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The second installment in the Tex Murphy series, this sequel to the original Mean Streets was quite fun; almost as fun as the original. Popular characters were met once again, along with a short video animation of each character when you first meet (for a game on mere floppy disks, this was pretty impressive!).
Martian Memorandum continues the series' high quality of writing and complex, satisfying mysteries, and its improved tech are far more user-friendly for modern players. Its occasional fussiness will likely vex players more than once, but those willing to endure its quirks will enjoy their time with Tex - even if he is a bit on the surly side.
DOSJust Games Retro
Martian Memorandum has more in common with Mean Streets than with the later FMV titles, but does fit into the Tex-a-verse nicely. It's a fitting sequel that improves and streamlines some of the flaws from the original, while offering a new case and vastly different locales. If you're coming from the series backwards, you might not be as impressed with this title as you will be with Under A Killing Moon, but it's still worth a play if you want another chance to slip into Tex's gumshoes.
DOSAdventure Classic Gaming
The year is 2039 and things cannot be any worse. It starts off as a simple search for a daughter of a millionaire. Soon enough, you find out that this is not the usual crime and this is not the usual kidnapping at all. The more truth you unravel the more confusing and dangerous the case becomes. Has the ex-wife of the millionaire something to do with it? Or has that junky boyfriend? Why does no one know anything about the millionaire’s past? Everything seems to point to Mars. As you head to red planet, you cannot get rid of a feeling that something big is behind all this.
Martian Memorandum, Tex Murphy's second detective adventure, is truly a sequel to Mean Streets in every sense of the word, boasting many of the same weaknesses and the same major strength: an excellently plotted and well-written story that will interest you enough to complete the game. Thankfully, this time around Access fixed some of the major weaknesses of the first game and, while far from being the "great interactive movie" that it was touted as, Martian Memorandum is still a very enjoyable detective game.
Die Handlung spielt in der Zukunft, das Interface scheint geradewegs aus dem finstersten Mittelalter zu stammen. Ein Beispiel: Wenn man einen Gegenstand von Tisch A auf Tisch B legen will, muß man erst einen Umweg über das Inventory machen. Der Cursor weigert sich beharrlich, anders als in ausgereifteren Konkurrenzprodukten, als Hand zu dienen. Alle Gegenstände müssen durch pixelgenaues Anklicken erst einmal gesucht werden. In der dunkelbraunen Endzeitgrafik ist das nur zu schaffen, wenn Ihr die Helligkeit am Monitor voll aufdreht - Grauschleier inklusive. Diese unschönen technischen Macken versalzen die recht stimmungsvolle "Blade Runner"-Atmosphäre erheblich. Deshalb: Nur für Adventure-Fans mit viel, viel Geduld zu empfehlen. Da retten auch die digitalisierten Schönheiten (und die restliche, durchaus schöne Grafik) nicht vor dem spielerischen Mittelmaß.