One of the most acclaimed adventure games of all time is now back, better than ever. Grim Fandango Remastered has the all the beautiful art and engaging story fans remember, but has also been remastered to look, sound, and control even better than the award-winning original release.
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Release Date: Jan 26, 2015

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“Time has done little to diminish Grim Fandango’s beauty or relevance. It is an adventure game not to be missed.”
9.3 – IGN

“A hallmark of excellence.”
9.5 – Destructoid

The Making of Grim Fandango Remastered

The makers of Grim Fandango discuss the development of the beloved adventure game and how Double Fine Productions plans to release the original classic to a contemporary audience. Watch The Making of Grim Fandango Here!

About This Game

Something's rotten in the land of the dead, and you're being played for a sucker. Meet Manny Calavera, travel agent at the Department of Death. He sells luxury packages to souls on their four-year journey to eternal rest. But there's trouble in paradise. Help Manny untangle himself from a conspiracy that threatens his very salvation.

One of the most acclaimed adventure games of all time is now back, better than ever. Grim Fandango's epic story of four years in the life (or death) of Manny Calavera, travel agent to the dead, has been remastered to look, sound, and control even better than when it won GameSpot's Game of the Year award upon its original launch. Grim Fandango still stands as a classic of the genre, with unforgettable characters and unique combination of film noir and Mexican folklore.

Remastered version includes

  • Repainted, hi-res character textures
  • New, dynamic lighting
  • Classic score re-recorded with a full live orchestra
  • Over 2 hours of exclusive developer commentary
  • Concept art browser

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or Later
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, AMD Athlon™ X2 2.8 GHz, or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4650 / NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 / Intel HD 4000 Graphics, or equivalent
    • Storage: 6000 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Card
    • Additional Notes: GPU that supports OpenGL 3.3 or higher
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Mavericks (10.9.x) or later
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, AMD Athlon™ X2 2.8 GHz, or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4650 / NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 / Intel HD 4000 Graphics, or equivalent
    • Storage: 6000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: GPU that supports OpenGL 3.3 or higher
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, fully updated
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, AMD Athlon™ X2 2.8 GHz, or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4650 / NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 / Intel HD 4000 Graphics, or equivalent
    • Storage: 6000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: GPU that supports OpenGL 3.3 or higher
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Lord GoatFiish
7.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
Brilliant
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Dragon's Scythe
3.4 hrs
Posted: August 24
never grew up with this game but i must say, double fine made a mighty fine remaster, also the trophies are pure gold imo and Manny is a good point and click hero
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Beridok
7.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
Product received for free
First Remastered game, that is not total rip-off
Grim Fandango is and old game - I've never played it before or even heard, until I saw it on giveaway site [and won it, too]. I knew it would be good - many positive reviews...

It's a bit hard, so sometimes I had to use guide to step forward with plot.
I'm still playing it, so I will add more thoughts later.

PS: Half of Dev commentary is bad, the other half is okey.
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Kel-nage
10.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
One of my all-time favourite adventure games, if not games in general. The fantastic characters, beautiful architecture and intriguing setting (oh and the audio is top-notch too) - all come together to make a memorable experience. Some of the puzzles are fiendishly difficult, plus using the tank controls for that one achievement is awful (thanks Tim!), so it certainly reminds you what games were like back in the 90's - but playing it again makes me sure it isn't just nostalgia. This is a classic.
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Akka
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 23
Hello I'm the protagonist. I need a new lead on a pious lost soul so I'm going to.....

Get two dead worms (empty balloons) from the skeleton clown
Fill them with different liquids in a nozzle in a packaging room
Send them both in a mailing cylinder so they explode in the mechanized mail sorting room
Wait for the tech to arrive and talk to him.
Mid conversation, engage the deadbolt so that when he leaves the door won't shut
Enter the open doorway when he leaves and steal mail
Discern the location of a pious soul from a letter that magically siphons by using a ♥♥♥♥ing deck of cards.

How - the - ♥♥♥♥ - was - I - supposed - to - figure - that - out

When progress is deadlocked until you consult an faq or click everything with every item you may as well watch it on Youtube.
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Shibuib
6.6 hrs
Posted: August 23
Classic point and click adventure from the golden age. Setting, tone, art style, story and music are all fantastic.
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Jim
2.9 hrs
Posted: August 22
I like the title
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ashkan1
11.8 hrs
Posted: August 22
I really love this game I've finished this game every years
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LogThatData
7.5 hrs
Posted: August 20
There's not much I can say about this game, except for the fact that it is an absolute masterpiece, and anyone who hasn't played it should be ashamed of themselves. It's that good, and I really don't say things like that lightly. There are really only valid two reasons for not playing this game, which are hating point and click games, and having absolutely no sense of humor. If neither of those things apply to you, then the chance that you will not love this game is absolutely tiny.
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DoctorNightPain
14.7 hrs
Posted: August 19
Great, iconic game which I highly recommend. It plays well, except for a glitch I encountered half-way into the game, but other than this it is excellent.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Timeless classic, remastered in an awesome way. Those were the golden days of adventure games...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Grim Fandango is one of those old games, that even when it wasn't available anymore there were still many people asking for it. Sadly people were forced to play the modded pirated version thanks to that. Last year Double Fine finally brought the game back to life with Grim Fandango Remastered so that all fans can finally get it and that new people can play it. I myself never played the original, so this was the first time I ever played Grim Fandango.

