Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure
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Tex Murphy's latest weaves campy live action, silly puns, and convoluted mysteries into a fun, if dated adventure.
Not half bad. Until the half that is makes for a disappointing return.
Tex Murphy has been fairly successfully transported to the modern era, and maybe that's enough for the established fans. It's just a shame he didn't pick up enough new tricks in his sixteen-year hiatus for everyone else to take notice.
Tex Murphy is back, which means the best and worst parts of adventure games from the 90's are back, too.
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure has been designed solely to please its Kickstarter backers, and in this respect it will no doubt succeed.
The humor doesn't always work and the puzzle design is still rooted in the series' 1990s adventure game roots, meaning it feels archaic in spots, but there are some welcome concessions to modern design with the flashlight and hint system. Tex Murphy might be alive in 2014 but he'll need to learn a few more tricks if he's to stay around for another adventure.
Well worth the time of any Tex Murphy fan. Even those that know nothing about the history of the protagonist will find something to like.
Tex Murphy is back, and that's exactly as good – and as bad – as it sounds.
As someone without an existing tie to the series it was a good time, although there are certainly some rough spots in the game play. For Tex Murphy veterans it's like finding an old photo album full of happy memories, and for outsiders it's a solid, if occasionally frustrating, adventure game.