History VideoGame / TexMurphy

22nd Aug '17 3:37:00 PM Joylock
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* MacGuffin: The bird statuette.

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* MacGuffin: The bird statuette. [[spoiler: Turns out the statuette doesn't actually even do anything, and the AncientConspiracy just wants it for religious reasons before they cleanse the planet.]]



* ShoutOut: Tex is hired to find [[a rare statue of a bird]] that several parties are desperate to find.

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* ShoutOut: Tex is hired to find [[a [[spoiler: a rare statue of a bird]] that several parties are desperate to find.
22nd Aug '17 3:34:32 PM Joylock
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* AdaptationalWimp: In the novel, the Chameleon is a French disguise artist rather than a Native American shapeshifter. This change may have been due to the somewhat oddity of having a mutant serving as TheDragon for a genocidal group of purists.
27th Jul '17 1:33:38 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* GRatedDrug: The bum behind Rook's place is addicted to chocolate syrup, as in "goes into withdrawals without a fix."


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* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: The bum behind Rook's place is addicted to chocolate syrup, as in "goes into withdrawals without a fix."
27th Jul '17 1:31:56 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* GRatedDrug: The bum behind Rook's place is addicted to chocolate syrup, as in "goes into withdrawals without a fix."
29th May '17 10:27:08 PM nombretomado
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** The morgue has several references to YoungFrankenstein, including a book on one table called ''How I Did It'' and two brains in a Lost and Found cabinet labeled "Use This Brain" and "Abnormal - Do Not Use This Brain."

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** The morgue has several references to YoungFrankenstein, ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'', including a book on one table called ''How I Did It'' and two brains in a Lost and Found cabinet labeled "Use This Brain" and "Abnormal - Do Not Use This Brain."
29th Mar '17 12:52:56 PM Arrowhead
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* ShoutOut: Tex is hired to find [[a rare statue of a bird]] that several parties are desperate to find.



* ApocalypticLog: Tex watches a Video message of the last survivor inside the Roswell complex before that person gets taken by the evil cloud alien creature.
* {{Area 51}}: Tex has to search the facility to find the alien power cell.

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* ApocalypticLog: Tex watches a Video message of the last survivor inside the Roswell complex before that person gets taken by the evil cloud alien creature.
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* {{Area 51}}: Tex has to search the facility to find at one point in the alien power cell.game.



* BittersweetEnding: The normal ending of Pandora Directive likewise, as opposed to the (canonical) happy ending and (jerkass) bad ending.

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* BittersweetEnding: The normal ending of Pandora Directive likewise, as opposed to good/neutral ending. [[spoiler: You save the (canonical) happy ending and (jerkass) bad ending.world but fail to romance Chelsee. But hey - at least you're caught up on your debts for the moment.]]



* LethalLavaLand: [[spoiler: In the Mayan temple, is a long chamber with a narrow maze above lava. Tex Murphy has to get to the other side and try to open one of the four doors (whichever one opens is random) -- all while avoiding fireballs. This room is only available in Game Player's mode, though.]]

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* LethalLavaLand: [[spoiler: In the Mayan temple, there is a long chamber with a narrow maze above lava. several lava pits. Tex Murphy has to get to the other side and try to open one of the four doors (whichever one opens is random) -- all while avoiding fireballs. This room is only available in Game Player's mode, though.]]



* ShutUpHannibal: An unusual case where this is delivered ''retroactively'': Once Tex is done telling the story in flashbacks, he comments how the game's WellIntentionedExtremist "was probably right". Chelsea's response: "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis NO. HE. WASN'T.]] ''You'' were!"
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler: Towards the end, Slade kills Klaus and plans to auction off the 8 Overlord control cards off to the highest bidder. Tex stops him, though.
* TimeBomb: Tex must remove an implant from his skull before it kills him. Of course the plot requires that you remove it anyway (the entire game is a flashback, after all) so there's no danger of Tex dying permanently.

