Double Fine Studios have announced the re-release of two classic LucasArts adventures, Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle. You’ll be able to play as Manuel “Manny” Calavera, a detective in the land of the dead. Or as the strangest group of people around to try and stop Purple Tentacle from taking over the world!
Originally released in 1998 for the PC, Grim Fandango was the first adventure game from LucasArts that veered away from their traditional 2D point and click adventure game system used in such classic titles as The Secret Of Monkey Island and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.
Much like the original Resident Evil, Grim Fandango used 3D rendered characters overlaid onto pre-rendered backgrounds. The effect was very impressive for the time and the game still managed to contain that classic LucasArts adventure feeling.
The game itself was based on the Mexican day of the dead tradition. You played as Manuel Calavera, a travel agent in the land of the dead. Your job is to decide whether peoples souls should take the four year journey by foot to the afterlife, or receive a ticket for the Number Nine luxury express train.
When Manny discovers that his boss has been hoarding tickets for the Number Nine and passing them onto the underworld criminal boss, he decides to investigate what is really going on.
I remember purchasing this game soon after release and wasn’t disappointed, so I’d love to play it again and see if it still holds up today. The new remastered version to be released in January 2015 will feature all new high definition graphics, improved 3D game engine for better effects and remastered sound.
Grim Fandango Special Edition will be available on PS4, Vita, PC (Windows and Linux) and Mac.
The Day of the Tentacle was a wacky and brilliant adventure game released in 1993 that had you solving puzzles through time and space. The game was bizarre enough just from watching the intro which revealed that Purple tentacle had drunk from a contaminated water source and become evil. He now had aspirations to take over the world and only you could stop him.
Purple Tentacle? Yeah, I know that makes no sense and if you just go with the flow it didn’t matter. The game was huge fun to play with great humour throughout.
Day of the Tentacle was s sequel to one of LucasArts first adventure games, Manic Mansion. Although it’s not essential to play before Day of the Tentacle, it does introduce the characters (humans and tentacles) and situations which would give more meaning to the sequel.
Double Fine studios are remastering this title in much the same way as Grim Fandango but have announced no more details as present.
Here is the introduction sequence to the original game.