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grimfan 04-05-2006 04:28 AM

Game(s) Closest To Grim Fandango
Sorry if this has already been posted but I just wanna know of some Adventure Games I can get that have the same charisma as GF. Something with a cool background feeling to it (e.g. GF had the Ancient Incan/Mayan/Mexican culture behind it). Something with uncorny humour, beautiful scenery, a great soundtrack etc.
I know nothing will be able to come close to GF but I do want to try some other games (not so much point-and-clicks, they're a little boring). I've tried 'The Longest Journey' and 'Monkey Island' Series. Any suggestions, thanks and sorry for long post.:)

VampireNaomi 04-05-2006 04:57 AM

That's really hard. I'm going to recommend some of my adventure favourites, but none of them really have the same feel as GF.

Gabriel Knight: There are three games in the series. The best way to describe them is to say that they're interactive supernatural murder mysteries. They have interesting back drops (Voodoo in the first game, Bavarian history in the second and The Templars in the third), so that might interest you a little. The music is excellent, but not similar to that in GF. GK has a more gothic soundtrack with additional pieces that suit the current location, like African drums or blues in some places of the first game. You could say that Gabriel is a little like Manny in the sense that in the beginning they're both failures and they eventually rise from there, but don't expect to see Manny the II ;). GK games also have their dark moments with just enough humour somewhere in there.

Beneath a Steel Sky: At first you could say that this game is nothing like GF. It's a scifi adventure about a futuristic world where the society is controlled by a computer called LINC. However, the basic story is the same as in GF; a random guy is caught in the middle of it and must reveal the corruption in the society. It's also freeware, so you won't lose anything if you try it. It's rather old, so prepare yourself for old graphics and midi soundtrack. Has full voice work, though. You can download it here.

Unfortunately, both are point and click, so you may not like them.

By the way, I'm moving this to Calavera Cafe since we're mostly going to be talking about non-GF games. :)

Shuz 04-06-2006 08:13 AM

check your pms Grimfan. Although I wrote it before reading this thread...

urluckyday 06-03-2006 11:44 AM games will ever capture the spirit of Grim Fandango ever again. But there are still some great adventure games out there. Most are point and click, but they still have great stories where you can get involved with the characters.

urluckyday 06-03-2006 11:45 AM

If you want a character driven game that isn't at all like Grim Fandango, get Tim Schafer's latest game: Psychonauts...I highly recommend it!

Scorpicus 06-03-2006 12:21 PM

Day of the Tentacle: I had a blast playing that game and even though it is point and click game, I would totally recommend it! A hilarious game with some really good backgrounds for present day, 100 years in the past and 100 years in the future. I'm sure any GF fan would love it (its also made by Tim Schafer)

urluckyday 06-03-2006 08:11 PM

Yes...Tentacle is a great game. There is also a little hidden secret in the game that lets you play the original maniac mansion in its entirety!

Samnmax221 06-03-2006 08:13 PM

DOTT is also much harder, in my opinion.

Shuz 06-04-2006 08:58 AM

I agree, having three characters in three different time periods all interacting created a whole bunch of possibilities to solve puzzles. You really needed to think laterally.

Scorpicus 06-04-2006 11:00 AM

I found DOTT pretty easy, well loads easier than GF anyway. It was only really that puzzle in the past, with the cat and having to move the matresses, that got me stuck. Oh yeah, and not finding the keys for the car on the back of the door.

But apart from that pretty easy.

VampireNaomi 06-04-2006 11:50 AM

I always thought DOTT was very easy too. Definitely a lot easier than any other LucasArts game I've ever played. I mainly had problems with the puzzles Scorpicus already mentioned.

Yohein 06-04-2006 12:11 PM

Easier than Full Throttle? :D

urluckyday 06-09-2006 04:18 PM

Full throttle was pretty hard in my opinion...there were a lot of small things that you could miss in that game, but it was still a sweet game...

Samnmax221 06-09-2006 08:26 PM

Full Throttle was too short to be hard

urluckyday 06-09-2006 10:40 PM

Well all adventure games are pretty short if you already know what to do...

Shuz 06-10-2006 06:42 AM

I guess I was thinking more in comparison with Sam n Max, that game was a lot easier. But yeah, I found GF harder than DOTT too.

B.A.T. 07-15-2006 02:28 AM

Full Throttle is pretty cool but i could see why point n click games cud be boring the first three MI's were awesome but then there was EMI which was a huge upset but it was still good in my opinion. sam n max, dott, MI 1-3, and FT all good but were in the 21st century now the last adv game lucasarts made was MI 4 i think they cant keep expecting us to keep buying there old stuff cuz there running out. A new original adv wud be really appreciated. Now if Tim & Ron were on board we'd be lookin at a game the equivalent of GF or better!

Lucy:) 09-08-2006 05:43 PM

The Longest Journey 1 is perfect for your description. Although it's not as good as GF it's still creative and humorous.

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