Grim Fandango is a 1998 adventure game directed by Tim Schafer. It is the first adventure game by LucasArts to use 3D computer graphics overlaid on pre-rendered static backgrounds. The game combines elements of the Aztec belief of afterlife with film noir style, with influences including The Maltese Falcon, On the Waterfront and Casablanca. It has been listed as one of the greatest video games of all time by some critics.
About Grim Fandango in brief
Grim Fandango is a 1998 adventure game directed by Tim Schafer. It is the first adventure game by LucasArts to use 3D computer graphics overlaid on pre-rendered static backgrounds. The game combines elements of the Aztec belief of afterlife with film noir style, with influences including The Maltese Falcon, On the Waterfront and Casablanca. In January 2015, Double Fine Productions released a remastered version of the game, featuring improved character graphics, controls, an orchestrated score, and directors’ commentary. It was initially released for Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, OS X, and Linux platforms. Mobile versions for Android and iOS devices were released in May 2015. A Nintendo Switch port of the remastered versions was also released in November 2018. An Xbox One version was alsoreleased in October 2020. It has been listed as one of the greatest video games of all time by some critics. It received praise for its art design and direction. However, it was a commercial failure and contributed towards Lucas Arts’ decision to end adventure game development and the decline of the adventure game genre. The player can never die or otherwise get into a no-win situation in the game. It takes place in the Land of the Dead, where recently departed souls aim to make their way to the land of Eternal Rest. Good deeds in life are rewarded by access to better travel packages to assist in making the journey, the best of which is the Number Nine, an express train that takes four minutes to reach the gate to the Ninth Underworld.
souls who did not lead a kind life are left to travel through the land on foot, which would take around four years. Alongside the souls are demons that have been summoned to help with the more mundane tasks of life, such as vehicle maintenance and even drink service. The souls can suffer death-to-death by being shot with \”sprouted-out-filled darts that cause them to grow out of the bones. Each year on the Day of the Living, these souls are allowed to visit their families in theLand of the dead, and the Department of Death decides which soul has merited a visit. As with other LucasArTS adventure games, the player must converse with characters and examine, collect, and use objects to solve puzzles. Manny can engage in dialogue with other characters through conversation trees to gain hints of what needs to be done to solve the puzzles or to progress the plot. The game uses the GrimE engine, pre-rendering static backgrounds from 3D models, while the main objects and characters are animated in 3D. The remastered edition allows control via a mouse as well. Manny must collect objects that can be used with either other collectible objects, parts of the scenery, or with other people in order to solve puzzle and progress in thegame. He is informed of objects or persons of interest not by text floating on the screen when the player passes a cursor over them, but instead by the fact that Manny will turn his head towards that object or person as he walks by.