Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Jan 29, 2015
    The best version of a golden page in gaming history. Everyone should experience Tim Schafer’s masterpiece.
  2. Jan 27, 2015
    The fact that so little needed to be done to modernize it only reinforces its place as a classic of the genre.
  3. Feb 10, 2015
    One of the very best point and click adventures made by Lucas Arts fully remastered and with some interesting extra features. It's best opportunity to relive Manny Calavera´s adventures, though we regret it wasn't a deeper revamp.
  4. Grim Fandango… One of the most legendary games. Manny and his HD Texture friends visit us one more time on PS4, PS Vita and PC. LucasArts' classic adventure is still very entertaining with new features. If you call yourself a “Gamer”, you must play Grim Fandango Remastered.
  5. Jan 15, 2016
    When you complete a puzzle, you feel such a sense of achievement, you keep playing to feel it again. You need this game in your library and, with this remaster, there has never been a better time.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Mar 7, 2015
    A Tim Schafer-orchestrated adventure as vivid and bizarre today as the original PC game was 17 years ago, remastered with subtlety for a strong dose of nostalgia. [March 2015, p.87]
  7. Feb 21, 2015
    Grim Fandango is back, and, unlike The Longest Journey, it’s gotten a bit of modern spit and polish for its console/PC debut, and it goes without saying that for fans of adventure games, this is a must own title.
  8. Jan 29, 2015
    Grim Fandango is undoubtedly one of the greatest adventure games ever made, and, a few niggles aside, this remaster does its legacy justice.
  9. Jan 27, 2015
    When released, this game rightfully found a seat among the Gods of the Gaming World. If you've never played it, it's time for a ride, despite some small technical issues.
  10. Jan 27, 2015
    For almost twenty years, hundred of gamers, experts and fans have been keeping Grim Fandango at the Olympus of the playable masterpieces for a reason. Now we have it here, in the next gen, remastered but not remade, showing again why it truly is a classic and way ahead of its times since the day of its launch in the late 90s. Not perfect, but almost, exactly how the legends need to be remembered.
  11. Jan 27, 2015
    It took seventeen years, but Manny Calavera is back and he's ready to show everyone why graphic adventures were all the rage back then.
  12. 90
    Told with a very unique film noir story and engaging characters, Grim Fandango Remastered just oozes with charm all around. While quite complex, the style of puzzles found here is something that gaming is missing today and works just as well now as it did back in 1998, though the controls can get in the way at times.
  13. Feb 3, 2015
    No matter if you're new to the Land of the Dead or a returning visitor, Grim Fandango Remastered is a must-play.
  14. Feb 13, 2015
    Great characters, fun story, witty script.
  15. Feb 2, 2015
    Fun and clever, Grim Fandango stands to this day as one of the most original adventure games ever created. The remastered version features most welcome developer commentary, new controls and graphical improvements. Lovers of the Día de los muertos and the film noir genre should not miss this cherished adventure.
  16. Jan 28, 2015
    Whether you’re a long-time fan wanting to revel in the nostalgia, or somebody who missed it the first time round – pick up Grim Fandango and delight in this prime example of adventure games at their peak. Its got a lot of heart – and it deserves yours.
  17. Jan 27, 2015
    It feels like an update rather than a remaster, but remastered or not, it's a masterpiece you shouldn't miss.
  18. Play UK
    Mar 31, 2015
    The technical quality of the remaster might be in question, but the quality of the game itself is not. [Issue#254, p.70]
  19. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 24, 2015
    Not much effort has gone into this 'remastering' but Grim's an Adventure genre all-star. Test your noodle in this netherworld now. [April 2015, p82]
  20. Feb 16, 2015
    Grim Fandango is back as Grim Fandango Remastered. Finally, as one of the best adventure games ever is now available for a bigger audience who can experience the adventures of Manny Calavera and his companions.
  21. Feb 7, 2015
    Nostalgia, dear old friend... How have you been? It's a blast to see you're still as awesome as we remember, though we could have done without the glitches and disappointing backgrounds.
  22. Feb 6, 2015
    A game so good no changes were needed.
  23. 80
    Like watching a classic old movie, Grim Fandango Remastered feels like a hearkening back to the golden days of gaming, when PC adventure games ruled and games didn’t have difficulty settings so easy that it seems like the game is playing itself. This is as much a history lesson as it is entertainment, lest we forget the roots of great gaming.
  24. Feb 2, 2015
    Grim Fandango Remastered is something both those who played the 1998 original game and newcomers who want to experience one of the best ever graphical adventures will enjoy. However, there is a slight lack of visual enhancements and work in this remaster.
  25. 80
    Even though its old-school puzzle design may be offputting to many modern gamers, Grim Fandango Remastered still boasts an engaging story and a memorable world to explore.
  26. Jan 29, 2015
    Grim Fandango Remastered is a masterful puzzle/adventure that will go down in history as one of the most unique and atmospheric video games.
  27. Jan 28, 2015
    Grim Fandango returns from the dead with a bittersweet taste in its mouth. Graphics have been improved, but the backgrounds remains low res and grainy, topped with an ugly 16:9 screen mode that stretch all the visuals, not to mention the bugs that will freeze the game. At least it delivers new content that will make fans happy, like a new control mode and audio commentary from the creators. Fans will love it, but the rest?
  28. Jan 27, 2015
    Grim Fandango’s greatest triumph, however, is that you needn’t overflow with nostalgia to appreciate its greatness.
  29. Jan 27, 2015
    More a reissue than an actual remaster, but the game itself is still as wonderfully unique and entertaining as ever – with some of the most memorable characters in all gaming.
