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Flood419 02-11-2003 11:27 AM

What's your Grim Fandango excuse?
How did you first hear about Grim Fandango?


Darth Eggplant 02-11-2003 12:20 PM

I said other
(not because it is none of your business)
but because:
a friend had a lucasarts game,
pod racer. I liked that game
and still do
*even though I hear people knocking it*
and while there his room mate had
a copy of GF, well they had all played it
and the room mate guy said I could have GF
as a trade for Age Of Empires Gold edition,
I had 2 of them at the time.
(he however) wanted to keep the OST
that came with GF and I at the time not
knowing the OST was so good said okay.
and then I lost or missplaced GF
and it sat in a desk drawer
for a long time before I remembered
I had it. (actually 2002):eek:
anyway when I finally started playing it
and realised it was the greatest game
in the world, it was way too late
to get the OST. and going to the
lucasarts store, I found the GFOST
was no longer available.
I did finally get a copy of the OST,
(but I would gladdly and willing
buy an actual copy Mr Lucas.
please take note,
I am an eager consumer.)

amadeus 02-11-2003 09:28 PM

Okay, so I used to be a avid subscriber to PCG. I always read the backspace colum where they interview someone relevant to the gaming world. I forget who they were interviewing, but they asked him what his favorite game was and he said Grim Fandango. You know what? I'm going to find out who that was a I'll find what he said to. I just have to go through my towering stack of PCGs. I'll post it eventually.

GendoTheGreat 02-11-2003 11:36 PM

Other, and I'm making it your business. I found the GF demo on a PC User CD. I played the GF demo, the C&C Red Alert demo and the Half-Life demo over and over for months on my old 486dx100. Have you ever played Half-Life on a 486 with no 3D graphic support? It makes for an interesting slideshow.

Tall Guy 02-12-2003 06:10 PM

I played the demo first and came to the conclusion this was a pretty darn good game! :D

Lemon Head 02-12-2003 06:27 PM

after playing the demo i was practically clawing at my face in anticipation of the full game.

Where the hell did that mysterious tunnel go?! ARGGH!

What a game

ZaXeriaw 02-13-2003 06:34 AM

It was the first adventure-game I played, and after I played the demo I just loved the characters :)

scabb 02-13-2003 09:58 AM

I eventually snapped it up after I'd finished CMI and when I finally had a computer that could run it, which was a while after it came out.

I didn't get to play the demo, but I knew that it would be great based on the fact that it's a LucasArts adventure. I'd also seen some excellent reviews in games magazines, and I was quite annoyed that it had little chance of running on my tired old p100 with a wopping 8mb of RAM (Which at the time, I had no idea I could upgrade). Still, good things come to those who wait.

Flood419 02-13-2003 10:27 AM

I guess it was sort of rude to post the question, but not my excuse. Truth is - it was the wife. She played the demo after hearing how fantastic the game was. I think she got tipped off to the fact from Secret of Monkey Island, but that's another story.

Thanks folks.

Tall Guy 02-13-2003 10:29 AM

I think 'Played the demo' should definitely be an option on this poll, it seems most people got into it that way.:p

Darth Eggplant 02-13-2003 11:33 AM

my excuse to finish year 4
well I like to savour a game,
rather than just rush through it
so this weekends to do list
begins and ends with:
play year 4 Grim Fandango

GinnyW 02-16-2003 09:47 AM

Actually, I hadn't played many AGs before that one(or maybe none at all I don't remember) but even they weren't real AGs. My mother knew that I liked that type of game though, so when she was out buying stuff she happened upon it.
(I tried asking her where she found it lately, but she doesn't remember).
So I installed it that night, but didn't get to play.
The next day I started it, and really loved it, but I got stuck at the most unbelievable point! I doubt I should even bother putting it in a spoiler.
When we go to the land of the living, with the un-raped soul(Bruno) in it, I couldn't reap him! I think this was because I was sure that I tried to use the scythe, but anyway, I took a break from the game and tried againg every once in a while. I didn't know I could find a walkthrough or post in a forum at that time, so I just tried again sometimes, and only accidentally used the scythe after a month!
Feel free to laugh at me.:rolleyes:
But anyways, what makes me angry at myself
is that I used a walkthrough later in the game, in parts in Rubacava, because I was inexperienced with AGs and puzzles. But there might be a way to fix that.:)
I won't detail the technique here, this post is getting to long anyway.:p

