Tesla Effect is an adventure game in a full motion video style, meaning
there are real actors in the game. This is a converational heavy detective game
that embraces its corniness. The music and the effects do a good job to tie the
game together. You play as Tex Murphy, and intrepid detective who is trying
to regain his memory. The conversation and the story move forward in a linear
manner, and while you have different responses that you can give, there is little
impact on the base outcome.
The story and the voice acting are done very well, and while the
humorous undertones are entertaining, this would almost be a game that is more
enjoyable to watch as a Let's Play rather than to go through yourself. It
comes accross as more of a movie than a game.
The player has a limited interaction with the environment, and some of
the puzzles are more simplistic such as scavenger hunts rather than puzzles
that challege your intellect. There was no failure state in the game; combined
with the auto save, this means that even if you make the wrong decision and
"die", there is no problem because the game will just reload at the most recent
It's not a bad game, just heavy in cinematics, and limited in what
choices you can make and in what order. I was hoping for more of a detective
element in the game instead of an interactive adventure. The game holds your
hand, and doesn't respect your time. If you're looking for a low pressure,
no stress game, this could be good, but for anybody else who wants to play a
detective game and feel like a detective, I cannot recommend it.
This is a summary of my review video, which I encourage you to watch if you are looking for a more in-depth review.
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