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The Pandora Directive (DOS)

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Welcome to San Francisco of the future - a strange megalopolis with a post-apocalyptic feel, where ordinary humans co-exist with mutants - the result of radioactivity. In this city is also the office of Tex Murphy, a lonely private investigator, kind-hearted, yet bitterly ironic. He is hired to investigate the disappearance of a scientist named Thomas Malloy. A series of murders occurs at that time, and before long Tex finds himself involved in a complex conspiracy of political intrigues and shocking scientific discoveries.

The Pandora Directive is a sequel to Under A Killing Moon, utilizing the same 3D engine, real actors, and gameplay system. The player can physically explore the game world, looking at objects from different angles, zooming in, etc. It is necessary to talk to many people about various topics, and also solve some complex puzzles. The game provides a built-in hint system for the puzzles, but the player does not get any points for solving them if he opts to use it.

The game introduces a new gameplay element: Tex has three kinds of answers at his disposal during some important dialogues. Depending on what kind of approach the player chooses for Tex (especially in conversations with his sweetheart Chelsee), subsequent plot events will be influenced, eventually leading to one of the six different endings.


The Pandora Directive DOS Intro: Gordon Fitzpatrick hears Rook mention that Tex Murphy is a P.I.
The Pandora Directive DOS A daggers' puzzle
The Pandora Directive DOS Malloy's briefcase
The Pandora Directive DOS Tex and Chelsee at Fuchia Flamingo

Alternate Titles

  • "Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive" -- Series title
  • "Pandora Device" -- Working title
  • "Pandora Akte, Die" -- German title

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User Reviews

Choose your destiny, Tex Cor 13 (172526) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
No matter how bad things are, things can always get worse. コナン (90832) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Three paths + seven endings = one amazing game *Katakis* (37853) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
One of the strongest story lines ever featured in an adventure game! TheMetz (3) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Simply the best of the series Vance (98) unrated
The Tex Murphy series is hands down the best drama on PC William Shawn McDonie (1092) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Just Adventure 1997 A 100
Adventure Classic Gaming Sep 03, 1996 5 out of 5 100
PC Player (Denmark) 1996 93 out of 100 93
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 9.2 out of 10 92
Freak Apr, 1996 91 out of 100 91 Nov 03, 2004 18 out of 20 90
Entertainment Weekly Aug 16, 1996 B+ 83
High Score Nov, 1996 4 out of 5 80
PC Joker Sep, 1996 73 out of 100 73
PC Player (Germany) Sep, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Feb 26, 2011



A novelization of the game (as with a later adaptation of the earlier game Under A Killing Moon) was published through the Proteus imprint of Prima Publishing. They were written by Aaron Conners; the TPD novel was first published in August of 1995.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • May 1997 (Issue #154) – Adventure Game of the Year

Related Web Sites

  • Pandora Directive Hints (Great question and answer type hints to help you solve the game at your own pace.)
  • Unofficial Tex Murphy Site (Unofficial Tex Murphy: A newly refurbished Tex Site with a message board, a news section, help on all the games, a Fan Fiction/Art section and many more feature. )
  • Windows XP Set Up (Inferno's page tells you exactly how to get this game to run in Windows XP)
コナン (90832) added The Pandora Directive (DOS) on May 19, 2000
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