Point and Click adventures are my thing, i have always enjoyed them even if the story is rubbish. My favourite is Broken Sword, it introduced me to how good a point and click game can be. This led me to try out older titles like The Curse of Monkey Island and subsequently seek out and play these kind of games such as Bladerunner and Grim Fandango. Luckily series like The Walking Dead have reinvigorated the genre and there are a lot more being developed at the moment. One such title is Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call
Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call is a sequel to Nightmares from the Deep funnily enough, it’s not essential that you have played it as a quick summary is shown at the beginning of Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call. You play as Sarah Black, the curator of the Caribbean Naval Museum, you receive a mysterious package from a mysterious messenger, which unfortunately for you draws you into an ancient naval conflict. Moments after you open the mysterious package to reveal an artifact, some weird-looking fish people break in and steal it! After blacking out in the museum, you find yourself on the shores of Kingsmouth, a forgotten fishing town. The would-be messenger reveals the 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 villains: the mayor, Murray, and the sea-devil: Davy Jones!
In Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call you point and move from one scene to another attempting to pass puzzles to progress the story. There’s a fair amount of going back and forth as you uncover new items that can be used to unlock areas in previous locations. There’s a hint system in place which will ‘advise’ where you should go in case you get a little lost, it’s quite hard not to know where you’re going but it’s obviously useful. Progressing through Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call is through a series of merging objects, completing hidden object games and beating puzzles. When you discover a hidden object game you have a choice between finding the hidden objects which can just be a case of randomly clicking (although there is a clever mechanism where you need to combine objects to gain access to others or complete an object such as putting together the pieces of a photograph) or you can play Mahjong (not sure why) to complete the hidden object game.
This is where the most frustrating part of Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call can be found. In general it is quite easy to navigate around and within the locations. However when you play Mahjong or try to navigate certain puzzles that need you to move pieces about Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call it comes across as very clunky. It can be quite difficult just to get the Mahjong tile you want to remove, it shouldn’t be but it is which spoils the experience a tad. Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call characters work well and don’t come across to fishy, the dialogue helps move the plot swim along at a steady pace as it rarely meanders. The story itself isn’t too cheesy and is actually reasonably engaging.
Unfortunately Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call is a fairly short game, it would take a seasoned veteran 2-3 hours to get through it. There is an unlockable story once you complete Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call which goes into more lore and adds a little more longevity. The low quality cutscenes may put off-putting but they do contain a certain charm to them.
Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call is an entertaining point and click adventure that is worth a couple of hours of your time. The clever use of combining items in the hidden object games adds something new but is let down by clunky controls present in other puzzles. Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call is a charming little title so if you you’ve got bored playing some of the faster paced games in your catalogue then it’s definitely worth a play through.
REVIEW CODE: A complimentary Sony Playstation 4 code was provided to Bonus Stage for this review. Please send all review code enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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