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Remembering Grim Fandango

Grim Fandango. Manny Calavera. The Companeros theme song. I’ve been on a retro stint lately, and recently downloaded Grim Fandango (1.1GB) and can finally run it on a decent computer (the last time I ran this, I had a Pentium MMX)! For those of you who’ve played it, you’ll definitely agree with me that this is one of the best adventure games ever made alongside hits like Monkey Island, Quest for Glory, Maniac Mansion and … Zak McKraken.

What was sad was this Lucasarts production only sold about 95,000 units in its peak in 1998. The main culprit was the shift to more action oriented games (first person shooters) such as the original Half Life by Sierra / Valve. This really killed the role playing adventure genre and the last that I’ve seen that remains of this is The Longest Journey series.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

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