Replaying the Classic Adventure Game “Grim Fandango”
I shouldn’t have to recommend Grim Fandango. You should have played it already–15 years ago. But despite the game being admired by critics, repeatedly listed in “top 100″ lists, and re-released in 2014 with a stunning remastered version, not that many people (aside from adventure loyalists) have played it. Released in 1998, Grim Fandango was one of the first games to ignite the discussion of art in video games. A true classic, the game mixed puzzles, strategy, and film noir into an imaginative story about the afterlife. And since the remastered version is currently on sale at Steam, now’s your chance to stop procrastinating and play it already.
In the game you play Manny, a travel broker in the Land of the Dead who sells travel packages to the recently departed. The coveted ticket on the Number Nine train, which takes souls to the Ninth Underworld in four minutes, can only be sold to those who have lived good, pure lives. Without the train, the journey to the underworld takes four years. Manny, in his desperation to find the perfect client who’s eligible to ride the train, accidentally uncovers a maze of corruption happening in the Land of the Dead. And in typical noir fashion, it’s up to Manny to save the girl and the world.
With colorful characters, an imaginative story, hilarious dialogue, and some surprisingly tough puzzles, Grim Fandango delivers everything an adventure game should and more. I can’t recommend it enough, although I shouldn’t have to recommend it at all.