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 (631 reviews) - 89% of the 631 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

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
    • 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
16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Tex Murphy was a FMV (full-motion video with real actors) point-and-click adventure series back in 1990. I did not play previous games back then, so this is a newcomer review.

The idea of playing the role of a private detective in a cyberpunk world with a bit of humor is interesting, but the game has its flaws.

- First of all, there are many reminiscences to previous games. They are supposed to touch the hearts of the series veterans, but looked out of place for me. The same can be said about most of the game - many things feel out of place (for example you are in a cyberpunk city, ok, and then you're solving ancient Egyptian puzzles all of a sudden) but I heard it has this cheesy feeling on purpose since all the games were designed like this. Not a design I like, but whatever.

- The story was also a bit hard to follow for me, a couple of times I struggled to understand what I just uncovered while Tex acted like it is clear as day for him. I don't think I could tell you the uncovered story from start to finish even if I wanted to. Perhaps it makes more sense to those who played previous games.

- Graphics outside video sequences are so-so (Unity engine), but they are light years ahead of previous games of course. I don't think I have the strength of will to play the previous ones if navigation there is represented via static images like in old Myst.

In spite of these cons, I'd recommend this game if you like detective stories and adventures.

+ FMV with real actors looks good in Full HD.

+ Gameplay with finding clues and combining things is good if you like adventure games. Puzzles are manageable (I resorted to walkthrough just a couple of times, there is also a casual playing mode where you can skip puzzles if you don't like them).

+ There are multiple endings, too bad I didn't get the things as I wanted In the end (so-so ending without love and such). Choices that lead you to one or another are rather obscure (this is not so good).

Overall, I recommend playing it if you like point-and-click adventures and don't mind the cheesy setting. For veterans of the series it is a must buy I presume.

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5 of 5 people (100%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This new Tex Murphy adventure game does it all oldschool. Graphics, gameplay, story and sound.
It feels old but it is a brilliant revival of a classic FMV adventure series on the PC.
I personally do not think this will be picked up by most players because the grey beard this series has.
And that is a shame because this adventure game does nothing wrong.
If you read this and you know an liked the old FMV games like Tex Murphy, Phantasmagoria, Frankenstein, Ripper & Black Dahlia, this revival of a long gone videogame is actually damn good in what it does.
If you did not liked this type of game 15/20 years ago then you will still hate this today..
I say... Recommended

My rating = 7 out of 10
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