Excerpt: To help pass the time on the layovers during my summer vacation, I downloaded several games that had caught my interest over the previous months. One of those was Fushigi no Kuni no Bouken Sakaba , or Adventure Bar Story , to use the official English title. While it first came out in 2011 for the PSP, and then a year later on the smartphone platforms (English and Japanese), my version of the game was adapted specifically for the 3DS, and has been available in Japan since...
Doctor Who: The Adventure Games: Episode Four: Shadows of the Vashta Nerada
Adventure Classic Gaming
7 October 2014
Excerpt: There are hardly any sci-fi fans who have not heard of Doctor Who. Created originally as a television series by BBC in 1963, Doctor Who is now the longest (though not continuous) running sci-fi television show of all time. In Series 5 (2010) of the show, the Doctor is the played by Matt Smith, and his travelling companion Amy (Amelia) Pond is played by Karen Gillan.
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure Review – PC/Steam
29 August 2014
Excerpt: I’ve been waiting nearly 16 years for another Tex Murphy adventure and thanks to more than 7,000 generous Kickstarter backers; Tex has been resurrected for at least one more great adventure. A lot has changed since we last saw Tex, both in the game world and especially when it comes to the tech used to create this unique brand of FMV gaming.
Excerpt: What is it? Tex Murphy is one of those legendary names in gaming. Since his adventures from 1989 to 1998 he's been regularly referenced alongside classic characters such as Gabriel Knight, Lara Croft, or Guybrush Threepwood. For many years, though, the idea of a new Tex Murphy game seemed as likely as another moon landing. Until now, of course.
Excerpt: Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure is the sixth game in the Tex Murphy series created by Chris Jones and marks the return of this beloved series after a 16-year hiatus. Based on the novel Tex Murphy and the Tesla Effect penned by Aaron Conners, the game's story picks up after the cliffhanger ending in Tex Murphy: Overseer but quickly pivots to an original mystery involving an ancient cult and a lost invention of Nikola Tesla.
Summary: If there was one genre of game that really needed a Kickstarter shot in the arm, it was the Full Motion Video adventure game. Point-'n'-click adventure games were doing just fine, pre- Double Fine Adventure but the legacy of FMV games was a technological dead end. In the mid-1990s, the Tex Murphy series of adventure games were maybe the highpoint of the FMV craze, offering a good mix of point-and-click puzzle-solving and storytelling.
Conclusion: In the end, Tesla Effect doesn’t reinvent the wheel, nor does it aim to. What it does attempt – and successfully accomplishes – is to mark the comeback of a beloved adventure gaming icon, and to do so in a way familiar to legions of fans. Finally tying up story ends left loose for years, Tesla Effect offers up a full-length Tex Murphy adventure, comfortably taking between 12-15 hours to complete (leaning towards the lengthier end of the spectrum if one takes the time to...
Conclusion: Just as its noir-inspired detective Tex Murphy is a “man out of time,” Tesla Effect is indeed a game out of time. 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.
Pros: Campy dad humor, Classic adventure gaming, Likeable protagonist