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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: The waitress tells Tex that Fitzpatrick bought him a drink.
The Pandora Directive DOS Intro: Tex and Chelsee in Brew & Stew
The Pandora Directive DOS A nice character
The Pandora Directive DOS Vidphone

Promo Images

The Pandora Directive Screenshot
The Pandora Directive Screenshot
The Pandora Directive Screenshot
The Pandora Directive Screenshot


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 DOS Unicorn Lynx (181614)
No matter how bad things are, things can always get worse. DOS MAT (210158)
Three paths + seven endings = one amazing game DOS Katakis | カタキス (41284)
One of the strongest story lines ever featured in an adventure game! DOS TheMetz (3)
Simply the best of the series DOS Vance (101)
The Tex Murphy series is hands down the best drama on PC DOS William Shawn McDonie (1180)

Critic Reviews

Adventure Corner DOS Apr 08, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Just Adventure DOS 1997 A 100
PC Player (Denmark) DOS 1996 93 out of 100 93
Freak DOS Apr, 1996 91 out of 100 91 DOS 1996 90 out of 100 90
Entertainment Weekly DOS Aug 16, 1996 B+ 83
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Oct, 1996 82 out of 100 82
Meristation DOS Aug 16, 2001 8 out of 10 80
High Score DOS Nov, 1996 4 out of 5 80
PC Joker DOS Sep, 1996 73 out of 100 73


Topic # Posts Last Post
Entertainment or game players mode? 2 piltdown_man (180094)
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)
Contributed to by Picard (44081), Sciere (631336) and MAT (210158)