The client is drop-dead gorgeous. Her father is just plain dead—of an apparent suicide. She's certain he was murdered and is willing to do anything to prove it.
User reviews:
Mostly Negative (12 reviews) - 33% of the 12 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 28, 1998

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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



“Despite a few little problems, Tex Murphy: Overseer is well worth the money. The extraordinary plot, combined with witty and professional voice acting, challenging puzzles, and immersive graphics result in another great adventure game from the Tex Murphy series.”
100 – Just Adventure

“There has been a lot of press attention since the announcement on the development of Tex Murphy: Overseer by Access Software in October 1997. Many adventure fans have purchased new computer upgrades and systems, anticipating the return of the world famous private investigator Tex Murphy.”
100 – Adventure Classic Gaming

“Like The Pandora Directive, Overseer has a solid story and great gameplay to keep any adventure game fan happy. The acting and the story are very solid and offer enough mystery and surprise to keep things moving along.”
80 – Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)

About This Game

The Adventure Game of the 21st Century

The client is drop-dead gorgeous. Her father is just plain dead—of an apparent suicide. She's certain he was murdered and is willing to do anything to prove it. Tex Murphy, the P.I., is willing to do almost anything to make rent. The investigation leads Tex into the heart of a dark secret. An elite team of specialists have created something unspeakable. Now each of them are marked for death, and so begins the reign of the Overseer...

  • First product designed specifically for DVD. Featuring Dolby AC-3 5-channel surround sound.
  • Award-winning 3-D Virtual World Engine put you in the 21st Century.
  • From the creators of "Adventure Games of the Year," Under a Killing Moon, and The Pandora Directive.
  • Dazzling graphics - Travel through Anasazi ruins, hidden passages and urban landscapes - explore the deadly secrets of the Rock - Alcatraz Island.
  • A fast - paced chase through double-crosses, fistfights, ambushes and gun battles, where wits and ingenuity are the only way to survive.
  • Two levels of play, over 60 unique puzzles and a complete on-line hint system.
  • An excellent cast, including Michael York, Rebecca Broussard, Henry Darrow, and martial arts expert Richard Norton. Edited and directed by Adrian Carr.

Overseer is a retelling of the story from Mean Streets, and contradicts many of the events and character descriptions in the original story. Since Overseer is part of the "modern era" of Tex adventures, it is safe to consider the new, retold story as "canon."

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
At the time of writing, the game is essentially unplayable as shipped, with the majority of players seemingly having the same issues. An additional codec is required for sound during movies, and an incredibly convoluted solution involving two third-party programs is required to actually be able to hear the music. None of these are integrated into the Steam installer, and the onus is on you to figure out how to get the game to run properly. This is not acceptable. It is Night Dive's responsibility to do that, not the consumer's. I suspect the only reason that the other Night Dive releases I played were free of major issues was because they were running in DOSBox and ScummVM (respectively), emulators licensed from competent programmers.

Please do not publish half-functional ports on Steam. Fix it or remove it from the store. If I wanted to struggle to get the game to run, I'd buy an original retail copy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
This is the 5th Tex Murphy and the last Tex game that was made for 15 years before the reboot Tesla Effect. It is remake of the Mean Street so if you think the first Tex is "too old" to play then you have the change to experience it with newer game mechanics. I myself enjoyed the original Mean Street so I was looking forward to see how good remake they did.

It's much like the Under the killing moon and Pandora Directive, but minor changes have been made to the gameplay here and there, question list is now dynamic showing you what you have already asked and what not. Also it does sometimes remove some questions after asking, which I find little bit annoying as sometimes you might want to listen them again, so you need to reload the game. Other then that the GUI and mechanics are better than on the last two Tex games. Pixel hunting is much easier this time because textures are much more clear.

When comparing to other FMV-games the acting is decent, sometimes there is a little bit overacting but mostly they do fine work especially Chris Jones starring as Tex Murphy. Frank Schimming and the guy who is playing Gideons CEO all are doing very good job, so it feels like watching a good movie and If I remember correctly many of the actors have been also acting in some A-grade movies.

The puzzles are logic and need some out-of-the-box thinking, gladly there aren't any illogical game stopper like the Pandora Directive's last puzzle, but they aren't too easy so it takes some time to figure them out. The game has build-in hint system so you won't get stuck easily, but I strongly recommend to avoid using it as solving the puzzles by yourself is part of the Tex experience.

The story, which is mix of filmnoire and cyberpunk, is compelling and keeps you excited to the very ending to see where the story goes next. The ending clearly tells that they planned to make 6th Tex Murphy right after release of the Overseer, unfortunally Access ran into some financial problems and got bought by Microsoft and got canceled, but thanks to the kickstarter we finally got the Tesla Effect, the sequel to the Overseer.

There seems to have some problems to get the game working. I have tried this with Windows 7 and 10 and got it work on both. You need to install ffdshow to get the cutscenes to work and install MIDI emulator to get music to work. Just follow the guide:
Even after these fixes on the Windows 10 the game might crash on some puzzles, I didn't find any fix for that other then transferring the saves to my Windows 7 machine where the game seems to be more stable and didn't crash on anything.

So aside the technical problems on modern systems the game is excellent FMV game which I can recommend to anyone who likes filmnoire and detective stories.
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55 of 78 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2014
Sound does not work on Windows 7 64 Bit. A "fix" on the discussion boards loads adware "vopackage.exe". Beware!

Later addition: Now the sound works, i followed a thread in the discussion board and installed some codecs. But this installed adware on my system, ... I hope, that the publisher will fix this problem. Until then "not recommended".
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 1, 2015
Recommended. Give it a try. IMPORTANT: install or you probably won't get audio.

In short, it's low-tech, a bit glitchy (quitting and restarting the game fixed a few dead-ended puzzles for me) and it inherits the lousy controls of its predecessors BUT the warm humour and story really shine through and more than make up for its age, linearity and shortcomings - you can see why this series has a cult following.

Tex is a great character - one of many - and in addition to the humour and cheese this is ALSO a genuinely interesting sci-fi mystery/detective story.

Ends on a big cliff-hanger, fortunately (finally) rectified by the excellent 2014 Tex game 'Tesla Effect'!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2015
Great adventure game(cmon it's tex) with couple of tehnical problems but they are minor. Im runing win7 64bit and amd gpu and i don't have any problems.
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