|"Anyone interested in the future of the adventure game genre should be excited. We sure are." -- Computer Gaming World|
|Something's rotten in the Land of Dead and you're being played for a sucker. Meet Manny Calavera, travel agent at the Department of Death. He sells luxury packages to souls on their four-year journey to eternal rest. But there's trouble in paradise. Help Manny untangle himself from a conspiracy that threatens his very salvation.|
|A bizarre afterlife adventure -- a homage to Mexican folklore with a film noir twist.|
|Extraordinary 3D Art Deco -- and Aztec-inspired environments.|
|The dead come alive in a cast of 55 characters and over 7,000 lines of brilliant dialogue.|
|Hundreds of puzzles to challenge the novice and veteran adventure gamer.|
|Designed by Tim Schafer, creator of Full Throttle and Day of the TentacleŽ.|
|The seamless interface puts players smack in Manny's world.|
|Travel through 90 exotic locations, from the bustling metropolis of El Marrow, the the mountaintop portal to the Ninth Underworld.|
LUCASARTS GRIM FANDANGO PRESENTS A SURREAL TALE OF CRIME, CORRUPTION AND GREED IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD
Dramatic New Graphic Adventure from the Creator of Award-Winning Full Throttle Expected to Release in the fall 1998
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- September 7, 1997 -- A dramatic and mythical story of crime and corruption set in a surreal world inspired by Mexican folklore comes to life in Grim Fandango, a new graphic adventure from LucasArts Entertainment Company. Grim Fandango, expected to release in the fall of 1998 on Windows 95, combines elements of classic film noir with a mysterious and engaging story spanning the four year search for redemption by Manny Calavera, a travel agent in the Land of the Dead.
Manny, a true working stiff, is stuck in his own personal purgatory with the ultimate dead-end job. Employed by the Department of Death, Manny must pick up people in the Land of the Living, bring them to the Land of the Dead, and set them off on a four year journey across the underworld -- an excursion that all souls must make before they come to their eternal resting place. Manny cant move on until he meets his sales quota, but what he doesnt know is that the cards are truly stacked against him. Hes caught in the middle of an embezzlement ring thats preventing him from getting the right clients. Manny soon finds this out and steals a prime prospect, setting in motion a chain of events that not only threaten his job, but the eternal destiny of his soul.
At the heart of Grim Fandango is a gripping story about one mans journey in a dark underworld fraught with mystery and intrigue. Inspired by the films Chinatown, Casablanca and The Big Sleep, the games four year saga intertwines the themes of classic film noir with exotic mythology of ancient Mexico. The two genres share elements that are at the core of Mannys struggle: danger, drama, greed, the passage of an innocent person through a dark and perilous realm, and finally, redemption.
"Grim Fandango is the most ambitious graphic adventure that LucasArts has ever developed," says Tom Byron, product marketing manager for LucasArts. "Tim Schafer, whose other projects at LucasArts include the popular graphic adventure titles Full Throttle and Day of the Tentacle, has successfully undertaken a different approach to Grim Fandango by turning the technical limitations of 3D into an art style."
Graphically, Grim Fandango draws inspiration from Mexican Day of the Dead folklore art and the film Nightmare Before Christmas, showcasing a unique approach never before seen in an interactive title. Characters come to life as skeletons, depicted in a primitive yet realistic folk-art style. Architecture is a combination of Aztec, Mayan and Art Deco, providing Grim Fandango with an exotic and mystical tone. Vehicles are wildly exaggerated custom hot rods, in a style reminiscent of Ed "Big Daddy" Roths outrageous creations from the 1960s. Grim Fandango features more than 50 mysterious characters and 90 locations, all beautifully rendered in stunning 3D animation.
|MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Computer: 100% Windows 95/98 DirectX-compatible computer required.
CPU: Pentium 133 or faster required.
Memory (RAM): 32MB or higher required.
CD-ROM Drive: Quad speed or higher required.
Graphics Card: 2MB PCI Graphics card required.
Sound Card: 100% Windows 95/98-compatible 16-bit sound card required.
Input Device: 100% Windows 95/98-compatible keyboard required. Optional support for joysticks and gamepads.
DirectX: Microsoft DirectX 6.0 is available on the Grim Fandango CD and must be installed to play the game.
Note: Your system may require the "latest" Windows 95/98 drivers for your particular hardware.
3D Acceleration: Optional 3D graphics support requires a 4MB PCI or AGP 3D accelerator.