P.s. I'm new here.:)

amadeus 02-16-2003 12:42 PM

Did anybody actually get through the game without using the walkthrough or help forums at all? I think everybody must have used them for some puzzle or another.

scabb 02-16-2003 01:15 PM

I must admit, I needed help in quite a few parts; which was at hand as I happened to know someone who had played the game. Even luckier, he was the not the annoying kind of bastard who tells you that Bruce Willis is really a ghost in the Sixth sense, he dispensed only hints, until I was truly stumped, in which case I had to beat the answer out of him ;)

The pigeon egg puzzle was annoying.

I didn't realise that I had to download the patch for the elevator puzzle. Hair was sharply removed from my aching head after I spent hours trying to figure out what the hell to do, and then was informed that I needed a patch the following day.

I actually can't remember most of the puzzles and places I got stuck in Grim Fandango, which is why I want to play it again. Sadly, not possible until I upgrade Operating System; or just system. :(

GinnyW 02-16-2003 01:26 PM

I'm exactly the opposite, I can't manage to forget anything no matter how mush I try.
I did play it about 10 times when I got it(around 1998-1999), but only played again a month ago, which is enough time to forget, but I can't.

I did find a technique called lucid dreaming, which is not meant for this, but I believe that if it's possible to remember something thanks to this, then it might be possible to forget something aswell.
I hope so.;)

scabb 02-16-2003 04:44 PM

I only got to play it once, and then it was played in teeny segments over a long period of time :( - Still, it has its advantages - hopefully when I finally fire it up again, I won't remember the puzzles.

Thrik 02-16-2003 05:32 PM

I bought it blindly. I saw it on the cover of a magazine and I just knew I had to have it. Only after mail ordering it did I look at a trailer for it - not the demo though. :D

QueZTone 02-19-2003 07:49 AM

when it was released i wasn't as big of a lucasarts fan as I am now, but i had played all the lucasarts adventures up till then..

when i saw it in a store i thought the box art looked so cool, but my oldest brother said the game was probably very bad and that lucasarts had gone downhill. he advised me not to spend my money on such a bad game.. i listened to him

until years later i became the big lec fan i am now and i realised i missed out on grim fandango. i was destined to get a boxed copy, sealed. and i found one from a swedish seller, great! the game is english but the backside of the box has swedish text, but that doesn't matter, the box art is so beautiful! he even had another copy so i bought another to keep one sealed. after playing the game i immediatly bought the original soundtrack from the lec store, luckily it still sold back then. shortly after i got the soundtrack it was taken of the store. wow, i was lucky to be just in time to experience grim fandango to the fullest. yes and now, now im the big man of adventure games in the house

typing capital letters was really too much work

GendoTheGreat 02-19-2003 10:01 AM

Did you ever manage to convice your brother to come over to the forces of Grim Fandango goodness and light?

Mex 02-23-2003 12:02 PM

Bought it blindly.

Rubacava 02-26-2003 11:39 PM

Got my dad Tomb Raider for his birthday once. It wasn't the one he wanted. He took it back to get a new game, and ended up bringing home Grim Fandango, it looked interesting. I thought it just looked weird. He never got to play it the rest of us were hooked.

009 02-27-2003 04:13 AM

Other... friend raved on and on about it, and eventually loaned me his copy just recently.

Sanspoof 02-28-2003 02:21 PM

My cousin had it and I thought it was great. A month or so later I bought the game and finished it just over a year or so later. Perfecto Mundo gaming in every way. I also love LucasArts adventures, especially Sam and Max and Day of the tentacle.

QueZTone 03-01-2003 09:01 PM


Originally posted by GendoTheGreat
Did you ever manage to convice your brother to come over to the forces of Grim Fandango goodness and light?
My brother used to be an active adventure gamer. In the past he'd be the one playing and I'd be the one looking. Cause i hardly understood all the english at my 7/8th year anyway :D

But as I learned English I started loving them :D Anyway, he doesnt play any games anymore now. Deus Ex and Hitman 2 are the last games he played I think.

