Grim Fandango (1998)

Video Game  |  Adventure, Comedy, Crime
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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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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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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 »


[Manny looks at the booby trapped Bone Wagon]
Manuel Calavera: Soon to be known as "the Blown Wagon."
Glottis: [panicked] HEY. THAT'S NOT FUNNY.
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Remade as Grim Fandango: Remastered (2015) See more »

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Corruption in the land of the dead?
27 June 2001 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

Another fine game of Lucas Arts. They keep amazing me with the game they develop. If you're familiar with the lucas arts type off games then you'll know what I mean. If you're don't familiar with the lucas arts games, try one.

This time it's about corruption in the land of the dead. You're the character Manny. He is a salesman trying to sell good trips to the dead people so they can travel to the next life or something. He finds out that the good people all have to walk to the dangerous land of the dead he knows that there must be a plot. First Manny is a salesman then his adventure goes further in the woods with his henchmen Glottis (he is very funny guy, if you like happily ever after (the bunny) then you'll like this fellow to). Then he's is a club owner with Glottis in the city and much more. As you can read there is a great variety in the game that causes no boring moments.

The game is directed just like a movie. The humour is very very professional en great. You'll only need about 2mb video ram but the graphics are all they need to be. The sounds are also very clear en full with detail.

When I played the game I wasn't bored for one moment. The cutscene, ingame infrastructure en the conversations are one of the best I ever experienced.

If you like adventuregames, great plots en bones and stuff ... try this game.

On of the finest adventuregame I ever played.

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