STAFF REVIEW of Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones (Xbox One)

Monday, March 12, 2018.
by Kirsten Naughton

Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones Box art Nightmares of the Deep 3: Davy Jones opens with you and your daughter at the museum watching a presentation about...surprise, surprise, Davy Jones, and as you do so the computer used for the presentation starts to go fuzzy and act up. Naturally, you click a few buttons and the presentation continues, only to act up again. But this time Davy Jones comes on the screen saying that you were warned. Suddenly, a huge wave breaks the wall of windows and in comes Davy Jones and his henchmen. They kidnap you and your daughter and throw you in the holding cell on his ship, thus beginning your adventure to escape and stay alive.

While on Davy Jones' ship you manage to escape the holding cell, only to have him catch you once again, forcing you, as the mom, to walk the plank. As you take a few steps onto the plank, your daughter frantically pleads that she'd do anything to save you. Davy curiously asks ”'Anything?”, as he brings out a scroll. He informs your daughter that in order to save you, she must sign the scroll that what we will call 'Davy's deal. She signs it, but something goes wrong as he pushes you overboard. It's up to you now to break the pact and save your daughter!

As a first timer playing any of the Artifex Mundi games, I have to say, within just a couple of hours of Nightmares of the Deep 3, I became a huge fan of this game, the genre, and developer Artifex Mundi. I love it! I enjoyed everything from the gorgeous graphics to the engaging story line, as I wasn't sure what to expect going in. There are two types of difficulty levels: normal and expert. Normal allows you access to hints and skips, whereas when playing expert, you get no such help and you will fend for yourself amongst the slew of puzzles ahead of you.

Nightmares of the Deep 3 is a point and click game, much like all of the rest of Artifex Mundi’s library on console. You must find key items to unlock certain areas, complete several hidden object games, and solve logic puzzles that will all help you progress through the campaign. All of this provides a great story of the history behind Davy Jones, as the conflicts are suspenseful and enjoyable to play along with.

The time and effort put into the artwork, and story, is much appreciated and quite beautiful. As I played, I felt that I was in the moment with the characters. From the waves crashing into the museum, Davy Jones making his first appearance, to the detail that you will find in the puzzles and how precise you have to be to complete them.

Some of the puzzles are image based where you must rotate the picture, piece by piece, to complete it, while others require you to line up all the objects in a line organized by colour, but they can only go in certain directions. One of my favourite games within the game is the Mahjong puzzles, which is your traditional Mahjong, pairing two pictures that look the same. And of course the further you progress, the more challenging the puzzles and mini-games become.

Nightmares of the Deep 3: Davy Jones is about three to four hours long, but it is well worth your time, and money, for the price. The puzzles aren't too difficult, yet they do require trial and error, as well as basic problem solving skills. The best thing about this game, in my opinion, is the fact that you can make as many mistakes as you'd like, or even not like, with no consequences other than your own wasted time. The game provides you with hints that, after use, are regenerated after a brief period. Whether you run through the whole game using a few hints or skips, using them all, or not using them one bit, the quality of the game does not change. You will have a well written story and amazing visuals.

The third instalment of the Nightmares of the Deep series did not disappoint me, even though I have not played any of the previous ones. With the phenomenal artwork, the excellent in-game experience, and the well written story line, I’m already wanting more games from Artifex Mundi. Please forgive me, but I must continue my search for a gold bird, tree, circle and sailboat and find Davy Jones' treasure!

Overall: 9.0 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.0 / 10
Sound: 7.0 / 10


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