Grim Fandango. Fandango Grim. Fangrim Dango. This point and click adventure type puzzle game was originally released in 1998 on the PC to massive critical acclaim.
It was made by LucasArts, who also released the wonderful Curse of Monkey Island in 1997 (which we’re going to write about one day). The great news is, amidst the endless digital blood and guts of modern gaming, old Grimmy has been remastered after 17 years and was re-released on the 27th January. Huzzah!
Tell me about Grim Fandango
With a witty and darkly humorous script, Grim Fandango combines elements of film noir and PC mouse-based point and click action. The protagonist, Manny, works in The Land of the Dead and must progress through the game by combining items he finds with his environment.
Additionally (and most importantly) you can interact with characters you meet via conversation trees which appear, leading to many amusing moments. This must be a startling revelation – a video game with a great script!?! Who would have thought it?
We’ve been pretty vocal (in a written, non-verbal way) about how unbelievably awful modern day video game scripts are (particularly those from Call of Duty and Mass Effect), but LucasArts had this mastered back in the late ’90s.
The script is excellent, the dialogue often hilarious, and it’s such a ruddy disappointment most contemporary developers ignore the examples being set here. For shame!
If you want to pick up this model of awesomeness, and you should you bloody idiots, you can download it from Steam. Alternatively, you can do the same on a PS4, if you own one. We’ve included a trailer below for temptation. Indeed, oh yes. Oh yes, indeed.