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.
User reviews: Positive (11 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 31, 1994
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December 12

New Update Available Now

Hello Everyone!

A new update for Under a Killing Moon is available now which includes the following:

  • Fixed broken manual on the Steam page.
  • Linux - Improved Launcher
  • Linux - Updated Libraries and DOSBox build
  • Mac - Fixed game not having a default sound setup.
  • 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 '58BE4FCB-B698-4D53-96C4-C819FF8B89DC' and rename it to 'TM Under a Killing Moon'. Apologies for the inconvenience. This will not happen again but it is necessary in order to provide future updates.

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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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Awesome detective comedy.
It's from the epic days they started to add recorded 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
"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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40 of 45 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
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 24 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
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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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
a classic! works great on linux
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1 of 39 people (3%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
I was looking for Fun - Mystery - Action. The web community kept recommending this Tex Murphy series. Are you insane? This is bull... its not intuitive or fun to look for the almost unrecognizable "clues" the controls are totally foriegn and if it wasnt for the antique "buy a clue" sheet you will NEVER guess what to do next in this game! I could not bother to grind through this mess to the end. Score: 1/10 (for tex's funny dialogue) - Avoid.
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