G5's newest hidden objective game, Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart invites casual gamers on a journey unlocking the secrets of the a ghost pirate's past. The game features some pretty cool visuals mixed with the usual point-and-click adventure that you'd come to expect with G5 tiles.
The game starts off inside a museum curated by the main character who you'll play as throughout the game. The curator has just received the corpse of a legendary pirate who lived a short, yet powerful life at sea. The museum has a big show planned around the revealing of the pirate, so the curator starts to work on getting everything in order that night. Unfortunately, things get a little weird for the curator and her daughter when they unbox the pirate from his coffin in a box and place his old weapons in his hand. Like something out of a campy horror flick, the pirate jolts to life, kidnaps the curator's daughter and sets to sail on his ghost ship. Luckily the curator is able to hop on board of the ship in an effort to rescue her daughter.
Story aside, The Cursed Heart stays true to most of G5's point-and-click hidden objective games, which is a lot of searching and a lot of backtracking. Fortunately, this game does have some good content, with detailed levels that unlock new clues into the mystery. In each room the player must locate several items in an effort to move forward in the game. Sometimes you'll need to get a set of keys, a candle or even an axe used to bust open parts of the level. While G5 doesn't set out to make the game too easy, there is a hint option that can be used in rough spots.
The Cursed Heart also includes some mini-games that break the sometimes stagnant gameplay with puzzles and such that prove to be pretty fun. However, in this game, players can opt-out of hidden objective puzzles by playing Mahjong. While very random and out of left field, this added elements does prove to be effective if the player wishes to breeze through the game, and the puzzles. The Mahjong game is pretty easy and hardy allows for the player to lose, so not much of a challenge is presented here.
Visually, The Cursed Heart presents some clean animations along with vibrant and well presented levels. The characters are mostly 3D, however some parts of the level are 2D which isn't such a big deal, but does look a little odd at times. From an audio standpoint, the game does fall a little based on the corny script and silly voice-acting. However, most fans don't play these type of games for those features, so it's not such a big deal anyway.
With everything said and done, The Cursed Heart is a pretty cool hidden objective game for fans of the horror genre. The game isn't very tough, but without the use of hints, it can get a little tricky. While the storyline is a little corny and the dialogue comes up short, players should mostly focus on the gameplay itself, which is solid. All in all, The Cursed Heart is a pretty good addition to G5's catalogue of point-and-click adventures.
Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart is available for purchase now at the Mac App Store
Final Game Guys score: B-
(G5 Entertainment provided a copy of this game for review.)