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  • Summary: Something's rotten in the Land of 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. [LucasArts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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. I particularly liked the consistent film noir theme (especially a bit of homage paid to "Casablanca" in Year Two).
  5. In addition to being a very good adventure game, it features great writing and beautiful art direction.
  6. A sure bet for the adventure crowd and anyone who appreciates a great story. [Jan 1999, p.186]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 63
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 63
  3. Negative: 2 out of 63
  1. May 29, 2012
    10
    The Best of the Best. Soundtrack is beyond above average. The story line and twists are far beyond the imagination of the motion picture industry. As the story continues you start to fall in love with the characters and this transforms this tricky and challenging game into a rewarding journey. There is a great demand for a sequel. Expand
  2. 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. A definite must have for any pc gamer. Expand
  3. Mar 12, 2013
    10
    One of the best graphical adventures as well as Monkey Island and The Longest Journey! The plot is amazing, you will love the characters and the ambience is great Expand
  4. Aug 29, 2011
    10
    Virtually all LucasArts Games at the time this title was released are amazing. Grim Fandango is no exception. Incredibly creative, funny and challenging. It creates its own atmosphere and you miss it as badly as you miss playing the game itself. A work of art! Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    Probably my favorite game of all time. Great story and characters. I cant believe its 13 years old now. I really hope they make a sequel. Probably wont happen though. Expand
  6. Jan 29, 2014
    9
    Absolutely awesome and classic quest with perfect storyline and interesting characters.It is the Land of the Dead,old jazz country with weird creatures.Let's see what present will you have after your death! Expand
  7. Apr 4, 2013
    4
    The characters are only moderately interesting, the puzzles are more annoying than fun, and the point-and-click mechanics are inflexible and unforgiving. Compared to almost any Sierra, LucasArts or TellTale Games adventure game, Grim Fandango isn't very good. It's mostly just frustrating. Expand

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