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Nightmares From the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call Collector’s Edition (Mac) Review

 
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An engaging story line and challenging yet casual gameplay makes for a nice, relaxing adventure.

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As with most hidden object adventures, replay value is limited.


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Nightmares From the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call Collector’s is a casual hidden object adventure with an engaging story line that keeps players interested. With a ton of different locations to explore, a useful map function that eliminates the need for wandering back and forth, and challenging gameplay that can be tailored to different skill levels, it’s a great example of how hidden object adventure is done. There’s even a bonus level that gives a bit of closure to the story (and adds that much more value to the game). It’s a great choice for beginners and hidden object pros alike.

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Posted April 14, 2014 by

 
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Davy Jones is not content to rest in his watery grave, and one museum curator will have to go up against him a second time if she wants to help save a young couple in love – and their entire island.13900-b

The Siren’s Call is the second game in the Nightmares From the Deep series, which follows the adventures of a plucky museum curator who has found herself locked in a battle with Davy Jones himself after several artifacts show up in a new exhibit. In the first game, Sarah was tasked with rescuing her daughter from the clutches of a ghostly pirate ship. In The Siren’s Call, it isn’t Sarah’s family at risk, but she is drawn into the battle nonetheless when a mysterious cloaked figure arrives at the museum in search of aid. He has a box which can only be opened by one of Davy Jones’ artifacts – which happens to be on display at the museum. Unfortunately, as soon as the box is opened to revel the treasure inside, a crew of sinister fish men storm the museum and steal it from your clutches.

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The man soon explains that his home island has been overtaken by an evil mayor. “Blessed” by a bargain with Davy Jones, the mayor has overtaken the city. Using the power of the Golden Octopus, he commands the Kraken to destroy ships for easy plundering. He also holds enslaved a beautiful siren/mermaid, who has fallen in love with your mysterious visitor. In order to defeat Davy Jones once again, you’ll need to travel to the island and collect twelve coins to unlock the magical chest that holds the artifact giving power to the mayor. There’s a catch though – all bargains with Jones come with a curse of some sort, and this one is turning all of the island’s citizens into fish creatures that won’t be easy to defeat.

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Nightmares From the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call plays out in pretty standard hidden object adventure fashion. Gameplay is a combination of picking up usable items hidden around the environment, mini games where you do things like reassemble items, and traditional hidden object searches involving the finding of a set list of items on a fixed screen. One nice touch is that, should you choose to do so, you can switch out the hidden object find screen for a game of mahjong. You can switch easily back and forth (a great option for when you get stuck), and you receive the same item at the end, regardless of how it played out. For those unfamiliar with the game, mahjong is a game where tiles are stacked in a variety of patterns. The board is cleared by matching two of the same tiles. In order to be matched, a tile must have either the right or left side clear of adjoining tiles, so there is a fair amount of skill involved in clearing the entire board (although in this version there is no penalty for reshuffling, so it’s a nice introduction to the game).

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Nightmares From the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call Collector’s is a casual hidden object adventure with an engaging story line that keeps players interested. With a ton of different locations to explore, a useful map function that eliminates the need for wandering back and forth, and challenging gameplay that can be tailored to different skill levels, it’s a great example of how hidden object adventure is done. There’s even a bonus level that gives a bit of closure to the story (and adds that much more value to the game). It’s a great choice for beginners and hidden object pros alike.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)