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 (684 reviews) - 89% of the 684 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
34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
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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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2015
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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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2015
One of the best video game movies you will ever play / see. I've been a fan of Tex Murphy adventures since Mean Streets (coincidentally one of the first PC games I played). I loved Martian Memorandum, Under a Killing Moon, Pandora's Directive and Overseer. They all drew me in with their story line. This one does NOT disappoint. The narrative pathing (i.e., different endings based on decisions you make in the game) are great. The game play is fun, but if you hate puzzles, I recommend the Casual Gamer mode so you can skip the puzzles if you want. And there are quite a few brain-teasing puzzles. Thankfully, the only one I got stuck on (a sliding puzzle) was not mandatory to complete the game.

My only real complaint is that you can go entire hours without having a situation where you can die, so you're constantly moving around and clicking on stuff without fear. Then all of a sudden, there's something that can kill you and you walk right up to it without the game making you aware (you have to actually click on it for the game to tell you that it can kill you). This only matters if you care about reaching the highest award the game offers as a Detective. Other than that, you can die as many times without repercussion.

-Great story line, must see/play!
-Puzzles can be fun

-Can get frustrating trying to solve a puzzle (I recommend Googling a guide if you get stuck)
-Can get frustrating trying to find a missing object (again, Google a guide if you get stuck)
-Some of the puzzles are so complicated that you need to Google just how to complete them (Auxiliary Power reactor puzzle was one of them I did not understand how to work)
-Can die without notice.
-Not much replay value. Once you complete it, you can check out the other endings on YouTube.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2015
Tesla Effect is a pseudo-noir first person adventure game with real live actors.
It was very enjoyable. The puzzles are all challenging enough to be fun, but not so hard as to be frustrating. The dialogue and acting is always entertaining and well done, and the story is quite engrossing with an interesting mystery at its center.

The only complaint I have is that, at some points, the game tries to be something it's not. There is one terribly executed stealth section, one area where you constantly have to watch your step to avoid proximity mines, and an area where u have to run faster than flying electro-balls that will kill you on touch if you want to survive. All these don't actually add challenge or thrill as the developers may have thought, but instead they just get in the way of what's actually fun about the game. Thankfully, there aren't many of these sections, and the penalty for death is simply losing a few points that don't matter anyway.

Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a well written game, clever puzzles and the whole noir atmosphere.
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