IGNs Top 100 Games of All Time
Platform(s): PC
Developer: LucasArts
Publisher: LucasArts
Year Released: 1998
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Why It Made Our Top 100 List
LucasArts' second-to-last stab at the classic adventure genre may very well be the most original and brilliant one ever made. It's also the first time Lucas used its then-new 3D engine, GrimE -- replacing the long-standing SCUMM of Monkey Island fame.

Manny Calavera and many other characters are designed with Mexican calaca (skeleton) figurines in mind, and the game takes place at the corrupt travel agency that is supposed to help people get to their afterlife. Manny ends up setting out on a quest to track down a girl he wrongly sent on the four-year hike to the 9th level of the Aztec underworld, Mictlan, and of course, tons of crazy stuff happens along the way.

The dialogue, important in any genre, but especially this one, is completely hilarious. The Day of the Dead theme, art deco environments, film noir atmosphere, and great jazz soundtrack give the whole package a unique flavor worth tracking down a copy to experience.
Fun Facts
In the LucasArts style, there are numerous references to earlier games, including one to Tim Schafer's project from directly before Grim Fandango, Full Throttle, in the form of a tattoo design.

Another cool tidbit: players can access cut conversation assets in the resource file of the game if their savvy enough. MP3s are available on the unofficial Grim Fandango Network.

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