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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
Release dates
Windows October 30, 1998
Metacritic 94
Monetization One-time game purchase
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

General information

Hardcore Gaming 101 - comprehensive feature


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Oversized DRM (lead-out area shortened and used for data, to prevent most contemporary CD-RW drives from copying the method). Bypassed by running the game in developer mode.
Demos are available from ScummVM.

Essential improvements


The latest official patch 1.01 fixes several crashing bugs, as well as a possible issue where a certain puzzle would be unsolvable on faster machines, and also adds subtitles to cutscenes. It is available here and at
Cannot be installed on 64-bit machines. Bgbennyboy's unofficial launcher should automatically circumvent the problem
Grim Fandango Patch - ScummVM instructions

Peixoto's patch

  • Gets the installer running on 64-bit Windows.
  • Allows nearest neighbor or xBRz scaling in software mode.
  • Gets hardware mode working properly at high resolutions. Super-sampling anti-aliasing is also possible.

Installing on modern systems

Method 1: Using bgbennyboy's setup tool
Includes bgbennyboy's launcher to run and configure the game afterwards, as well as enable hidden functionality such as the developer mode.
Method 2: Using ResidualVM
Also fixes several original game bugs.[1]
Currently the only method of installing the original version of Grim Fandango on non-Windows operating systems.
Method 3: Manual file copying
  1. Copy all the content from the game discs to a folder on the hard drive. Overwriting duplicate files is not necessary.
  2. Enable developer mode.
Using this method may not be compatible with bgbennyboy's launcher.

Developer mode

Allows several hidden features, such as the ability to run the game from the hard drive and/or in windowed mode. It also enables debug keys.
Create registry key[2]
  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.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location

Save game data location

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).

Save game cloud syncing

No save game cloud syncing information; you can edit this page to add it.


Options menu
Options menu

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Hardcoded to 640x480
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be enforced via video driver. Needs either working OpenGL mode or ResidualVM.
High-fidelity upscaling
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
See Frame rate capping if some game elements are too fast.
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Run the game in developer mode[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."



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, sound effects, voice
Surround sound
Can be toggled with Ctrl+T
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.
Check XP compatibility patch for troubleshooting.
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Brasoft's release.

Issues fixed

"Grim Fandango is already up to date" error

Delete registry key[3]
  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

Force single core affinity for the game executable[citation needed]


  • 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


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

System requirements

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


  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).


  1. Grim Fandango Original Bugs - ScummVM :: Wiki - last accessed on May 2023
  2. Grim Fandango Launcher ReadMe - last accessed on May 2023
  3. Grim Fandango Patch - ScummVM :: Wiki - last accessed on May 2023