||(Win95/98ME/XP) (Retail) (OVERSEERPR)
Suitable for Ages 13 and Up (T)
the Adventure Collective
The Adventure Game of the 21st
Your client is drop dead gorgeous. Her father is just plain
dead - of an apparent suicide. She's certain he was murdered and is willing to
do anything to prove it. You are Tex Murphy, PI - willing to do anything to
make rent. Your 3D virtual reality investigation leads you into the heart of a
dark secret. An elite team of specialists has created something unspeakable,
and each of them is marked for death. Now, only you stand between freedom and
the reign of the Overseer.
Includes Both the CD-ROM and DVD
Versions of the Game
- First product designed specifically for DVD. Featuring
Dolby AC-3 5-channel surround sound on DVD version
- Award winning 3D Virtual World Engine puts you in the
- From the creators of 'Under a
Killing Moon' and 'The Pandora Directive'
- Dazzling graphics - travel through Anasazi ruins, hidden
passages and urban landscapes - explore the deadly secrets of the Rock -
- A fast paced chase through double crosses, fistfights,
ambushes and gun battles, where wits and ingenuity are the only way to
- Two levels of play, over 60 unique puzzles and a complete
on-line hint system
- An excellent cast, including Michael York, Rebecca
Broussard, Henry Darrow, and martial arts expert Richard Norton. Edited and
directed by Adrian Carr.
You solve more than 20 mini-mysteries on your way to
the final confrontation
You search for clues in over 31 virtual reality
You interrogate up to 40 unique witnesses and
CD-ROM: 133 MHz Pentium Processor or better, Windows
95 or above, 16 MB RAM, 35 MB Hard Drive Space, Video resolution of 640 x 480,
2MB Video RAM required, 16 bit sound card, 4x CD-ROM.
DVD: 133 MHz Pentium Processor or better with
hardware MPEG-2 or 233 MHz Pentium Processor with Software MPEG-2 (AGP
recommended), Windows 95 or above, 32 MB RAM, DVD Drive, 35 MB Hard Drive
Space, Video resolution of 640 x 480, 2MB Video RAM required, 16 bit sound
card, 4x CD-ROM.
Tested OK on Windows XP. Requires Windows 95 or 98/ME
compatibility mode to run.
Tex Murphy - Tex Murphy
is a 21st century handsome but cynical PI, who feels that he has been born 100
years too late. He tries, with somewhat mixed results, to emulate the style and
philosophy of the classic film noir detective. With a broken heart after the
divorce, perpetually broke, and cursed with inconsistent social skills, Tex
doesn't fall into the super hero category, but still usually manages to succeed
despite himself. His conscience is his most important asset, which shows that,
although Tex is not Mr. Right or your regular boy scout, he is a guy that you
can trust in a tight situation.
Chelsee Bando - She runs the newsstand across from
Tex's new office. She's a mutant, but so far Tex hasn't been successful in
finding her genetic flaw. At first Chelsee used to politely, and sometimes just
blatantly, refuse to go out on a date with Tex. She is a sweet girl with a
heart of gold, and she is as beautiful as she is smart. Lately, she has had a
lot of thoughts about the "M" word and wants to finally settle down for good.
This is what leads her to ask Tex about his past, in order to "extend their
relationship" as she puts it.
J. Saint Gideon - Gideon is the founder of Gideon
enterprises. He is a lonely, crippled billionaire, who lives in a mansion the
size of San Francisco. When he isn't playing chess, he is sitting in his
antique wheelchair in front of a cozy fire drinking high priced wines and
smoking the best cigars on the face of the earth.
Sylvia Linsky - When Sylvia wants something, all she
has to do is pull her dress half way up her leg and she gets it. She hires Tex
to find out if her father has committed suicide or if he has been murdered. She
is convinced that her father has been thrown off the bridge from which he has
allegedly jumped off. The question remains: did he or didn't he jump off the
bridge? Tex is the man who has to find out the truth.
Big Jim Slade - Jim is the tough macho bully in the
Sonny Fletcher - He is a retired PI and an ex-cop.
For some apparent reason his lips are like magnets to a bottle of bourbon. He
says that he hasn't had a single drink for 20 years, but you will have a hard
time believing him when you see him.
Quandary Reviews by
Rosemary Young (March 1998)
"It is a first-person perspective adventure incorporating
full motion video cut-sequences and, as with Pandora, there's a twisted tale to
unravel as Tex relates the circumstances of his meeting with Sylvia, his
much-maligned ex-wife. As for the story, I'm not going to spoil a thing.
Suffice it to say that Sylvia is the damsel in distress (though she's never
quite as distressed as Tex) and it all begins when she hires him to investigate
the mysterious death of her father. Thereafter, it will keep you busy and keep
you guessing as the boundaries of good and evil get mildly smudged towards the
"Chris Jones once again plays the role of Tex and he'll
surely accumulate a few more hearts after this one. His portrayal is perfection
in my book and he is ably supported by a string of actors including Michael
York, Rebecca Broussard and Suzanne Barnes as Chelsee."
"Other goodies to mention: Overseer has the facility for a
number of games to be in progress as you can save to different directories ...
and you can effortlessly save as many games as you like. Also, though it is
mouse controlled for manipulating objects, there is the option to use mouse or
keyboard for movement. And last, but not least, there's text available for all
who appreciate this facility.
"I can only say that, despite
its minor imperfections, Overseer is well worth playing both for experienced
and novice adventurers. As with Pandora, it really is an excellent game with an
interesting story, lots of engrossing gameplay, and well-written, witty, and
intelligent dialogue. Oh no! I'm already hanging out for the next one, I'm sure
I detected a little hint that there might be another :-)"
"Gameplay: The gameplay in Overseer consists of three
elements. First are the live action cinematic that serve to recount and advance
the story. Second are the interactive interrogations, whereby the player can
choose how Tex should react and what he should say and ask the people he meets.
The last is the most important part of the gameplay--the VR rooms. These are 3D
generated rooms and locations where the player can move in a first person
perspective through the eyes of Tex. It is here where detective skills are most
needed: breaking into computers, decoding messages, opening safes, searching
for clues related to your case, or just snooping through other people's drawers
and personal effects. In other words, the PI stuff. Isn't this everyone's idea
of a perfect job?"
"The story itself is also very strong, complemented by
excellent dialogues and interesting subplots and twists. This half thriller and
half mystery will keep the player in suspense till the last moment! The ending
of Overseer will quite literally shock you! It is definitely the best ending
I've ever seen in a computer game."
"Verdict: In a nutshell, Overseer is simply the best
interactive movie and game out there. It is a must buy for any respectful
adventure gamer, whether or not one is familiar with the previous Tex Murphy
games. An enticing combination of mystery, action, thriller, and cunning
puzzles, along with excellent story, acting, and movies, will surely blow you
away and knock your socks off!"
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