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 (276 reviews)
Release Date: May 8, 2014

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About This Game

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

    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 16 GB available space
    • OS: 10.7.5
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • Hard Drive: 16 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Well, it's old good PC quest back in action.
Funny, stylish, goofy and entertaining, delivers quite a bit of nostalgia, especially if you started to play video games at least 15-20 years ago. Don't take it too seriously though.
I'd say, money well spent.
Posted: September 30
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Take what made the original Tex Muprhy great and add beautiful FMV and challenging puzzles with a very stylized atmosphere and you got yourself a new Tex Murphy game. While the acting and story may be cheesy, that's the whole charm of this series, and to see the original actor for Tex back is always a charm. This was honestly one of the funniest games I've played in awhile.
Posted: October 13
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 18
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Bringing back the style for a fresh generation, Tesla Effect offers a clever click-and-drag adventure for any gamer daring enough to challenge the mysteries of Tex Murphy's past. Humorous and inviting, this game is an excellent play from start to finish for the inner adventurer or hard-boiled private eye alike.
Posted: September 27
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Nostalgia to the MAX. While I never even heard of Tex Murphy prior to this game, it does make me want to go back and play the older ones. The FMVs are the great, using the advances of the past several years. The 3d graphics are notably dated, reminding me of early 2000 games. But we arent here for the graphics, it would be like playing CoD for the story. The story is excellent, given its goofy/campy nature (which I feel makes it even better, too many games these days try to make themselves to be more serious and profound that they really are). The plot is something right out of the 90s-00s cyperpunk genre. I could rattle on and on about this game, but I wont. So Ill just give it a good thumbs up. If you like cyberpunk, film noir, have about of nostalgia for 90s-00s games and/or point/click adventures. This is a good buy for you.
Posted: September 30
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
This game starts very well, assuming you have some memory of the older Tex Murphy games and can enjoy the old FMV scenes that pop up as you wander around and click on things that bring up memories from prior cases and you enjoy seeing the prior characters return. The first part of the investigation is enjoyable, walking around, talking to people, picking up clues, solving a few puzzles. But, wow, does this thing go off a cliff around the halfway mark. One of the worst stealth sequences in gaming history is followed by a painfully stupid section that drags on forever in an abandoned lab. I died about 40 times probably in the stealth area from the completely arbitrary and unfair stealth mechanics. Then I must have died 50 more times suffering through the lab building, killed by hidden mines, electric balls that fly around and kill you, and by a giant fly that randomly pops up every few minutes to kill you (which makes no more sense in game than it sound like). By that point the story has long since descended into incoherent gibberish, and I had no idea what was going on anyway. The last puzzle (not really a puzzle, just click and drag, click and drag until the right thing happens) is then a timed fight with the controls, which the the imprecise mouse controls won a dozen times before I was able to finish it.
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Often when old series are revived in modern installments, the gameplay is changed or dumbed down to appeal to modern audiences, leaving fans alienated. Not so with Tesla Effect. The gameplay is more or less identical to the last few efforts, for good or ill. While not as fiendishly difficult as Under a Killing Moon or TPD, there are still puzzles to be found sprinkled throughout the game. There are many surprisingly well-acted and high budget, high-resolution FMVs, some great humour and alternate endings depending on some decisions taken. Weaknesses are the length and the way the story seems to fizzle out half way through (many major plot events are simply left hanging).
Posted: October 1
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20.1 hrs on record
Tex is back and true to form! Loved every minute of it.
Posted: September 25
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8.1 hrs on record
Better production values and a decent story make this a good adventure game. It is not quite as fun as the games that preceded it though: Way too much time is spent finding hidden objects.

Do NOT play this in gamer mode, as it only adds frustration.
Posted: October 19
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3.5 hrs on record
This.... is a really humor filled game. So far I'm really enjoying it.
Posted: October 17
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13.4 hrs on record
Three main reasons i bought it nostalgia, nostalgia, nostalgia
It delivered on that part I was 15 years younger in a sec
(I know it is 16 years ago but I bought it later)

Straight forward point and click adventure with an atmosphere like no other game (could be my nostalgia again)
Fairly simple puzzles. The hard parts are when u don’t find an object right away, If U want originality in your puzzles stay away from this game.
A Hint system for those that are stuck and don’t want to spent some time figuring things out by themselves (but why would u play a game like this if u don’t like to solve stuff)

Negative points (for me)
WSAD movement is not adjustable and I don’t have a qwerty keyboard. Not possible to change the keys but luckily the arrow keys worked.
Stealth part was a bit dull nut hard but annoying.
End game puzzle was extremely annoying due to the lack of time died like 20 times
I rather have some difficulty here then a cheap time limit to make it hard.

But it made me dig after those cd’s from the previous one (yep still have those) eager to play that one as well.
Posted: October 16
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19.8 hrs on record
Never played any of the other Tex Murphy games, but I still enjoyed this game way more than I thought I would.
The game is similar to games of this type made before, but for younger gamers I would say you might enjoy this if you enjoy any of the first person Sherlock Holmes games. That said, dont expect good graphics or advnaced animations, but the story is good fun and interesting on serveral levels until the end. Its actually a good adventure game.
Posted: October 21
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17.2 hrs on record
Oh man it's been 15 years, thank you so much!
Posted: October 15
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10.8 hrs on record
Fans of Tex Murphy have waited far too long for an answer to the cliffhanger that Overseer left them with. Tesla Effect does an admirable job of bringing Tex into the 2010s, but this game is strictly for the fans. Newcomers will likely be confused.
Posted: October 2
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12.3 hrs on record
If you liked the old Tex Murphy games, you'll enjoy this game too. Only downside for me what the framerate improvement kinda made this game hard to play for more than 30 minutes at a time without getting vertigo. My dad, who was the biggest fan of the series, couldn't handle the game even with the settings adjusted.
Posted: October 5
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4.5 hrs on record
Wow, this old school Text adventure lives up to the Tex Murphy name. Brings back a lot of memories and like all Tex Murphy games, it not only looks good but has a great storyline, every area is full of interesting things to interact with and fun little jokes, plus good old Chris Jones does his usual excellent impression of Harrison Ford in Blade Runner. 5 stars!
Posted: October 3
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11.1 hrs on record
If you liked any of the previous Tex Murphy games, you'll like this one too!
Posted: October 24
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9.4 hrs on record
Strange game - but in a "positive" way. Feels like an interactive Trash-Movie from the 80's. Funny Characters & a lot of humour - but on the other side, there are a few lengthy passages. Especially, the beginning and the last 10-20%, including the end.

But on Balance, it entertained me (~8 hours playtime). So if you're able to enjoy those kind of movies & humour, i suggest you should get it when it's on a steam sale.
Posted: October 25
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186 of 198 people (94%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
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.

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

- In game graphics not really up to date
Posted: May 7
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98 of 105 people (93%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
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!
Posted: May 7
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