Excerpt: Grim Fandango is a classic that is not only among the greatest adventure games ever made but also among the greatest stories ever told. It is rare for a game to maintain an everlasting eminence such that it can still best more contemporary titles year after year. Indeed, there are only a few games that, no matter how old, can sustain the quality or appeal that goes far beyond what the game industry churns out since then. Grim Fandango is such a game.
Summary: This is a wonderful game! Grim Fandango brings spectacular graphics, sound, and gameplay to your computer. With a plot worthy of a movie script, you will certainly be entertained for hours on end.
Excerpt: Frankly, I waited a long time to buy Grim Fandango because I was put off by the game box. The art on the box looks so stylized and the game's vision so intensely personal as to seem almost freakish. I mean, a game about skeletons? Still, I know of gamers who think that Grim is the Last Great adventure game -- plus Grim has consistently placed near the top on the GameBoomers annual Twisty Lists.
Conclusion: Overall, it is amazing how much gameplay is packed onto the game’s two CD-ROMS. Grim Fandango will take the average gamer between 40 and 50 hours to play, less experienced gamers more. Talk about value, the game retails for between $9.95 for just the game and jewel case to upwards of $45 for the complete package. Plus, with only two CD-ROMS, the amount of disk swapping is limited.
Excerpt: Lucas Arts' Grim Fandango already earned some lauds from other gaming publications and I hate to be the one to tarnish what may become another Myst. Grim Fandango does contain a captivating atmosphere with a certain film noir meets Antonio Banderas quality. My primary complaint stems not from the remarkable interface or the ambiance or even the general plot. Believe me, the music, a jazz soundtrack, is nearly enough to warrant buying this title.
Summary: Adventure game designers face a difficult task. The genre is by its very nature linear and serves primarily to tell stories, but without puzzles, there's no game. Combining these two elements is the challenge. The story must be intricate and engaging enough to make the inclusion of puzzles seem plausible, and the puzzles must be clever enough to not jump out as an artificial roadblock for the story. It's the rare game that meets one of these goals, let alone both.
Excerpt: retro or what! I just bought this a couple of days ago. I am a huge fan of the Monkey Island games, and as this is from the same developer, I thought I would give it a try all I can say is WOW! A truly classic game albeit not as amusing as the monkey island games, but still challenging for all levels of gamers.
Pros: A truly classic game, funny, amusing and challenging
Cons: identification system takes a bit of getting used to