Nightmares From The Deep 3: Davy Jones

In Nightmares From The Deep 3: Davy Jones puts you in the shoes of Sara, a museum curator, who ends up on Davy Jones’ island in the efforts to rescue her daughter from a fatal deal with Davy Jones himself.  The guardians on the island take you on a journey into Davy Jones’ memories, but will they help you save Cory?

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The Good

Nightmares From The Deep 3 lives up to its expectations with a great array of puzzles, and plenty of hidden-object puzzles.  I’ve felt like this is an area that Artifex Mundi has missed out on in a few of their recent games.  As always, the scenery and characters are beautifully done, but the real magic of this game is in the puzzles.

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The Bad

There were two issues I had with Nightmares From The Deep 3.  First, the story just really seemed to drag.  I think that it felt like there was a lot of going back and forth between a few locations, and to me, adding in extra go-betweens just to make a game longer doesn’t make the game better.  This was the first Artifex Mundi game that I have played where I felt like the story really killed it for me.  Besides the story, the only issue I had was with the sheer volume of collectibles, and we go over that in the next section.

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The Achievements

Nightmares From The Deep 3: Davy Jones contains 30 achievements, many of which fit the formula of other Artifex Mundi hidden-object puzzle games.  There are several story related achievements, as well as achievements for completing certain tasks related to puzzles in the game, such as find 5 objects within 5 seconds, complete all puzzles without skipping.  Other than those achievements, Nightmares From The Deep 3 went really heavy on the collectible related achievements.  This made the achievement hunting rather tedious, as I spent a lot of time trying to find every single collectible on every single screen.

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The Verdict

While fun as most Artifex Mundi games are, Nightmares From The Deep 3 feels almost identical to a lot of other games released by them.  Something about this game also made me feel like it was dragging a lot more than other Artifex Mundi games that I’ve played and enjoyed.  I will never pass on one of their games, but Nightmares From The Deep 3 left me looking for something more.

2-5outof5

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