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68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Jun 12, 2014
    85
    If you haven't experienced the multimedia revolution back in the 90s, there's no point to start now. Tesla Effect is a design drug for us who marveled the magnificent pre-rendered graphics of Rebel Assault and cursed Phantasmagoria to hell. Retrofitted with high-definition videos and polygon graphics, Tesla Effect is a modern relic in the most positive way possible. [June 2014]
  2. May 26, 2014
    83
    Despite its minor flaws, Tesla Effect marks the return of a beloved character, it's overflowed with feeling, shows a perfect use of money gathered in Kickstarter and offers many hours of gameplay, inviting us at the same for extra playthroughs, in order to see its alternative endings.
  3. Jun 7, 2014
    80
    Chris Jones and Aaron Conners bring back the legendary detective Tex Murphy and manage to make him feel as fresh as ever while respecting his legendary cult statue. Pixel hunting and low difficulty issues aside, Tesla Effect is an example on how sequels should be made.
  4. Jun 3, 2014
    80
    Well worth the time of any Tex Murphy fan. Wven those that know nothing about the history of the protagonist will find something to like.
  5. May 19, 2014
    80
    Tesla Effect is a low budget game with many flaws but it's also a great adventure made of memorable characters, great lines and funny moments.
  6. May 14, 2014
    80
    Though he has lost his memory, Tex hasn’t lost any of his charm or humor, and Tesla Effect is a beautifully crafted love letter to a bygone era, made specifically with series fans in mind.
  7. May 14, 2014
    79
    Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure is more than a love letter to the series' die-hard supporters. It's a solid adventure title that's loaded with brain teasers, personable characters, and a great musical score.
  8. May 20, 2014
    77
    Overall, I found Tesla Effect to be entertaining enough to recommend. It’s just good goofy fun, and the writing and the acting help to carry it along and make up for the so-so puzzles and environments.
  9. May 16, 2014
    76
    It does not reach the level and the beauty of its great predecessors, but Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure is still a good and nostalgic adventure game. Let's hope this Big Finish Games effort is not an isolated case, but the beginning of something more lasting.
  10. May 19, 2014
    73
    It's a great mix of a classic detective movie, science fiction and a post-nuclear world with lots of weird characters.
  11. May 22, 2014
    70
    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.
  12. 70
    It’s a game that is very clearly made for the fans, mainly those who have played the previous games. The puzzles, the writing, the acting, and the humor is all ripped straight from the 90’s, and if you’re fixated on modern gaming sensibilities, you probably won’t last ten minutes in Tex’s world. But for those who have been waiting for the return of the world’s greatest PI, look no further. Tesla Effect is a love letter to a genre that is all but gone.
  13. May 15, 2014
    70
    If you're a fan of the noir genre or '90s adventure games, you're gonna like the cut of its jib.
  14. May 15, 2014
    70
    Clearly, it is the fans who will get the most out of Tesla Effect. Designed specifically for them, they will appreciate seeing the gang back together for one more noir-fueled adventure.
  15. May 14, 2014
    70
    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.
  16. May 14, 2014
    70
    If you haven't played the original back in the day, this will probably look trashy to you. The story oftentimes borders on nonsense and the puzzles regularly are uninspired. But that's not what this is about. This is about once again seeing the world through Tex Murphy's eyes. And that's as much a privilege today as it was back in the olden times.
  17. 70
    As adventure games go, The Tesla Effect is pretty average.
  18. May 8, 2014
    70
    Prepare yourself for a time travel. Tesla Effect is far from being perfect, but seeing Tex Murphy back in action in a classic point-and-click adventure is surely a positive thing for videogames.
  19. May 7, 2014
    68
    Every aspect -- from the humor to the puzzles to the live action cutscenes -- feels beamed here straight from the ‘90s. Sometimes it’s charming, and others, it’s just dated. But if nothing else, Tex’s puns and underdog relatability ultimately still make this rocky, uneven case worth cracking.
  20. May 26, 2014
    65
    Technically old-fashioned adventure with real actors delivering a long forgotten trash factor. Puzzles and investigating the locations makes the trip to the past worthwhile.
  21. May 9, 2014
    65
    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.
  22. 60
    Tex is back and it's right where he left off, ignoring more than 15 years of gaming evolution. It would've helped if he kept himself a little more up to speed.
  23. May 30, 2014
    60
    Tesla Effect resurrects our favorite private detective, and lets us explore a new chapter of his spectacular life. All thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. The game is certainly enjoyable, but it’s not without its problems. We can accept the low production value, but the quality of the story and the challenges are uneven trough the game.
  24. May 21, 2014
    60
    For every moment Tesla Effect had me cursing the '90s, another put a big, fat grin on my face. It's unapologetic about its roots, even when it probably shouldn't be. But I really enjoyed my evenings with the barely functional gumshoe, and it didn't destroy my memories of Tex Murphy in the process.
  25. May 20, 2014
    60
    Tex Murphy is back, and that's exactly as good – and as bad – as it sounds.
  26. May 13, 2014
    60
    Tex Murphy fans will lap it up, but everyone else will likely consider this a case not worth solving.
  27. May 16, 2014
    58
    Not half bad. Until the half that is makes for a disappointing return.
  28. Jul 9, 2014
    55
    Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure should have been called Tex Murphy: The Nineties Were Awesome, because there is no way to tell such a trashy story with a straight face.
  29. May 22, 2014
    50
    The best adventure games have an engaging story and interesting puzzles. Tesla Effect doesn't have either.
  30. Jul 1, 2014
    40
    Tex Murphy had risen from the dead only to show us his aged face, and then again he faded into oblivion – along with his logical conundrums and his very dead game design. Fans of the series may try, the others definitely not.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 114 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. May 8, 2014
    10
    I see dated and retro being used as a negative in a lot of reviews and let me just say these are totally positives. Todays games are filled with cut scene skippers and hand holding and linear story or gameplay. I grew up on these games Tex murphy, Black Dahlia, Spycraft, Blade Runner, etc, etc, these are an art form that was lost due to cost cutting measures and over reliance on cgi. sure its great when a game shows perfect synch with cg characters environments and voice actors but guess what, real actors already have realistic movements and facial features. Remember L.A. Noire I loved that game but it might as well have been a FMV game for all the special detail the new 360 camera process they used gave it. In short welcome back Tex we missed you pull up a chair and tell us many, many more stories. Full Review »
  2. May 9, 2014
    10
    It would have been easy for the creators of Tesla Effect to simply have given us what we wanted: another Tex Murphy game in the mold of UAKM, PD, and Overseer. In fact, they could have simply reused those engines, and most fans would have been happy. Instead, they dramatically reinvented the series to near perfection. The 3D world exploration is better than ever. And except for a definite decrease in the amount of clickable objects (one of my favorite aspects from previous games in the series), it shines. The acting is as good as its ever been, and the story is touching. The best feature of the game, though, is its least mentioned--the subtle funneling of Tex along specific story pathways. And, aside from a few hiccups where the story branches merge back together, its done wonderfully. A few of the puzzles fail to impress (some are insultingly easy while others almost appear to be missing a hint document), but as a whole, this Tex Murphy fan is impressed and satisfied and hoping for a return to Chandler Avenue soon! Full Review »
  3. May 8, 2014
    10
    This game is EXACTLY what I hoped for from the return of Tex Murphy! I spent many nights as a teenager playing through Under a Killing Moon and The Pandora Directive. The Tesla Effect lives up to those titles and is old school Tex with updated graphics and video. This game is fantastic! Full Review »