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It seems that the relationship between Tex Murphy, the private investigator in post-apocalyptic San Francisco, and his sweetheart Chelsee finally entered a happy phase. Tex is going on a date with Chelsee, they talk about their feelings and their future, and Chelsee asks Tex to tell her the story of his first case as a PI. This is where the player begins the game - as young Tex, still an idealist, full of energy and with none of the ironic bitterness of his later years.

A beautiful girl enters his office. Her name is Sylvia Linsky, and she asks him to investigate a case. Her father, Carl Linsky, has apparently committed suicide. But although there seems to be nothing suspicious in the circumstances of his death, Sylvia tells Tex she is convinced it was a murder. Tex's first investigation, which will influence his entire life, is about to begin.

The general storyline of Overseer is similar to that of Mean Streets, the first game in Tex Murphy series, but it is told in a much more detailed way; gameplay style and locations are for the most part completely different. The gameplay system is similar to the one first implemented in Under a Killing Moon. The player can move around in a fully 3D environment, which can be viewed from different positions and angles at any time. Dialogues and cutscenes feature live actors. There are a number of puzzles to solve in Overseer, but in-game help is available if players find them too difficult.


Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows In Gideon's study.
Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows Talking to Sonny, a fellow P.I. (DVD version)
Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows Quote by Tex: "Tell me, why do they call you Big Jim Slade?"
Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows "They really believe that they can get away with that?" - Judging by their hired thugs who are about to blow you away - I'd say yes.

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The end of the road for one of the greatest series ever! William Shawn McDonie (1182) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Once Upon a Time... MAT (185617) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars

Critic Reviews

Adventure Classic Gaming Apr 09, 1998 5 out of 5 100
Adventure Gamers Sep 10, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Mar 30, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameStar (Germany) Mar, 1998 78 out of 100 78
PC Player (Germany) Apr, 1998 77 out of 100 77
PC Action Jun 17, 1998 70 out of 100 70
Adventure Gamers 2000 3.5 out of 5 70
PC Joker Apr, 1998 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot Apr 06, 1998 6.3 out of 10 63
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Cut content

There was originally a character called Vanessa that was to be played by Regina Cronenweth. Like in Mean Streets, Vanessa was supposed to be Tex's secretary for him to get random information from. However, the actress had to be cut from the game. As Aaron Conners explains on the Unofficial Tex Murphy web site:

Regina Cronenweth was a gorgeous, sexy actress with the body of a Venus and the voice of a Schwarzenegger. I'm not kidding. You could hardly understand a word and it was not what you'd call a "pretty" accent. Eventually, we decided the trade-off wasn't worth it and cut her from the game. The only person who benefited from this was Adrian Carr, who not only got to "audition" Regina, I'm pretty sure he kept a videotape of her in a variety of revealing costumes. Then he tried to justify it all by putting her in the title sequence.

In the game, she has been replaced with AID, Tex's computerized assistant.


Overseer is a loose remake of the original Tex Murphy game, Mean Streets.

Overseer was the first DVD-ROM game ever produced. In fact, the package not only comes with the CDs necessary to play the game, but also the DVD version (with DVD-quality video) on a single DVD disc.

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MAT (185617) added Tex Murphy: Overseer (Windows) on May 19, 2000