CD-only releaseIn 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.
The release with the alternate front cover (i.e. with flashing LED) also includes an alternate back cover.
It's a cardboard sheet that covers the box's back cover and comes loose when you remove the shrinkwrap. The alternate back cover features larger text and larger screenshots. The back of this sheet is the free "Day One Cheetsheet" referenced on the top-right corner of front (in the red triangle).
Production and DevelopmentA piece of trivia how it actually came to production and development of "Tex Murphy: Overseer"...
(excerpt taken from chat with Aaron Conners, Chris Jones, and Doug Vandegrift that was held on Monday, June 2nd, 2003)
Aaron Conners said...
CJ and I were well into the design of "Trance" when Intel approached us about doing a small game to bundle with their new computer. They promised to fund our new project, but it would have to done in 9 months (start to finish). As most of you know, that's not nearly enough time to do a full game. Anyway, we took the bait and did Overseer -- Chris thought it would be easier to retell a story than create one from scratch, though we pretty much rewrote the whole thing anyway. So we ended up doing this game to feature new DVD technology, but the technology didn't work right, so we get lambasted, and then Intel changed its marketing strategy and ended up not bundling Overseer with their computers.
We scrambled to make Overseer a decent game and released it, but it was an uphill battle from Day 1. We didn't lose any money on the project, but our numbers looked terrible (especially for those who compared TMO straight across with Pandora and UKM). And with the sales numbers looking like a spiral jetty into oblivion, it's been impossible to get anyone to believe that a new Tex game would sell. There's the whole story in a nutshell.
It's all about the numbers. Don't blame Intel. It certainly wasn't intentional on their part. It was just a bad situation all the way around. Luckily, like disco, I think the Adventure genre has come full circle. And we're gonna boogie on down!
Overseer came in two seperate boxes depending on if you wanted the CD release or the DVD release. DVD-ROM Games were fairly rare during 1998.
The original US release of Overseer had a blinking LED light located on the top of the tower on the cover's artwork (in the center;just above the older guy's head). When the game was new and you had several of these blinking on the store shelves... you NOTICED it!
Chris Jones, the game's producer and "Tex" himself (he played the part of the hero throughout the last 3, video using, games), always wanted to continue the series. That's the reason Overseer's ending demands continuation and explanation, one that never came. Or, i should say, never came in the form of a game. November 2001 saw the publication of episode 1 of "The Tex Murphy Radio Theater" on a Tex Murphy fan site, the first chapter of an episodic radio drama created by Chris Jones and Aaron Conners, another original developer, detailing what happens after Overseer. The drama is planned to span 6 episodes, and you can find it here: http://www.unofficialtexmurphy.com/theater/theater.shtml
When Tex is inside the Gideon's mansion, in pool-room there's a small gaming machine where you can play action scenes from the actual "Mean Streets" game. It doesn't look any better in 640x480 resolution whatsoever ;)
Cut contentThere 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.
RemakeOverseer 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.