Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones Review

The first Nightmares from the Deep dealt with the kidnapping of your daughter by an undead pirate looking to use her youth to resurrect his mistress, luckily you rescue her. The second episode began with you as the curator at the Caribbean Naval Museum, a mysterious artifact ends up in your hands and suddenly you end up with more nightmares from the deep. The Nightmares from the Deep series has gradually improved so hopefully Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones is a fitting end to the story.

You play as Sarah Black once again in Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones. After discovering mysterious notes confirming the Davy Jones legend, you call a press conference to inform the world that Davy Jones and his hidden treasure is real. Unfortunately Davy Jones wants to stay anonymous and proceeds to break into your museum to kidnap you and your daughter Cory. Now you’re stuck in the brig and have to find a way out before you succumb to Davy Jones and his pirate followers.

Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones is the best in the series not just for it’s plot but also there has been a significant improvement to both the voice acting and animation. At the beginning you have to zip line off Davy Jones ship and the urgency of the situation can be felt which is something that can be said for most Hidden Object games. Just like it’s predecessors Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones follows the usual routine of moving the (genuinely engaging in this case) plot by completing various hidden object games and puzzles. Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones is the most piratey themed of the series and it is reflected throughout with some interesting and slightly challenging puzzles.

As Artifex Mundi release one title after another they make slight changes to the structure. For example, other releases have contained multiple options like a Telltale game, different collectibles, cooking up spells and utilising various ways of completing a puzzle like playing Mahjong. In the case of Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones, playing a game of Mahjong is the alternative to completing a puzzle/hidden object scene. In case you have not played any hidden object titles, they play like point and click adventures. You navigate between beautifully drawn scenes and areas of interest by clicking. The hidden object puzzles are a case of finding the items on screen that are described at the bottom of the screen.

A major improvement has been the voice acting, it’s still not great but it’s much better than the below average wooden dialogue that you would normally experience in this kind of game. Secondly the transitions between cutscenes and main gameplay are a lot smoother, in previous titles there would be a big drop in quality when a cutscene played, in Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones the graphics are noticeable improved. The puzzles themselves are not that challenging but they rarely are but if you are stuck you can skip them.

Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones is the best of the series and is a fine end to an intriguing tale. The graphics, voice acting and general structure of Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones make it Artifex Mundi’s best entry into the hidden object genre. It won’t convert any new players but Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones is definitely one to add to the collection if you have enjoyed the previous two titles. There’s still room for improvement such as the voice acting to name a few but Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones is much better than walking the plank.

REVIEW CODE: A complimentary Sony Playstation 4 code was provided to Bonus Stage for this review. Please send all review code enquiries to editor@bonusstage.co.uk.

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