Tex Murphy is the last of the hard-boiled gumshoe detectives living in dystopian post-World War III San Francisco in the 2050s. Tex is an honest and good-natured private investigator with a penchant for bourbon, cigarettes and getting himself into trouble.
User reviews: Very Positive (655 reviews) - 89% of the 655 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 8, 2014

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About This Game

-Winner of Best Character from Adventuregamers.com as well as 10 of their Readers Choice awards including Best Story and Best Adventure of 2014.

Tex Murphy wakes up – disoriented and head pounding – on the fire escape outside his office atop the Ritz Hotel. Another typical morning for the last of the old-school detectives. Except it isn’t. What starts out as the worst hangover in history becomes a baffling nightmare: something – or someone – has erased Tex’s memory of the past seven years. Motivated by lost love, revenge and the world’s strongest coffee blend, Tex must retrace his own steps into a maze of unsolved murders, hidden agendas and lost technologies of Nikola Tesla. Only by solving the mysteries of his past can Tex hope to regain his memory in time to restore what’s been lost…and stop a terrifying future.

Tex Murphy will finally be back in 2014 after leaving loyal fans on a cliffhanger for almost 16 years, so come get acquainted in a world filled with dangerous dames, morally ambiguous characters, and lots of mysteries to be solved.

Tesla Effect upgrades the classic Tex Murphy experience with HD live-action -- that's right, for those of you not old enough to have played adventure games in the 90s, Tex Murphy embraces the lost art of green screen full-motion video as it interacts with fully modeled 3D environments. Players will be challenged with logic puzzles, interactive dialogue, branching storylines, and alternate endings.

Tesla Effect shines with an eclectic cast of actors, including:
• Todd Bridges (Willis from Diff'rent Strokes...ask someone older if you don't know what that is)
• June "TV's Greatest Mom" Lockhart (ask someone even older if you don't know who that is)
• Larry "Soup Nazi" Thomas (you all have seen Seinfeld, right?)
• Kevin "Tom Servo" Murphy (Mystery Science Theater 3000)
• The original Tex himself, Chris Jones

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 200 Series
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c compatible device
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 duo
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 320 M
    • Storage: 16 GB available space
    • OS: 10.7.5
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • Storage: 16 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
This is my first FMV game. The game is similar to a point-and-click adventure wherein you explore your environment, pick up stuff, combine, and then use to solve puzzles, however you are in a first person view, using WSAD to move.

I was genuinely entertained during the first half of the game, but as I went along, the puzzles seem to be drawn out, and items are scattered on the map on some of the most obscure places possible.

I cranked up the brightness to the max in order to even SEE all corners of the rooms - there is a flashlight but it is very time consuming to sweep every inch of the map.

This process is very tedious and for me it takes away from the fun of the game - I barely stayed because I wanted to see the ending to this Tex Murphy Adventure. The cheesy down-to-his-luck private investigator storyline made me hang on and finish the game.

I recommend this to the fans of the genre. Other adventure fans, pick up when it's on a bundle (like I did) or when it's on sale.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
An absolutely amazing treat for long-time Tex Murphy fans, this keeps fully in the spirit of it's hallowed predecessors. The most fun a post apocalyptic, down-on-his-luck gumshoe can have!

Warning: The dreadful pop-up puzzles are not to everyone's taste but thankfully, they can all be skipped in "Casual" mode.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
This game has some really corny acting. Some fairly questionable green screen FMVs. All of which make this game so much fun to play. 10/10, I want more.

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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
I wasn't sure if I would enjoy Tesla Effect. It was my first FMV game, and one of my first detective games (short of some point & click games in the past). And I have to say, I REALLY enjoyed it. Yes the graphics can feel a bit dated despite it being released in 2014, but the atmosphere, and the FMV sequences... are just fanastic. If you want a noir detective game with multiple storylines/endings, this is for you.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
A perfect continuation of the Tex Murphy series after all these years. Tesla Effect carries the same spirit and feel as the rest of the Tex series. It’s like no time has passed. All the awful goofy jokes are all there and Tex is as Tex as Tex can get. Seeing Chandler Ave in hi-res modern graphics made me deliriously happy and all the references to past games are enough to make a long time fan of the games tear up a little. Even the new characters to the series are a joy to interact with and get to know (and having Kevin Murphy in your pocket is absolutely AMAZING). There were one or two gory moments and some rather dark elements, I didn’t mind but they were a bit jarring when brought about. I’ve been a fan of the series for about 7 years and I’m very happy with this addition to the series.
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