by ARTIFEX MUNDI ; BIGFISH GAMES
Jud’s Game Rating:
Graphics ***** Player participation (PP) ***** Satisfaction Factor (SF) *****
Frustration Factor (FF) * Fair Play (FP) ***** Tedium Factor (TF) Nil
Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren`s Call is the sequel of the smash hit Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart. It is an epic adventure story with an exciting plot, outstanding puzzles, and unforeseeable depths of twists and turns. When Sarah Black, the curator of the Caribbean Naval Museum, receives a package from a mysterious messenger, she is unwittingly drawn into an ancient conflict. Moments after she opens the package to reveal an artifact, assailants descend on the museum and rob her of it. She can hardly believe that this is the beginning of a new nightmare from the deep! After blacking out in the museum, Sarah finds herself on the shores of Kingsmouth, a forgotten fishing town with an incredible secret. The would-be messenger reveals the sad truth: he and the rest of the town’s denizens are suffering from a curse that is gradually turning them into aquatic creatures. A curse that was cast by two powerful beings: the mayor, Murray, and the sea-devil: Davy Jones. (BigFish Sales Blurb)
This is a really long, great game with terrific Graphics – imaginative, colourful, fantastic, cool character depictions, eerie atmospherics, yet all rather dark. The story is intriguing, compelling, with a real sense of urgency – you find yourself getting anxious to complete tasks before time runs out even though you know the game will wait for you. But perhaps it won’t wait for you if you are playing the Expert mode – there are Casual/Advanced/Expert Difficulty Modes – I always play the Casual as I prefer to relax and enjoy the game. Mind you as I just said, this game puts on pressure with its implied urgency.
The game-play is very physical, hands-on providing excellent PP. You have to find Golden Octopuses, and find Collectibles as well. The Hidden Object sites have several variations – lists; silhouettes of HOs where each are used on the next Ho till you end up with the one you want; and fragments of an Item that you collect and assemble. As an alternative you can play Mahjong instead and can switch between the two modes during the HO if you get really stuck. There are lots of Puzzles – swapping pieces of a moving image is neat and novel.
With the Collector’s Edition, the Bonus Play is THE BOOK OF DAVY JONES which is also of a good length – obviously with most of the game-play components from the Main Game. I played this game late into the night, two nights in a row – the first for the Main Game and the second for the Bonus Game.
I highly recommend this game and will now take another look at its Prequel.
Jud House 17/08/2013
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