The year is 2033. Your name is Tex Murphy, Private Investigator in San Francisco.
User reviews:
Overall:
Mostly Positive (17 reviews) - 76% of the 17 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 1, 1991

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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
    • 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
Customer reviews
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (17 reviews)
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THIS IS FINE.
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
This is the second Tex Murphy game. It's much better than the first game (which is hardly playable). However, this one has a lot of reading and is almost like playing a text adventure with some DOS graphics and sounds. It's not very fun.
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อานนท์
( 12.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 3
It feels and plays like any other Tex Murphy game, but this time you don't need to write down anything on a paper or type any names like in the first Tex game, which might not be a good thing because it made you feel like you were doing some real investigation work as you had several papers full of names and information. Otherwise it's the regular ask all the things on the list then continue to some location to find items. The story is corny scifi but it works great like always. There are games that are good only to be look back with nostalgia but when actually played you realize it isn't that good like you remember, but Tex Murphy is not like that, Tex was good when it was released and it is good game today, the graphics can cause a little problem if you play with big screen, because you need to spot all these little items, so I reccommend you to play with windowed mode in native resolution or with 15" screen.
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Always Wins-ton
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 2
This game seems really interesting but I cannot get over the terrible DOS saving system that eventually got the best of me and caused me to erase nearly every bit of progress I had in the game so I decided to quit. Definitely recommend, however, if you know how to handle one of those saving systems without ♥♥♥♥ing over your game.

Also, possibly the best image ever:

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=614658969
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sbenrap
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17
It's Tex - Ugly and non-3D, but still TEX! 7/10
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RickY_81
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 8
This game is quite a nice - early generation - adventure story.
The environment has some nice (sometimes) hidden interactive elements.
You have to follow the storyline quite well. Also remember names and places and distinguish characters and such which often makes a good adventure game.
The graphics and sound however are really old and are just acceptable for me. Although I played games during the 90's, I am used to modern graphics. On my 20" Flatscreen monitor the game looks awfully pixelated.
However I bought this game with a nice discount offer from its usual price, so I am happy with it.
I may also buy 'Under a killing moon' for the story and review score on steam and adventure game review websites.
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Nostaw
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: September 18, 2015
What a great adventure game! Funny writing and the FMV actors aren't half bad. Fun fact, Mac Malden is Chris Jone's(Tex Murphy) brother IRL. The difficulty isn't crazy unlike alot of adventure games of the era(thank you help feature). Pure point and click goodness. You don't need to play the previous Tex Murph game.
Some words of advice though SAVE OFTEN and don't overwrite. Don't be worried about making a new save everytime you save. I had 30+. If you don't talk to someone or miss something before going to mars you could be stuck and if you don't have a good save to go back to you may have to restart the game!
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[RB] Blaster Guardian
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29, 2015
The second in the Tex Murphy games, Martian Memorandum sees you once again as PI Tex Murphy, down on your luck despite your success with your previous case, Mean Streets. You need a job, and you need it soon. Lo and behold, Marshall Alexander, CEO of the TerraForm Corporation, hires you to find his daughter, who was abducted -- and something "else" . . .

Gone is the dialogue puzzle of the previous game, which disappointed me a bit. There are times when you need to do more than just talk to people in these screens, such as give them items in order to move the story along, and I didn't realize this until I read a guide. Granted, it's entirely possible that such was clearly mentioned in the manual that would have come with this game if you bought it hard-copy (in 1991).

Also removed from this game is the driving mechanic from Mean Streets, which was difficult at best and caused you to miss out on a lot of the previous game's flavor. Another mechanic taken out is the side-scrolling shooting gallery. I am pleased that neither of these mechanics made it into Martian Memorandum. That said, the game then becomes rather linear, but it's still a pretty neat story even today.

