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.
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Release Date: May 8, 2014

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-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

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 duo
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 320 M
    • Storage: 16 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.7.5
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • Storage: 16 GB available space
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Aramax
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
This game is pure genius. If you enjoyed games like Dragon's Lair, Space Ace, Brain Dead 13, Policenauts (Snatsher in the US) you will probably enjoy this one just as much if not even more.

If there was emoticons for this game my life would be complete...

:Blacktail:
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davidhegardt
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
Best FMW game out there, also check out the other games in the series
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pem
( 42.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
I am a big fan of Tex Murphy, Louie, Chelsea, Rook, Taylor and all the other characters that make up Tex's world. I have played each Tex Murphy game as they came out starting with Meanstreets and I was thrilled to find out that Tex and crew was back in the Tesla Effect. The game did not disappoint. In two words, it was cinematic Tex.

The video quality was excellent with highly detailed FMV that looked great on a big screen. The sound and music were excellent, The acting carried the story and humour along well with the varied characters convincing in their roles with only a couple of missteps. Although they don't reach Crysis levels of reality, the 3D environments were detailed, varied and atmospheric. The interface was clean, elegant and easy to navigate. Through all of it there was the great mix of humour and depth. Tex wants to find out what happened and he does it only as Tex can: sticking his fingers where they shouldn't go, always making a wry quip, and in the end doing the right thing with a little bit of luck, heart and battered thick-headed determination.

The only drawbacks for me were the usual problems for an adventure game: occasionally spending an excess of time searching for a small clue in all the detail and some puzzles which are only very loosely tied to the story. That and the flow-breaking vagueness of the dialogue choices titles. But for all the rest, the puzzles are finding and assembling the clues to tell the story, which is as it should be.

I'm into the game for the story and the fun of it, so I played in casual mode and took my time to explore eveything I could. In honour of it being a new chapter in Tex's life, although I wanted to stay true to Chelsea, on my first run through, I thought Tex deserved to make the most of what his circumstances had granted him, and went with Taylor. Making those choices, Taylor vs Chelsea vs Ariel, was agonizing, in a good way.

If you are a fan of Tex you'll enjoy the game. If you are a fan of Noir, Science Fiction, quirky characters, and a silly but heartfelt homage to hard-boiled detectives, you will not regret the experience of Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure. And if you are new to Tex, and enjoyed this game, all the previous ones are available too for a retro-adventure gaming time and a Big Finish Games blessed fan remake of Overseer is in production as "The Poisoned Pawn" thepoisonedpawn.com projected for release in fall 2017.
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GoldeFish
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
Before you read further, I am a "Tex Murphy Newbie" so this was my first exposure to the series... and if this is my first exposure then I sure do love what I have played. A suprisingly well written and well acted and entertaining game that should serve as a template for future adventure games.

The Story:
I don't want to spoil much but Tex Murphy wakes up with a case of amnesia... sounds boring right? A lot of games have done this but I feel that Telsa Effect does this in a unique way. Instead of it just being a plot device for the sake of helping players learn what is going on, it serves as an integral part of the plot that isn't intrusive and actually makes the story even more interesting as it goes on. As the story does seem confusing at first, the game surprisingly does an excellent job of giving just enough exposition for it to makes sense, and to not bring down the pace. The twists aren't hamfisted and are very well put (and once you replay the game the twists definatly help you enjoy it even more because you can see a scene again and say "yep makes sense, the twist."

Gameplay:
This is unlike any other Adventure game I have ever played... It is basically what i'd call a FPPC (First-Person Point and Click) it has the idea of a first person shooter, without the shooting, and makes you explore to solve puzzles... and it works too very well. It is the adventure game genre in the modern age and it plays great. Sure the enviroments look like they came from the early 2000s, but it runs great and honestly it didn't hinder my enjoyment.

