Metascore
94

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 94
    Hands down the best adventure game we've ever seen...You'll love Grim Fandango's incredible art, storyline and character development.
  2. If the Academy Awards opened themselves to video games, Grim Fandango would be looking at a sweep. Best acting: Grim Fandango. Best script: Grim Fandango. Best cinematography: Grim Fandango. The game’s creators wouldn't have to leave the podium.
  3. This is what other adventure games only aspire to be. It is extremely well-written, well-executed, and above all, fun to play.
  4. With this title Lucasarts has completely revolutionized the adventure game genre much like Sierra did when it invented the clickable mouse interface.
  5. In addition to being a very good adventure game, it features great writing and beautiful art direction.
  6. I particularly liked the consistent film noir theme (especially a bit of homage paid to "Casablanca" in Year Two).
  7. Looks so good that it took me a minute to figure out that the opening computer-generated cut scene was over and the gameplay had begun. The transition between cut scenes and gameplay is swift and seamless.
  8. GF doesn't really go anywhere new so don't expect too many surprises in that field, where it does excel is in keeping to the tried and tested Lucasarts formula of comedy and logic combined to give you the most senseless fun you can imagine.
  9. Everything in the game reeks of excellence. The characters are good, the story is intriguing and the Land of the Dead is a wonderful place.
  10. The large cast of characters is unforgettable. Although for the most part they are skeletons in 40s garb, with mask-like faces that can be attributed to Day of the Dead festivities, their personalities render them as distinct and memorable as members of an extremely diverse cast from any fine film.
  11. An extraordinary adventure game. With its great story, beautiful artwork and fabulous voice acting, you'll be missing out by not giving this game a whirl.
  12. If you have been looking for a great game that combines humour, a great story, appealing graphics, and long game play with a reasonable price, then Grim Fandango is what you seek. Quality has never been so much fun.
  13. Quite possibly one of the top five adventures of all time, and certainly in the Top Ten. The style, atmosphere, wit, creativity and inventiveness are what makes Grim Fandango remarkable.
  14. One of the best, most thematic (Swing-Era Bebop and Jazz, Mexican folk, and others), and most memorable soundtracks ever to grace the inside of a cranial cavity where an ear drum used to be.
  15. A sure bet for the adventure crowd and anyone who appreciates a great story. [Jan 1999, p.186]
User Score
9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 379 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 68
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 68
  3. Negative: 2 out of 68
  1. Dec 26, 2010
    10
    12 years old and i still enjoy playing this game. Probably one of the best lucas arts games of all time. A sequel would be legendary. A12 years old and i still enjoy playing this game. Probably one of the best lucas arts games of all time. A sequel would be legendary. A definite must have for any pc gamer. Full Review »
  2. ashkank
    Dec 10, 2009
    10
    GF Best Game for ever this game have good story gameplay , and fantasy character , and nice nice music . my best GAME 1998-2009 is GF
  3. JonasR
    Nov 27, 2009
    10
    Epic game, over ten years later and it is still awesome. The game has not aged all that well, but the story that is in this game is still top notch.