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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 Of course nobody ever really follows that rule...
Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows Bumping into Robert Knott.
Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows Law and Order building.
Tex Murphy: Overseer Windows Tex's book of P.I. rules by Harley Fenwick from nearly a year in private investigating (DVD version)

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The end of the road for one of the greatest series ever! William Shawn McDonie (1088) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Once Upon a Time... MAT (140934) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars

Critic Reviews

Adventure Classic Gaming Apr 09, 1998 5 out of 5 100
Power Unlimited Sep, 1998 8.2 out of 10 82
Adventure Gamers Sep 10, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Apr, 1998 79 out of 100 79
PC Player (Germany) Apr, 1998 77 out of 100 77
PC Games (Germany) May 06, 1998 73 out of 100 73
PC Joker Apr, 1998 69 out of 100 69
Gamezilla May 03, 1998 68 out of 100 68
GameSpot Apr 06, 1998 6.3 out of 10 63
Génération 4 Sep, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50


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CD-only release

In Germany, Tex Murphy: Overseer was sold only as CD version - lacking the improved DVD version of the game that was included in the US release. Therefore, publisher Eidos Interactive decided to sell it directly - for approx. 50 DM (approx. 26 €) - as Premier Collection release.

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MAT (140934) added Tex Murphy: Overseer (Windows) on May 19, 2000