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Nightmares from the Deep: the Cursed Heart (Mac) Review

 
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Formats: Mac
 
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Final Score
8.0
8/ 10


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1 total rating

 

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Great story, and unique options for play.

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You'll do a lot of wandering, trying to figure out what to do next.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Nightmares from the Deep: the Cursed Heart offers challenging gameplay and a story that is in turns eerie and heartwarming. As you uncover the secrets of Captain Remington’s life, it soon becomes apparent that true love really does conquer all….eventually. The combination of a unique story, unique puzzle options, and challenging gameplay makes this a game that is not easily set down.

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Posted December 6, 2012 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Avast, mateys! Adventure awaits!

Nightmares from the Deep: the Cursed Heart is a newly released hidden object adventure for the Mac. Featuring a variety of puzzles and a captivating tale of love on the high seas, this is a game that puzzle fans and pirate aficionados alike will love!

You play as a museum curator who is preparing a brand new exhibit for a museum event. The body and personal effects of the evil pirate Captain Remington have been recovered from the bottom of the sea, and they are in remarkably good shape. Unfortunately for your daughter, when Captain Remington is involved death is definitely not the end. When the ghostly raider kidnaps your daughter, there’s only one thing to do: follow him, uncover the mystery of his life and death, and save your daughter.

Nightmares from the Deep: the Cursed Heart plays surprisingly well on the Mac. The environments are clear, authentic, and easy on the eyes. Even if the objects are hiding before your eyes, it is in this case because they are cleverly hidden, and not due to blurry of ill defined screens. The larger screen size offers an advantage over the iOs version, both in ease of play and enjoyment of the aesthetics, which is a real plus given the beautiful artwork in this game.

The gameplay in Nightmares from the Deep: the Cursed Heart offers quite a bit of variety. While it is a hidden object adventure, you won’t just be finding items off of a list. In fact, a lot of the gameplay here is of the “what am I supposed to do next?” variety. You’ll be treated to three different environments: the museum, Captain Remington’s ghostly ship, and a mysterious island. You’ll have free rein of each place, and you’ll need to wander back and forth quite often to complete all your tasks. If you get stuck, there is a recharging hint feature that will point you in the right direction.

It wouldn’t be much of a hidden object adventure without any object jumbles, and there are some really well done ones in the Cursed Heart. The objects you search through are well suited to the theme of the game, and the jumbles look like a natural occurrence of the environment, making it all the more challenging to find the objects you seek amongst the mess.

One really unique feature that has been added in this game is the option to play a different type of puzzle in place of finding the objects. When you enter an object jumble screen, you are given the standard jumble where you are given a list of items to find within the screen. In Nightmares from the Deep: the Cursed Heart, each of these jumbles also comes with the option for Mahjong. You can click the Mahjong button, and one game of the awesome tile matching game will replace the hidden object find. You’ll end up with the same items whichever you choose, and it really mixes up the gameplay a lot. My one regret is that you have to choose one or the other.

Nightmares from the Deep: the Cursed Heart offers challenging gameplay and a story that is in turns eerie and heartwarming. As you uncover the secrets of Captain Remington’s life, it soon becomes apparent that true love really does conquer all….eventually. The combination of a unique story, unique puzzle options, and challenging gameplay makes this a game that is not easily set down.


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)