Grim Fandango

Not much is known about the life of Manuel “Manny” Calavera. It is, however, known what happened to him after he died. The Land of the Dead is where all people are reincarnated after death, turning into skeletal figures. The Land of the Dead is also very similar to the world of the living: people work, have careers, fall in love, and can even die again, turning into flowers. And they all await their final destiny – a trip to the underworld. Depending on their deeds in life, they might get a good journey or be destined to walk there without any means.

Manny works in a travel agency that takes care of such trips. But recently, something has been going wrong. Manny is unable to get good clients, and he suspects that there is a scheme to falsify the dossiers of dead people, offering the best trips to scoundrels for bribes. Manny’s grand adventure begins as he steps into the world of corruption and intrigues.

Grim Fandango is a puzzle-solving adventure game that describes several years of Manny Calavera’s afterlife. Influenced by Mexican mythology, film noir and Art Deco, the game combines 3D characters with pre-rendered backgrounds. The traditional mouse interaction was abandoned in favor of keyboard control for movements and actions. Manny is navigated with arrow keys, and tilts his head whenever something attracts his interest; the object or character in question can then be examined or interacted with.

As usually in LucasArts’ adventure games, conversations offer plenty of different responses that can be chosen by the player. Despite the lack of the option to combine items with each other within the inventory, the game still contains many challenging puzzles that require manipulating inventory items and the environment.

Game Info

  • Genre: Adventure
  • Publisher: LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC
  • Developer: LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC
  • Year: 1998

Grim Fandango System Requirements


  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz / AMD Athlon XP 1500+
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon X1200 128mb or NVIDIA GeForce 6100
  • System Memory: 128 MB RAM
  • Storage: 100 MB Hard drive space
  • DirectX 9 Compatible Graphics Card

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