Tex Murphy: Tesla Effect Gets A Whopping Great Trailer

There’s at last an actual official trailer for the new Tex Murphy game, Tesla Effect. It’s lots and lots and lots of FMV hammy acting, which is EXACTLY RIGHT. Hammier than a four hundred mile high pig that’s exploded over a city. Perfect.

I can only imagine how utterly mad and anachronistic this must look to someone who wasn’t old enough/alive in the mid 90s. And yet to my addled brain the cheese is a nostalgic joy, one I can’t wait to get my hands on.

That last line is a corker!

Having raised just shy of $600,000 (of a $450,000 goal) during the Great Kickstarter Goldrush of 2012, they’d rather optimistically set themselves a December 2012 deadline. While there’s still no release date attached, it’s looking more likely to be December 2013.


  1. TazzGo says:

    It’s release date is 2014, says so in the trailer :P

    link to texmurphy.com

  2. PopeRatzo says:

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure a December 2012 release date is now out of the question.

  3. fredc says:

    Fucksocks, I missed this kickstarter entirely. Hoping it will be awesome anyway.

  4. Didden says:

    “I think we are way past presumptuous.” lol

  5. Oozo says:

    [1:07] For a moment there, I thought he said “Finding her remains in your Speedo’s”. Of course, that would have not been any less fitting.

    • seamoss says:

      That’s what I heard too – what did he actually say?

      Oh, and this is fuckin’ fantastic – best game trailer ever!

  6. oxykottin says:

    I thought this wouldn’t work in HD.. but it looks awesome.

  7. slerbal says:

    Lovely :)

  8. Emeraude says:

    It’s so bad that’s it’s bad… and we wouldn’t have any other way.

  9. Keyrock says:

    So beautifully, wonderfully, deliciously cheesy. Oh man, this is going to be great. Welcome back, Tex!

  10. Reapy says:

    It will be interesting how this ‘style’ of game is taken now, back then the FMV and environments were really eye popping and quite amazing, I recall just being blow away looking around tex’s office. But now it won’t really raise the graphic bar and just be built on the back of the B movie atmosphere now, which in a way makes it a slightly different game than the original.

    Should be interesting how it all comes together, though I have a feeling the 7th guest, phantasmagoria etc style probably should stay as a relic of the past :)

  11. Freud says:

    Kickstarter is gamings mid life crisis.

    • Contrafibularity says:

      It’s also that, but it’s hard to argue with the results. If that means one Leisure Suit Larry for every FTL so be it. Not to imply LSL is on the same level as Tex Murphy of course, and if there’s one FMV game that actually somehow still deserves to be followed up despite being an FMV game which commits the heinous crime of featuring FMV in between FMV sequences it’s this.

  12. Dana says:

    The FMV cheese is palpable.

  13. jaronimoe says:

    hmm.. never played Tex Murphy.. I think it’s not too late to start to play the originals ;)

  14. guygodbois00 says:

    Kitsch with style? Yes, please. Just make the bloody thing already.

  15. Jenks says:

    I had no idea that June Lockhart was still alive, that brightened my day.

  16. I_have_no_nose_but_I_must_sneeze says:

    Like a shot of bourbon to the nostrils. I’m glad these guys got the chance to resume Tex’s story. They deserve it.

  17. Treymoney says:

    I realized that Chris Jones lives just one town away from me! It’s stalking time!

  18. ucfalumknight says:

    Is that Todd Bridges as a Mutant @ 3:03!? Well, it sure is great to see him getting some work in movies!

    • RProxyOnly says:

      Exactly what I was coming to write.

      Glad to see Todd back on his feet… WILLIS..

    • Mr Propellerhead says:

      Nice to see June again too.

  19. tomimt says:

    Yup, this is shaping out to be one of the better KS projects I’ve backed. The improvement in the FMV quality is pretty jaw dropping, when you compare the old games to this new footage. It’s just astonishing how far the technology has come since the 90’s.

    I really wouldn’t mind if FMV wold make a small main stream comeback with Tex, there just is something about real actors even the best CGI hasn’t yet matched.

  20. MikeyMoo says:

    haha, this looks awesome. Never played an fmv game. Though realmyst had a bit of fmv in it.

  21. G_Man_007 says:

    House’s brother at 1.41.

  22. Sic says:

    This is going to be absolutely stellar. Can’t wait!

  23. The Random One says:

    I’m glad the scenery is digitally added later, otherwise those actors would’ve chewed through it all.

  24. Skabooga says:

    In a medium so often obsessed with youth, it’s kinda nice to see a game where the mean age of all the characters is above 40.

    • caddyB says:

      Also for the people who backed it is close to the upper regions of 30, probably.

      • vitaminTcomplex says:

        That’s me. I was 18 when I played Under A Killing Moon, and will be 37 or 38 when I play Tesla Effect.

  25. Listlurker says:

    I’m in!

    I’m wondering if current gamers will “get” Tex Murphy. I mean sure, the franchise is cheesy (typically on purpose) in places, but it’s also charming, and wryly funny.

    It was never triple-A slick, but neither was it ever triple-A soulless.

    Instead, Tex Murphy was (and hopefully still is) like that favorite B-movie you loved to death.

    Glad to see Tex making a return. Thanks for the word, RPS.