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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Credited cast:
Mercedes 'Meche' Colomar (voice) (as Maria Canals)
Glottis (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pugsy / Carla (voice) (as Pamela Segall)
Jack Angel ...
Bruno Martinez / Chepito / Large Hitman / Seaman Naranja (voice)
Bill Capizzi ...
Maximino (voice)
Chief Bogen / 1st Thunder Boy / Blue Casket's Waiter (voice)
Domino Hurley (voice)
Lola (voice)
Morgan Hunter ...
Toto Santos (voice)
Lupe (voice)
Milton James ...
Membrillo / Skinny Hitman (voice)
Aitor / Alexi / 2nd Thunder Boy (voice)
Raoul / 2nd Mayan Mechanic / Gate Keeper / Cat Track Announcer (voice)
Paula Killen ...
Olivia Ofrenda (voice)


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 <>

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


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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Appropriately, "Calavera" (Manny's last name) is Spanish for "Skull" See more »


[Manny opens a coffin at The End of the World, revealing Bruno Martinez inside, having been locked in the coffin for four years]
Manuel Calavera: [surprised] Bruno Martinez?
Bruno Martinez: [upset] *You*. You were the guy who packed me in there. You could have at *least* given me a magazine. Four years with nothing to read but this damn mug.
[Bruno throws a mug at Manny with the inscription: "Today is the first day of the rest of your life."]
Bruno Martinez: What are you doing here? And if you were headed this way, why didn't you offer me a *lift...
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References Passage to Marseille (1944) See more »

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A Fantastic Tale With Fantastic Puzzles
10 April 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This game is simply awe-inspiring. It uses its consistently excellent plot to hold you, while it presents fiendishly difficult puzzles for you to solve. The game felt immensely satisfying both intellectually and aesthetically.

The story follows Manny Calavera in his four year journey of the soul through the land of the dead, as he searches for a woman he believes that he cheated. There are classic themes of corruption, redemption, love, betrayal, karma, and others. The story has a profound sadness to it, lamenting for time, love, and opportunities stolen by injustice and greed. At the same time, the game never loses its sense of hope, and never loses its razor-sharp wit. In short, this plot is as good as many of the movies out there.

As for the puzzles, they are extremely challenging. If you have played Lucas Arts adventure games before, you would know the formula. Basically, it consists of this:

1) You cannot possibly lose the game

2) There is no general time limit, or indeed, general progression of time at all

3) You are given a general, limited area in which to find items and to solve puzzles necessary to advance the game

This particular game seems to require you to find comparatively few items (compared to the other Lucas Arts games I've played), and relies more on the clever use of your surroundings in order to solve a puzzle. Most of the time, I found I had all the tools I needed to solve the puzzle on hand, which was very useful. The puzzles are still difficult enough to keep you entertained for hours.

The only flaw I found was the control system, which was clunky and irritating at first, but the environments become easier to navigate and I stopped noticing. Despite the obvious flaw, I found it hard to justify deducting a star from the overall rating. The game was really that good.

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