Enter the virtual world of Under A Killing Moon, where it is December 2042, and you, as Tex Murphy, must stop the forces of evil before they destroy mankind and rob you of your next unemployment check. This thrilling and hilarious adventure is unlike anything you've seen before.
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Positive (36 reviews) - 94% of the 36 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 31, 1994

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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

 

Reviews

“Adding to the fun was a 3D interface; not unlike Doom, though used for exploration and puzzles, not action gaming. This game engine allowed you to search virtual versions of each scene, for the clues you needed. While the ending is a little silly, the game was still a fantastic blend of real-time 3D exploration, and "interactive movie." A fond game memory.”
100 – Techtite

“With the release of Under a Killing Moon, Access Software has upped the ante in the genre of adventure gaming. Making a return appearance from Martian Memorandum as a hardboiled private investigator, Tex is ready to fumble his way again to solve a conspiracy involving a secretive organization with an agenda to destroy the world.”
100 – Adventure Classic Gaming

“Truly interactive video with great characters, script, and puzzles. Low frame rates for slower computers and all-but-forgotten art of disk swapping. It's a game that challenges and entertains; it leaves you wanting more of this believable virtual world.”
92 – PC Gamer

About This Game

Enter the virtual world of Under A Killing Moon, where it is December 2042, and you, as Tex Murphy, must stop the forces of evil before they destroy mankind and rob you of your next unemployment check. This thrilling and hilarious adventure is unlike anything you've seen before.

The graphics quality, the fascinating, believable characters, and complete freedom of movement will make you feel like you've actually walked through the screen and become the main character in a rich, intriguing mystery movie.

Access Software's Under A Killing Moon features:
  • Four CDs of unparalleled graphics and sound.
  • Full freedom of movement, explore where, when and what you want!
  • Be part of an exciting comedy thriller!
  • Top-notch Hollywood talent.
  • Extensive built-in hints.
  • An interface that makes interaction intuitive and simple.
  • Full fidelity 16 bit 22Khz sound.

Starring Brian Keith, Margot Kidder, and Russell Means. Features the voice of James Earl Jones.

Almost 2.4 gigabytes! Simply the biggest and best entertainment CD product ever produced!

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: 2 GB 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: 3 GB 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: 2 GB 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: 3 GB 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: 2 GB 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: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
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Overall:
Positive (36 reviews)
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Rob
11.1 hrs
Posted: August 9
Pretty good point and click from 1994. Not at all frustrating like the Sierra point and clicks from the same period. Good story, actors are very likable. The FMV isn't overkill like it is in some of the 90s point and clicks. If you get stuck, there's a hint system, so even if you get really stuck you won't need to resort to a walkthrough.
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Datsotfoplorts3on
15.1 hrs
Posted: July 8
My favorite of all the TEX MURPHY games.
LOve the story, characters, gameplay, design, cutscenes.
This is the most fun I have had with an adventure game.
I highly reconmend this classic.
you can figure out some of the puzzles, but a quick look of a strategy guide online will help with the rest.
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Squashbuckler
9.7 hrs
Posted: July 5
Beautiful! Not graphically, of course! But a beautiful game with charisma and pizzaz! One of the original noir detective stories, and a classic! Even on this date, the game has not aged to a point of being unplayable, and therefore, is a timeless classic.
For those who have played it as kids, this is a re-run worth doing over!
For those who havent played this game, I believe it is worth it for the experience of one of the original classics!
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M E G A D E T H
5.6 hrs
Posted: May 27
i don't have an issue with pixel hunting for clickables, the problem is confounded with the terrible 1st person perspective view and movement. i understand the game came out in the mid 90's, but i don't think using this FPP and movement scheme should have been implemented. im sure it looked awesome back then, but its not practical using this view when looking for stuff to click on.

