13 Apr

Tex Murphy Martian Memorandum and DOSBox Guide (Video)

The second PC game I ever purchased. After Wing Commander II, straight off the shelves of Best Buy, my hands found their way to Martian Memorandum, by Access Software. Little did I know that I was about to meet Tex Murphy for the first time.

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I wanted an adventure game. WC2 was fun…once I went back and bought a CH FlightStick (not the Pro version, they cost too much at the time 🙂 ). However, some of my fondest gaming memories were of adventure games on my Amiga. Now with my new PC, I once again wanted to pit my intellect against that of the game designers. I need some brain stimulation. Something that would make me think.

So, after finally removing the ugliness of OS/2 2.1 from my brand new PC, and purchasing two sound cards–the Gravis UltraSound, with which the musician in me fell in love, and the brand new Sound Blaster 16. I was ready to play.

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Good thing I had a 5 1/4″ drive…and a lot of patience. But it finally finished installing. I struggled with my sound, finally winning out, loaded up Martian Memorandum and promptly lost about a week of my life.

OK. It wasn’t the best adventure game ever made. Matter of fact…it was incredibly irritating in places. And it certainly was no Under a Killing Moon–Martian Memorandum doesn’t even begin to hold a candle to the final three Tex titles. And really, even compared with Mean Streets, the first Tex game, it comes up short. Mean Streets was actually fairly ground-breaking at the time. At this point, I’m almost wondering myself why I would bother with this game–well, two reasons. First, we need a complete chronology of Tex Murphy. We started with these guides, so we’d better be as complete as possible. Secondly, for nostalgia purposes–it really was my first PC adventure game.

If you’re coming along on the Martian Memorandum trail with me, you’re going to need some things.

  1. DOSBox: If you’ve followed the other guides on The Fourth Law, you already have it. Just download it and install it.
  2. Martian Memorandum: This game is abandonware, and available from several places. Personally, I love The Underdogs.
  3. ConTEXT: Well, you don’t really need this one. Yet it’s one of the best editors out there, and, unlike UltraEdit, ConTEXT is free.

Hey! It says “video” in the title, right? Well, as long as DOSBox is installed on the system, we’re ready. Let’s get right to it–click on the video file below:

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Really quickly, here are config file changes we made in the video:

[render]
frameskip=1
aspect=false
scaler=normal2x

[cpu]
core=dynamic
cycles=14000

cycleup=500
cycledown=20

[mixer]
nosound=false
rate=22050
blocksize=2048
prebuffer=10

[midi]
mpu401=intelligent
device=default
config=

[sblaster]
sbtype=sb16
sbbase=220
irq=7
dma=1
hdma=5
mixer=true
oplmode=auto
oplrate=22050

[gus]
gus=false
gusrate=22050
gusbase=240
irq1=5
irq2=5
dma1=3
dma2=3
ultradir=C:\ULTRASND

[speaker]
pcspeaker=false
pcrate=22050
tandy=off
tandyrate=22050
disney=false

[autoexec]
mount c c:\Archives\games -freesize 20
c:
cd\mm
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My changes are in italics.

All in all, this one is a good game to take on the road and play back in the room. Here is the result:

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Thanks for watching! If you like the article, please comment or better yet, submit me to digg. Or best yet, both! 🙂

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See you, Space Cowboy.

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