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

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    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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nachums
25.8 hrs
Posted: September 1
The old games were really enjoyable and this is clearly designed to be a throwback to those.

In terms of graphics and experience, this stays true to the older games. It's questionable whether or not that's a good thing. For fans of the older games, no doubt it's a welcome gaming experience.

The script is decent and most of the old actors are back. The story is linked to older games so may not make total sense to anyone new coming into this.

The story is a little convoluted, but the game have a decent gaming engine.

Where this game falls down are the almost pointless puzzles which crop up in every so often. They seem to add nothing to the storyline or gameplay. They're not even particularly challenging in terms of intelligence, seeming to require a mastery of the mouse which is uneccessary in any other game.

Disappointing.
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halo19248
10.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
"Oh, an anvil. I'm sure it'll come in handy later." (actual game quote)

What sinks this game, after all, is its inept game design: 95 percent of the gameplay consists of

A) tedious, sometimes frustrating pixel-hunting for silly objects that are employed in unprecedentedly obtuse ways: "find all baseball cards to unlock safe" / "clean petri dish to open locker" ..... game is from 2014 but more reminiscent of 1980s text adventures.

B) an absurd mishmash of cobbled together logic puzzles, which feel hopelessly tacked-on and completely disrupt any stylistic, thematic, and gameplay cohesion. It's painfully embarrassing when the developers suddenly insert an entire Ancient Egypt section with puzzles like the river crossing problem and probably think this is a great idea.

Your role is always confined to abstract, low-level problem solving that has nothing to do with the story itself. The story is neatly told through high quality FMV cutscenes while you are searching for screwdrivers, sausages and nose hair trimmers in low quality 3D environments.

Tyrannosaurus Tex. It's one, huge dinosaur of a game with graphics from the early 2000s and gameplay from the early Pleistocene. Like Duke Nukem Forever, this is a game that came out 15 years too late and, maybe, should have never been made in the first place.
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Snus
3.7 hrs
Posted: August 24
Tesla Effect is bad in so many ways.

Visually it looks like a game from 1999. The acting and actors' makeups in video scenes are horrible. The dialogues are super cheesy and the story consists mostly of cliches (the main hero has amnesia - wow, who'd expected this in a videogame!). The UI is absolute garbage and looks like it was designed by a hundred different people - everything falls apart.

Overall, it doesn't feel like a new game about Tex Murphy. It feels like a game from 90s remade in 2010s. This will probably please the old fans of the series, but if you are not one of them, stay clear of Tesla Effect.

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birdsaround
25.7 hrs
Posted: August 20
2050 noir. Video (as in games of 90-s) and 3d graphics combination. The story is nice. Awesome, especially for those gamers of 90-s. )
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Best. Game. Ever.

Scifi, good humour, story rich, puzzels, mystery, great characters, good special effects. I haven't played a point and click this good since Dune 1.

I even got my face slapped twice by two different women in the space of 10seconds. The realism is uncanny.

I can't recommend this highly enough. I have no idea why metacritic only gave it 68%, they need their heads examined.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Awwwwwwwwww yeah, Tex Murphy is back in his classic glory of awkwardly delivering lines directly to the camera! Tacky in a knowing, charming way and honestly a good buy if you're looking to sink your teeth into a classic style point and click adventure with corny FMV elements!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
If you are a fan of cheesy FMV games with horrible voice acting, this game is a modern itch for your guilty pleasure!

While I haven't played any of the other games in the Tex Murphy series, I enjoyed this one and will likely be picking up the rest of the series to play through the next time they go on sale. The story was interesting, the puzzles were challenging but not obtuse, the humor was perfect, and most importantly in an FMV adventure, the actors were HORRIBLE!!! I loved every minute of this game and can't wait to play the other Tex Murphy games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
I really liked this game! It was a nice dose of nostalgia, and it was great seeing Tex Murphy back in action!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
What a great and memorable game. It's getting a little knocked up in the reviews, sadly, but in an age of over-produced and soul-less block-buster games, and low budget indy games that are very hit-or-miss, Tesla Effect stands out as a true indy achievement. It is a (point and click-ish wasd) adventure game worthy of our time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Strangely engaging and just enough campyness to make it interesting without turning people off. It's reminiscent of the golden era of interactive PC games of the 90s with a good shameless amount of noir thrown in.
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196 of 211 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.4 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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114 of 118 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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105 of 114 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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109 of 123 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
Absolutely fantastic, well worth both backing and the long wait since Overseer, I am officially booking a couple of weeks off work to play this in peace.
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