Grim Fandango (1998)

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Manuel Calavera is a travel agent in The Land of the Dead who has stumbled across a ring of corruption.

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Mercedes 'Meche' Colomar (voice) (as Maria Canals)
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Glottis (voice)
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Pugsy / Carla (voice) (as Pamela Segall)
Jack Angel ...
Bruno Martinez / Chepito / Large Hitman / Seaman Naranja (voice)
Bill Capizzi ...
Maximino (voice)
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Chief Bogen / 1st Thunder Boy / Blue Casket's Waiter (voice)
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Domino Hurley (voice)
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Lola (voice)
Morgan Hunter ...
Toto Santos (voice)
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Lupe (voice)
Milton James ...
Membrillo / Skinny Hitman (voice)
David Jeremiah ...
Aitor / Alexi / 2nd Thunder Boy (voice)
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Raoul / 2nd Mayan Mechanic / Gate Keeper / Cat Track Announcer (voice)
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Olivia Ofrenda (voice)
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In a world where, if you had lead a good life, you would have a fast trip to the next stage of existence, something is terribly wrong. Manuel Calavera (you), a sort-of lost soul who is working towards his ascension by being a travel agent in The Land of the Dead discovers that either he is given all the clients which had lead evil lives (and therefore would have to wait a very long time to reach the next stage) or that someone is holding back on all of the good cases that would speed up Manuel's ascension. Fed up with this, Manuel decides to find out what exactly is going on. Is there something going on with the free passes (that very good people get)? And if so, who is behind it? And why? Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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An Epic Tale Of Crime & Corruption In The Land Of The Dead. See more »


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The only time "grim fandango" is ever mentioned is in Olivia's poem, about two star-struck lovers who are lost in the world, and their search for each other is a four year trial (a "grim fandango"). See more »

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Manuel Calavera: Well, I gotta go hit the bricks.
Eva: Okay. You go show those bricks a lesson.
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One of the last great adventure-games
20 August 2002 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Ah, the golden days of yore, when you could find adventure games of this quality often. Unfortunately this is no longer the case. The golden age is over, but every once in a while a game appears out of the dusk that blast through to the mainstream. This game blew my mind (and that of many others), it was voted game of the year by many sites (totally unheard of for an adventure game). The graphics are very impressive, I am not usually a fan of 3D-graphics, but the jagged, iconographic style suits the theme (which is a curious mix of film noir and a south American folklore). Of course, the greatest thing about this game is the story; it is an epic tale of a man's redemption after his death, delightfully free of usual American sentimentality and with numerous references to film noir. The narrative style is highly cinematic and the excellent voice action, along with great music, helps convey the atmosphere beautifully. This is as close to an interactive movie as you can get. That, however, does not mean that the game is too easy, you will easily spend hours on this game. This game represents everything that makes this genre great, I can't recommend it enough. By the way, if you want more of the same, I can also recommend The Longest Journey from Norwegian developer Funcom.


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