i really wanted to continue with the story, the voice actors are top notch, and the plot was ok, but i just couldn't deal with the FPP movement any longer when i had to look at a walkthrough because i missed a clickable that was behind a statue; so hard to find with the movement. oh well.
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Jokerme
10.7 hrs
Posted: May 5
Funny and enjoyable detective story with not so old gameplay mechanics. Great start for Tex Murphy series as the older games are too... old.
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Hey... I'm walkin' here!
4.8 hrs
Posted: March 27
This game is an old DOS game, so be prepared for terrible low-res graphics and sounds. However, unlike the first two Tex Murphy games, this one is actually playable and kind of fun. You are a detective, putting together clues to solve cases. Sometimes it gets a bit confusing (whether from the terrible graphics/gameplay, lack of explanation, or just from normal human error), but there is a HINT button that is there to help you. You can only "buy" hints with points that you acquire from playing through the game on your own. Overall, it's a somewhat fun, old school game. It is full of full motion video (FMV) and the acting is awful! Even so, the game itself is decent and kind of fun. Since this game is super old, it's not really worth paying for by itself. If you get it in a bundle or something, give it a shot. It's decent.
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อานนท์
13.3 hrs
Posted: March 12
One of the best FMV games out there.
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Kukling
13.2 hrs
Posted: February 20
Introduction
Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon is a kind of point-and-click adventure in 3D environments that uses a lot of full-motion video cuts and animations. Despite belonging to a "classic" saga, I had never heard of this game when I got it from a bundle, so I started playing it out of curiosity holding zero nostalgia.

Evaluation
The game has a noir-ish, futuristic ambient. How they don't really achieve it is part of the charm of the game. For example, you have flying cars, but you still have bricklike laptops and something like MS-DOS.

The game lacks "darkness" too: people die, you (may) die, more people are going to die, but still the atmosphere is so naive and Disney-esque that there is no drama, no tension.

But it is still funny and humorous. I had some really good laughs with the FMV and dialogs. And that's probably the best value of the game.

I get that in its time, the game had to be a start-of-the-art in both technical and production values. I remember 1994 as the year my family purchase a 486 with no multimedia equipment. But nowadays those values are very dated, with graphics showing weird aberration effects, plain textures, lots of glitches and ugly low-res video (not only low-res, but also amateurish edition), but that's what you get when you play a game more than 20 years old. The FMV and the completely voiced dialogs and inner thoughts of the main character could be enough to forgive most of the sins of the game. Even nowadays, a full voiced game like this one is a plus. But I have to reiterate in the sins part.

Controls are terrible. It shows that in that time there weren't too many references of what is proper usability. Player navigates using the mouse as if one were using an analog pad in a touchscreen (the mouse is your finger), which is very hard to control. You cannot navigate using the keyboard, no WASD, but still requires the keyboard to raise/lower your "head" or look up/down.

The acting and even the direction is questionable at least, but it is still charming enough.

Puzzles are a bit too few and easy. That is good for a "quickie", but it doesn't help the game in feeling "complete" or even rewarding. Well, they are harder than those in your typical Hidden Object Game, but I feel them to be below those in other point-and-click games.

Most of the game is spent navigating the environments looking for objects which are, most of them, easy enough to locate. An experienced, inquisitive player may find every object in each room and not need to review already visited rooms, although sometimes that is needed for new objects to appear.

There is yet another big flaw in the story, or at least an important part of the story that is completely overlooked.
<spoilers>
When you destroy the evil guy's space station, you kill HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of people, all the population that knows of and believes in that cult, you wipe them out. You are a genocide. It's a Master Plan worthy of Evil Hitler: convince the ones you want to kill that they have a Master Plan, let them get all in the same place to celebrate and annihilate them in a press-any-key-to-continue-simple action. Ok, these ones were not nice people, at all, they were going to kill everyone else. But next day, you are giving tango lessons. WTF!
Yes, ranting about it was the main driver to write this review.
And let me reuse this spoiler block to say that the final puzzle (or more precisely, the lack of a "puzzle") is really anti-climatic.

</spoiler>

Finally, the game has a very opportune in-game help system, complete and totally optional, which makes virtually impossible to get the player stuck in the game. The game also has an introduction to the series, a score system to help you fully explore the game and a hinting system to help you not get stalled in the game.

Summary and veredict
Pros:
  • Fun, humorous game.
  • Short.
  • Voiced dialogs and FMV.
  • Meta-game parts: help, hints, scores, etc.
  • Historic value.
Cons:
  • Too Disney, too little Noire.
  • A bit too easy and simple, some perceived lack of content. The last part is much more easy than other parts of the game.
  • You can die. If there were autosaves, I didn't find them. Save often.
  • Controls.
  • Definitely inferior to its sucessor.

