Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones Collector's Edition
Another Great Game In This Series ...
Great Graphics, Sounds, Effects, Voice & Video Bits ...
A Great Follow On In This Series ... But Does This One Bring It All To An End ???
A Few Typo's Here And There, But Generally Very Well Polished ...
The Game Seemed To Last Forever And The Bonus Chapter Was reasonably Long Too ...
Excellent Value For Money Game On A Special Deal ...
March 29, 2014
This game is excellent.Loved it
April 22, 2014
because I LOVE NIGHTMARE FROM THE DEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
March 28, 2014
Kitty's Thoughts: And the situation is the daughter? AGAIN???
As always, I returned again! After I finally finished the previous "Nightmares From the Deep", this game is far from perfection.
One of the things I will salute to them is the fun in this game. I indeed had so much fun that I stayed glued to the game for a whole hour without even noticing it. Now, when you get me that hooked, I had to salute you. There's only a few games that fully grasped my attention for so long. And, I still want to play it.... However, again Collector Edition is debatable. Here's why?
Now, one of my most disappointing issue is the story. If you are one of those who played the previous games, you were warned about your meddling with Davy Jones. However, I was expecting... no... I was hoping that it would only effect Ms. Black personally not her daughter again like the first one. Do I have a problem of the story going that way?? Yes and a little bit of a No.
The story is indeed okay, but it would of been better if it had more direct effect with the character we play. Since her name was "Black", I was hoping more of a pirate direct line that Davy Jones would take advantage of and at least get a spoon full of fright. Which this game lacked too. I liked in the earlier two games that I felt scared even though I shouldn't be. Reason for that is the careful combination of creepy ambiance, music, and of course my personal favorite ghosts. Now, if feels kinda light hearted from the creepy, scary from the earlier games. The challenge and puzzles are pretty good, and the sound needs more to be desired. I can't say much because you had to play the previous game to know what I meant. I feel strongly like I recalled the music before.
Overall, visuals are great, but it can be easily overlooked with reused music, okay story line. I feel like the first one was indeed the best regardless of no buff ups of looks or improvements. Sadly again, I don't feel like I would regret not buying the collector editions like the previous games. Overall, I will still recommend it if you want to go full fledged crazy with collecting.
March 27, 2014
Follow the legend of Davy Jones in this visually-appealing production. Help free the signers of a Davy Jones past. Voice overs sound realistic with the proper amount of emotion. Graphics and use of color palettes are outstanding. Story and frequent cutscenes are well-developed.
Good ratio of puzzles to HOS. Several types of interactive HOS. Puzzles are fun and interesting, but are relatively easy to complete; they could be more challenging. Objects are found close to where they will be used. Gameplay is straightforward. Although not strictly linear, it is a simple matter of logic to figure out what to do and where to go next.
With all the attention to detail, it is an entertaining game.
The CE has quite a few different types of collectibles and achievements, in addition to the usual bonus game and extras to make it worth the extra price.
March 27, 2014
The soft side of an old sea salt
Review is based on completion of collector's edition regular and bonus game.
This game shows us another side of Davy Jones - his early life, and what caused him to become a tyrant. So, the storyline is relatively interesting and enjoyable. Here's a breakdown of what I found good (and some notsomuch).
*Artwork pleasant and reasonably well drawn.
*Good length of game play (@ 5-6 hours, w/regular + bonus)
*Music/sound effects appropriate to theme & not intrusive
*Game play free of glitches
*Option to play mah jongg instead of finding items in HO scenes
*Guide available from game screen
*Achievements viewable during gameplay
*Ability to skip/click through cut scenes and voiceovers
*Most puzzles/mini games not challenging
*Some items in HO games quite difficult to find
*No morphing objects
Obviously, it's impossible to create a game that's perfect for different players of differing skill levels. I'm not an expert player, so if puzzles are too hard, that's a turn off, too, but most of these didn't seem to require much thinking.
I ended up playing mah jongg a few times because I absolutely couldn't find the last item on a list (and usually have no problem with HO scenes).
The morphing objects aren't a big deal just a feature I enjoy.
I've played and enjoyed all three of the Nightmares From The Deep games. This one felt a easier, and as if there were maybe a little less attention to detail but overall quite enjoyable and well done.
March 31, 2014
Great Story! Will Be A Nice End to the Trilogy.
BASED ON ONE HOUR TRIAL
This is the final game in the Nightmares from the Deep trilogy, and while it's not as good as the two before it, it promises to be an exciting finish! My trial ran out before I could finish the demo (I don't know how that happened), so I didn't get a full picture of the game, but I really enjoyed what I got!
Like both other games, this one is most definitely about the story. The story is actually brilliant! It's totally different from the two before it, while still tying in with the ideas from the previous two games. The story takes a different turn than usual. You're trying to save your daughter, but you're also trying to save everyone else as well.
What I really enjoyed about the story was the unexpected twists it had. I was expecting something similar to the previous two games, but it was nothing like it. You have to set around to find something that will void the pact signed by your daughter- something that's never happened before. This story also has an element of mystery to it. Who is the ghostly girl? This issue was not addressed in the one hour free trial.
Something really appeals to me about the idea of voiding pacts and saving people. This story gripped me almost from the moment it started, and I can't wait to see how it ends.
