The year is 2033. Your name is Tex Murphy, Private Investigator in San Francisco. You've been hired by the beautiful daughter of a university professor to uncover the facts about his death. As you begin your investigation you uncover the deaths of several prominent members of the scientific community.
User reviews: Mixed (17 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 1, 1989
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Includes 5 items: Tex Murphy: Martian Memorandum, Tex Murphy: Mean Streets, Tex Murphy: Overseer, Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive, Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon

 

Recommended By Curators

"Follow multiple narrative paths leading to multiple endings. Recommended for fans of choice and consequence systems."

Reviews

“The mystery was amusing, and the game itself was the first ever attempt to incorporate 256 colors into an adventure game (sorry, Sierra). I loved this game!”
100 – Techtite

“The premise behind Mean Streets is simple. What can be better than a modern sci-fi story like Blade Runner or an old-fashioned Agatha Christy murder mystery? The answer is obvious—the two combined! Take a post nuclear war Earth, a classic detective noir, a mysterious foe, a femme fatale, and an evil plot to destroy mankind; mix the ingredients, stir, and voila, you have a fantastic adventure game called Mean Streets!”
80 – Adventure Classic Gaming

About This Game

The year is 2033. Your name is Tex Murphy, Private Investigator in San Francisco. You've been hired by the beautiful daughter of a university professor to uncover the facts about his death. As you begin your investigation you uncover the deaths of several prominent members of the scientific community. Are these deaths coincidental or is there something more sinister going on?

And which characters could have a motive? Could it be J. Saint Gideon, former head of British Intelligence? Could Frank Schimming, president of the largest surveillance company in the world be hiding something? Or what about Sylvia, the professor's daughter. Is she as innocent as she seems? And why is an infamous Detroit hit man in town?

You'll interact with more than 27 digitized animated characters who respond to questions, bribes, and threats.

You'll rummage through offices, warehouses and factories looking for clues. With out innovative "tree" system you can search without typing.

Use your Lotus Speeder to fly to major cities along the West Coast. This land/air vehicle is a full 3-D solid fill flight simulator.

Stunning 256K VGA graphics combined with RealSound produce a software experience close to real life than has ever been achieved before. Some characters actually talk and respond to questions.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Leopard 10.7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X Leopard 10.7 or newer
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
I spent a great deal of time playing this as a kid in the 80's. It's controls can be a bit abnormal to those who are not used to playing older DOS based games. This game really makes you have to think and work for the answer to finish the game.

I really suggest having a notepad/book next to you to write down all of the people and locations you will need as to interact you need to type out the names of people.

To navigate use Vanessa or Lee to get a location if you don't have one, then use N to bring up the nav console and N again to put in the code for where/who you want to talk to and then use the A for autopilot. I also use W for warp to speed it up some. I really do not suggest trying to fly the air car yourself as it can be extremely hard to do.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
As PI Tex Murphy, a pretty college girl has hired you to discover the truth behind her father's apparent suicide. Gameplay is fascinatingly different from what we're all used to, which isn't surprising considering the game's age (this was released in 1989, I ♥♥♥♥ you not).

A combination of dialogue 'puzzles,' side-scrolling shooting galleries, room-exploration, and traveling, it's truly fascinating to see what constituted a game in the pre-dawn of the gaming industry. My father originally introduced me to these games, and while I never played them myself in their heyday, I enjoyed watching my father play them immensely. I don't believe he actually ever played this one, though.

One of the components I like most about this game is the way dialogue is used. Instead of choosing statements from a list, you actually need to TYPE your questions. You need not worry if you failed English, however: typing a single name will get you what you need regarding that subject.

Don't leave any stone unturned in the room-exploration portions. Look everywhere, move everything. Otherwise you'll miss something important. In many cases the rooms are protected by an alarm system, which you'll need to disable within a certain timeframe before you're arrested for trespassing.

The shooting galleries are simple enough if you can figure out the pattern. Just be sure to watch your health bar and your ammo count. You health bar will replenish once you've completed the scene, but it would be wise to save before attempting one.

The only gripe I have with this game is its traveling. You're supposedly traveling in your flying car in the Southern California/Nevada area of the future, but the controls are difficult to understand and you'll end up relying on autopilot anyway. Apparently there's a lot more to see and do in this game if you allow yourself to meander, but I don't recommend it unless you've mastered the driving controls.

Overall, this game is old. Duh. But I'm a nostalgic gamer. I'd rather play the original DOOM, Duke Nukem 3D, Unreal, or Half-Life as opposed to the infinite number of Battlefields, Call of Doodies, and Counter-Strikes available today with spiffy graphics and microtransactions (Team Fortress 2 is a rare exception). And you really can't get much more nostalgic than 1989.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Literally one of the best games I've ever played. Not in a sarcastic, nostalgic "Oh I remember the late '80s" (when I wasn't even born) kind of way, but genuinely. Very good game. The fighting sequences are inspirational, the text funny, the plot gripping. It's nice that you can drive your hovercar if you want but also set autopilot to help you out (I tend to start with autopilot so I get pointed in the right direction and then, turned straight at the landing pad, set forth at warp speed! Car damage isn't a thing in this game).
Highly recommend. Absolutely read the player's manual though; it has essential info about the controls (right click the game in your library to find it). And, as it says, save a lot; there are some surprising and quick ways to die. Looking forward to exploring the rest of the series this summer!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
This should be an old-school point and click adventure. Instead, its also an extremely monotonous flight simulator. Half of the game is spent in a "speeder" flying around a wasteland of random colors and shapes. In addition to that, you need write down a couple pages of information to remember ("nav" codes for locations, passwards, passcards, etc.) There is still potential here though, as the story is very intriguing and sometimes worth working through.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
This game is from back in the 90's its a great game if you don't mind a lack of graphics but it really does show you what it's like to be a real private detective. If you get this game read the manual first before playing the game. the entire tex murphy series is gerat and gets better and becomes awesome n the later game espescially in the 2014 release tesla effect whih does show you some of the previeous games and stories as showing upto the new storys
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