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* ShutUpHannibal: An unusual case where this is delivered ''retroactively'': Once Tex is done telling the story in flashbacks, he comments how the game's WellIntentionedExtremist "was probably right". Chelsea's Chelsee's response: "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis NO. HE. WASN'T.]] ''You'' were!"
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler: Towards the end, Slade kills Klaus and plans to auction off the 8 eight Overlord control cards off to the highest bidder. Tex stops him, though.
* TimeBomb: Tex must remove an implant from his skull before it kills him. Of course the plot requires that you remove it anyway (the entire game is a flashback, after all) so there's no danger of Tex dying permanently.dying.



** DarkIsNotEvil: Tex Murphy wears dark clothing and shoes in contrast to the previous games.

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** DarkIsNotEvil: Tex Murphy wears dark darker colored clothing and shoes in contrast to the previous games.



* EndGameResultsScreen: Tesla Effect assigns you a rank based on your score at the end. Getting the highest rank after completing the "Somewhere I'll Find You" story path is an alternate means to unlock access to the storage room in Tex's Office if you fail to find all the candy comics.

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* EndGameResultsScreen: Tesla Effect assigns you a rank based on your score at the end. Getting the highest rank after completing the "Somewhere I'll Find You" story path is an alternate means to unlock access to the storage room in Tex's Office if you fail to find all the candy Mike and Ike Hammer comics.



* LongRunnerTechMarchesOn: A few of the things that seemed impossibly high-tech when the series started are now obsolete, but preserved in the game for continuity. Okay, Tex still having a fax machine is joke and entirely plausible, but the vidphones seen throughout the game are considerably inferior to any iPad.

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* LongRunnerTechMarchesOn: A few of the things that seemed impossibly high-tech when the series started are now obsolete, but preserved in the game for continuity. Okay, Tex still having a fax machine is a joke and entirely plausible, but the vidphones seen throughout the game are considerably inferior to any iPad.



* NonStandardGameOver: Most deaths go to a quick RIP sequence, and oftentimes the cause of death is not even explained. Some, however, have special [=FMVs=]. [[spoiler:For example, if Tex throws the Tesla Egg out of the Coit Tower, instead of giving it to Slade.]]

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* NonStandardGameOver: Most deaths go to a quick RIP sequence, sequence and oftentimes the cause of death is not even explained. Some, however, have special [=FMVs=]. [[spoiler:For example, if Tex throws the Tesla Egg out of the Coit Tower, instead of giving it to Slade.]]



* SequelHook: [[spoiler:''Tesla Effect'' ends with the BigBad and his [[TheDragon Dragon]] escaping (although the Dragon is seemingly dealt with in the "bad" ending), and ends with a news report of the Nights Templar getting killed. There's also the sub-plot regarding J.T. Donnelly and Anastasia and the White Russians, which is indicated to be entirely separate from the Translator's plot and is never fully resolved. Tex mentions in the closing scene that it all seems to be part of something bigger, and he'd better be ready for it.]]

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* SequelHook: [[spoiler:''Tesla Effect'' seemingly ends with the BigBad and his [[TheDragon Dragon]] escaping (although the Dragon is seemingly dealt with in the "bad" ending), and ends with a news report of the Nights Templar getting killed. There's also the sub-plot regarding J.T. Donnelly and Anastasia and the White Russians, which is indicated to be entirely separate from the Translator's plot and is never fully resolved. Tex mentions in the closing scene that it all seems to be part of something bigger, and he'd better be ready for it.]]
29th Mar '17 11:25:23 AM Arrowhead
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* ThatOneLevel: The lava maze room in the Mayan Temple on Day Nine in Gameplayer Mode.
** It's bad enough to navigate once. It's even worse if you get through it and realize you forgot to pick up one of the items you need for the end of the game in the first half of the temple. To the game's credit, it won't let you advance to the final room without the needed items. The bad news is this means you have to go through the maze two more times like [[https://youtu.be/IZPv-7U_H1g this Let's Play author did]].
29th Mar '17 11:23:07 AM Arrowhead
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** Then again, Tex is far more stressed than usual in ''Tesla Effect'', having lost seven years of his memory and finding out he apparently became a TotalBastard in that time.

