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As many can tell, I really like point and click adventure games.  Almost always mystical and who done it in nature, and its a great thing to play when you just want to sit back and enjoy a good story, which I love about them.  The folks at Artifex Mundi® have hit another ball out of the park with Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart.  Originally released in 2012 this first in 3 games, followed by Nightmares from the Deep®: The Siren`s Call and Nightmares from the Deep®: Davy Jones(released last week), follow museum curator, Sara Black, and her daughter, Cory, in their adventures dealing with legendary pirates of history.

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First and foremost, as I said, most Point and Click games are extremely story minded and Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart is no exception.  It follows the main character as she attempts to save her daughter from the clutches of a once dead pirate, undead in this case, and return her safely home.  I will say, this story is near cliche’ in its storyline.  The story is good mind you, but at times you can almost laughingly guess whats coming next.  I’m giving the storyline a 3 out of 5.

Graphically the artwork is almost perfect.  Everything on the screen is vibrant and colorful.  The backgrounds are artfully done and the game itself works better for it.  When the characters speak, though, the animation at times is very poor.  An open and shut motion, akin to a puppet, is all that is had making the animation seem low grade, not matching the brilliant artwork.  The 3D characters, used only at a few moments, are well done, but appear to be an afterthought added to the game at the last minute.  The textures used for them are not anywhere near as good as the rest of the game. I give the graphics a 3.5 out of 5.

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The sounds in this game are well done.  The voice acting of the pirates is similar to the ones you would expect in any pirate movie and are not campy.  The background sounds give an ominous sound when needed and truly relay the sounds expected for actions taken.  I give the sound a 5 out of 5.

Gameplay for the game is nothing new, although the puzzles are exceptional in their simplicity and increasing difficulties as the game progresses.  This game uses the tried and true hint bar but does not overuse it and there are times when the puzzles are made as to not need the hints.  One small thing that makes the gameplay a bit wonky at times is that it is in the First Person view.  You are unable to move around larger environments and to me, just my opinion, having these styles of games in 3rd Person makes it a bit more immersive.  This does not take away from the gameplay in any way though and is only a personal opinion.  I give gameplay a 4 out of 5.

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With solid gameplay, great graphics, and sounds that bring you into the game, I can safely say that Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart is a great buy and I give it an overall score of 4 out of 5.

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