I recommend the game because I enjoyed playing it. It is fun and short enough to be not repetitive or annoying.
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daniel_mcl
0.3 hrs
Posted: January 26
THIS is the Tex Murphy series I've heard so much hype about? They got James Earl Jones to work on THIS?

I played the first few minutes of the game and quit because I just couldn't stand it. If it had just been the horrible controls and amateurish video editing then I'd have put my head down and pressed on, but that's the least of the problems with this "game."

To put it bluntly, this game is basically what you'd get if you hired Friedberg and Seltzer to make a parody of the detective noir genre and cast a second-rate Jim Varney impersonator in the lead. The acting, editing, script, and direction aren't just bad enough to break immersion; they're so bad that you're never immersed in the first place.
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sbenrap
0.1 hrs
Posted: January 17
James Earl Jones plays God in this game - 10/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
53 of 54 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
One of the first PC games I played back in 1994 when my parents bought me my first computer (486 DX4-100 with a "Sound Blaster-compatable" soundcard and a 2x-speed CD-ROM drive, baby!) Under a Killing Moon made quite a racket at the time, being one of the first games that used FMV, and not just for cut-scenes but also in-game, and for being so unprecedently huge (it shipped on 4 CDs). This was cutting edge stuff back then, when some games were still shipped on several floppy disks... And than this mammoth came!

Anyway, technologies aside the game turned out to be really interesting and clever. I spent lots of days and nights playing it (I was 14 and had zero experience in computer adventure games at the time) but in the end I made it, although I used hints several times. I've been hooked on point-n-click adventure games ever since.

Frankly, I bought this game several days ago more out of nostalgia than anything else. I thought I would play an hour or so, remember the good ol' days, so to speak, and be on my way. Well, what do you know, I spent the night playing it and I'm now roughly half-way through, fully intended on finishing it.

My next step would probably be Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive, which I haven't played at the time of its release due to some compatibility issues. Better late than never.
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50 of 55 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2014
It works. The old game works perfectly for me on Windows 7.

If your a fan of this game from the olden times, its worth the get. If you've never tried it before and your curious about it?

This is a great P.I. Game with great humor and did i mention it has the voice of James Earl Jones in it? It does. So you know this is going to be a good one. :)
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
I never played these games when I was younger so there isn't any nostalgia with these games, however I do have a love of old FMV games.
The short and sweet reviewer:
Pros: Great story, funny most of the time, puzzles are not to difficult with a bit of thought but there is a hint system that works well in game, graphics are okay for the age of game, fun adventure game
Cons: Horrible controls, like really bad....but with a bit of playing they become managable, and for me the story and game are worth the struggle to move around a bit at first.
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26 of 36 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2014
a classic! works great on linux
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Introduction
Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon is a kind of point-and-click adventure in 3D environments that uses a lot of full-motion video cuts and animations. Despite belonging to a "classic" saga, I had never heard of this game when I got it from a bundle, so I started playing it out of curiosity holding zero nostalgia.

Evaluation
The game has a noir-ish, futuristic ambient. How they don't really achieve it is part of the charm of the game. For example, you have flying cars, but you still have bricklike laptops and something like MS-DOS.

The game lacks "darkness" too: people die, you (may) die, more people are going to die, but still the atmosphere is so naive and Disney-esque that there is no drama, no tension.

But it is still funny and humorous. I had some really good laughs with the FMV and dialogs. And that's probably the best value of the game.

I get that in its time, the game had to be a start-of-the-art in both technical and production values. I remember 1994 as the year my family purchase a 486 with no multimedia equipment. But nowadays those values are very dated, with graphics showing weird aberration effects, plain textures, lots of glitches and ugly low-res video (not only low-res, but also amateurish edition), but that's what you get when you play a game more than 20 years old. The FMV and the completely voiced dialogs and inner thoughts of the main character could be enough to forgive most of the sins of the game. Even nowadays, a full voiced game like this one is a plus. But I have to reiterate in the sins part.

