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 (548 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
24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
What can I say? It's good to be back on Chandler Avenue!

For Tex fans, this is a brilliant addition, lots of references to earlier games, and all the old characters you loved. Things have changed on Chandler Avenue, but not by much. It's great to revisit and explore.

The gameplay is pretty much unchanged, except faster, less load times and the addition of a torch to show sparkles, if you need it (on casual mode). The hint system is still intact, and the game elements remain the same - point and click, with mini puzzles and a lot of diaglogue and cut scenes.

This is perhaps the easiest entry in the series, but while not mentally challenging, it is highly enjoyable. The story is gripping, the mystery very well written, and the locations a joy to explore. I cannot recommend this highly enough. Especially on sale - buy it :-)
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
I love this game. I just love it. I never played any of the earlier games but the game doesn't stand alone in the series, you, Tex murphy and some neighbours in your street have been abducted. You wake up and find out you have no idea what has happened over the last 7 years. Its amazing how the people try and help you uncover your unknown past.

The gameplay is smooth, its great and the clues and "The Alex" is helpfull and funny.
This game isn't always serious, its even pretty funny. Tex Murphy is awesome, and the other actors, did i mention that? Its a movie game, so you dont talk to ai, you watch cutscenes, and they aren't bland.
This game is seriously great, and the return of Tex Murphy is a definite must play. It gets my 8.5/10.
There are only 2 complaints.
1.Sometimes its hard to understand what the "Hint Section" says, like for example : Get the hat on the lily pad. What lily pad? It should give better directions. But its a little flaw.
2.In the cutscenes where you can pick out of 3 boxes of dialouge are boring and don't add to anything.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
what is Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure?

Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure is a sequel to the infamous tex murphy series where you play a P.I Detective called...well tex murphy, in this sequel you suddenly awake after 7 years with amnesia and it is your mission to find out what happened within the past 7 years, the game is a fmv (full motion video) point and click adventure game with a range of different characters from the past games, find edible comic books and be a smart alex... this game i give 9/10 it is funny, interesting and really fun to play, fans of the original games will be happy with this modern version

art : 8/10 - some places are a little low quality
voices/acting: 10/10 - its takes its goofy video sequences and does them really well
sound: 10/10 - the sound track is a nice ambient background to the game
gameplay: 10/10 - its point and click crossed with walk about with puzzles and more to solve
story: 8/10 - i give this 8/10 cause while it is an amazing story it could have been a little longer and sometimes you will end up scratching your head wondering what is up before stumbling upon the next bit and carrying on
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11 of 13 people (85%) 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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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuVM9pGqQzU

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
save spot.
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.

Thanks for your viewership and support; for more videos click here:
http:/www.youtube.com/user/SocioPyscho
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Very nice game for the fans of old Tex. This game begins 7 years after the events of Overseer. The game play is exactly the same of the previous Tex Murphy games,although I think some of the puzzles were a little big easy, if compared with some of the puzzles from previous games, but it was nonetheless fun to play. I recommend.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Tex is back! Straight from 90-s to a modern world. Same Tex, same charm, same gameplay. Maybe it's nostalgia, maybe some games and charecters never get old. But hell yeah! Tesla Effect is something that walked in a room looking old, but everyone who are modern shuted up and admired it. Great new instalment to infamous series of adventures.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
45.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Tex Murphy hasn`t missed a beat. Hoping this will be only the start from this excellent rebirth.
I remember getting every one of the series. Martian Memmorandom came on a stack of floppies.
Best adventure game I have ever played to this day.
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4 of 4 people (100%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Charming and humorous. I highly recommend it!
Being new to the Tex Murphy series I feel like I missed out on some nostalgia/references from not playing the games that came before this. But fortunately it didn't take away from the experience too much, as I found myself hooked! It's a great game with a good variation of puzzles and a thoroughly interesting story. The FMV is well-done and provides a really nice touch to the game. It's definitely made me want to go back and try out the earlier games :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
I'm just going to say it this was an awesome adventure......

Well 16gbs and it gave us nothing but a classic hd comeback of tex murphy. I played the other games as a kid wanting to be a police man but the games gave more the a taste of what it could be lol's. Humor and puns are the game plus a flashback to my childhood when you see the easter eggs all over the city. It's worth playing this beacause its a diffrent adventure game from all others plus all the endings are awesome / funny as hell but in serious the game is worth every penny to play comn and join the case as tex murphy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Pros;

Humor is really good here.

The game feels like a movie.

Really makes you scratch your brain.

Music is solid in this game.

Cons:

Goofy game all togther.

Makes want to flip tables sometimes it's diffucult

-Hope this review helps It's a great game!!!
P.S play the other tex murphy games befor this !!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
one of the most underrated games of all time
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Tesla Effect is a love letter to the old FMV genre that stands on its own merits as a modern title. You play as a bumbling cybernoir detective named Tex Murphy in this reboot of a series that had its last installment in 1998. This game was crowdfunded by fans so newcomers (like myself) can feel a little lost but the story opens with Tex losing his memory of the last seven years which can help ease you in to the universe.

