter? While the game never gives a 2nd answer, you might find one yourself before the game is over. Very well developed characters: taking from the previous two games and going even deeper.
THE BAD: Almost nothing. The mahjong is about as easy as it was in Siren's Song (gets a bit harder in the bonus). The BC antagonist could have been fleshed out a bit more, but it was still done much better than most games.
THE UGLY: The series is over. Wonderful ending though.
I'm going to be keeping my eyes out for titles from these guys.
BOTTOM LINE: Totally worth the CE price and label. Great game and conclusion to one of the best series I've played yet. It's a story I'm going to remember. My new favorite.
August 7, 2014
Best Davey Jones Best Pirate
I love it - Best Davey Jones and so sad the final end.
This Game 10 Stars
June 28, 2014
All round good fun
For me, the ultimate evidence that a game's been great is that, when it's over, I wonder what I'm going to do with my evenings now it's finished. 'Davy Jones' the third in the trilogy of Nightmares from the Deep is, with its companion games, in that category.
I loved that it was so easy to navigate between locations, via the interactive map and no endless hunts for yet more keys to open doors to increasingly senseless, incomprehensible scenes, just great HOS, and puzzles that were just challenging enough without being frustratingly unsolvable.
The storyline was great, a fantasy that could be believed in. I highly recommend this game and all three of the Nightmares of the Deep series.
June 3, 2014
A happy ending :)
I loved this game, it does have challenge and plenty of areas to find. It has a map, but you can't travel by it, still the hint button will take you to the next place of interest.
The story is clear and uncluttered and follows in a straight line, so you don't forget what you are aiming for.
Loved all the skeletons most of them amusing.
The HOGs were good and varied.
There are hidden items to find and most of them obvious, but don't be fooled, because some are a little less easy to find than you expect so you tend to forget them.
All and all I had fun.
April 10, 2014
The Best Davey Jones
Great Game - 10mins into it and I knew I had to buy... The collector's editions of these games are well worth the cost.
March 27, 2014
Great game, just loved it, I really recommend this game
May 3, 2014
giving in on this
okay I said I don't buy ces anymore I lied. this game is a win win for me. remember I'm an easy go for pirates and aliens. I played the demo and it was so interesting and fun I can't wait for the se to come out. I list what im going to buy when se comes out and fell in quest for this one so it's jumping ahead of all the others. recommend trying the demo as always but I don't think you'll be disappointed in this game. great fun and keeps you engrossed to the story.
March 29, 2014
one of the best games of 2014 ... i love EVERYTHING about this game ... the VARIETY of HOs, puzzles, the BEST INTERACTION ... the MOVEMENT of the game ... the STORYLINE ... certainly the best of the series ... the artwork is FABULOUS and the characters are MEMORABLE ... i am now looking forward to the BONUS game ... i just had a GREAT FRIDAY NIGHT with big fish! ... woohoooo!
March 28, 2014
A great game from Artifex Mundi
Artifex Mundi does always excellent games .And this game has fun, graphics were superb,the music so appropriate. with an interesting storyline .Mini games were great.Hidden objects were perfect .You can use Mahong help, something I like very much..One of the best games ever.You must buy this game.And Bonus chapter was excellent.
June 13, 2014
Jolly good but play them all!
I don't automatically agree that this is the best in the series without stating that it is the best BECAUSE I've played the other two! This dev has really made a series that just becomes better but the first one is still fantastic, so you have to start with that one to really get the amazing power of this, the last one! I advise everyone to play all three and you will be in for quite an adventure, with lots of collectibles, lots of fantastic voiceovers and screenplay and some really marvellous pirate stories! The HOS are so full of variety and if you get fed up with them anyway you can always chose a game of mahjong instead:) The big plus in these stories will always be the interaction with the characters which I think is outstanding for any hidden object game!
March 30, 2014