Puzzles:
Surprisingly the puzzles are very intuitive and never get on my nerves (except for the Sliding puzzle... I always hate those) if a puzzle seems confusing then you can press the help button and Tex will tell you, basically, what to do to solve the puzzle (not the answer or correct way... but an instruction) which makes puzzle a lot more tolleratable (looking at you Nancy Drew)

Characters:
Since this is an adventure game the characters play a major role... and I have a soft spot for every single one of them... they are all surprisingly entertaining to watch and complement off of each other fairly well. The only character I could not stand was the guy who you meet at the BBQ place (can't place his name) he was just obnoxious. The ner stereotype that doesn't work and only serves as a plot device. (Literally he does one thing and then he is basically worthless besides a few "nerd" jokes)

Pacing:
The pacing is where my first fault with the game comes. The game is split up into 12 days and each day acts as an "episode" with two amusing pun names to introduce them. My problem with the day system is sometimes you will have a crap load of stuff to do and could total to around an hour of game time... but then the next "day" could only be a puzzle and a cutscene totaling to about 12 or so minutes. This is especially evident in the final few days where it just flys by as though the writers were like "oh we are at the end but we are schedualed to do 12 days... oh well rush the next 2 days" It didn't hinder my enjoyment much (besides me being sad that the game would end) but it was definalty something I noticed. Day 8 took me a good hour and a half while the following day only took me about 30 minutes. Either way the whole Tesla Building segment besides creeping me out badly with its use of Bee and Spiders really drug REALLY badly.

Music:
From jazzy noir styled tunes to an epic orchestral ending this game's soundtrack is REALLY good. It may not be something you'd listen to all the time, but I'd be damned if I didn't enjoy everytime I heard the Chandler Avenue theme or feel a sense of bombast and dread when I hear the Tesla Building Theme. Very well done. And the opening song is freaking fantastic! Just Take a listen!

Other Nuances:
Some graphical glitches here and there (which didn't affect my liking) and a few green screen errors (artifacts were definalty noticable) and there was an exchange with one of the characters where the background behind them shifted all around. Again it didn't hurt the enjoyment at all.. but they were noticable. Also that sneak area was balls. Should be been developed much more.

Overall:
Is this the end for Tex Murphy? Honestly, if this game's quality speaks for the series I say I hope it isn't. Well acted, very entertaining, and a surprisingly excellent story helps Tex's newest adventure (and my first) become one of the best adventure games I have played ever. Sure there may never be another game with this being a "reunion" game, but for what is here it is certainly worth the 15 dollar price tag. And now I am off to play the other 3 FMV Tex Murphy games I have missed..

HIGHLY RECOMENDED

Oh and yes, there are MT3K references, rejoice!
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jbrenes
( 71.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
After a frustrating 15 year hiatus, Tex Murphy finally returns to resolve the cliffhanger seen in Tex Murphy: Overseer. I remember how outraged I felt after seeing that cliffhanger at the end of Overseer, and the subesequent hiatus in the series only served to further justify that anger. However, Tesla Effect makes up for the wait with its cinematic production quality (filmed in 2K video) and its solid classic FMV adventure-puzzle gaming experience. You can tell the developers put their heart and soul into its development, and were anxious to please their fan base with a quality sequel that was highly improbable ever to happen, and yet greatly desired and made possible only with a wildly successful (by adventure gaming standards) Quickstarter campaign. Since watching the story unfold is one of the most satisfying parts of the gaming experience, I won't spoil it for anyone with further details, other than to say it has a multipath story with different possible endings based on your choices (akin to Pandora Directive). Fortunately, most of the actors were able to reprise their roles in this sequel. Overall, everyone really delivered the goods, which is a rarity in and of itself these days. Suffice it to say that veteran adventure gamers like myself, or anyone with a desire to see a good "interactive" story with puzzles will want to play this game. Best of all, it ends with a true sense of closure, with just an open-ended allusion to another possible sequel in the future. Please make another sequel possible by supporting this game with your friends, because this is the kind pf gaming experience we need to see more!
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Ripfin
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
The name says it all.
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mick_moran_2000
( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Classic Adventure Gaming with a first person twist. Some slightly dated references and it might not be as enjoyable to new players but you'll soon fall for the character and want to go hunting for Under a killing moon and the rest of the series (hob bout a remastered verion of this please?)

Very fun game good puzzles lovely interface and beautiful 2k cut scenes.

Highly recommended First Person Point and Click Game (FPPAC.....?)
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Tumpass Lives
( 25.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
What a brilliant game. Tex is back in a brand new adventure about 15yrs or so after the last game came out. This one is set 7yrs after the events of Overseer and Tex has lost his memory after some shady events went down at his apartment block. Now he has to get his memory back and find his girlfriend Chelsee which ends up drawing him into the world of Nicola Tesla and his disciples.