The gameplay is fairly simple. Full motion video cutscenes are separated by 3D envrionments that you must explore to find clues and solve puzzles in order to progress. The puzzles are not very difficult and you'll find most of the challenge comes from finding small items hidden in obscure locations. These scenes are made more lively with Tex's commentary as you observe different items in the games world. Depending on how observant and you are and your profficency for puzzle-sloving this game will vary from around 8 to 16 hours. I took just shy of 14 hours to complete my first playthrough and the only other FMV title I have played is the old X-Files game.

The real charm from this game comes from its characters and acting. It feels like watching a cheesy B-Movie in the best way possible. There are some real gems of good delivery to be found complemented by awkward lines that will make you grin. Tex himself is absolutely lovable and you will meet several genuinely interesting people along the way. The game doesn't take itself too seriously and focuses on being as enjoyable as possible.

Overall it's a well-executed modern interpretation of the old FMV adventure games and I am so glad I picked it up. If you are on the fence watch the "OMG FMV GOTY" trailer (it should be the first video on the store page). It sold me on buying this in under four minutes and I haven't looked back since.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
I just beat the game and quite enjoyed it. It's certainly something different from conventional games, both in terms of gameplay and its awesome FMV storytelling. The narrative was well-written and the characters were well-played. Sometimes the gameplay got a little frustrating when looking for something for a long time, but you can always get a hint when you need one. The music was great near the end but slightly lacking in the earlier parts. My main complaint with the game is how its graphics feel like they're from around 2006 when the game was made in 2014. Things are very low-poly and the texture resolution is pretty bad. As a result, the worlds felt much less immersive and engaging than they could have. I felt more time should have been put into the level art. The backgrounds of the FMV scenes were also from the in-game scenes so they were also lacking in visual fidelity except at the ending which was pre-rendered out-of-engine (and, as such, was quite awesome!) Due to the graphics and slightly slow gameplay, I would give this a 7/10 rating. It wasn't fantastic because it felt rather lifeless during the gameplay portions but it was still a very enjoyable story with some pretty unique FMV which is uncommon in gaming!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Let me start out with this - I'm not a fan of first person puzzle/exploration titles. I was drawn to this game by the FMV which seemed interesting, though I've never played a Tex game before.
Right off the bat I loved it.
The setting felt just like a futuristic sci-fi movie (Bladerunner, etc.) yet still gave me the eerie, back-alley-at-night feeling of detective noire films. The characters are funny and are a joy to interact with. I'm only a little ways in, but this is a game I'd reccommend.
10/10
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
This is like a basic 90's games for 90's kids who dont go outside and stick to this new 90's game. Danm i love the 90's.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
One on its kind. Adventure game with real 3D scenarios and, where all dialogs with characters and all cinematics are videos, like in a series B film. The atmosphear of the videos is somewhat similar to Doctor Who and that kind of TV series with that odd series B look.
Story line is strong, deep and interesting enough. Typical anti-hero detectivesque atmosphear but, full of humor, as well.
Puzzles aren't mostly that hard and, usually easy to figure out (except very few). Things to do are so variate that you don't go easily bored.
It takes a little while to understand games mechanics, since your character wakes up with no memories and, in a world where you can freely move. The tips come when you interact with characters and, your memory gaps start to be filled in.
3D graphics aren't spectacular but, serve to the purpose.
Voice acting is good and actors do a good job.
Translation is a tad defective, at least, in Spanish. This can confuse you about tips and clues. Bad translated words or sentences can lead you to a dead end.
Well, this game greatefuly surprised me!. Even that it got lot of topics, it's good enough.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
★★★☆☆

Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure is a Point & Click detective film noir FMV adventure game. Waking up with the past 7 years as a gap in your memory, you set out to put the pieces togetter of who you became during those years, and find out why you lost your memory.

Pros: This is a new sequel to well beloved FMV franchise of the 90s. All recurring characters, 8 of which I can think of, are played by the same actors as those who left us off in Under a Killing Moon, Pandora Directives and Overseer, which is quite an accomplishment 16 years later, although only 7 years have passed in-game. The memory blank allows players of the previous games to jump right in where they remember the story, which is where Tex remembers it. Jokes are corny but Tex's smirk remarks are always worth a smile, giggle, or even laugh. The game has 4 different endings, and even branching path as entire levels could only be played with certain paths, like the Sewers, the Blue Dragon, and many flashbacks. There are many easter eggs of clips from past games of the franchise, as well as many locations where points can be gathered by looking at the many portraits of Kickstarter backers on the walls (every single one of them with a personal one-liner from Tex!).

Cons: In the first person perspective, the textures are aweful, and I mean it. Any FPS players will be turned off by the game's graphics, and is obviously not where the attention was put. The game is somewhat short for an adventure game, and you don't feel as much as a P.I. as you did in previous games and barely spend any time in your office, or getting "cases" from clients. Money and shopping were completely removed from the game. The puzzles were for the most part easy, while the conversation options that define how your story will unfold are utterly vague, often misleading.

Verdict: Heck, I had fun playing this game! There is no doubt everything that did carry over from the franchise was an improvement over previous games. Some things could be better for sure, but the game's heart is in the right place: an hommage to an underated FMV franchise that should've been remembered as one of the best of its time, and it's great to have one more go at it. FMV as a whole might not make a comeback, but Tex Murphy is welcomed to do so!
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