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.
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1989

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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
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Overall:
Mixed (30 reviews)
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Squashbuckler
0.3 hrs
Posted: July 4
In my view, this game is unplayable due to the horrible driving sequences.
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Vagrant326
16.9 hrs
Posted: July 4
That game was made before I was born and yet it still entertain me. It's amazing how much fun can be packed in that 30MB. I must admit that graphics hurts my eyes comparing to modern games but this game really makes up for that with gameplay.
Lots of locations which You can visit in open-world manner, roaming West Coast in a flight simulator. Every location come with map to search for clues and evidence or memorable and distinctive character. Some of them will cooperate. And some won't.
Also, I've really liked that I had to write my questions. Nothing was given to me on the silver plate. It gives lots of satisfaction when all of the clues start to make sense. And if You find Yourself stuck, after looking everywhere and asking everyone (and believe me, You are wrong if You think so) You may always ask Your informator. For a price of course.

If You can turn a blind eye on graphics, it's an absolute must-play!

And I almost forgot - prepare some old-school pencil and paper. There are no "Quest Journals", "Logbooks" or other unnecessary aids. You must come up with Your questions and remember Your answers
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ivan.windon
0.2 hrs
Posted: February 13
I remember playing this game when I was in high school many years ago. Back then the graphics and the sound were top class. The game was very challenging and fun and I enjoyed working out the mystery. I bought it again when I found it on steam as it brought back good memories of my childhood and the challenge this game gave me. I'm looking forward to playing it again.
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Teviko604
13.5 hrs
Posted: February 10
Mean Streets is a game for which Steam's Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down options are woefully inadequate. While at its core, it is a good detective/investigation game and I can give it a positive rating based on that, there are so many aspects of this game than can easily tip the experience one way or another, positive or negative, that a 3 out of 5 rating is probably more appropriate.

This is a game from the late 80's, so graphically I assume one knows what they are getting into, and therefore disregard it as an issue. Apart from that, a lot depends on the type of person you are. If you are a fan of nostalgia, or are able to accept the game's shortcomings as limitations of the time period in which it was released, then you will probably really enjoy playing Mean Streets. If, on the other hand, you are easily frustrated by outdated systems and tend to miss modern game conveniences, then your experience will most likely be less than positive.

So what does this game lack, when compared to more recent games? First of all, no native mouse support. All input is via keyboard (and top row numbers only, no number pad). The arrow keys are used to navigate menus and move your character on screen. All dialog is handled by typing in your inquiries. Also, there is no in-game journal or notebook. All information must be written down by the player, and in this game there is a lot of info you need to keep track of. Personally, I used a Wordpad document that I kept open simultaneously while playing the game.

There were two other elements of gameplay that I found rather annoying, regardless of when the game was made. The first is travel. Flying cars are common place in the game world, and for some reason the programmers thought it would be a good idea to incorporate a full fledged flight simulator in a detective game. To travel, you have to program in your destination and use the dashboard instruments to fly your car to the location. Thankfully, an autopilot mode is included, so you don't actually have to fly if you don't want to. Unfortunately, I could not find a “fast travel” option, so I still had to wait in real time as I traveled to the location, adding approximately an additional hour of unnecessary game time.

The second thing I wasn't too keen about was the gunfights. At several points in the game, usually a “rough neighborhood” or a location with security guards, you would have to play a mini-game where your character would travel across the screen while being shot at. You had to shoot and duck, shoot and duck until you made it across. I'm not sure what other mechanic could have been used when gunplay was absolutely necessary and made sense in the game's narrative, but this option seemed dull and another waste of time.

This was my second play-through of this game, as I had played it “back in the day,” and I still found it satisfying, despite being dated.
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Hey... I'm walkin' here!
0.1 hrs
Posted: January 14
This game runs in DOS Box and is a horrible game to boot. There are some decent games on DOS (like Commander Keen or Secret Agent), but this is utter crap. Don't waste your time!
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TehDuke
24.0 hrs
Posted: December 24, 2015
A pretty neat classic. The only downside is the the controls are a bit awkward and stiff and the flying can get a bit annoying, but it is still very enjoyable classic. And be preparded to use editor to write down all of the clues that you find! :)
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headholo
4.2 hrs
Posted: November 3, 2015
Not fun too play, style is too dinosaur for me. :)
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Nostaw
22.7 hrs
Posted: September 19, 2015
This is a fun title for those who don't mind whipping out the old pen and paper to play an old school adventure. Buy a reporters note pad to give yourself a PI immersion vibe! You spend alot of time in the cockpit of a speeder but I enjoyed putting the old speeder in auto pilot and grabbing some coffee. I really enjoyed the post appocaliptic setting.
The game difficulty isn't too hard but there may be a time or two you might have to visit google especially if you don't take good notes(a must). Whenever I use my old notepad and I see my mean streets notes I can't help but smile and remember this fun little adventure that staarted a great series of games.
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Flissoft
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 13, 2015
The best detective game I have ever played!

