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

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
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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
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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196 of 211 people (93%) found this review helpful
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.

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

- In game graphics not really up to date
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112 of 116 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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
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
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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90 of 97 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
The only game where I've audibly cheered at the ending was a game I had bought my non-game-playing father for his birthday, Under A Killing Moon, on CD-ROM back in the 90's. He never played it, but I did. I'm 41 now. This game brought it all back with such a great fedora-tip to the golden age of FMV games and Tex Murphy fans alike ('It sure is good to have the ol' Muyph back!') Now that I've finished the game and my brain isn't stimulated by puzzles and witty banter, I sadly go back to my FPS killing and sigh and wish I was booting up Tesla effect again for the first time. It's a great experience for Tex fans or newcomers, I'm so glad you guys got the chance to come back for one more hurrah and thank you so much! (I didn't know about the Kickstarter or I would have chipped in!) Also, whichever one of you is the conspiracy-nut you did a great job on the Tesla research, good stuff. p.s. Tesla Effect FMV trailer is best trailer.
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88 of 99 people (89%) found this review helpful
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
"Danger is alot like Jell-o theres always room for more"

After 16 LONG years Tex is back and in a higher resolution than ever befor,
he has straightend his tie and bought some real shoes and is ready to get back to work.
visuals are not the only difference, A new control scheme is introduced aswell, it should fit comfortably to any modern gamer.
It's such a joy to return to Chandler Avenue and see all those old faces again, It's been a long time and we are all wondering,
What happend to Tex Murphy? Well...

Grab your fedroa and bourbon and lets go on one last adventure, hopefully the Big P.I. in the Sky is looking out for us.
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54 of 57 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
I had never even heard of Tex Murphy before getting this game in a bundle. The last game that came out before this one came out when I was eight years old and we didn't even own a computer at that point in time, so I was completely clueless about the series before getting it in my library. I read about and thought it sounded interesting and like a relatively quick game so I downloaded it first to give it a try.

I am so happy that I did. It is so much fun and now I definitely want to check out the rest of the serious when I have some extra money. It was funny and kept my interest for the entire time it took me to finish it. Of course there were things I didn't understand and there were several call backs to the other games in the series that meant almost nothing to me but they weren't a vital part of the game and it didn't really take away from gameplay. It was a nice little insight into the series and a brilliant ploy to make me want to buy more.

The game feels dated. It's graphics aren't the best and who really used FMV like that anymore? But that's the beauty of it. Tex is an old-fashioned man in the future and this game is much the same. To be honest, it's refreshing. There are actual characters in this game, not just flashy designs to distracts you from how boring everyone is.

Of course being a puzzle game, it can become an exercise in frustration. I played on gamer mode which disabled all of the hints and the ability to skip puzzles. Some of the objects you have to find are ridiculously small and without the flashlight hint it can take awhile to find them amongst all the background clutter. And the last puzzle of the game is enough to make you want to tear your hair out. But in general, I enjoyed the game all the way through.
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50 of 53 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 10, 2015
I had no idea what FMV games are previously to playing Tesla Effect. I also had no idea who Tex Murphy is. Anyway, I really enjoyed it and can hardly wait to get my hands onto other similar games.

This game just left me thinking why on Earth it isn't more popular. It's got all the right ingredients: lots of jokes and humorous lines (puns and "dad jokes" all over, enjoyable even when cheesy or goofy), a quite interesting storyline (a bit childish at points but still decent), intricate puzzles for those looking for a challenge that can be quickly turned into reasonable puzzles for those that prefer a more relaxed approach, and best of all, the FMV part!... Nowadays there's no way a CGI-designed character (NPC or whatever) could look anywhere close to real humans played by actors. And this makes the game so immersive and captivating. Yeah, the acting is a bit awkward here and there, but I wasn't expecting Oscar performances anyway. And some characters are actually well-played (and I loved Jodi Russell's smile - the actress playing Taylor Lamintz). The overall graphic quality was pretty good as well. The hint (Smart Alex) system is well-done too. There are even multiple endings based on the choices you made throughout the game.

I guess the only left to blame is the lack of attention and care from the publisher. They could've add some features like steam achievements, steam trading cards, some leaderboards, they could've made some proper ad campaigns and whatnot. I mean, it's quite a shame this game is rather obscure at the moment. I know it needed a kickstarter campaign to be funded and become reality, and I know it's a game that mostly claims to be made "for gamers and not for money", but still... And yeah, it's as cool as this trailer depicts it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4fhaoi5_P4

Simply put, Tesla Effects gets straight to my favorites.
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11.4 hrs
Posted: October 14
This game is so good, it made me sit 10 hours straight (with small breaks) in front of computer.
Well - it's not perfect, it has some faults like bugged textures in some places and sometimes videos are not synced with audio and/or subtitles. But it might be just some reading problem.

Anyway the atmosphere is great. Exploring things is well made. It even has in-game hint system.
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46.0 hrs
Posted: October 9
Really nice, in line with the previous Tex Murphy adventures. Would recommend this to anyone who likes FMV and Tex.
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12.4 hrs
Posted: October 9
A quirky point and click adventure that pokes fun at itself but isn't over the top aside from the story which can be tough to follow at times.

The game is fairly linear, without there being too much to explore in terms of side stories but the decisisons you make will affect the end of the game.

I've played Quest for Glory, Kings Quest, Sam and Max; if you enjoy point and click adventure games this is a solid pickup. You'll spend more time solving the slide puzzle than you will on the rest of those games.

And there's a casual mode that lets you skip puzzles in case you don't want to play the game that you just purchased.
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16.7 hrs
Posted: October 5
Geez, what a great game. Could not stop playing it. A complete game-changer for FMV's. The only thing that would make this game better would be achievements/trading cards, which would go along great with all the collectibles in the game. Highly recommend this game for anyone who loves Futuristic and Film Noire pieces. Love this game.
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10.0 hrs
Posted: September 30
It's by the slimest of margins I give this a positive review. There are far more negatives about this "game" than positives, but ultimately it's not really a game but an interactive movie and if you like a hard boiled detective movie in a wacky Bladerunneresque setting, then you'll probably like this.

- The movie is pretty good

- Can't modify controls
- Random death in the "stealth" portions
- Supporting casts' eyes follow the text they're reading
- Have to "examine" everything in inventory for points
- Puzzles are ridiculous, like trying to find a way over a broken bridge... while standing beside your hovercar
- Graphics are weak
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1.4 hrs
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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Pepper Pim
3.4 hrs
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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10.8 hrs
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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