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** Then again, Tex is far more stressed than usual in ''Tesla Effect'', having lost seven years of his memory and finding out he apparently became a TotalBastard total bastard in that time.



* ApocalypticLog: Tex watches a Video message of the last surviver inside the Roswell complex before that person gets taken by the evil cloud.

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* ApocalypticLog: Tex watches a Video message of the last surviver survivor inside the Roswell complex before that person gets taken by the evil cloud.cloud alien creature.



* SealedEvilInACan: The Roswell base and the gaseous alien entity that killed everyone before the underground complex was sealed off.



** Day 3: Film/OutOfThePast
** Day 6: [[Film/NorthByNorthwest South by Southeast]].
** The morgue has several references to YoungFrankenstein, including a book on one table called ''How I Did It'' and two brains in a Lost and Found drawer labeled "Use This Brain" and "Abnormal - Do Not Use This Brain."

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** Day 3: 3's subtitle: Film/OutOfThePast
** Day 6: 6's subtitle: [[Film/NorthByNorthwest South by Southeast]].
** The morgue has several references to YoungFrankenstein, including a book on one table called ''How I Did It'' and two brains in a Lost and Found drawer cabinet labeled "Use This Brain" and "Abnormal - Do Not Use This Brain."
29th Mar '17 11:15:42 AM Arrowhead
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* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler: Klaus was just one of the 8 scientists working on Overlord. In ''Overseer'' he's an ally of the crypto-fascist Law and Order party and the mastermind behind the killings of the other scientists in order to obtain all 8 passcards to control Overlord.]]

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* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler: In this game, John Klaus was just one of the 8 eight scientists working on Overlord. Overlord and he's the most helpful to you of all the ones who are still alive. In ''Overseer'' he's an ally of the crypto-fascist Law and Order party and the mastermind behind the killings of the other scientists in order to obtain all 8 eight passcards to control Overlord.]]



* TheMaze: At the temple.

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* TheMaze: At Day Nine in the temple.Mayan temple, in Gamer Mode.
29th Mar '17 11:13:31 AM Arrowhead
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** The Daylight Reversal Act mentioned in ''Under A Killing Moon'' caused by ozone layer damage after World War III. Everybody sleeps during the day, which is why it's always dark during gameplay.

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** The Daylight Reversal Act mentioned in ''Under A Killing Moon'' caused by Moon'', which came about because of ozone layer damage after World War III. Everybody Most everybody sleeps during the day, which is why it's always dark during gameplay.



* AfterTheEnd: World War III came and went, leaving behind radiation and a completely shot ozone layer. Due to the latter governments have enacted a "time reversal": regular business hours are during the night while most people sleep during the day. It's much healthier that way.
* BigBad:

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* AfterTheEnd: World War III came and went, leaving behind radiation and a completely shot ozone layer. Due to the latter latter, governments have enacted a "time reversal": regular business hours are during the night while most people sleep during the day. It's much healthier that way.
* BigBad: BigBad:
** Mean Steets: [[spoiler: J. Saint Gideon]]



** Overseer: [[spoiler: John Klaus]]

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** Overseer: [[spoiler: John Klaus]]Klaus and J. Saint Gideon]]



** The cause for this is revealed in TPD as [[spoiler:the US military using untested ImportedAlienPhlebotinum to blow up a Middle-Eastern country, which results in WWIII]].

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** The cause for this is revealed in TPD ''The Pandora Directive'' as [[spoiler:the US military using untested ImportedAlienPhlebotinum to blow up a Middle-Eastern country, which results in WWIII]].



** Then again, Tex is far more stressed than usual in ''Tesla Effect'', having lost seven years of his memory and finding out he apparently became a TotalBastard in that time.