(NOTE: There's a portion of the game that you can actually skip because it was so mind-bendingly difficult. Google 'Tex Murphy Martian Memorandum Guide' and any guide worth its salt will explain further)

People who are genuinely interested in seeing what constituted gaming in the early dawn of the industry should have this in their library. That's the only reason I do. I grew up in the 90s, and there's nothing wrong with taking a trip down Memory Lane.
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nox
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19, 2015
controls are difficult and if you forget to save, it takes you really far back
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Ripfin
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4, 2015
Good game but too bad a bug stoped me from finishing the game
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Mentsi
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3, 2015
Gave a girl a rose: "What a dork!"
Didn't know this game's based on reality.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
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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28 of 45 people (62%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2015
Gave a girl a rose: "What a dork!"
Didn't know this game's based on reality.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
This game is quite a nice - early generation - adventure story.
The environment has some nice (sometimes) hidden interactive elements.
You have to follow the storyline quite well. Also remember names and places and distinguish characters and such which often makes a good adventure game.
The graphics and sound however are really old and are just acceptable for me. Although I played games during the 90's, I am used to modern graphics. On my 20" Flatscreen monitor the game looks awfully pixelated.
However I bought this game with a nice discount offer from its usual price, so I am happy with it.
I may also buy 'Under a killing moon' for the story and review score on steam and adventure game review websites.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2015
The second in the Tex Murphy games, Martian Memorandum sees you once again as PI Tex Murphy, down on your luck despite your success with your previous case, Mean Streets. You need a job, and you need it soon. Lo and behold, Marshall Alexander, CEO of the TerraForm Corporation, hires you to find his daughter, who was abducted -- and something "else" . . .

Gone is the dialogue puzzle of the previous game, which disappointed me a bit. There are times when you need to do more than just talk to people in these screens, such as give them items in order to move the story along, and I didn't realize this until I read a guide. Granted, it's entirely possible that such was clearly mentioned in the manual that would have come with this game if you bought it hard-copy (in 1991).

Also removed from this game is the driving mechanic from Mean Streets, which was difficult at best and caused you to miss out on a lot of the previous game's flavor. Another mechanic taken out is the side-scrolling shooting gallery. I am pleased that neither of these mechanics made it into Martian Memorandum. That said, the game then becomes rather linear, but it's still a pretty neat story even today.

(NOTE: There's a portion of the game that you can actually skip because it was so mind-bendingly difficult. Google 'Tex Murphy Martian Memorandum Guide' and any guide worth its salt will explain further)

People who are genuinely interested in seeing what constituted gaming in the early dawn of the industry should have this in their library. That's the only reason I do. I grew up in the 90s, and there's nothing wrong with taking a trip down Memory Lane.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
It feels and plays like any other Tex Murphy game, but this time you don't need to write down anything on a paper or type any names like in the first Tex game, which might not be a good thing because it made you feel like you were doing some real investigation work as you had several papers full of names and information. Otherwise it's the regular ask all the things on the list then continue to some location to find items. The story is corny scifi but it works great like always. There are games that are good only to be look back with nostalgia but when actually played you realize it isn't that good like you remember, but Tex Murphy is not like that, Tex was good when it was released and it is good game today, the graphics can cause a little problem if you play with big screen, because you need to spot all these little items, so I reccommend you to play with windowed mode in native resolution or with 15" screen.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2015
What a great adventure game! Funny writing and the FMV actors aren't half bad. Fun fact, Mac Malden is Chris Jone's(Tex Murphy) brother IRL. The difficulty isn't crazy unlike alot of adventure games of the era(thank you help feature). Pure point and click goodness. You don't need to play the previous Tex Murph game.
Some words of advice though SAVE OFTEN and don't overwrite. Don't be worried about making a new save everytime you save. I had 30+. If you don't talk to someone or miss something before going to mars you could be stuck and if you don't have a good save to go back to you may have to restart the game!
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
It's Tex - Ugly and non-3D, but still TEX! 7/10
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
This is the second Tex Murphy game. It's much better than the first game (which is hardly playable). However, this one has a lot of reading and is almost like playing a text adventure with some DOS graphics and sounds. It's not very fun.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
This game seems really interesting but I cannot get over the terrible DOS saving system that eventually got the best of me and caused me to erase nearly every bit of progress I had in the game so I decided to quit. Definitely recommend, however, if you know how to handle one of those saving systems without ♥♥♥♥ing over your game.

Also, possibly the best image ever:

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=614658969
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6 of 15 people (40%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2015
Good game but too bad a bug stoped me from finishing the game
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