Great plot and humor. It's full of great ideas, e.g.: investigating rooms for evidences, interrogation people (writing question on keyboard). Still cool graphics (the game is over 25 years old!)
I'm going back to it every few years and every time I have a lot of fun.

I would like to do as great games like this one. Congratulations to the creators!
I have just bought the entire series, because I have not played yet in other titles.
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Datsotfoplorts3on
3.9 hrs
Posted: July 2, 2015
look up the strategy guide online so you can get anywhere and know what to look for.
It is a fun game and is fun to see where the Tex Murphy series started and see it evolve to what it is now.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
92 of 103 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
I remember playing this game when I was in high school many years ago. Back then the graphics and the sound were top class. The game was very challenging and fun and I enjoyed working out the mystery. I bought it again when I found it on steam as it brought back good memories of my childhood and the challenge this game gave me. I'm looking forward to playing it again.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
A pretty neat classic. The only downside is the the controls are a bit awkward and stiff and the flying can get a bit annoying, but it is still very enjoyable classic. And be preparded to use editor to write down all of the clues that you find! :)
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2015
The best detective game I have ever played!

Great plot and humor. It's full of great ideas, e.g.: investigating rooms for evidences, interrogation people (writing question on keyboard). Still cool graphics (the game is over 25 years old!)
I'm going back to it every few years and every time I have a lot of fun.

I would like to do as great games like this one. Congratulations to the creators!
I have just bought the entire series, because I have not played yet in other titles.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2015
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Mean Streets is a game for which Steam's Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down options are woefully inadequate. While at its core, it is a good detective/investigation game and I can give it a positive rating based on that, there are so many aspects of this game than can easily tip the experience one way or another, positive or negative, that a 3 out of 5 rating is probably more appropriate.

This is a game from the late 80's, so graphically I assume one knows what they are getting into, and therefore disregard it as an issue. Apart from that, a lot depends on the type of person you are. If you are a fan of nostalgia, or are able to accept the game's shortcomings as limitations of the time period in which it was released, then you will probably really enjoy playing Mean Streets. If, on the other hand, you are easily frustrated by outdated systems and tend to miss modern game conveniences, then your experience will most likely be less than positive.

So what does this game lack, when compared to more recent games? First of all, no native mouse support. All input is via keyboard (and top row numbers only, no number pad). The arrow keys are used to navigate menus and move your character on screen. All dialog is handled by typing in your inquiries. Also, there is no in-game journal or notebook. All information must be written down by the player, and in this game there is a lot of info you need to keep track of. Personally, I used a Wordpad document that I kept open simultaneously while playing the game.

There were two other elements of gameplay that I found rather annoying, regardless of when the game was made. The first is travel. Flying cars are common place in the game world, and for some reason the programmers thought it would be a good idea to incorporate a full fledged flight simulator in a detective game. To travel, you have to program in your destination and use the dashboard instruments to fly your car to the location. Thankfully, an autopilot mode is included, so you don't actually have to fly if you don't want to. Unfortunately, I could not find a “fast travel” option, so I still had to wait in real time as I traveled to the location, adding approximately an additional hour of unnecessary game time.

The second thing I wasn't too keen about was the gunfights. At several points in the game, usually a “rough neighborhood” or a location with security guards, you would have to play a mini-game where your character would travel across the screen while being shot at. You had to shoot and duck, shoot and duck until you made it across. I'm not sure what other mechanic could have been used when gunplay was absolutely necessary and made sense in the game's narrative, but this option seemed dull and another waste of time.

This was my second play-through of this game, as I had played it “back in the day,” and I still found it satisfying, despite being dated.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
That game was made before I was born and yet it still entertain me. It's amazing how much fun can be packed in that 30MB. I must admit that graphics hurts my eyes comparing to modern games but this game really makes up for that with gameplay.
Lots of locations which You can visit in open-world manner, roaming West Coast in a flight simulator. Every location come with map to search for clues and evidence or memorable and distinctive character. Some of them will cooperate. And some won't.
Also, I've really liked that I had to write my questions. Nothing was given to me on the silver plate. It gives lots of satisfaction when all of the clues start to make sense. And if You find Yourself stuck, after looking everywhere and asking everyone (and believe me, You are wrong if You think so) You may always ask Your informator. For a price of course.

If You can turn a blind eye on graphics, it's an absolute must-play!

And I almost forgot - prepare some old-school pencil and paper. There are no "Quest Journals", "Logbooks" or other unnecessary aids. You must come up with Your questions and remember Your answers
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
This is a fun title for those who don't mind whipping out the old pen and paper to play an old school adventure. Buy a reporters note pad to give yourself a PI immersion vibe! You spend alot of time in the cockpit of a speeder but I enjoyed putting the old speeder in auto pilot and grabbing some coffee. I really enjoyed the post appocaliptic setting.
The game difficulty isn't too hard but there may be a time or two you might have to visit google especially if you don't take good notes(a must). Whenever I use my old notepad and I see my mean streets notes I can't help but smile and remember this fun little adventure that staarted a great series of games.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2015
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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2015
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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