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 (315 reviews)
Release Date: May 8, 2014

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About This Game

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
16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Strange game - but in a "positive" way. Feels like an interactive Trash-Movie from the 80's. Funny Characters & a lot of humour - but on the other side, there are a few lengthy passages. Especially, the beginning and the last 10-20%, including the end.

But on Balance, it entertained me (~8 hours playtime). So if you're able to enjoy those kind of movies & humour, i suggest you should get it when it's on a steam sale.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I love the idea of this game. The story and the actors made this game work. I highly recommend it, you will definitly have fun and ask for more.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
If you're a fan of the Tex Murphy series. You'll be right at home with this game. It's a classic Tex Murphy game. If you're not familiar with the series I'd say go in knowing that this game is like travelling back in time. It plays and looks like an early 90's FMV game. Even down to that awkward silence and the locations beig baron. It really takes you back and I love it. So don't expect anything related to modern gaming other than the improved quality of the FMV and slightly upgaded graphics and resolution.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
A Great noir adventure. The FMV cutscenes add a lot of personality to the game and i ended up loving them, the story is great but there were a few sections were it got a bit boring but those moments are very few, different endings great puzzles and good dialogue with great voice acting make this game a must for adventure game fans.

Tex is back!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Tesla Effect is the long awaited and crowd funded next edition in the Tex Murphy Adventures.
With it's full motion video and not half bad acting, this title has sent this 38 year old gamer down memory lane.
But with new twists and turns, the FMV is very nicley shot and as mentioned before the acting draws you into the story as the actors did a nice job of showing you their characters motivation, if a little over the top at times.
The puzzels are of average difficulty and the only weak point that this title seems to have, as previous Tex Murphy titles have been much more difficult. If you are a fan of point and click adventures, Tex Murphy, or simply an old fart that wants to play a new FMV game, this title is for you.

9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
I loved it, despite some shortcomings. There were a few clunky cutscenes which didn't seem to flow right, and it would have made sense to have some NPCs roaming on Chandler ave. The graphics are dated, but that didn't bother me too much. Some of the puzzles were annoying.. I can go on, but at the same time, I haven't felt this enthusiastic about video games for a long time, and that made up all the issues in the end. I hope they make a sequel.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
If you liked any of the previous Tex Murphy games, you'll like this one too!
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
$$Tax living humble on a bux$$
Beautifully crafted live-action point/click adventure.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
After waiting decades for this sequel, I REALLY wanted to love this game. And then I found I really wanted to at least mildly enjoy it. And then I really just wanted to finish it and get it out of the way to free up my HD.

I'm an oldschool fan of the Tex Murphy series, and have played all the previous games multiple times, and still have fond memories of those previous games. But this game was a tragic pig-piling of incredibly vague dialogue choices, badly cliched characterization, lame sexist jokes, and all around a boring story with no mystery.

As far as gameplay and puzzles go, it's pretty much what you'd expect from any other point and click. Most of the puzzles were fun, but some where just so obscure and unintuitive in their execution that I often found myself rolling my eyes and sighing more and more.

Being a fan of point and click adventure games, and having been an avid Tex Murphy fan, I can't even honsetly recommend this game to other Tex Murphy fans, let alone other adventure gamers. Don't waste your time with this one.
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4 of 11 people (36%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
I'm not a diehard fan but not a total noob either - I played "Mean streets" when I was ten and it waas incredible. I think I played some other tex murphy game as well but not sure which. Really wanted to like this game, and I even took the time to finish it. but bottom line: the jokes are lame, the acting terrible, don't get me started about the cast, and the plot was not belivable. an unfortunate thumbs down.
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5 of 22 people (23%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
As a big fan of the old tex murphy games, I was expecting more of this remake. Unfortunately the world feels empty and dead and the plot moves at a very slow pace. Nostalgia is not enough to keep interest.
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0 of 13 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
This is honestly the worst game I have ever played. It's like watching the the horrible animation of Spy Kids 3D because they took video of an actual person and dropped him into a terribly animated world. All of the dialogue and gameplay is cliche and uninteresting. 11/10
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2 of 22 people (9%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Pixel hunt.
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3 of 43 people (7%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Wtf is this ♥♥♥♥
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10.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Never played the older games but I want to now.

At first the download size and aspect of being goofy put me off but once you start playing you have those moments of "man can't wait to get back home and keep playing" Totalfreaking success.

I hope this game gets played and the devs make their money on this because this was really fun and cool.

Now to go back and try to get different endings.
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0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
never played any of these games before, got it as part of a bundle. Played a bit and wow, strangely engaging and rather funny. So yeah, on my limited playthrough sa far it seems pretty darn coolio.
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11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Got this as part of a humble bundle, and boy am I glad I gave it a shot. If you played 90s point and click games, have a soft spot for cheesy jokes and acting, or even just appreciate bad movies or watch MST3K, this will be right up your alley. I imagine that this game was a dream come true for fans of the series since I loved it and hadn't played any of the prior games. Took me a little over 10 hours to complete one playthrough and since the story was Interesting enough, I'll be playing this again for a different ending!

PROS:
Great point and click adventure
Good puzzles (not the best, not the worst)
Great video, music, and design quality
Interesting story
Good amount of humor
Plenty of references to prior games that won't confuse those that aren't familiar
Some of the actors are quite funny

CONS:
Largely story based (as point and clicks tend to be)
Some of the acting is lackluster, or unbelievable
Some locations are utilized too little or too much, making you stay at some places much longer than others
Some pieces to puzzles may not be intuitive or may be hard to find
Most, if not all, deaths in the game are attributed to cheap deaths that you can't really avoid without dying first
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11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
A Fantastc revival of one of the most quirky and endeering FMV series of the 90's! Reccomend to anyone who enjoyed any of the original Tex Murphy adventures, or like a 'unique' take on adventure gaming.
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