Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart, Collector’s Edition HD (Free) by G5 Entertainment and Artifex Mundi is a hidden object adventure game with an enthralling pirate themed storyline. In the game, you'll play as a museum owner after an evil undead pirate who has brazenly kidnapped your only daughter.
This pirate zombie has set sail on a ghostly galleon, and you must hunt him down, deciphering a century old love story while you sail haunted seas, explore old fortresses, and figure out shocking secrets.
When you start The Cursed Heart, you can choose from two modes: regular or expert. In regular mode, there's no penalty for mistapping in hidden object scenes, and your hint and skip buttons recharge frequently. In expert mode, you'll have far fewer hints and less guidance, so this is best reserved for experienced hidden object gamers and those who want a longer game.
I usually skip over the cut scenes in hidden object games, but The Cursed Heart opens with haunting, ghostly scenes that set the mood for the entire game. The creepy hidden object games are some of my favorites, so I was hooked on The Cursed Heart right from the start.
This is an adventure hidden object game, so you will journey from place to place, solving puzzles and finding new areas to explore. Tapping on objects in the game will allow you to get a closer look so that you can find essential plot items.
These plot items can be added to your inventory, and you will use them to interact with the environment. For example, one of your first tasks will be to open a sealed museum box with a crowbar, which you must locate by searching. To find the crowbar, you first have to find a key card, which is used to open a locked door. Using items is done by dragging an item from your inventory into the environment.
As you can tell, the puzzles in this game are detailed, and offer quite a bit of challenge. The hidden object scenes, which are the main gameplay element, are similarly detailed, making this game perfect for those of you who are experienced hunters.
This is probably a good time to mention that the graphics in The Cursed Heart are impressive. Both object scenes and general exploration areas are wonderfully illustrated with plenty of detail.
In addition to hidden object scenes and different areas to visit, the game also offers several fun mini games. You'll open safes, play pick up sticks with swords, and play a variation of mahjong.
My only complaint is that The Cursed Heart may be a little too detailed. For example, to open a door, I had to insert the key, turn the key, and then turn the handle, which seemed a bit excessive just to get to the next part of the puzzle. Still, it's a lot of fun, and many of you may enjoy these little details.
All in all, if you love the spooky, mystery subset of hidden object games, you will love The Cursed Heart.
The Cursed Heart is free to download and try, but unlocking the full game will cost $4.99 on the iPad and $2.99 on the iPhone. If you're interested in the game make sure to grab it right away - those prices will go up tomorrow.