Grim Fandango

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This page is for the original game. For the updated version, see Grim Fandango Remastered.

Grim Fandango
Grim Fandango cover
Developers
LucasArts
Engines
GrimE
ResidualVM
Release dates
Windows October 30, 1998
Reception
Metacritic 94
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives Cinematic camera
Controls Direct control
Genres Adventure
Art styles Cartoon, Pre-rendered graphics, Stylized
Series Grim Fandango
Grim Fandango on HowLongToBeat
Grim Fandango on IGDB
Grim Fandango guide on StrategyWiki
Grim Fandango on MobyGames
Grim Fandango on Wikipedia
Grim Fandango
Grim Fandango 1998
Grim Fandango Remastered 2015

Key points

Although not completely glitch-free, ResidualVM fixes lots of other bugs.[1]

General information

bgbennyboy's unofficial installer
bgbennyboy's unofficial launcher
Hardcore Gaming 101 - Comprehensive feature

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Windows
Demos are available from ResidualVM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch 1.01 fixes several crashing bugs, as well as a possible issue where a certain puzzle would be unsolvable on faster machines. Add subtitles to cutscenes
Cannot be installed on 64-bit machines. Bgbennyboy's unofficial launcher should automatically circumvent the problem
Grim Fandango Patch - ResidualVM instructions

Installing the game[edit]

Using bgbennyboy's unofficial launcher[edit]

This unofficial launcher is designed to be used in lieu of the game's built-in launcher (GRIM.EXE). Though it is not necessarily required (unless you are on a 64-bit machine), it does provide easy access to many hidden or undocumented features of the game, including the ability to run the game from the hard drive without inserting the discs, the ability to run the game in a window, the option to automatically load the last saved game, and several debug keys.

If you used bgbennyboy's unofficial installer, the launcher should be installed automatically. Otherwise, download it, and extract it to your Grim Fandango install folder. Then, launch the game using Grim Fandango Launcher.EXE.

Manually copying files[edit]

Alternatively, you can copy the entire contents of both discs to a folder on your hard drive (skip any duplicate files). Then, enable developer mode (see the section below) and launch the game using GrimFandango.EXE. Note that if you do this, bgbennyboy's unofficial launcher may not function; running GrimFandango.EXE at least once may or may not resolve this. Also note that the aforementioned launcher is currently the only way to install the official 1.01 patch on 64-bit systems.

ResidualVM[edit]

Yet another alternative is ResidualVM, a spin-off of the ScummVM project. Like ScummVM, it allows you to copy the game's contents into a folder and run the game via the program's launcher. To note, the team is still working out some kinks, since this is a custom and unofficial interpreter of the game's engine, so consider it a work-in-progress. With version 0.1.1, however, they have also managed to fix 14 bugs that were in the released version of the game back in 1998. Install simply requires the ResidualVM install and the necessary files from the game (detailed here) copied to any folder. Note that you do not run the installer of the patch, but rather place the patch executable into the folder. As of 2019, this is the only way to play the original release of the game on non-Windows operating systems.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\grim**.gsv[Note 1]
You can load or save your game by pressing F1 to access the menu.
Running GrimFandango.EXE with the -s command-line parameter will automatically load the most recent saved game (the unofficial launcher includes this as an option).

Video[edit]

Options menu
Options menu

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Fixed resolution 640x480
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be enforced via video driver, at least on Nvidia cards. Needs either working OpenGL mode or ResidualVM.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Windowed[edit]

Run the game in developer mode[citation needed]
Use bgbennyboy's unofficial launcher[citation needed]
Run GrimFandango.EXE with the -w command-line parameter[citation needed]
Use in-game option[citation needed]
  1. Open the in-game options menu with F1.
  2. Select "DIBSection Windowed Display" under "3D Hardware Options."

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects, Voice
Surround sound
Subtitles
Can be toggled with Ctrl+T
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Greek
Fan translation
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Check XP compatibility patch if there is any issue
Brazilian Portuguese
Brasoft's release

Issues fixed[edit]

"Grim Fandango is already up to date" error[edit]

Delete registry key[2]
  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC\Grim Fandango\v1.0
  2. Delete value named "MAGIC"
Check unofficial launcher version[citation needed]

Sound crashing and freezing[edit]

Force single core affinity for <path-to-game>\GRIMFANDANGO.EXE[citation needed]

Notes

  • Using Task Manager to set affinity is likely to trip the sound issue. Other alternatives work properly.
Enable Windows 98 compatibility mode[citation needed]

Other information[edit]

Enabling developer mode[edit]

Allows several hidden features, such as the ability to run the game from the hard drive and/or in windowed mode.
Create registry key[citation needed]
  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC\Grim Fandango\v1.0
  2. Add a new string value, with name good_times and value trUE.

Notes

bgbennyboy's unofficial launcher should automatically enable developer mode

Running the game without the discs[edit]

Enabling developer mode allows the game to be run without the discs inserted.

If you used bgbennyboy's unofficial installer, or installed the game by copying the contents of both discs to a folder on your hard drive, this is already set up. You can either launch the game using bgbennyboy's unofficial launcher, or manually enable developer mode and launch the game using GrimFandango.EXE.

If you installed the game using the official installer, and are using bgbennyboy's unofficial launcher, then open the launcher and click "Options" - "Run Grim from Hard Drive". This will copy the files for you. From there, you can launch the game either using the unofficial launcher or GrimFandango.EXE.

If you installed the game using the official installer, but are not using bgbennyboy's unofficial launcher, you will need to copy the entire contents of both discs to your Grim Fandango installation folder (skip any duplicate files). Then, enable developer mode and launch the game using GrimFandango.EXE.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
For 64-bit, use ResidualVM.
macOS (OS X)
Use ResidualVM.
Linux
Use ResidualVM.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 MB
Video card (GPU) PCI or AGP graphics card
2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6 compatible

Notes

  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References