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 (12 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 1, 1989
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December 12, 2014

New Update Available Now

Hello Everyone!

A new update for Mean Streets is available now which includes the following:

  • Linux - Improved Launcher
  • Linux - Updated Libraries and DOSBox build
  • Mac - Upgraded to Boxer 2.0 engine. This is a huge change and you will need to rename the save file which the old version of Boxer was using. Go into /Users/Your Name/Library/Application Support/Boxer/Gamebox States/, find the folder called '247F0BEA-0831-485E-805F-712F1022C274' and rename it to 'TM Mean Streets'. Apologies for the inconvenience. This will not happen again but it is necessary in order to provide future updates.

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“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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
This game is a bit dated, but it's still fun. It's neo-noir in that it's a gritty detective game based in the not-so-distant future. The game is old enough that there are some great anachronisms. Oh 1989 technology.

I had never played this game growing up. If I had played this game before the Internet, I most certainly would have gotten stuck. You really have to know what to ask of whom to get through this game. Regardless, the puzzles aren't too hard ("Can't move thorny vines, I need gloves" wasn't too hard to figure out) and the combat was straightforward once you know what you're doing.

If you plan on beating this game legit, be prepared to take a lot of notes. A detective is only as good as his notes!

tl;dr: The game is dated, but the story and challenge are still enjoyable.
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3 of 3 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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78 of 87 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
Mean Streets is an open world game set in the far off future of 2033 complete with flying cars that have wireless fax machines, imagine that! You take on the role of detective Tex Murphy to solve the mysterious death of a University professor. Next time you see that someone wants a GTA style open world game, tip your fedora, saying you want a real open world game Tex Murphy style. This is vintage gaming at its best, the game comes with a manual, where the manual for the first time ever in the history of me gaming on steam is required.

Queue up your flashback remix of the 80's, open the manual in one window and the game in another other window, its time to hit the streets! Using the manual while playing might sound like a bad choice but you quickly feel like a real detective playing the game using the manual as part of your investigation while getting sucked into the pixelated past of Tex Murphy. Upgrade your $5,000 liquid cooled gaming rig, the manual on the last page has instructions and schematics to jury rig your internal speaker to transmit the audio to your boombox. EPIC!

Driving in the game is a bear, for some like me it requires keys I dont have on my keyboard like "home" and "end", far as I can tell there is no mouse in this game. Fear not junior private investigators the vehicle has an auto pilot where you type in a 4 digit number and it takes you to your location. The "h" key is your best friend in this game, hit "h" anytime to get help on how to play the game.

This old game isnt a reboot, its not an HD remake, this is the original, how people used to really play games. If your not jamming out with 80's trash tracks while rocking this game your doin it wrong! This game is a time capsule of the past, surround yourself with all things 80's, get a mohawk goin with some neon clothes, and get ready to hit the streets of Post Apocalyptic San Francisco. Stay Classy!

Rating: 10/10 Value: $4.99




Bears Mean Streets Soundtrack:

(Ah-Ha) - Take On Me
(Alphaville) - Forever Young
Animotion) - Obsession
(Axel F) - Beverly Hills
(Bananarama) - Cruel Summer
((Bangles) - Walk Like An Egyptian
(Clash) - Rock The Casbah
(Corey Hart) - Sunglasses At Night
(Devo) - Whip It
(Dire Straits) - Money for Nothing
(Duran Duran) - Hungry Like The Wolf
(E-Rotic) - Money Money Money
(Eurythmics) - Sweet Dreams
(Falco) - Rock Me Amadeus
(Flock Of Seagulls) - I Ran
(Frankie Hollywood) - Two Tribes
(Gary Numan) - Cars
(Guy Called Gerald) - Voodoo Ray
(Hall & Oates) - Out Of Touch
(Human League) - Fascination
(Joe Jackson) - Steppin Out
(Journey) - Don't Stop Believin
(Kim Wilde) - Kids in America
(LaTour) - People Are Still Having Sex
(Men At Work) - Down Under
(Michael Sembello) - Maniac
(Murray Head) - One Night In Bangkok
(Oingo Boingo) - Weird Science
(Outfield) - Your Love
(Peter Gabriel) - Shock The Monkey
(Phil Collins) - Sussudio
(Psychedelic Furs) - Love My Way
(Quietdrive) - Time After Time
(REO Speedwagon) - Keep on Loving You
(Rockwell) - Somebody's Watching Me
(Rupert Holmes) - Escape
(Sigue Sigue Sputnik) - Love Missile F1-11
(Siouxsie & the Banshees) - Kiss Them For Me
(Snickers) - Feast
(Soft Cell) - Tainted Love
(Spandau Ballet) - Gold
(Steve Miller Band) - Abracadabra
(Stimulator) - Magic
(Styx) - Mr. Roboto
(Survivor) - Eye of the Tiger
(Taco) - Puttin On The Ritz
(Talk Talk) - It's My Life
(Talking Heads) - Burning Down The House
(Tears For Fears) - Rule The World
(Thomas Dolby) - Blinded Me With Science
(Thomas Dolby) - Hyperactive
(Tommy Tutone) - 867-5309 Jenny
(Vapors) - Turning Japanese
((Wall of Voodoo) - Mexican Radio
(Wang Chung) - Dance Hall Days
(Yes) - Owner Of A Lonely Heart
(ZZ-Top) - Legs

(Beating the game with no walkthrough's or anything really is the best feeling in the world. Glad I stumbled across this, because for me this game was one I will never forget!)
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
It's hard to recommend Mean Streets, the game suffers from a very poor script, terrible driving segments and very little invistigation parts, between many other issues....overall this title is a miss.
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7 of 96 people (7%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2014
Not for people who aren't used to dos based games in the 80's. Hard to play. The pictures in the description are not an accurate depiction of the game.
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2 of 91 people (2%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
Very little directions and bad graphics doom this game. Need to remain in the in the late 80's, early 90's where it started. Can see where it could have been fun then , but not now.
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Unplayable by any modern standard.
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