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  • Summary: Something is rotten in the land of the Dead, and you are being played for a sucker. Please meet Manny Calavera, travel agent at the Department of Death. He sells luxury packages to souls on their 4-year trip to eternal rest. But there is trouble in paradise. Help Manny untangle himself fromSomething is rotten in the land of the Dead, and you are being played for a sucker. Please meet Manny Calavera, travel agent at the Department of Death. He sells luxury packages to souls on their 4-year trip to eternal rest. But there is trouble in paradise. Help Manny untangle himself from a conspiracy that threatens his very salvation. [Double Fine] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Feb 13, 2015
    100
    In Grim Fandango Remastered, one of the best games of all time has been resurrected for modern audiences. It’s still a classic, and it absolutely belongs on every gamer’s (digital) shelf.
  2. Feb 11, 2015
    92
    Gorgeously enough, the simplistic notion that this is merely a product of someone’s pleasantly twisted imagination overqualifies as entertainment. It's fu.king art and I love it.
  3. Feb 1, 2015
    90
    You would complain on the not-remade backgrounds and cutscenes. You would complain on the stretched 16:9 option. You would, but you shouldn't: Grim Fandango Remastered is a great effort of bringing back one of the best adventure games ever made, with nice improvements and a really interesting dev commentary.
  4. Jan 28, 2015
    80
    Bringing Grim Fandango back to the land of the dead is a welcoming move. LucasArts' classic 3D adventure is still very entertaining due to the atmospheric music, the charming characters, the intense story and the unique expression. The remastered version improves the 3D models with updated graphics, but sadly this is not true for the cinematic cutscenes and all backgrounds in the game. They are identical to the original version presented in 4:3 aspect ratio and seems rather blurry compared to the 3D models.
  5. Mar 22, 2015
    80
    Even if the mechanisms of this game seem a little dated now, we're reminded how the story and its characters are timeless in their good humour and quality, and in that respect, this Remaster should hold almost as much joy for newcomers as it does for returning fans.
  6. Feb 6, 2015
    80
    Despite its errors and incomplete nature Grim Fandango is a fantastic adventure that you probably fall in love with. Unless you already loved Manny from before.
  7. Apr 7, 2015
    60
    Charming as the characters are, I found Grim Fandango’s gameplay intermittently grating. Some of the puzzles in the game are so idiosyncratic that they seem predicated less on the deployment of practical reasoning than on the achievement of a mystical mind-meld with the game’s project lead, Tim Schafer, and the rest of the developers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 52
  2. Negative: 7 out of 52
  1. Jan 28, 2015
    10
    Nostalgia aside, this is still one of the best adventure games ever created. However, I've noticed two differing styles of understandingNostalgia aside, this is still one of the best adventure games ever created. However, I've noticed two differing styles of understanding this...

    1.) Those who expect a very logical, concise set of puzzles, with a nice wrapping of a story around it.
    2.) Those who want to explore the nuances of the game. The style. The ambiance. The way that the game is structured. The "reading between the lines" of the morals, and themes of the story itself...

    If you're in category #1? Avoid this game at all costs. The game is about the sum of the parts being greater than an equal to the whole. (Much in the same way that Animal Farm is much more than just a story about talking animals running amok...) Some of the puzzles are just...odd. They don't seem to make 100% logical sense, and the game certainly isn't going to highlight the puzzle piece with a glowing exclamation point, or halo to let you know what you've missed.

    But...if you're in the second category, and you haven't played this yet? Then why, oh why, in the name of all things holy or not, are you even bothering to read this review? Get on your favorite platform, and get this ASAP. You'll be rewarded with the texture, style, and nuance of a finely crafted masterpiece.

    Playing Grim Fandango isn't about the jaw dropping graphics, or the smooth textures, or the latest in whiz-bang technology. (Which is what a lot of people who aren't steeped in the adventure genre don't quite get...) This game is about the Land of the Dead. It's about Manny Calavera. It's about the questions that plague everyone regarding life...death...and beyond.
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  2. Sep 21, 2019
    10
    The game is very bright, atmospheric. It's a masterpiece. I went through the whole game and this game is one of my favorites all the time. TheThe game is very bright, atmospheric. It's a masterpiece. I went through the whole game and this game is one of my favorites all the time. The game is very difficult, but you just have to have a very developed logic. Melodies excellent and atmospheric. Expand
  3. Jan 27, 2015
    9
    An unforgettable classic updated for the 21st millennium. Don't try to hide, no excuses, if you like adventure games and you haven't playedAn unforgettable classic updated for the 21st millennium. Don't try to hide, no excuses, if you like adventure games and you haven't played Grim Fandango no need to think twice - just pick it up right away!

    Double Fine Productions has approached this classic as you would a masterpiece, that is economically and with great respect, and I think it was the right choice. The already excellent voice acting is unchanged, there is no "modern" wide-screen mode but the original textures have been repainted with higher resolution and the original musical score has been re-recorded as faithfully as possible. The control scheme has also been updated and mouse control is now added, something the original game probably should have had from the start.

    But what makes this game so special is the quirky and effortless writing and mood, there really are very few games like it. The way it stands apart from other games makes me think of Psychonauts and BioShock. Every now and then a game comes along that sets its own tone and just does it's own thing, regardless of the rest of the industry at the time. And Grim Fandango is certainly such a game, it's a wonderfully bizarre adventure that you won't soon forget. On the list of AAA+ adventure games that everyone must play this is certainly near the very top.
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  4. Mar 31, 2017
    8
    This is one of the most interesting and original games I've ever played and now one of my favorites of all. The characters, story line,This is one of the most interesting and original games I've ever played and now one of my favorites of all. The characters, story line, graphics and atmosphere are brilliant.

    The thing that really bugged me is the absence of logic in solving some of the puzzles and the way to solve them is simply going around clicking everything on everything and hoping that something works. I'm not a fan of going around for an hour and searching for that one thing you need to click on to progress, so I used a walkthrough for a lot of the game and by last quarter of the game it just really became frustrating for me so once stuck I didn't bother spending any time thinking what else I can do and simply referred to the walkthrough. I like challenges but prefer to spend my time on the ones that have logic in them. Overall, the game is quite brilliant in other ways and is definitely worth playing.
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  5. Feb 1, 2015
    7
    Same great game that it was many years ago but the graphical changes are not that great and there is still no real 16:9 support

    Here is a
    Same great game that it was many years ago but the graphical changes are not that great and there is still no real 16:9 support

    Here is a quick video with comparison between the old and new graphics.
    http://youtu.be/DXu2ci5p1d8
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  6. Feb 7, 2015
    6
    The game is not as great as I remembered. I much prefer new adventure games like all the Telltale games and the new Life Is Strange game. MyThe game is not as great as I remembered. I much prefer new adventure games like all the Telltale games and the new Life Is Strange game. My daughter and I have been slogging through Grim Fandango, but the puzzles are illogical and weird, and frankly, not nearly as fun as I thought they would be. A lot of progress has been made in the adventure genre, and the majority of players (though certainly not all) will not find as much enjoyment in this decidedly old-school game. Expand
  7. Mar 11, 2015
    0
    I have seen fan made graphics overhalls that are better and more modern than this cash grab 'remaster'. Don't trust anything from Tim SchaferI have seen fan made graphics overhalls that are better and more modern than this cash grab 'remaster'. Don't trust anything from Tim Schafer after Broken Age and Spacebase DF9. Expand

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