After playing the original Tex games back in the 90s it was amazing to play this game and it doesn't disapoint for old fans. All the old characters are there and being back on Chandler Ave is like coming home. Not much has changed since those previous games. You still move around the world in a first person view, clicking on things, picking up objects, solving puzzles and questioning characters. When you trigger a cut scene or talk to a character the 3D world switches to FMV footage. This technique was all the rage for awhile back in the 90s but hasn't really been used since then until now. The team at Big Finish have done a really good job with the quality of the FMV here. It's hi-def, the acting is pretty good (in a Tex way) and it fits pretty seamlessly into the rest. As with all the prior Tex games the humour is a big part and it's still here. Gotta love those eye rolling Tex jokes.

The story is not bad, puzzles are pretty decent and gameplay is pretty easy to get a handle on. There were a couple of times in later sections of the game I found myself wandering around for ages trying to work out what to do next but I was playing on Gamer difficultly with no hints or guides. Luckily they also have a hint system and a Casual difficulty which will highlight objects if you get stuck.

I've played this one through twice now and really enjoyed it. There is a team also working on remaking Overseer (the game that is a prequel to this one). Check out the site. www.thepoisonedpawn.com Will be looking forward to playing that one to.
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Marcelo Sampaio
( 17.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Ahh, Tesla Effect. How hard it is to review it. One one hand, this is AMAZING reboot of a FMV adventure series. On the other hand... its a FMV adventure, packed with some of the same issues it used to have back then, and a few new ones packed in. Yes, we still have some amateurish acting in here. Yes, we still have bad looking rendered backgrounds that don't mesh too well with the characters. And we also have another issue here: after 16 years, the actors aren't exactly at their prome. Hell, one of the main characters looks so old (and fatter) compared to his/her last game that it kinda ruined some scenes in the game. And that's one of the main issues with the FMV genre...

As an adventure game, Its a great entry. It does have a few casual puzzles (you know, the ones you usually find in hidden object games - sliding, jigsaw, etc), but there are also some amazingly designed ones, and the detective stuf is till top notch. You can open every drawer, you can look at every corner of the maps, you can still click in everything just to hear Tex cracking some jokes... Fact is: even if the game is indeed flawed, its easy to forget about the issues when you have a game that delivers EXACTLY what the fans where looking for: an answer to the question that has been living on our brains ever since we saw the end of Overseer. And unlike most recent adventure games, you DO have a nice inventory management, including the ability to combine items. Yeah, like the classics. ^^

Much like Pandora Directive, Tesla Effect features two things that are usually NOT found in FMV games: branching dialogue trees and multiple endings. This is nice, because it gives you a reason to replay the game. The story will be the same, but you'll be able to see different dialogues, different scenes and different endings (there are 5 of them, BTW). The story, BTW, is, in my opinion, amazing. Very complex, very detailed and very creative. It VERY fictional, but not absurd. While it continues from the cliffhanger ending presented in Overseer, it also features a new plot, involving Nikola Tesla's inventions and some urban legends around it. In fact, the connections between all the older games and this new plot are so natural that you REALLY have to congratulate Chris Jones for its amazing writing.

The gameplay is actually quite good. You still are able to navigate full 3D backgrounds in first person view, but all dialogues and most actions are presented in FMV scenes with branching dialogues. You don't really choose WHAT Tex is gonna say, but HOW he will deliver his next line (sarcastic retort, weird PI humor, change subject, etc). This is nice, since you never know what he is gonna say until he does. This game has two difficulty settings, but unlike the older games, you have can select between casual, which is VERY easy, and gamer, which is just "normal". Yeah, this game doesn't present too much challenge for classic adventure players. But it's still harder than most adventure games coming out nowdays, and still feels like a real game, not an interactive movie, which is nice.

