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8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 140 Ratings

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  1. May 10, 2014
    4
    A nostalgic fan service, which will please some, but will fail to satisfy anyone looking for a solid game and story. The game mechanics are dated, and although fun at times, it throws away a decade of improvements in the genre. Depending on your point of view, this may be a good thing, and I admit I had some fun with it. The FMV sequences are particularly poor, the visuals and editing areA nostalgic fan service, which will please some, but will fail to satisfy anyone looking for a solid game and story. The game mechanics are dated, and although fun at times, it throws away a decade of improvements in the genre. Depending on your point of view, this may be a good thing, and I admit I had some fun with it. The FMV sequences are particularly poor, the visuals and editing are comparable to the command and conquer generation of FMV. These FMV sequences were awesome in their time, but we have come a long way since then. I couldn't suspend belief enough when watching them, and as a result I struggled to get invested in the characters and story. Since the game rides so heavily on these FMV sequences I would of hoped more effort would of been put into creating them. Overall an OK game, particularly if you are a fan of the series, but if you are not than it is difficult to recommend this. Expand
  2. May 13, 2014
    3
    I was a kick starter backer, and a fan of the series, and I am quite disappointed in this game. I understand it as created on a limited budget, but the FMV sequences were so sup-par in quality that it was hard to love this game no matter how much I tried. Everything was wrong, sloppy editing to poor chroma keying, lifeless static backgrounds, artifacts seemingly from compression. I hadI was a kick starter backer, and a fan of the series, and I am quite disappointed in this game. I understand it as created on a limited budget, but the FMV sequences were so sup-par in quality that it was hard to love this game no matter how much I tried. Everything was wrong, sloppy editing to poor chroma keying, lifeless static backgrounds, artifacts seemingly from compression. I had really hoped Big Finish would seek the right skills to bring this game to life since it is all about the FMV, but alas they have not. Hopefully the next iteration will bring back my love for the series. Expand
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68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Sep 25, 2014
    60
    For all its quaint charms, Tesla Effect is held back by all of the flaws that killed its genre in the first place.
  2. Tex Murphy returns after 14 years to solve what happened to Chelsee, but first he must regain his loss of seven years memory. Meet old friends and of course the best P.I. in the universe: Tex Murphy.
  3. Jul 25, 2014
    70
    It’s a museum piece and a reminder why we used to love old point’n’click games (and hate some of them). If you’re not a diehard fan of such style, this is definitely not a game for you. [07/2014, p.61]