Grim Fandango itself is an adventure game which can be played through with tank controls and point and click. I would myself recommend to play with a mix of those two, because they both have their advantages and disadvantages. Before playing the game I would recommend changing and looking at the controls, because that makes it possible to run in the game and manually switch objects.

The story takes place on the land of the dead, where recently departed souls aim to make their way to the Land of Eternal Rest. (Which is based on Mexican folklore) You play as Manny, who is a travel agent, that follows his client, Meche. This happens in multiple years’ time, during which he encounters many different problems, relationships and characters. The game is at no part scary, even though you would expect that with a subject like that. Instead everything is really in a cartoon noir style told. What is also nice about the story is that it is pretty well executed with the gameplay.

Because of the story being connected with the gameplay the gameplay makes more logic which makes it easier to figure things out. However, there were still moments, especially in year 2, where I was walking around not knowing anymore what to do. Mostly that has to do with the fact that year 2 has a pretty big open world unlike the other parts which are smaller. This makes the other years easier and shorter, because it is easier to figure out what to do. In the game the items you collect don't keep stacking up, because they disappear after leaving the area. This can be considered a good thing since it would be easy to get confused otherwise.

The soundtrack in the game is really catchy and atmospheric and really suits the film noir style in the game. In the Remaster they also re-recorded the soundtrack with a real orchestra to make it sound even better. The sound design is overall really well executed. Both the voice acting and the sound effects suit the characters and the tone of the game.

Let's talk more about the Remaster itself. In addition to letting the original game work with modern computer systems, They also added new things. The first thing they added is a graphics upgrade. Better textures and lighting of the characters and the interactive objects. The backgrounds still look the same but they aren't that compressed as the original game though. The backgrounds still look good for a late 90s pre-rendered static background. The only problem with the Remastered graphics I have is that they sometimes are actually worse, because they more obviously show mistakes were hidden away with tricks (for example a rope that isn't fully connected in the Remaster). Here is an example of the differences between the Remastered and the original versions, thanks to the in-game option that lets you switch between them:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=737705397
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=737705336
As you can see the original is more pixelly.

The game also includes an option to have in-game commentary from the developers of the game. If you are interested in that stuff I would recommend you to watch:
The Making of Grim Fandango Remastered

Grim Fandango might not be a perfect Remaster, because I still experienced some buggy animations. Still it's good enough to be played. The take on the day of the dead as game is really well executed. With the story, characters an gameplay being very well mixed together. This results in making that it still is holding up after all those years.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Grim Fandango's a cult classic but I have had no experience with it previously and only now decided to try it for the first time. (Honestly, I was always turned off by the blocky heads for some reason.) Yet I already feel about it as if I played it all the way back in 1998, which has to be a sign of a game that leaves a strong impression on you.

It's the last title from the golden age of adventure games, and for the most part, it uses the classic formula, though updated to try and make it more attractive to contemporary players who already started getting accustomed to three-dimensional graphics in games. (In fact, Half-Life came out only a week after this.) The result, unfortunately, was not so good, burdened with awkward controls and so-so presentation.

Where Fandango succeeded like maybe no other was the atmosphere, dialogs, and worldbuilding. When it comes to those, it has some of the best in gaming. The Land of the Dead is a fascinating place, which seemingly could contain a whole series of games. And all conversations are masterfully written, whether the main character is flirting with his boss's secretary or making sure the guests in a casino are having a good time, it most often sounds like something taken straight from a movie noir.

Puzzles, on the other hand, are a little worse quality. Owing perhaps to the controls and presentation scheme, they feel somewhat... sparse. A lot of the time you're just running around (and there's quite a lot of that in often large and empty areas of the game) between the few objects that you can interact with, selecting items slowly through the clunky inventory UI to try them one after another. Maybe it's subjective but 2D, point-and-click adventure games seemed more dense and chaotic than that. Puzzle solutions themselves are often very non-obvious, though I guess that's a staple. The problem, however, gets compounded by strange camera angles or items getting blended into the background, which makes figuring out what to do, or even what you CAN do, frequently rather hard.