The graphics are ok. For some lame reason, they decided to use Unity (YUCK!), so expect unstable framerates, VERY low res textures and weird 3D models. But the game doesn't really look BAD. Hell, for a budget game, some places are actually quite pleasing to the eyes. The FMV scenes are fantastic though. Not only they are in a very high resolution (blu-ray quality!), but most of them are quite well produced (the ending scenes specially have amazing special effects!). The sound department is perfect. The sound effects are realistic and VERY atmospheric and the musics are great and always set the right mood to most scenes. I have nothing to complain about the soundtrack. Heck, they even put the UAKM day transition song in here!! :p

Anyway... Tesla Effect isn't perfect. It doesn't poop on Tex Murphy's name, and actually make it even stronger. In fact, its a better game that most people expected, and considering how dead the FMV genre is, its amazing that we got a new game that feels so similar to the older ones. It's a game that REALLY delivers to fans of the series. If you are not a fan though... well, I recommend that you try the demo first, because this game is aimed at the fans.

I give this game an 9/10. And I REALLY hope they do a new one in the near future. At least before the actors get even older. :p
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Kargor
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
There is a lot of emphasis on the "full motion video" part, but in the end, it's a point & click adventure in a 3D engine. The 3D environments could be better, though -- but the cutscenes are what you'll be hoping for anyway. And while it's not an hundreds of million dollars movie production, they are quite nice.

Tex also doesn't get boring when examining stuff, unless you count the repeats when clicking on the same kind of item in the same environment and get the same comment again.

The gameplay isn't too bad. I wasn't a big fan of some areas, when they put a timer on things or made you sneak around stealthy, but it could be worse. Playing in "casual" mode lets you skip some puzzles if you want to -- it will cost you some points, just like getting yourself killed does, but points don't matter anyway.

Likewise, there's supposed to be multiple endings, but I doubt they are THAT different. You'll complete the objective, so what? Options in dialogues are usually vague, so you never know what you're saying or where you're heading; I just randomly clicked an answer. I still liked the game -- again, not much of a difference compared to a game where the outcome is fixed anyway.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
71.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
After a frustrating 15 year hiatus, Tex Murphy finally returns to resolve the cliffhanger seen in Tex Murphy: Overseer. I remember how outraged I felt after seeing that cliffhanger at the end of Overseer, and the subesequent hiatus in the series only served to further justify that anger. However, Tesla Effect makes up for the wait with its cinematic production quality (filmed in 2K video) and its solid classic FMV adventure-puzzle gaming experience. You can tell the developers put their heart and soul into its development, and were anxious to please their fan base with a quality sequel that was highly improbable ever to happen, and yet greatly desired and made possible only with a wildly successful (by adventure gaming standards) Quickstarter campaign. Since watching the story unfold is one of the most satisfying parts of the gaming experience, I won't spoil it for anyone with further details, other than to say it has a multipath story with different possible endings based on your choices (akin to Pandora Directive). Fortunately, most of the actors were able to reprise their roles in this sequel. Overall, everyone really delivered the goods, which is a rarity in and of itself these days. Suffice it to say that veteran adventure gamers like myself, or anyone with a desire to see a good "interactive" story with puzzles will want to play this game. Best of all, it ends with a true sense of closure, with just an open-ended allusion to another possible sequel in the future. Please make another sequel possible by supporting this game with your friends, because this is the kind pf gaming experience we need to see more!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
What a brilliant game. Tex is back in a brand new adventure about 15yrs or so after the last game came out. This one is set 7yrs after the events of Overseer and Tex has lost his memory after some shady events went down at his apartment block. Now he has to get his memory back and find his girlfriend Chelsee which ends up drawing him into the world of Nicola Tesla and his disciples.

After playing the original Tex games back in the 90s it was amazing to play this game and it doesn't disapoint for old fans. All the old characters are there and being back on Chandler Ave is like coming home. Not much has changed since those previous games. You still move around the world in a first person view, clicking on things, picking up objects, solving puzzles and questioning characters. When you trigger a cut scene or talk to a character the 3D world switches to FMV footage. This technique was all the rage for awhile back in the 90s but hasn't really been used since then until now. The team at Big Finish have done a really good job with the quality of the FMV here. It's hi-def, the acting is pretty good (in a Tex way) and it fits pretty seamlessly into the rest. As with all the prior Tex games the humour is a big part and it's still here. Gotta love those eye rolling Tex jokes.

The story is not bad, puzzles are pretty decent and gameplay is pretty easy to get a handle on. There were a couple of times in later sections of the game I found myself wandering around for ages trying to work out what to do next but I was playing on Gamer difficultly with no hints or guides. Luckily they also have a hint system and a Casual difficulty which will highlight objects if you get stuck.