*** [[spoiler: In ''Mean Streets'' Slade is just a hired goon and Tex kills him in a shootout about halfway through the game; in ''Overseer'' he has a more prominent role in the story, has a ClimaxBoss confrontation with Tex and Sylvia towards the end, and survives to menace Tex again more than two decades later in ''Tesla Effect''.]]

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*** [[spoiler: In ''Mean Streets'' Slade is just a hired goon and Tex kills him in a shootout about halfway through the game; in ''Overseer'' he Slade has a more prominent role in the story, has a ClimaxBoss confrontation with Tex and Sylvia towards the end, and survives to menace Tex again more than two decades later in ''Tesla Effect''.]]



** A number of characters die in the novelization who didn't in the games, mostly in ''Killing Moon'', namely [[spoiler: The Colonel, Alaynah, Eddie Chang, and Eva in ''Killing Moon'', as well as Ellis in ''Pandora Directive''. Also, at the end of ''Tesla Effect'' it's strongly implied that Fiske and the Translator go down with the Immortal Coil, while in the game they're a lot further away when the explosions begin and escape unharmed.]] Also, [[spoiler: Mantus]] survives in the novelization of ''Tesla Effect''.

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** A number of characters die in the novelization who didn't in the games, mostly in ''Killing ''Under A Killing Moon'', namely [[spoiler: The Colonel, Alaynah, Alaynah Moore, Eddie Chang, and Eva in ''Killing Moon'', as well as Archie Ellis in ''Pandora Directive''. Also, at the end of ''Tesla Effect'' it's strongly implied that Dalton Fiske and the Translator go down with the Immortal Coil, while in the game they're a lot further away when the explosions begin and possibly escape unharmed.]] Also, [[spoiler: Mantus]] survives in the novelization of ''Tesla Effect''.



* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: All of the game plots involve Tex trying to stop someone from either destroying the world or taking it over.



* HintSystem: The series has a built-in hint guide. Each incremental hint cost a certain number of points (gained by solving puzzles) and the system was structured so that it was impossible to "look ahead".
** ''Martian Memorandum'' has a "Help" option, which, when clicked, allows you to choose any object in the room (including ones [[InterfaceSpoiler you haven't found yet]]) and tells you exactly what you're supposed to do with it.

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* HintSystem: The With the exception of ''Mean Streets'', all the games in the series has have a built-in hint guide. Each incremental hint cost a certain number of points (gained by solving puzzles) and the system was structured so that it was impossible to "look ahead".
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** ''Martian Memorandum'' has a "Help" option, which, when clicked, allows you to choose any object in the room (including ones [[InterfaceSpoiler you haven't found yet]]) and tells you exactly what you're supposed to do with it.it.
** From ''Under A Killing Moon'' onward, the game has a more helpful hint system where each incremental hint cost a certain number of points (gained by solving puzzles) and the system was structured so that it was impossible to "look ahead".



* LimitedWardrobe: The classic depiction of Tex (established in Under A Killing Moon) is that his entire wardrobe consists of several of the same dress shirt and tie, pants, overcoat, Fedora hat and sneakers.

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* LimitedWardrobe: The classic depiction of Tex (established in Under ''Under A Killing Moon) Moon'') is that his entire wardrobe consists of several of the same dress shirt and tie, pants, overcoat, Fedora hat and sneakers.



* LoveInterest: Chelsee Bando is Tex's romantic interest in the series.
* MacGyvering: Combining random items into whatever crude instrument required to advance past a given obstacle is an absolute necessity in these games
* TheMentor: "Colonel" Dobbs who taught Tex most of what he knows about being a private investigator.

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* LoveInterest: Chelsee Bando is Tex's romantic interest in through most of the series.
* MacGyvering: Combining random items into whatever crude instrument required to advance past a given obstacle is an absolute necessity in these games
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* TheMentor: "Colonel" Dobbs Dobbs, who taught Tex most of what he knows about being a private investigator.



** At the beginning of UAKM, this god hilariously bemoans that all the great private investigators of the past have died of old age, meaning they're stuck with Tex Murphy instead. James Earl Jones knows funny, people.

