Yes, it was made by the people who did Tex Murphy. I'm going to come out and say it: Tex Murphy is vastly overrated. (Which of them? All of them.)
This is an hidden object game. And not just any hidden object game: it's also a word-play game, so you have a common suffix that you need to find hidden stuff for to form a complete word (for example, you may have the word "finger", and need to find a ring and fish to form "ringfinger" and "fishfinger".
If that's too hard, you can use clues.
Except you can only get the "optimum path" if you don't use clues. But you can replay the scene without clues, right?
No, you get to replay the entire chapter in question, without using a single clue.
At which point I uninstalled this.