I've played this one through twice now and really enjoyed it. There is a team also working on remaking Overseer (the game that is a prequel to this one). Check out the site. www.thepoisonedpawn.com Will be looking forward to playing that one to.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I am a big fan of Tex Murphy, Louie, Chelsea, Rook, Taylor and all the other characters that make up Tex's world. I have played each Tex Murphy game as they came out starting with Meanstreets and I was thrilled to find out that Tex and crew was back in the Tesla Effect. The game did not disappoint. In two words, it was cinematic Tex.

The video quality was excellent with highly detailed FMV that looked great on a big screen. The sound and music were excellent, The acting carried the story and humour along well with the varied characters convincing in their roles with only a couple of missteps. Although they don't reach Crysis levels of reality, the 3D environments were detailed, varied and atmospheric. The interface was clean, elegant and easy to navigate. Through all of it there was the great mix of humour and depth. Tex wants to find out what happened and he does it only as Tex can: sticking his fingers where they shouldn't go, always making a wry quip, and in the end doing the right thing with a little bit of luck, heart and battered thick-headed determination.

The only drawbacks for me were the usual problems for an adventure game: occasionally spending an excess of time searching for a small clue in all the detail and some puzzles which are only very loosely tied to the story. That and the flow-breaking vagueness of the dialogue choices titles. But for all the rest, the puzzles are finding and assembling the clues to tell the story, which is as it should be.

I'm into the game for the story and the fun of it, so I played in casual mode and took my time to explore eveything I could. In honour of it being a new chapter in Tex's life, although I wanted to stay true to Chelsea, on my first run through, I thought Tex deserved to make the most of what his circumstances had granted him, and went with Taylor. Making those choices, Taylor vs Chelsea vs Ariel, was agonizing, in a good way.

If you are a fan of Tex you'll enjoy the game. If you are a fan of Noir, Science Fiction, quirky characters, and a silly but heartfelt homage to hard-boiled detectives, you will not regret the experience of Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure. And if you are new to Tex, and enjoyed this game, all the previous ones are available too for a retro-adventure gaming time and a Big Finish Games blessed fan remake of Overseer is in production as "The Poisoned Pawn" thepoisonedpawn.com projected for release in fall 2017.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This game is pure genius. If you enjoyed games like Dragon's Lair, Space Ace, Brain Dead 13, Policenauts (Snatsher in the US) you will probably enjoy this one just as much if not even more.

If there was emoticons for this game my life would be complete...

:Blacktail:
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Before you read further, I am a "Tex Murphy Newbie" so this was my first exposure to the series... and if this is my first exposure then I sure do love what I have played. A suprisingly well written and well acted and entertaining game that should serve as a template for future adventure games.

The Story:
I don't want to spoil much but Tex Murphy wakes up with a case of amnesia... sounds boring right? A lot of games have done this but I feel that Telsa Effect does this in a unique way. Instead of it just being a plot device for the sake of helping players learn what is going on, it serves as an integral part of the plot that isn't intrusive and actually makes the story even more interesting as it goes on. As the story does seem confusing at first, the game surprisingly does an excellent job of giving just enough exposition for it to makes sense, and to not bring down the pace. The twists aren't hamfisted and are very well put (and once you replay the game the twists definatly help you enjoy it even more because you can see a scene again and say "yep makes sense, the twist."

Gameplay:
This is unlike any other Adventure game I have ever played... It is basically what i'd call a FPPC (First-Person Point and Click) it has the idea of a first person shooter, without the shooting, and makes you explore to solve puzzles... and it works too very well. It is the adventure game genre in the modern age and it plays great. Sure the enviroments look like they came from the early 2000s, but it runs great and honestly it didn't hinder my enjoyment.

