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Grim Fandango - Lucas Arts Classic (PC CD)

by Activision
Windows 95
 Ages 12 and Over
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • A bizarre afterlife adventure--an homage to Mexican folklore with a film noir twist
  • Extraordinary 3D Art Deco and Aztec-inspired environments
  • The dead come alive in a cast of 55 characters and over 7,000 lines of brilliant dialogue
  • Hundreds of puzzles to challenge the novice and veteran adventure gamer
  • Designed by Tim Schafer, creator of Full Throttle and Day of the Tentacle
  • Travel through 90 exotic locations from the bustling metropolis of El Marrow, the the mountaintop portal to the Ninth Underworld
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 95
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: CD-ROM
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  • ASIN: B00005B4P5
  • Release Date: 1 Dec 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,549 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Join Manny, the undead travel agent of Grim Fandango, and uncover a conspiracy to keep new additions to the underworld from buying a safe passage through purgatory. Grim Fandango combines a unique story line and complicated puzzles to create an adventure unlike any you have experienced before. Follow Manny through four years of mystery on his quest for true love and eternal salvation.

The game opens to find Manny in search of the perfect client, one with the means to place both of them on the fast track out of purgatory and into eternal paradise. Enter Mercedes Colomar, the client who has it all--beauty, brains and enough money to buy them each tickets on the exclusive No. 9 train. Following the film noir formula, Mercedes promptly vanishes, leaving Manny to solve the mystery behind her disappearance and her connection with the Department of Death.

With fantastic graphics--stylishly rendered in the film noir style--and art from the Mayan, Aztec and Mexican traditions, Grim Fandango is imaginative and appealing. The challenging puzzles call for attentive play and for serious exploration of the Land of the Dead--not an unappealing job when surrounded by such beautiful animation. Take the original story line and humorous characters into account too, and you won't want to stop playing.--Brett Atwood


