Nightmares from the Deep has always been, and always will be, one of our favorite casual game series. Unfortunately, this pirate journey is about to come to an end as Davy Jones is the last game in this epic trilogy; save the best for the last isn't it?
Name: Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones Collector's Edition
Release Date: 28 April 2014
Developer: Artifex Mundi
Davy Jones hooked us right from the start with its action-packed, fantastic opening; it is an awesome way to start off the game as it is very engaging and interactive. We would not say that Davy Jones has the best story though, as it is pretty similar to the previous two games. Davy Jones attacked your museum (again!) and your daughter got into yet another trouble as Davy Jones made her sign the pact that she would sacrifice herself to be Davy's slave in exchange for your (her mom) life. And then the game carries on explaining the past of Davy Jones while you try to seek ways to cancel the pact.
No matter what, this third Nightmares game still has top-notch production values with cutting-edged visuals and amazing design. the graphics are beyond beautiful, mainly 2D with cool 3D elements; the animations are superb and the special effects are mind-blowing. It is clear how the developers have effortlessly worked on polishing the presentation of this game, it is perfect in every sense from the clarity, shades, details to colors. The background music goes along with the game well and the voice overs are appropriately emotional.
However, what is missing in this sequel are the challenges. The adventure part of the game is pretty straightforward, no helpers or any extra tools - a jump-map is included so you can travel at lightning speed and the tasks and interactions are not really innovative. Still, we have to give it up for the puzzles. Although some of them are time-consuming, most of them have a nice level of challenge and a unique design. The hidden object scenes come in various formats, standard, fragmented, interactive for instance; you can also switch to Mahjong mode if you prefer.
Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones is a very long game, the main game took us around 4 and a half to 5 hours to complete - the ending was clear and concluded all the important details. The Bonus Chapter carried the story a little further, it is solid and definitely worth playing. The Extra Content is nothing unexpected, all the usual gallery items plus replayable movies and hidden object scenes, three sets of collectibles and achievements.
Yes, it is on the easy side and the story could have been less repetitive. But at the end of the day, we are quite certain that Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones is the best game in the series. It is a remarkable finale to this acclaimed franchise; the game featured some of the very best visuals, animations and audio out there as well as innovative puzzles and impressive length.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars