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  • genre Adventure / FPP / Detective-mystery
  • download size 3.4 GB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 690 user ratings.
  • release date March 13, 1998
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Access Software / Wordplay LLC
  • game modes Single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual (47 pages)
  • 7 avatars (series)
  • reference card
  • in-game soundtrack
  • TexExpert (series)

What's cool about it:

  • Experience Mean Streets once again, with a deeper plot and superior quality
  • Great acting, challenging puzzles, romance, suspense and witty humor
  • A must-have for anyone who likes adventure games and a good mystery


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, 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.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 8.1 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard. Patched to version 1.04

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Tex Murphy - the prequel

Posted on 2009-07-31 21:24:37 byDanda's avatarDanda:

Access Software intended to continue the Tex Murphy series, but there was no time for a new story, so "Tex Murphy: Overseer" was conceived as an ambitious retelling of the first game, "Mean Streets", with state-of-the-art FMV videos and 3D environments. The timing was not right, though: adventure as a genre was dying, Access Software was soldread more to an uninterested Microsoft, and it was still too early for DVD tecnology, so the superior DVD version or the game was (and still is) unplayable on most computers.
If you have played the previous Tex Murphy FMV games, you know the drill: a sci-fi noir story performed by familiar TV actors in virtual backgrounds, with lots of puzzles and the best hint system ever. And like the previous games, "Overseer" is once more a great adventure game, still miles above other FMV titles.
You can play the CD version currently available here. Still, if you are new to the series it would be a good idea to start with "Under a Killing Moon" or the previous installment, "The Pandora Directive" (one of the finest adventures ever made), and continue here if you like what you see.

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Murphy's fifth adventure & remake of his first.

Posted on 2009-07-22 05:15:16 bypavelski's avatarpavelski:

Tex Murphy first apperance was in Acces SOftware's game Mean Streets. I played all games with TM character and can say that Overseer is superior version of the first game in series. Abyway as a big fan of a series and adventure games at all I must admit that Overseer is solid game but Pandore Directive was best of whole series.
Story is as always strong point of the game and thisread more time. Mayby it isn't as enjoyable as in PD but instead it's, I think, deepest Tex Murphy plot. Overseer maintains the lighthearted side of the Murphy mythos, but then it tries to take us into the nature of man itself. The game tackles Tex's evolving beliefs, explores his failings of trying to create a perfect world.
Like Pandore DIrective and Under a Killing Moon game uses the Virtual Engine and it's pleable as any 3D style game. You have full freedom to explre various enviroments, looking up or down, looking at things, opening or taking them. You can also combaine items at your inventory to make new ones. Many puzzles also present, some of them quite difficult but I presume it's not a problem for adventure fan :-) Overseer doesn't do mutch to improve gameplay of Pandora or Moon but if stomething isn't broken so why to fix it...
Tex Murphy Overseer is challenging, fun, lenghty and in most part engaging adventure game. Owners of previous pieces propably bui it anyway, and it's worth it but if you are new fan of TM series good idea will be to buy first previous Tex's games. I suppose the greatest compliment I can offer Overseer is this: It makes you want the next one. Badly.

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You know him! You love him! Final round of TM series.

Posted on 2009-07-21 06:42:02 byigor8472's avatarigor8472:

Finally, last piece of great FMV game series. If you know Tex Murphy's games you don't need advice, if not I hope you will after reading what is writen below.
I'm massive fan of adventure games, old FMV style included. Overseer is last of TM series, one of the first games released on DVD. Game brings Tex and Chelsee, which are lovers, back together again and Tex is retelling storyread more about his first major case...
Game welcome us by 5 min. FMV intro picturing beginning of youur case. If you played previous games in series layout and game engine is easy to get used to and you can start investigation instantly. You have to colect various objects, follow clues and of course solve many puzzles. Little has changed since two last Tex Murphy's games (Which I consider as advantage) in technical side of game. Engine is almost identical as one used in Pandora Directive, of course with higher resolution, larger colour palette etc.
Sounds & music are nicelly done and are building a good character while you are wondering around various locations. Chris Jones narrtion was always good and he keeps doing it better and better. If you played previous games you know what I mean.
What can I say for summary... Awasome and well directed FMV sequences, good acting, narrative, nice music. Varied puzzles difficulty. If you like this kind of games it's 'a must have'...

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