Dated detective themed adventure
Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon is yet another interesting episode in the Tex Murphy franchise. The game makes use of an interesting blend of graphics. The backgrounds, static and either drawn by hand or photographs edited to be used in game, make way for the characters which are either captured and digitized using a camera or 2D areas filled with content that has been produced by ripping off video content. For the time, this combination must have felt pretty novel and interesting but today it simply looks awkward and not at all appealing. At any rate, within this surreal environment you are going to be engaged in a detective story, trying to solve a murder case, in a Blade Runneresque future. The gameplay consists of lots of different puzzles, quick time events and other contraption feeling sequences, which, while OK the first time round, the second time you encounter you will feel bored and dulled. I cannot really recommend this game, even though it runs as a classic in some circles. Due to its graphical choices as well as the technical elements it sports, it simply feels too mechanical and too dated to be played and enjoyed thoroughly today. So, if you want to see it in action be advised!