The Remastered edition, as far as I can tell, didn't really do much to help here. Sure, there's a new rendering engine and you can switch between this one and the original with a press of the button, a la Monkey Island rereleases, but all that it does is change how characters look. The backgrounds are pre-rendered and they remain the same as in the original, looking nice if a little quaint by today's standards. Too bad they couldn't also be remade, especially since that wouldn't require painting them from scratch like with recent remasters of 2D games (like Day of the Tentacle), instead they'd just need to be rerendered with better lighting etc.

The controls are another thing improved in this edition and at the same time another thing that's not quite as good as it could be. The original style of "tank" controls, popular at the time, is as everybody knows, simply terrible; more traditional point-and-click interface was therefore added. However, it's not like the whole game could be redone to include it in a meaningful way, obviously, so instead it's just sort of like a layer on top of the old scheme. That makes it stand out and feel slightly awkward at best; at worst, some puzzles are hard to complete without resorting to keyboard-based navigation.

Here comes the point where I have to warn people about the fact that this game is extremely glitchy and buggy. It didn't cause me problems finishing it but I've heard about cases where it did for other people. So use multiple save slots and be prepared for items suddenly becoming invisible or animations spazzing out. Usually quitting and relaunching the game helps.

All things considered, while this version adds some improvements to the original (including other things beyond what I mentioned, like directors' commentary), it certainly is flawed. How fitting then, for a game that was heavily flawed when it came out! And yet it is, at the same time, one of the best titles I've played, with writing and direction so good, I have to think hard to come up with examples of other games on a similar level. In spite of all the drawbacks that it is only fair to mention, Grim Fandango is a game that has to be recommended.

As for the mandatory Time To Completion ― it was 15 hours for me, but you might want to adjust that number based on how good you are with adventure games (I'm, personally, not an expert).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
One of my all-time favourite adventure games, if not games in general. The fantastic characters, beautiful architecture and intriguing setting (oh and the audio is top-notch too) - all come together to make a memorable experience. Some of the puzzles are fiendishly difficult, plus using the tank controls for that one achievement is awful (thanks Tim!), so it certainly reminds you what games were like back in the 90's - but playing it again makes me sure it isn't just nostalgia. This is a classic.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Product received for free
First Remastered game, that is not total rip-off
Grim Fandango is and old game - I've never played it before or even heard, until I saw it on giveaway site [and won it, too]. I knew it would be good - many positive reviews...

It's a bit hard, so sometimes I had to use guide to step forward with plot.
I'm still playing it, so I will add more thoughts later.

PS: Half of Dev commentary is bad, the other half is okey.
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Hello I'm the protagonist. I need a new lead on a pious lost soul so I'm going to.....

Get two dead worms (empty balloons) from the skeleton clown
Fill them with different liquids in a nozzle in a packaging room
Send them both in a mailing cylinder so they explode in the mechanized mail sorting room
Wait for the tech to arrive and talk to him.
Mid conversation, engage the deadbolt so that when he leaves the door won't shut
Enter the open doorway when he leaves and steal mail
Discern the location of a pious soul from a letter that magically siphons by using a ♥♥♥♥ing deck of cards.

How - the - ♥♥♥♥ - was - I - supposed - to - figure - that - out

When progress is deadlocked until you consult an faq or click everything with every item you may as well watch it on Youtube.
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607 of 693 people (88%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2015
A masterpiece is always a masterpiece! You can hardly make it worse in a re-edition.

And the Remastered edition is actually quite nice - as long as your new PC complies with rather too high Minimum requirements.
The textures of all characters looks fine now, and the game could be actually played with a mouse (although you do get an achievement for beating it the good old way). The developers' commentaries are subtitled, and in all six languages the remake supports.

So, arguably the best adventure game of all times is even better now. And I actually envy those people who have not played 'Grim Fandango' in 1998 - you have a memorable experience awaiting you now.
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314 of 367 people (86%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 28, 2015
1998 was a pretty significant year for many gamers on many platforms. Half-Life, StarCraft, Thief, Unreal, Descent: Freespace, Heart of Darkness, Metal Gear Solid, Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, Ocarina of Time, Baldur's Gate, SoulCalibur and Spyro all made their debuts this year, raising the bar for their respective genres. For Linux gamers, Loki Software was founded, and our friends at LinuxGames launched their site.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRB6Likh478

Today, one title that holds its own amongst these classics was released for Linux. LucasArts' acclaimed film noir styled take on Aztec afterlife and underworld mythology, Grim Fandango, has been released today for Linux, Mac OS and Windows, making the game commercially available for the first time in nearly two decades.

Beyond being published during a cool year, Grim Fandango stands out for its strong characterisation, engaging story and sweet tank controls (people hate this now, but I don't remember anybody at the time thinking it was terrible), and has received widespread recognition as one of the most significant adventure games ever made.


