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 (586 reviews)
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

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 16 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • 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
39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
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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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
A great reboot of a long lost genre of games. Adventure FMV games were at their height in the mi-90’s as CD-ROM’s were becoming a popular option in desktop PC’s. While a great deal of these games contributed greatly to killing the genre, it had its merits and gems, with the Tex Murphy series being a clear stand-out. However, did the series deserve a second life?

Upon it's 2014 release, and 20 years later, Tex Murphy's back and it’s rather refreshing to encounter in a sea of modern military shooters, generic game mechanics and poor story telling. While the graphics are slightly below modern standard, the actors have aged (some better than most) and the medium dead, it is a thrilling ride with great narrative, funny dialogue and challenging quests and puzzles, it is proof that games can still be creative, entertaining and intelligent.

In an era were games are judges by sales figures, it is a great relief to see a game that journeys back to when they were made for gamers and not for profit. A lesson to where the industry should have been headed instead of what we have now.
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7 of 10 people (70%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
This game really scratched the itch for me--I love adventure games, especially ones with full motion video, though I somehow missed out on the Tex Murphy series back in the day. Playing Tesla Effect, I kept thinking--man, we are REALLY missing out by not having more FMV in modern games. Live actors, especially likable ones with a good script to work with, add so much emotional depth to a game that just can't be delivered via 3D models. Furthermore, the FMV is integrated here very smoothly into the gameplay, and even when the segments run long, you're so invested in the story that you don't feel the game is playing itself.

I guess the game won't appeal to everyone, but I am very happy to have found it. I played it through to the end without ever feeling bored or frustrated. Furthermore, all of the nods to the older Tex Murphy games (they include a lot of the footage from those games in the forms of flashbacks) have whetted my appetite to try them out, too.

This game is more focused on story and characters than Myst or Riven and the like. It's also helpfully broken into "days," which you can get through in an hour or less if you don't have all day to play. The dseigners also did a good job providing you with just enough areas to explore and options to try that you don't get overwhelmed, yet still feel that you're the one solving the case.

In short, I really enjoyed this game and highly recommend it to anyone who likes adventures. One thing's for sure--if I ever see a new Tex Murphy game on Steam, I'm buying or pre-ordering that baby. This game would've been well worth paying full price and then some.

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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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