Controls are terrible. It shows that in that time there weren't too many references of what is proper usability. Player navigates using the mouse as if one were using an analog pad in a touchscreen (the mouse is your finger), which is very hard to control. You cannot navigate using the keyboard, no WASD, but still requires the keyboard to raise/lower your "head" or look up/down.

The acting and even the direction is questionable at least, but it is still charming enough.

Puzzles are a bit too few and easy. That is good for a "quickie", but it doesn't help the game in feeling "complete" or even rewarding. Well, they are harder than those in your typical Hidden Object Game, but I feel them to be below those in other point-and-click games.

Most of the game is spent navigating the environments looking for objects which are, most of them, easy enough to locate. An experienced, inquisitive player may find every object in each room and not need to review already visited rooms, although sometimes that is needed for new objects to appear.

There is yet another big flaw in the story, or at least an important part of the story that is completely overlooked.
<spoilers>
When you destroy the evil guy's space station, you kill HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of people, all the population that knows of and believes in that cult, you wipe them out. You are a genocide. It's a Master Plan worthy of Evil Hitler: convince the ones you want to kill that they have a Master Plan, let them get all in the same place to celebrate and annihilate them in a press-any-key-to-continue-simple action. Ok, these ones were not nice people, at all, they were going to kill everyone else. But next day, you are giving tango lessons. WTF!
Yes, ranting about it was the main driver to write this review.
And let me reuse this spoiler block to say that the final puzzle (or more precisely, the lack of a "puzzle") is really anti-climatic.

</spoiler>

Finally, the game has a very opportune in-game help system, complete and totally optional, which makes virtually impossible to get the player stuck in the game. The game also has an introduction to the series, a score system to help you fully explore the game and a hinting system to help you not get stalled in the game.

Summary and veredict
Pros:
  • Fun, humorous game.
  • Short.
  • Voiced dialogs and FMV.
  • Meta-game parts: help, hints, scores, etc.
  • Historic value.
Cons:
  • Too Disney, too little Noire.
  • A bit too easy and simple, some perceived lack of content. The last part is much more easy than other parts of the game.
  • You can die. If there were autosaves, I didn't find them. Save often.
  • Controls.
  • Definitely inferior to its sucessor.

I recommend the game because I enjoyed playing it. It is fun and short enough to be not repetitive or annoying.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
Awesome detective comedy adventure.
It's from the epic days they started to add filmed video scenes into computer games.

The controls are a bit... something to get used to, but the story's just great.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2014
If you're into old school point and click games then buy the Tex Murphy collection. Lots of things to make you think about. Remember to take notes and save regularly. The "controls" take some getting used to but then it's all fun!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
This game is very good i can truly highly recommend it. You are a private detective down on his luck, looking for a break.
But boy oh boy i dont think u would expect this much trouble & drama! I won't reveal any more of the story so i dont spoil the game, but i will say this game is just awesome, with very good classic graphics, great story and amazing 3d inter active interface system.

The only small bad thing i can say about this game is it runs on Dosbox, it doesnt run on Windows 7 or Windows 8 natively.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
"Under A Killing Moon" is the third game in the Tex Murphy series and is a 3D First Person Point & Click Adventure with bits of Full Motion Video. The majority of the game takes place in the slums of a post-apocalyptic San Fransisco still in the midst of World War Three. After solving a petty burglary, Tex is tasked with recovering a countess' precious family heirloom, a bird statuette and must rely on his expert deductive skills (or lack there-of) to tackle this case head on.

The game is full of camp (the good kind), but also portions of comedy and really good acting, which typically unheard of in a game of this manner. So it would be fair to call it one parts "Sam & Max Hit The Road" and one parts "Myst". The game's only downside is the 3D portions. Navigating around is akin to sliding on ice and most definitely takes some getting used to. But what makes it truly a cut above the rest is it's very intuitive "hint" system that throws you a mulligan if you get lost (you earn points from conversations, getting clues, and solving puzzles and use them as you please).

Overall, it's a great game that's an absolute must for fans of old school computer games and point & click adventures alike
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2015
I am very suprised
top rate acting
Great graphics
Plays well and very smooth
very few bugs
good humor
Great puzzels
i injoyed everything about this game i highly suggest it to anyone who likes FMV video games this is a good one to get started in for the tex murphy series i injoyed everything from start to finish
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