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** At the beginning of UAKM, ''Under A Killing Moon'', this god hilariously bemoans that all the great private investigators of the past have died of old age, meaning they're stuck with Tex Murphy instead. James Earl Jones knows funny, people.



* TheOnlyOne: Tex is a textbook case. Unfortunately, his enemies tend to notice this quality about him, frequently resulting in him being turned into an UnwittingPawn. Tex manages to clean up his own messes in the end, though.

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* TheOnlyOne: Tex is a textbook case. Unfortunately, his enemies tend to notice this quality about him, frequently resulting in him being turned into an UnwittingPawn. Tex always manages to clean up his own messes in the end, though.



* AGodAmI: The ultimate villain goes full megalomaniac in the finale, believing The Oracle Stone will make him this.
* AncientArtifact: The Oracle Stone.



* AGodAmI: Dr. Dangerfield goes full megalomaniac in the finale, believing the Oracle Stone will make him this.
* ImprovisedWeapon: A bra was used as a sling.

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* AGodAmI: Dr. Dangerfield goes full megalomaniac in the finale, believing the Oracle Stone will make him this.
* ImprovisedWeapon: A In the game's final puzzle, [[spoiler:a bra was is used as a sling.slingshot]].
* MacGuffin: The Oracle Stone.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Ultimately, Dr. Dangerfield's goal was to get revenge against a mass murderer, in the process putting a handful of innocent lives at risk. Even his AGodAmI megalomania at the end after he got the Oracle Stone wasn't directly malicious against anyone. Unfortunately, his misuse of the technology would have blown up the planet if Tex hadn't stopped him.]]

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* TrialAndErrorGameplay: The only way to get through several of the game's sequences, such as the jungle sequence and the casino vault heist.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Ultimately, Dr. Dangerfield's goal was to get revenge against deliver justice to a mass murderer, in the process putting a handful of innocent lives at risk. murderer. Even his AGodAmI megalomania at the end after he got the The Oracle Stone wasn't directly malicious against anyone. Unfortunately, his misuse of the technology would have blown up the planet if Tex hadn't stopped him.]]



* ApocalypseHow: A Class 4, biosphere extinction, is prepared by the AncientConspiracy.

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* ApocalypseHow: A Class 4, 4 biosphere extinction, extinction is prepared by the AncientConspiracy.



* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Tex has to prevent this.

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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Tex has DialogueTree: The conversations allow for different options depending on which particular wisecrack you want to prevent this.make.
* HaveANiceDeath: The Big P.I. In The Sky berates you for whatever careless behavior caused your death. Occasionally, he will give you advice on how to avoid it happening again before sending you back to do it right. (i.e. let you reload a save game)



* PixelHunt: Occasionally necessary, particularly in UAKM, where the pixelated graphics of garbage on the floor are difficult to tell apart from objects you're supposed to get.

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* PixelHunt: Occasionally necessary, particularly in UAKM, where the The pixelated graphics of garbage on the floor are ground make it difficult to tell apart from the difference between random clutter and the objects you're supposed to get.pick-up.



* ShapeShifterSwanSong: The end.
* TrialAndErrorGameplay: The cryo tank puzzle at the end is this. In a hilarious subversion, Tex will complain to the Great PI In The Sky during the HaveANiceDeath sequence how unfair it is, the Great PI ''agrees with Tex'', and gives him a second chance without needing to reload a save game.

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* ShapeShifterSwanSong: Your final confrontation with The end.
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* TrialAndErrorGameplay: The cryo tank cryo-tank puzzle at the end is this. where you revive Eva.
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In a hilarious subversion, Tex will complain to the Great PI P.I. In The Sky during the HaveANiceDeath sequence if you fail to save Eva about how unfair it is, the puzzle is and how there's no way to win except through blind luck. The Great PI ''agrees P.I. will agrees with Tex'', Tex and gives him a second chance without needing to reload a save game.
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