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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing. 6 Jan 2003
By J. P. Ellison VINE VOICE
First of all, if you don't like to tinker around, then don't buy this game if you're running Windows XP or 2000. Second of all, download the patch! You'll probably need it eventually. Thirdly, excuse all spelling mistakes in this so-called review ;)
Okay then. Grim Fandango is an adventure game, and it's the first adventure game to make the step up to 3D for LucasArts (The finest adventure game company since... ever). Some people complained at this, but these people are just plain boring. The game is superb.
You play Manny, a travel agent, so to speak. Only he's a different kind of travel agent. He's dead. He's kind of a Grim Reaper. You see, when you die, you have to cross through the land of the dead to make it to the 9th Underworld (Heaven). Now, if you've been good, you get a decent form of transport to take you there, but generally, people aren't good. The agency that Manny works at is heavily corrupted, and a story begins to uncoil itself and lay about on your PC screen, just waiting to be tickled.
The atmosphere is spectualur, very Film Nóir (As Movie students would say, although they're probably cursing me now for saying that they would say that). Everyone has cigarettes (Hey, they're dead), and the music is extremely groovy jazz. The voice acting is superb, and the range of characters that you meet is spectacular, including the fantastically obese half-wit demon Glottis, your Chaffeur, so to speak. Plays a mean piano too. This isn't an Indiana Jones affair either. Everyone has a sense of humour, a dry wit, a wet wit, and a knack of humiliating themselves, or at least someone else, be it intentional or not. Mr Tim Schafer, the (main) guy behind it, is hilarious, and it shows.
On to the gameplay. The puzzles in Grim Fandango are just as good as ever - No, better.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 27 Sep 2001
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Every once in a while, a game comes along which forces the game's industry to review just how good a game should be made. Grim Fandango completely redefines the graphic adventure genre and still manages to add that little bit extra. The game borrows quite heavily from the Film Noir period, with its quick and snappy one liners, dark alleyways, bars and labyrinth like plot.
Set in the the Land of the Dead you play the role of Manny Calavera, a Grim Reaper/travel agent who reaps the souls of the recently departed and ushers them on to a four year journey to eternal rest. However, things have not been going to well for Manny lately and he has found himself falling behind his 'sales' quotas. Meanwhile Manny's main rival, Domino Hurley, seems to be getting all the praise and choice souls. It is your job to help Manny out of this 'sales rut' and find out what the connection is between Domino and Manny's boss, Don Copal.
The difference between Grim and graphic adventure's of old is that Manny is now the interface instead of an action bar on part of the screen, for example when Manny walks past an item of interest his head turns to look in that direction. By pressing the relevant key, Manny will make a comment or pick the item up. Grim does away with the old inventory bar as Manny's jacket now acts as the inventory and any items you pick up are accessible within.
Grim's fantastic locale art is inspired by ancient Aztec history that can be seen to effect throughout the 100 game locations. Each location has it's own musical score which has the upbeat of Jazz and Swing-Era Bebop, my personal favorite being the score outside the nightclub in Rubacava.
Grim is considerably large with puzzles that will keep even the most ardent gamer occupied with a period of roughly 30 hours to complete. A truly magnificent game, worthy of space in anybody's game collection.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Adventure Ever. Full stop. 28 July 2001
By A Customer
Where do I start? This game has absolutely everything. You start off as one Manuel Calavera working as a 'Travel Agent' in the DOD (Department of Death) selling tickets to the ninth underworld. You can smell that something is up, and from there, you start the best adventure of your life.
The graphics are supherb, each pre-rendered painstakingly by hand. The cast of characters is humongous, and each one has a different personality. You end up actually caring for the characters who are portayed by Oscar worthy voice actors. The musical score had me reaching for new superlatives. They are simply the most toe-tappingly wonderful songs ever heard in a game. The all important story unfurls expertly, and is the stuff that Hollywood script writers would be proud of.
Atmosphere-wise, Grim Fandango is a dark, brooding game, but still manages to jam in some of funny dialogue that is good enough to challenge even the Monkey Island series. It does play like a 1950's noir film, and is all the better for that fact.
The whole game is enormous. It could take a casual gamer as long as a month to complete, which is totally unheard of for an adventure game. This is easily the greatest adventure game ever. Don't even think about letting this one pass you by.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By the Fdz
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This will be the swansong of Lucasarts adventure games and sadly the one that would make a fitting tombstone for the genre. I was a fan of Lucasarts adventure games since Monkey Island II debuted with AdLib sound on my SoundBlaster soundcard and 256 colors on my VGA monitor (and I remember making the brash statement "Where are they gonna go from there? It's real!").

And then came Full Throttle which became my favorite game for a long time and then game designer Tim Schaffer gave us this, Grim Fandango, a beautifully scripted game with breathtaking art and the most memorable characters to date. This one is up there with Planescape Torment as my favorite game.

What really makes it or breaks it for me is always the story and Grim Fandango plays the noir genre like a trumpet in the hands of Miles Davis. A mish mash of Casablanca, the Maltese Falcon, Chinatown and a host of other movies, Schaffer sets his adventure in the Land of the Dead. Almost every character remains emblazoned into my mind to this day, whether it is our jack-of-all-trades, bony protagonist; Manny or Schaffer's love for hotrods personified; Glottis, down to the supporting cast of mini-demons who work on the afterlife's cablecars or Salvadore Limones, the revolutionary with a penchant for dead carrier pigeons. To this day I catch myself thinking of catchphrases spouted by these characters and give it a wee chuckle knowing very few people in the world would know what I'm talking about. You can tell that Schaffer enjoys his job as every character has reams of script lines they can go through. This game isn't for those who like to finish games, but rather for those who enjoy them. Take it slow and just speak to everyone and use everything on everything.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Son had to have
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but PC couldn't handle it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny
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Published on 23 Sep 2008 by Sooty
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!
Grim Fandango is a brilliant game. You get hours and hours of fun out of it. Sometimes the game can be hard and more challenging. It is a great game that is funny at times. Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2008 by T. Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest Adventure Games ever
I've first played Grim Fandango about 7 years ago, and played it a number of times again through out the years. Read more
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I've no idea why I'm adding to the already gushing glut of Grim Fandango love, but I feel I also have to say how I think this is one the best games ever. Read more
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