  30. Games Master UK
    Apr 9, 2015
    A wonderful, undisputed classic, but one that has dated significantly over the years. [April 2015, p.72]
  31. Feb 10, 2015
    Unfortunately the gameplay aspects of Grim Fandango have not aged gracefully. Even saying poorly is being kind. Yet the world, the characters and stories it contains are still top shelf. Go for the adventure, stick around for the laughs.
  32. Feb 10, 2015
    Grim Fandango is a work of art but the remastered edition leaves some things to be desired. The original is worth every praise - the remaster is not. It's still a great game but when a developer tries to freshen up old classics for the younger generation it has to be done right. In other words - it's almost the exactly the same case as with Heroes of Might & Magic III HD.
  33. Feb 9, 2015
    Nevertheless, Grim Fandango Remastered is a must-have for fans of the original, adventure game enthusiasts and those who simply want something different from the norm accompanied by top-notch storytelling.
  34. Feb 3, 2015
    We can barely say that Grim Fandango Remastered is not disappointing. Some will say it's nice to be able to enjoy this mythic game on the latest hardware, with a perfectly suited gameplay. But if you came for a visual remake, then you can forget about it.
  35. Jan 29, 2015
    We are once again faced with a fairly quick remaster of a masterpiece, and then once again we can not promote it in its entirety, having to evaluate not only the quality of the original game, but also that of the restoration.
  36. Feb 1, 2015
    Grim Fandango Remastered is a successful attempt to make one of the best games ever playable on current gen PCs and consoles. But that is about all, as the improvements on the source material are minimal: the reason to buy this game is only because of the comments of the makers and the big collection of artwork.
  37. Feb 8, 2015
    A great noir adventure let down by technical issues, and features missing from its superior PC counterpart.
  38. Feb 4, 2015
    Grim Fandango was a fantastic adventure game 17 years ago, and it's still the same today. We just hoped the remaster to be up to it, and it's not totally the case.
  39. Jan 28, 2015
    Grim Fandango is still one hell of an adventure, even after all these years. The problem with this remastered version is that Double Fine has done very little to make it tastier for the modern player. The result is a very nice game with very poor visuals and a “remaster” that tastes like easy cash.
  40. Jan 27, 2015
    Grim Fandango is a tough game to evaluate, because it comes with so much baggage. If you’re already a fan of the game, the few new additions are nice – but aside from the commentary, they’re far from indispensable.
  41. Jan 27, 2015
    It's the swan song of a genre and a generation, and that bestows this remastered version with an incredible added value. When it comes to the quality of the polish though, you won't find much effort put into resuscitating the old glory, and that's a shame.
  42. Feb 23, 2015
    It makes it all the sadder that this remastering shows little love or respect for the original and fails to gather in the new audience it may deserve.
  43. Feb 3, 2015
    Grim's lack of availability may have helped it achieve sainthood, so its baffling puzzles may comes as a shock to many. If you can tolerate frustration, though, Schafer's final LucasArts production provides one of the best adventure game stories ever crafted—just be sure to keep an FAQ nearby.
  44. 60
    It's clear to see Grim Fandango was a great game in its day with superb characterisation and humour shining through. Getting through its logic-defying puzzles though is like staying in hell for a few days.
  45. Feb 10, 2015
    The core game is fun, but I would recommend sticking with one platform throughout and rotating save slots.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 251 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 251
  1. Jan 29, 2015
    There is no doubt that Grim Fandango is one of the best ( or it may be the best ) adventure games ever made. The Remastered version features aThere is no doubt that Grim Fandango is one of the best ( or it may be the best ) adventure games ever made. The Remastered version features a better model quality, dynamic lighting, re-recorded musics and fantastic commentary all over the game!
    I wish they could have done the game 16:9 just like CAPCOM did with Resident Evil HD but still, the game is really awesome and makes u forget about these sort of things !
    this issue only bothers mostly in PS VITA version due to the small screen actually.
    I thikn Grim Fandango re-release is a really nice work! hope to see more Remastered classic adventures on ps4
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  2. Jan 28, 2015
    Grim Fandango is one of the best adventure games I've played. This is one case where you can say they don't make games like this anymore ,Grim Fandango is one of the best adventure games I've played. This is one case where you can say they don't make games like this anymore , and that's a shame. I played it when it first came out in the late 90's and I was excited to see it on my ps4. The characters are charming, the setting and mood is perfect, and the puzzles are difficult but not too frustating. Completing the game without using a walkthough is highly recomended for the true gamers out there.

    to dionysus777 I read your reviews. They were most likely deleted because you're giving the game a 0 when you havn't even played it. If you're having a tech issue downloading the game, maybe it's psn..
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  3. Feb 21, 2015
    I grew up enjoying innovative (for their time) funny, challenging adventure games like the Leisure Suit Larry series, for example. So I'm notI grew up enjoying innovative (for their time) funny, challenging adventure games like the Leisure Suit Larry series, for example. So I'm not a gamer who has no appreciation for older games like Grim Fandango. But after playing this snoozer for several hours I can honestly say I don't see what the fuss is about. The world is far from immersive, with only small clusters of explorable space available at any given time. The animation is okay I suppose but not really my cup of tea. Using skeletons as a model doesn't allow for much variety and it all becomes monotonous visually after a very short while. But my biggest BY FAR is the obtuseness of the puzzles. Some of them are so obscure as to be virtually impossible to figure out logically. But worst of all, there is really no sense of reward when you do. It's just more of the same each time without increasing the fun factor. This would be worthwhile if it was free but it worth paying for at any price in my opinion. Oh - and the remastered version is almost identical to the original - really no reason to buy it again if you bought the original. Full Review »