Puzzles:
Surprisingly the puzzles are very intuitive and never get on my nerves (except for the Sliding puzzle... I always hate those) if a puzzle seems confusing then you can press the help button and Tex will tell you, basically, what to do to solve the puzzle (not the answer or correct way... but an instruction) which makes puzzle a lot more tolleratable (looking at you Nancy Drew)

Characters:
Since this is an adventure game the characters play a major role... and I have a soft spot for every single one of them... they are all surprisingly entertaining to watch and complement off of each other fairly well. The only character I could not stand was the guy who you meet at the BBQ place (can't place his name) he was just obnoxious. The ner stereotype that doesn't work and only serves as a plot device. (Literally he does one thing and then he is basically worthless besides a few "nerd" jokes)

Pacing:
The pacing is where my first fault with the game comes. The game is split up into 12 days and each day acts as an "episode" with two amusing pun names to introduce them. My problem with the day system is sometimes you will have a crap load of stuff to do and could total to around an hour of game time... but then the next "day" could only be a puzzle and a cutscene totaling to about 12 or so minutes. This is especially evident in the final few days where it just flys by as though the writers were like "oh we are at the end but we are schedualed to do 12 days... oh well rush the next 2 days" It didn't hinder my enjoyment much (besides me being sad that the game would end) but it was definalty something I noticed. Day 8 took me a good hour and a half while the following day only took me about 30 minutes. Either way the whole Tesla Building segment besides creeping me out badly with its use of Bee and Spiders really drug REALLY badly.

Music:
From jazzy noir styled tunes to an epic orchestral ending this game's soundtrack is REALLY good. It may not be something you'd listen to all the time, but I'd be damned if I didn't enjoy everytime I heard the Chandler Avenue theme or feel a sense of bombast and dread when I hear the Tesla Building Theme. Very well done. And the opening song is freaking fantastic! Just Take a listen!

Other Nuances:
Some graphical glitches here and there (which didn't affect my liking) and a few green screen errors (artifacts were definalty noticable) and there was an exchange with one of the characters where the background behind them shifted all around. Again it didn't hurt the enjoyment at all.. but they were noticable. Also that sneak area was balls. Should be been developed much more.

Overall:
Is this the end for Tex Murphy? Honestly, if this game's quality speaks for the series I say I hope it isn't. Well acted, very entertaining, and a surprisingly excellent story helps Tex's newest adventure (and my first) become one of the best adventure games I have played ever. Sure there may never be another game with this being a "reunion" game, but for what is here it is certainly worth the 15 dollar price tag. And now I am off to play the other 3 FMV Tex Murphy games I have missed..

HIGHLY RECOMENDED

Oh and yes, there are MT3K references, rejoice!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Best FMW game out there, also check out the other games in the series
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Classic Adventure Gaming with a first person twist. Some slightly dated references and it might not be as enjoyable to new players but you'll soon fall for the character and want to go hunting for Under a killing moon and the rest of the series (hob bout a remastered verion of this please?)

Very fun game good puzzles lovely interface and beautiful 2k cut scenes.

Highly recommended First Person Point and Click Game (FPPAC.....?)
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189 of 203 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
Damn, they really delivered. If you liked the old games even a little bit you are going to love Tesla Effect. This is pure fan service and a pretty awesome game. It's nice to be back on Chandler Avenue.

I love it.

Pros:
- Humor
- Entertaining story and characters
- Awesome FMVs
- Cool locations

Cons:
- In game graphics not really up to date
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110 of 114 people (96%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Just like old times.

Can't remember the last modern game that had FMV (maybe C&C series). The video and composite green screening was very well done. Film was shot on a Canon C100 and the quality was just right. It is so fresh to have an old technology.
Acting was terribly great!
Story was fun and tied things together.
Great homages to all past games.
Puzzles were fun but in my taste too easy for a Tex game.
Fun easter eggs.
Fair amount of gameplay, but could always ask for more.

At some point will try some of the other game paths. There are 5 possible endings, which always makes a game fun to play again.

The success of this game should show that FMV is no longer a dead technology; quality video and compositing should open up a world of interactive fiction/non-fiction. I expect to see another Tex and really hope others try to borrow from this design.
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101 of 110 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
WOW what a GAME!

I played the originals back in the 90's?. This is just fantastic old school gaming. There is a magic about these types of games that are missing from todays games. The 3d environments are not that great at all and probably the bigger issue is seeing peoples eyes move as they are reading the "Q" cards during the investigation scenes (which is unfortunate). But that does NOT matter here. This game HOOKS you and wants you to keep going.

I miss these types of games, and I hope this brings back (if nothing else) a niche resurgence. Be it FMV or great story-telling adventures. I just can't believe how much I forgot what it was like to care about a game I am playing. THANK YOU TO THE TEX MURPHY TEAM! WELL DONE!
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