Grim Fandango tells the tale of Manuel Calavera, a travel agent for the Department of Death, who finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy as he attempts to save an innocent traveler from a dangerous journey across the Land of the Dead. Grim Fandango exposes some of the most cinematic storytelling ever realised in a game at the time, and garnered almost immediate recognition from critics.

In addition to being the recipient of numerous awards and being included in a huge number of lists of important/good/noteworthy/loved games since its release, the game has maintained a strong fan base and carved out a special place in the hearts of many players (check out page three of The International House of Mojo's Secret History article on Grim Fandango for a nice collection of fan thoughts - in fact, check it all out, it's a good article), leading to a community developed engine replacement, a graphical modernisation overhaul, fan movies, stop motion reproductions, and more.

Grim Fandango is also often noted for how well its visuals have aged compared to other titles of similar vintage. Rather than striving for realism, Peter Tsaykel and his team worked with the limitations of the technology at the time by creating low polygon characters styled after skeletal calaca figurines (which play a role in the Día de los Muertos celebrations that the game draws upon).


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I mean that's actually the genesis of Grim Fandango. 3D art had just started, but a lot of us didn't want to use it because we thought 2D art was so much better-looking at the time. I thought 3D characters in real time looked like a nylon stocking stretched over a bunch of cardboard boxes duck-taped together.

But when I was looking at the Dios de Los Muertos, I noticed they built the skeletons as these solid tube-shaped bodies with the ribcage painted on. And I thought, what does that remind me of? It was like cheap texture mapping. It's made to be mass-produced and built really quickly and so it's perfect for rudimentary 3D engines and stuff. (source)


Grim Fandango Remastered aims to be a work of preservation first and foremost, presenting the game in its original form (that includes its original 4:3 aspect ratio) along with some small enhancements. New dynamic lighting and self-shadowing helps place characters within the game's scenes in ways that were less achievable at the time of the original release, and the game's 3D elements are rendered at native resolution now, giving them a crispness that compensates (and perhaps overcompensates) for the initial version's contrast between low resolution real time characters and higher fidelity pre-rendered backgrounds. There are also some more subtle changes, such as high resolution textures that re-create the original textures' characteristics whilst not being limited to the same colour palette constraints.

The game's award winning soundtrack has been re-recorded by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (who also performed Broken Age's score), adding some extra depth to the game's soundscape, and polishing up some rough edges under the direction of the game's original composer, Peter McConnell.

The input system has been given an overhaul, with scene relative movement controls (rather than the beloved tank controls) being the default for keyboard and gamepad play, and a new mouse interface which allows the game to be played as a traditional point and click adventure. This feature comes less than a year after community modder Tobias Pfaff released a point and click interface for Grim Fandango running under ResidualVM (it's worth noting that Tobias was credited as a consultant for Grim Fandango Remastered and spent time in the Double Fine offices assisting with the project).

The game also features developer commentary, a concept art browser and the ability to toggle between old and new rendering modes.

If you're looking for a remake or a reimagining, then Grim Fandango Remastered isn't for you. It's the 1998 experience with a little extra shine, plus some additional insight into its development. Grim Fandango Remastered is now available for Linux on Steam, GOG and the Grim Fandango Remastered website (via Humble widget).

I still play through the game every couple of years, and even with that level of familiarity, I can't help but worry about Meche, grin at Glottis' indomitable spirit, root for Manny, and get swept up in this tale of corruption in the Land of the Dead. Grim Fandango is captivating in ways that few games have been before or since, and Manny's journey unveils a rich world filled with memorable and believable characters whose comings and goings feel like they mean something - their hopes, aspirations, tragedies and victories touch Manny and through him, they touch us.


This is a piece of gaming history and heritage that I'm glad to be able to share with Linux users, and I hope that the remastered edition ensures its longevity and accessibility for a long time to come though both its current availability and by inspiring projects like ResidualVM and Grim Fandango Deluxe to continue and grow.


¡Viva la Revolución!

(I originally published this review on the 27th of January 2015 at GamingOnLinux.com)
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146 of 169 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 9, 2015
The story, the characters, the humour...it's all there. It's a classic, and there's nothing quite like this out there any more. Grim Fandango is a one-of-a-kind.

A lot of people complain about the puzzles, but you need to pay attention to what people say and everything you read and see. Everything has a legitimate reason, and if you don't see it you're not paying close enough attention. Old school or not, fans of adventure games need to play this.

11/10 - probably the best game I've played in a really long time.
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255 of 325 people (78%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2015
While Grim Fandango Remastered might be a nostalgic feast for the veteran PC gamers and a welcome delight for the rest, the added touches offer a deeper insight behind just capitalising on a cult classic; it’s a historical tribute to the style of award winning games that were once held back by technical limitations.
Alone Grim Fandango is a testament to the genius behind a production that can craft such an award winning formula on a pocket change budget, yet to have their project stand the test of time near two decades later is equally as marvellous.
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