As well as the main story, there's also the backstory. This is a similar thing to the other two games in the series and I really enjoyed this one. It goes through Davy Jones' memories to tell you why he does what he does (or that's what I'm guessing anyway). There are 12 stages of the story, as in previous games. I got through three in one hour. I think this backstory will prove to be a great addition!
What I found annoying about this game was that it relied 100% on the story to carry it through. For those who don't like the story, that's a buyer lost right there. There was nothing different about the gameplay and thus, nothing fun about it. There was nothing that made this game stand out from the others. I would have liked to have seen some unique element of gameplay. It would have made the game much more fun and much more enjoyable. But instead, we're left with the same basic gameplay as every other HOPA. This meant that the story had to be absolutely brilliant, so good that I would have to buy the game based on the story alone. Lucky that it was, but other times, the developer may not be so lucky. For their next game, I'd like to see a bit more effort put in to the gameplay; something unique, something fun. Something so awesome that's not in the other games.
On the basics, the HOS were enjoyable, but again, they were exactly the same that we see time and time again. The HOS were a little bit more challenging than I was used to though. To the developer's credit, they have changed the HOS a bit. Instead of just one type, there are three. There is the classic junkpile, the silhouette scenes and fragmented object scenes. I think I found the fragmented scenes the hardest, but the other two were quite easy in comparison. That being said, I did enjoy playing them. I also enjoyed the fact that there was an alternative to HOS; it's good for those who don't like HOS or just want to try something different. In this case, it's mahjong, and you have to match tiles of a certain colour to remove an item from the list. Once all of these tiles are gone, the HOS is over. A nice feature.
The puzzles were a little harder, but I still enjoyed attempting them. They had nice clear instructions. There were some new and some old and each varied in difficulty. There were some that were quite easy and others that were a little bit hard. It's good to see that the developers are accounting for every puzzler and not just making every puzzle easy or every puzzle hard. Good job.
This is basically your standard HOPA. There's no helpers, no fancy features, nothing. It's exactly like the other two games. While I don't care much for animal helpers, I would have liked to see some new features or new styles of gameplay.
The graphics are the Artifex usual- clear and with amazing detail. The character designs are especially good, but everything in the game was drawn brilliantly. I don't know how long it took to design the graphics, but they're amazing! Top class as usual.
The voice-overs were standard. I have no issue. But what I loved about this game were the characters and the voices themselves, especially the character of the skull (found near the game). His lines were amusing and made the game a bit more enjoyable. The voice for this character is perfect. Great to see that Artifex are including humour in their games!
3 modes of difficulty: Casual, Advanced, Hard. Same differences as usual. I played Casual.
Hint/Skip- both recharge at a reasonable rate for the difficulty selected. Hint is useful outside of HOS.
Diary- keeps track of events.
Map- interactive and helpful.
12 doubloons- you need these to open up the new chapters to the Davy Jones backstory.
Bonus chapter- most likely not needed.
Achievements- there are a lot of these. Great for those who like achievements.
Collectibles- there are three types: puzzle pieces, seahorses and pirate cards. There are lots of collectibles in this game, so will be enjoyable for those who like collecting things.
Built-in Strategy Guide- great for help with puzzles.
Replay HOS & Puzzles
I think what's swayed me to buy this is that I have the other two games and this is a trilogy. I think I'm going to buy the SE. Artifex are working on it, but I still don't think the CE is worth it
The only reason I'm buying is for the story and the fact it's a trilogy. I think the gameplay needs some serious working on. I like HOS and stuff, but I'm starting to tire of the same old gameplay each and every time. It's time leading developers like Artifex changed up their gameplay a little and added some stuff that was awesome and unique. That way, their games would be a lot more enjoyable. This is a four star game for me. I can't bring myself to give it a five.
March 28, 2014
Yo Ho Ho 3rd in the Sequel
They say the last of the Nightmares from the Deep sequel but who knows for sure. Graphics are well done as is usual for these games. Demo review only and I usually wait for a buy one/get one free sale on the Collectors games.
Collectibles are 10 pirate cards and 12 sea horses along with the usual outstanding CE extras--bonus game, wallpaper, music, etc.
Beginning scene mom and daughter are again presenting a show at the museum when the lights go out. Daughter passes mom her LV bag--which you know the zipper won't be broke on that purse--for a flash light. The usual beginning. Here comes Davy Jones. Dag pirates always crashing into the museum! No respect. Davy does not want his secrets revealed.
The Cursed Heart was one of my favorites. I just don't see how it can be done any better. The Devs hit on a winner and are working it.
Enjoy! -Mama Mia-
March 27, 2014
The HOS's were hard to find some of the items. Frustrating when you can't find the final item. The story was boring but the mini games were just challenging enough but nothing special. The bonus was simple and only gives you ~20 minutes more of play time. 2014
April 8, 2014
Challenging Game, Interesting Storyline
I bought this game after getting hooked during the free trial. The graphics were awesome. And the overall storyline and plot kept you intrigued throughout. There were many tasks to complete and the hidden object games weren't overly hard to complete. There is also an alternative game play of mahjong if you get stuck on the hidden object. And you even get a bonus level after you complete the game which is great. The only negative thing is the voiceovers of the characters were awful. Not so much Davy Jones, or even Mrs. Black, but Cory was the worst! And some of the dead pirates as well. Other than that this is one that will keep you playing for hours.
March 30, 2014