The year is 2033. Your name is Tex Murphy, Private Investigator in San Francisco.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (4 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 1, 1991
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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

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December 12

New Update Available Now

Hello Everyone!

A new update for Martian Memorandum is available now which includes the following:

  • Fixed broken manual on the Steam page.
  • 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 '0C57AD5C-6A7B-476F-A13A-4D263BC426E4' and rename it to 'TM Martian Memorandum'. Apologies for the inconvenience. This will not happen again but it is necessary in order to provide future updates.

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Reviews

“Martian Memorandum has more in common with Mean Streets than with the later FMV titles, but does fit into the Tex-a-verse nicely. It's a fitting sequel that improves and streamlines some of the flaws from the original, while offering a new case and vastly different locales. If you're coming from the series backwards, you might not be as impressed with this title as you will be with Under A Killing Moon, but it's still worth a play if you want another chance to slip into Tex's gumshoes.”
81 – Just Games Retro

“The second installment in the Tex Murphy series, this sequel to the original Mean Streets was quite fun; almost as fun as the original. Popular characters were met once again, along with a short video animation of each character when you first meet (for a game on mere floppy disks, this was pretty impressive!).”
80 – Techtite

About This Game

Experience the power of full motion video and sound!


An exhilarating fast paced interactive mystery Guaranteed to Entertain You!

  • The FIRST EVER Multimedia Entertainment Product
  • OVER 24 MEG. of Sound and Graphics Excitement compressed to just over 7 Meg.
  • Fully Animated TALKING Characters
  • INTRIGUING Story Line
  • IN DEPTH Character Development
  • On Demand HINT SCREENS
  • Rich MUSICAL SCORE - Digitized Sound Effects
  • Supports ALL Major Sound Boards
  • The Most Vivid, LIFELIKE GRAPHICS Ever Seen
  • A Humorous, Thrilling Adventure With A KNOCKOUT ENDING!

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
19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Get Ready for a Blast from the past.... Tex Murphy is an old school private eye, a man from the past living a cyberpunk detective noir life in the future. The text in the game reads like a cliche 1940's detective movie which makes for a cool atmosphere. Your case is to find the CEO of Terraform's missing daughter, and some other thing which the CEO doesnt name, but its a thing.

This game is a point and click adventure, you choose an option at the bottom like, use, or move, and then click something on the screen. I've noticed its always best to look at everything, just try to use your imagination with the pixels, this is old school, its a fun game once you get your imagination fired up you lose sight of the pixelated visuals becoming the flatfoot private eye Tex Murphy. When talking to people you see this old school computer video with audio dialog of them talking, its old school look makes the game actually feel gritty like a cheap detective novel. Going through dialog trees sometimes over and over you can ask questions to get a raging clue going about how to solve the case.

*This game is unplayable, there is a bug with Max Malden, he asks you to help him solve the "Andretti case", which should result in a new dialog option with others about Angelo Andretti, however in the steam version this never occurs. This ends progression in the game since you cant continue without finding out about "Angelo Andretti"

Will this gamebreaking bug be patched? Who knows so Buyer Beware! Even broken its worth checking out to see what gaming was like back in the day.
Rating: 1/10 Value: $0.99
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
I got this game at a huge discount from its usual price, so it hardly cost me anything at all. But the time I spent playing it - 7 hours - is time I wish I could get back now.

To call the game mediocre is being generous. Thinking back on my standards around the time this game came out, I would have found it lackluster and tedious even back then. The dialogues are a meandering choose-your-own-adventure that sometimes matter and sometimes don't, and sometimes are dead-ends unless you interrupt with an inventory item. This wouldn't be too bad, were it not for the extremely low-fi voices. I give it points for being one of the first "talkie" games, but those points are taken away for the dialogue being very grating. There is also a lot of reading, which I am fine with in games, but the font style, size, and color used made it difficult to read, whether in a window or full-screen.

The graphics were a weird hybrid of detailed and abstract, so while you'd sometimes have a grainy photo of a real-life object, other times there would be two beige pixels nestle unobtrusively in a scene, that you were supposed to realize were important and click on (because it was a piece of paper or something.) And since this is before the days of highlighting, there was never an indication of what was and wasn't an important pixel, so you could click all over an object and get a generic response, not knowing that the slightly lighter pixels were the ones that would give you the clue you actually needed. This wasn't a problem unique to this game, but it was rampant within it.

And of course there were the psychic puzzles where the only way you knew what to do was die and time travel. (See if that supports your weight. It didn't? You're dead? Well, good thing you can relive that moment.) Again, this wasn't the only game to do things like this (Sierra was notorious for it), but when the rest of the game is lackluster, things like this just add to the aggravation.

After finishing the game and seeing the arguably anticlimactic ending, I was amazed that this went on to have a half dozen more sequels. (Though I've started into the next installment, and it's light-years ahead of this one in every way and will probably get a thumbs up from me.) My advice is to skip this one and go to the next in the series.
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8 of 21 people (38%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I couldnt put my fedora on so im a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ detective
11/10
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