I still want him to play Grim Fandango, CMI, (optionally EMI), GK3. :)

Iro Asenaide 03-03-2003 05:31 PM

My dad got it for me, since I love everything lucas related, he guessed I wuss gonna like dis one too, and I did ;)

I really liked Sam & Max & Day of the tentacle too, the tentacle was impossible to figure out without walkthru tho O_X

and me being 7 when I played it didn't really help, lol

I used to sit in the basement with my dad and just play it for hours :D

Sanspoof 03-04-2003 03:31 PM

I got stuck on getting the fire started in the colonial times, and getting into Dwayne's room.

Sam and Max was easier, and had more swearing (If you can call it that)

Grim_comician 04-10-2003 05:54 AM

Actually, I've never heard Grim Fandango earlier. But meanwhile I was under holiday back to Moscow where my cousins, grandmother, mothers sister etc. One young guy I know was giving me Grim fandango in Rus & Eng version. He didn't need it, so now I own it.;)

James Isaac 04-20-2003 08:36 AM

My friend told me about it (this was before i knew anything about LucasArts adventure games), so I played the demo, and then bought it (then I played all the other LucasArts games and liked them too).

Hector_Lemans 05-18-2003 12:24 AM

Other than my absolute love of the fact that you play as the Grim Reaper(well, not THE Grim Reaper but you know what I mean) I also wanted to really get inside that Calavera bastard's head!


GendoTheGreat 05-20-2003 09:15 PM

Anything interesting in there? His head, I mean.

Hector_Lemans 05-26-2003 04:59 PM

Don't waste your time, Gendo. "Being John Malkovich" is more interesting. His head's just got a load of Mercedes(Colomar that is)-craze and self-righteous smarmy nonsense. I did find the magnet combinations for his roulette table interesting though. I'll have to gamble at that old Casino of his at some point.


Jawa Eater 05-27-2003 02:06 AM

I was a huge Monkey Island fan. I figured if MI advertised it, it must me good! :D

GendoTheGreat 05-29-2003 07:41 AM


Originally posted by Hector_Lemans
His head's just got a load of Mercedes(Colomar that is)-craze and self-righteous smarmy nonsense.
Huh, I would have guessed the flipside of a bitmapped texture, but there you go.


Don't waste your time, Gendo. "Being John Malkovich" is more interesting.
Saw it years ago, deliciously twisted.

pleto4_ryan 06-09-2003 08:39 AM

hello all
I had seen it in my cousin's place and plaied it till the poisoning and i fall in love with it instantly. From that day(ok from some months later:P ) i needed it like air :)

GendoTheGreat 06-09-2003 10:48 AM

We feel you, brother. Let's hope and pray there will one day be a GFA (Grim Fandango Anonymous) to give us our lives back. Until then, we must struggle through as best we can.

pleto4_ryan 06-09-2003 04:24 PM

Grim Fandango 2


Woodstock 06-11-2003 08:45 PM

Just playing every LucasArts Adventure
that is released ... I somehow knew i would miss
something , when not buying this game ... and well ,
I was right ^^

Berretje 06-16-2003 05:35 AM

I love LucasArts ;) and :manny: rulez :D

Just waiting and waiting for FT2!!!

Susan 08-10-2003 08:08 PM

Every time for the past 3-4 years when I walked into the gaming store I saw this game while I browsed over the LA titles. Saw the skeleton [Manny] on the front and thought, "What the hell kind of game is that?" Paid no attention to it and had no interest in it ... I doubt I ever picked up the box to read what was on the back.

Then at the beginning of May, Just Adventure + posted a review about it and gave it a good review. Sure, whatever. But the more I posted on the JA+ forums, the more people kept recommending this game to others and the more it seemed that people had played the game themselves. So I thought, "Well, why not?" picked it up at the store a few weeks ago.

Now look at me. Posting away at this forum like there's no tomorrow. :)

:manny: :meche:

Dawidos 08-23-2003 08:58 AM

I played the demo first. I thought - Well , this game is great. After that I read some reviews in polish magazines. Grim Fandango was rated as the best adventure game in year. Becuase I am fan of adventure games , I realised that I have to buy Grim Fandango. I paid 200 PLN ,but I was very enjoyed. And I am still enjoy.

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