Video Game Grim Fandango Remastered (PC) (2015)

Grim Fandango Remastered (PC) (2015)
*Grim Fandango (PC) (1998)

Overview: An adventure game where you're a travel agent for the dead named Manny Calavera.

Manuel "Manny" Calavera

Relevant Links:
Grim Fandango Remastered Website
Grim Fandango Remastered (Steam Store Page)
Grim Fandango Remastered (PC) (MetaCritic.com)
Grim Fandango (Wikipedia.org)

20160128 Evening:
A friend of mine loves this game, and so I had some high expectations going into it.

Setup: I started out playing the game with a mouse (that felt most natural to me).

Manny meets Glottis.

Then, because the game supports using a gamepad, I switched over to my Steam Controller with a gamepad configuration. However, by that point I had grow fond of some of the mouse controls and so I set the right pad to function as a mouse. Perfect.

"This deck of cards is a little frayed around the edges. Then again, so am I, and I've got fewer suits."

Tip: Double click to get Manny to run (when using mouse input)

Steam: 60 minutes (total game time)


20160128 Night:
I continued from where I left off and at some point doze off on account of fatigue. Waking up with the game still on, I felt refreshed and pressed on. The game's puzzles, however, were quite difficult and it took me a while before I finally figured out how to move the story forward.

Hint: There's a reason for having multiple deflated balloons.

While I was elated with the solution, I ran myself into the next wall. Stuck and frustrated, I decided to look at a Steam guide.


I read the following:
FOUND SOLUTION TO THIS: How to keep the door open after Brennis finishes the repairs.
UNSOLICITED INFO: Use Eva's hole punch for an achievement.
Unfortunately, choosing to read the spoiler only resulted in running into another wall.
After a couple more minutes, I decided to take a break from the fun, but difficult Grim Fandango.


Steam: 4.7 hours (total game time)

20160129:
I resumed the game today and after retracing all available rooms I caved and looked at another guide - this one was spoiler-free. Interestingly, the unsolicited information from yesterday was related to the solution I was last looking for today:
FOUND SOLUTION TO THIS: How to deal with air pressure.
THE SOLUTION: Use the hole punch on the playing card
Juan Brennis fixes the message tube system.

After reading a single sentence, I immediately understood what had to be done. As such, I managed to uncover some of the story and work my way up to the next wall. Fortunately, at least this time I was able to play for a bit before hitting the wall.
NEED SOLUTION TO THIS: What to do next? All these two characters are telling me is I can't leave because my teeth are important.
Steam: 6.2 hours (total game time)

Glottis suped up a company car. Pimp my ride.

Thoughts:
Pros:
+ Great soundtrack and story
+ A classic with smoother graphics, extra lighting effects, and new control scheme
+ Options available to play using original graphics and/or original control scheme (tank)

Neutral:
~ Some puzzles have been frustratingly difficult

Mercedes "Meche" Colomar

~ *Fake* widescreen. Why is this even an option?

Recommendation:
Grim Fandango is a solid adventure game that has thus far been both captivating and frustrating at the same time. As such, if you like adventure games and enjoy solving puzzles, then I would highly recommend this game. Of course, this game is good enough to warrant some play by anyone.

Salvador "Sal" Limones

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