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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Very Positive (752 reviews) - 88% of the 752 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

Windows
Mac OS X
    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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Very Positive (752 reviews)
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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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chippihc
4.0 hrs
Posted: August 20
I've been a gamer ever since I convinced my reluctant Grandfather to let me touch his Ti-99/4a computer. He was boasting how he just got the new expansion box for it that allowed him to use 5 1/4 inch floppy disks. I had no idea what he was talking about back then. He hadn't even transfered his programs over to it yet so when he let me try out his newest horse racing game I had to type commands on the keyboard. Then put a cassette tape in the cassete player that was hooked up to it and press play and wait till it loaded. Then type run. I was hooked. I have grown up over the years and I have played and watched games grow up. Baby pixels to toddler Sprites just learning to crawl all the way up to vector formats and todays complex 3d images and the begining of VR.
Sorry for the long preamble but I just wanted you to know a little about my gaming history before I gave my opinion on this game, which should already tell you how much I like it because I always mean to write reviews but never actually get around to it.

I have played some of the old Tex Murphy Adventures and a few other FMV games as well as many many other types of games and to date......Now don't get me wrong it's not newest game or has the best graphix engine and it isn't perfect but this game is one of the best games I have ever played in my life. I woke up this morning, had my coffee and looking for anything unproductive to do today on a day off I started Playing Tesla Effect.
Right off the bat this game shows it has something for everyone. A New gamer and looking for a fun time killer with out Impossile to solve puzzles keeping you from enjoying the game to its fullest choose the casual diffuclty level and get hints and ocassional options to skip them. Hard core gamers selecting gamer mode wont get hints or be able to skip difficult puzzles.
I started playing this game and could not tear myself away until almost midnight after completing and seeing one of the games endings. Your choices steer the game to your final destination. Even if you haven't played any of Tex's previous games the flashbacks still add a great touch to the game. The comedy and sometimes Mr Bean like antics kept me smiling and wanting more keeping my boredem away. Like all FMV's should the cut scenes add such a movie like quality that most of the time I felt like I wasnt really playing a game but experiencing a movie that I was trying to craft. I couldn't wait to see what I made happen to me next!
Unlike a lot of todays games (even with the best game engines and artwork) this game did not make me feel like I was doing the same thing over and over again, but kept me entertained,on the edge of my seat, cracking up and eager for more. I hope they make more!
Weather you are a Hard core gamer or just looking for something to pass the time you should play Tesla Effect. It's what all FMV's dream of being.
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Mr. Meowgi©
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 17
Product received for free
Its a corny detective game, from the time ive played, its very enjoyable.
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warhorus
28.3 hrs
Posted: August 11
Another fun Tex Murphy game. If you played them back in the 90's, it's the exact same experience. Absolutely worth the cash for the campy FMV experience.
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Pandora626
8.8 hrs
Posted: August 4
Wow! Seriously good plot, fun gameplay, interresting puzzels and surprisingly good acting! Loved this game! Having never played a Tex Murphy game before I found it quite bizzare at first but the more i played the more i fell in love!
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Gooey
11.1 hrs
Posted: July 24
This game is hard for all the wrong reasons, which sucked the joy out of the great story.
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psyGressiw
14.5 hrs
Posted: July 23
This one should've been a Telltale game. Excellent wrtiting, characters and acting, sadly spoiled by some pixel hunting. Easily recommended if you dig the style.
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david3907
21.4 hrs
Posted: July 20
First Tex Murphy I played and I love it. The FMV bit is excellent and the writing superb.
Game is loose enough to make you think but the reference to previous games and stories is a bit of a pain when you haven't played them but the main character having amnesia works well as he can't remember them either.

Highly recomended 10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Wow! Seriously good plot, fun gameplay, interresting puzzels and surprisingly good acting! Loved this game! Having never played a Tex Murphy game before I found it quite bizzare at first but the more i played the more i fell in love!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Another fun Tex Murphy game. If you played them back in the 90's, it's the exact same experience. Absolutely worth the cash for the campy FMV experience.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.7 hrs on record
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Product received for free
Its a corny detective game, from the time ive played, its very enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
I've been a gamer ever since I convinced my reluctant Grandfather to let me touch his Ti-99/4a computer. He was boasting how he just got the new expansion box for it that allowed him to use 5 1/4 inch floppy disks. I had no idea what he was talking about back then. He hadn't even transfered his programs over to it yet so when he let me try out his newest horse racing game I had to type commands on the keyboard. Then put a cassette tape in the cassete player that was hooked up to it and press play and wait till it loaded. Then type run. I was hooked. I have grown up over the years and I have played and watched games grow up. Baby pixels to toddler Sprites just learning to crawl all the way up to vector formats and todays complex 3d images and the begining of VR.
Sorry for the long preamble but I just wanted you to know a little about my gaming history before I gave my opinion on this game, which should already tell you how much I like it because I always mean to write reviews but never actually get around to it.

I have played some of the old Tex Murphy Adventures and a few other FMV games as well as many many other types of games and to date......Now don't get me wrong it's not newest game or has the best graphix engine and it isn't perfect but this game is one of the best games I have ever played in my life. I woke up this morning, had my coffee and looking for anything unproductive to do today on a day off I started Playing Tesla Effect.
Right off the bat this game shows it has something for everyone. A New gamer and looking for a fun time killer with out Impossile to solve puzzles keeping you from enjoying the game to its fullest choose the casual diffuclty level and get hints and ocassional options to skip them. Hard core gamers selecting gamer mode wont get hints or be able to skip difficult puzzles.
I started playing this game and could not tear myself away until almost midnight after completing and seeing one of the games endings. Your choices steer the game to your final destination. Even if you haven't played any of Tex's previous games the flashbacks still add a great touch to the game. The comedy and sometimes Mr Bean like antics kept me smiling and wanting more keeping my boredem away. Like all FMV's should the cut scenes add such a movie like quality that most of the time I felt like I wasnt really playing a game but experiencing a movie that I was trying to craft. I couldn't wait to see what I made happen to me next!
Unlike a lot of todays games (even with the best game engines and artwork) this game did not make me feel like I was doing the same thing over and over again, but kept me entertained,on the edge of my seat, cracking up and eager for more. I hope they make more!
Weather you are a Hard core gamer or just looking for something to pass the time you should play Tesla Effect. It's what all FMV's dream of being.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
194 of 209 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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113 of 117 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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104 of 113 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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108 of 122 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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89 of 96 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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