Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart

What I was looking for when I started this game last night was something I could be a little bit detached while playing. I stumbled onto a genre that I actually really love with this Artifex Mundi point and click style game. There are different puzzles, hidden object areas, and side games like Mahjong as you find your way through this haunted pirate adventure.


The hidden object parts were my favorite, I wasn’t expecting to be so into this style of game either. After expecting to check it out with a passing interest I actually played through it almost 3 times so that I could get the 100% achievement. It isn’t a game or series that you will be able to completely emerse yourself into the characters and story. However, if you want a more casual game to change the pace a little bit, this series is definitely worth a look.


The mini games are interesting, and you will definitely have to put on your problem solving hat from time to time. I found most of the game to be very asthetically pleasing, but there are some parts that don’t look so great. The cut scenes especially tend to be very blurry and strange compared to the beautiful artwork displayed in the still scenes. I wasnt expecting to be blown away by that aspect of the game so not having my hopes up surely kept it from pulling me out of the experience.

The story is about a museum owner who brings in a pirate exhibit and runs into a barrage of problems. She is harassed by the haunted pirate who sold his soul to Davy Jones eventually ending up on Skull island fighting to right the wrongs caused by the ghastly fiend. It has enough there to keep you interested even though the games are definitely the driving force that keep you hooked. 

I look forward to the second of the series, Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call. I began it and it appears to be a spin on The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft, and if you have kept up with any of my blogs I am always so down for anything Lovecraft. I will get back to you with my impressions but until then, thanks for reading and please give the blog a like or a follow.

**Update**

These games are all fully available on mobile as well, I was not aware when I first played through. I have a good size collection of them on steam from a bundle on IndieGala, but the full version of every game that I’ve seen is also available and works well on mobile.


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