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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Very Positive (55 reviews) - 85% of the 55 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (2,303 reviews) - 88% of the 2,303 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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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
3.4 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
13.2 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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Jakoas™
27.5 hrs
Posted: August 18
"Run you pigeons, it's Robert Frost" is my alltime favourite quote from my alltime favourite travel agent.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
game was made infinitely better when I realized I could hold shift to run halfway through
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8 of 9 people (89%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
This is Casablanca of video games - the title that everyone should own and play through at least once.

Just buy it, try it and experience how imaginative, original and, well - charming this game really is.
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I like the title
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
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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