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It's April 2043 and you- as Tex Murphy, the last of the old-style gumshoes- find yourself racing against time in the most dangerous game of your life. What is the truth behind the rumored UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico? Why did the military suddenly shut down and seal off the Roswell complex?
Release Date: Jul 31, 1996
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Buy Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive

$9.99

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Buy Tex Murphy Complete Pack

Includes 5 items: Tex Murphy: Mean Streets, Tex Murphy: Martian Memorandum, Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon, Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive, Tex Murphy: Overseer

Reviews

“I would recommend this game to absolutely anyone. If you're a veteran of adventure games, you owe it to yourself to play this classic. If you're new to them, this game will help make you an addict like me!”
100 – Just Adventure

“In this sequel to the classic Under A Killing Moon, Access Software has succeeded in improving and expanding on a series that is once the crowd jewel of interactive movie games.”
100 – Adventure Classic Gaming

“The graphics, as you would expect, are absolutely gorgeous, and the gameplay is so addictive I've had serious trouble dragging myself away from the game. The Pandora Directive triumphs because it contains 'real' puzzles and genuinely challenging gameplay, as well as all the usual interactive movie malarkey.”
92 – PC Zone

About the Game

The Government has covered up the greatest secret of the 20th century.
Tex doesn't like secrets.

It's April 2043 and you- as Tex Murphy, the last of the old-style gumshoes- find yourself racing against time in the most dangerous game of your life. What is the truth behind the rumored UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico? Why did the military suddenly shut down and seal off the Roswell complex? And why the frequent references to the lost Mayan civilization?

The Pandora Directive features:


Unrestricted movement. The unique "Virtual World" engine allows you to slip under desks, rifle through drawers, and see the flies tanning in the light fixtures. Without the restrictions of rendered paths, you can explore Tex's three-dimensional world with full freedom of movement.

The most replayability of any interactive movie to date. Follow one of three narrative paths leading to seven different endings. Are you a hard-nosed but honest P.I. struggling to overcome the forces of greed and corruption? Or a cynical opportunist who may have to "sell out" principles top score the big payoff? Perhaps you'll fall somewhere in between. Your choices could reveal more about yourself than you'd really like to know.

Two levels of play. The first level offers a complete on-line hint system to help you through the tougher puzzles. The second level- for expert gamers- has no hints available but rewards players with higher bonus points, extra puzzles and locations.

Hollywood! Enjoy the difference Hollywood cinematography, acting, editing, stuntwork, music, and direction make as the world of Tex Murphy becomes amazingly real. Cinematography and direction by Hollywood editor/director Adrian Carr (Quigley Down Under, Man From Snowy River, Power Rangers). Cast stars Barry Corbin (Northern Exposure, War Games), Tanya Roberts (View To A Kill, Beastmaster), and Kevin McCarthy (Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Just Cause). Original song by blues musician Richie Havens.

  • The most interactive: Virtual World engine allows full freedom of movement. No rendered paths!
  • Play it again! Story line follows three different routes leading to seven totally different endings!
  • Mind bending: Intriguing mysteries and brainteasers that stretch the imagination.
  • The most playability: Two levels of play- complete on-line help or master level with no help.

Will Tex and Chelsee finally get together... or is there a new woman in Tex's life? A secret has been buried for 3,000 years. What really happened on July 6, 1947, just outside Roswell, New Mexico? "It was no weather balloon..." This case may be too hot for even Tex to handle. Intriguing puzzles challenge your wits.

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • Hard Drive: 4 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: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound

Mac System Requirements

    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: 4 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: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound

Linux System Requirements

    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: 4 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: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Probably the best adventure game ever! I remember this game from 1996 or 1997! Was stunning in this time. Graphics is really really retro for today standard and would need some remastering but if you like adventure games, good story and not caring much about GFX get this game.
Posted: June 13
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Played halfway through this game. For you old enough to remember the good old 486DX computer with the state of the art double speed CD rom reader; this was the game that break the mold with incredible 640 x 480 Full motion video on your DOS system. Plus you have the added bonus not having to change your config.sys file and autoexec.bat to get enough memory for the game on your current gaming rig! ^_^

The game is very simple compared to modern games, but oh heck, it is still as fun to play as it was 2 decades ago.
Posted: June 15
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Pandora Directive isn't the most beautiful game. It's got clunky controls, and graphics fighting against Namco Museum on my PS1. But it's got one thing that not even modern games have. An immersive story. After about 10 minutes of figuring out the controlls, I was hooked again. I was too young to be able to get past the first few puzzels in 97, but now I can fully understand the complexity of the story and the true power an adventure game has in story telling.

It's a gripping narrative which is not only brooding but overlayed of two seemingly not-crossible genres, noire and science fiction. It gives you exactly what you ask for out of the crossing between the two, and does not dissapoint. Characters, albeit primitive in design, are complex. Characters change when connecting plot points together, something that video games as a whole have not been able to since preserve, which is a major tennant of any American film. It features both conspiracies and science in the same breath, and does not overstep the boundraies of which the game lays. It is firmly rooted and knows what it wants to deliver in terms of story, and does so devistatingly well.

It's never a race of who has the better graphics, but who can convey the best story, and Tex Murphy is top gun in my book.
Posted: June 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
I remember playing this as a kid. What a totally unique experience it was back then.
This is easily one of the best adventure games on all time. Playing it again after so many years has only made it better.
Posted: June 22
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Awards

Computer Gaming World - Adventure Game of the Year (1997)