Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart Review

Multiple mobile games have spread their wings to console during this generation, but the genres that excelled the most has been hidden object titles. (presumably due to their basic gameplay) The more recent Azkend 2 was a great example of this, proving how small changes can add more depth to some basic concepts.

And, with Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart already being released on the Xbox One, it’s had more time to grow out of it’s flaws when heading towards a Playstation 4 release. So is that vision realized, or is the overall conclusion much more murky?

Gameplay:

If there’s anything about game design, it’s not to pad out a fundamental mechanic until there’s nothing left. The team behind Nightmares must have known this long ago, as the game adds puzzles, exploration, and side quests to the mix. Of course, some of this is a bit too limited in scope, but it is still refreshing to see among an array of titles that don’t pull the same feats.

Story & Design:

Nightmares also offers some shortcuts to the traditional “I spy” idea, so you aren’t burned out after an hour or two of playing. Control and spotting issues are also so minor that this won’t cause the same effect, but they nevertheless still exist. Narrative-wise, the story is top-notch for the genre it’s representing but some presentation faults bring it down.

Presentation/ Visuals & Audio:

Very rarely, hidden object games strive for some tongue-in-cheek humor and cheesy dialogue, but Nightmares never falls into this. This might not have been the case for the game’s less than mixed animations, vocal delivery, and acting, which leave much to be desire. If anything, it’s the biggest flaw for anyone who’s in store to play this game.

Conclusion:

Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart is a hidden object game that adds more than erases. While this does lead to some gaffes in the presentation, everything else feels more compounded and fleshed out. And for a hidden object game releasing in 2016, this type of behavior should be highly regarded.

Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart gets a 8/10 (Very Good)

We’d like to thank Artifex Mundi Team for giving us a code!

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