“Would you like to enter a thrilling Pirates world where danger lurks in every corner?” asks the Steam page for Nightmares from the Deep. I would sure love me some of that!
Unfortunately, it’s not a thrilling world of Pirates and danger, but a point and click, hidden-object-oriented-puzzle, adventure game. Now, don’t you dare assume I’ll be bashin’ dis ‘ere fine scurvy cur simulator! Nay! I be quite enjoyin’ m’self.
Enough of that! I’m well aware my usual use of English is already hard enough to swallow.
While I was disappointed at the frame-by-frame presentation of yet another PnC adventure game, I was absolutely enthralled by just about everything else. In the beginning you’re given a choice of whether you want to play casually or if merciless masochism is more your dice. I went with casual mode and I can tell you right now that it is brilliant. The puzzles make sense, the story flows naturally and you even get to rescue the cliché damsel in distress. Granted you’re playing as the damsel’s mother but some people may actually be into that.
Naughtiness and pirate talk aside, the game is now available for your Linuxes (25% off until February 12th) for $5.24, €4.49 or your regional equivalent. It won’t change your mind about point and click adventure games, but if you liked those games back in the day, I’d say it is definitely worth the doubloons.