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Grim Fandango (Windows)

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Advertising Blurbs

Back of Box (DN, FI, NO, SW):
    Jokin on vialla Kuolleiden maassa ... ja sinun tulee pelata aikaa. Tutustu Manny Calaveraan, Kuolleiden osaston matkatoimistovirkailijaan. Hän myy luksuspaketteja neljän vuoden matkalle ikuiseen lepoon. Mutta paratiisissa on ongelma. Auta Mannya vapautumaan salaliitosta, joka uhkaa hänen lopullista pelastumistaan.

    Något är ruttet i De Dödas Land och någon försöker blåsa dig. Möt Manny Calavera, reseförsäljare pä Döds Departmentet. Han säljer lyxresor till själar på deras fyra år långa resa mot den eviga vilan. Men något är fel i paradiset. Hjälp Manny att ta sig ur en komplott som hotar hans egen frälsning.

    Der er noget der lugter i de dødes rige... og Du bliver holdt for nar. Mød Manny Calavera, rejse konsulent I de dødes afdeling. Han sælger luksus løsninger til sjæle der er taget afsted på en fire år lang rejse til den Evige hvile. Hjælp Manny med at vikle sig ud af den store sammensv ærgelse der truer hans egen frelse!

    Noe stinker i De Dødes Land... og du blir holdt for narr! Møt Manny Calavera, reiseagent ved Dødens Departement. Han selger luksusreiser til sjeler på deres fire år lange reise mot evig hvile. Paradis har tydeligbis i trøbbel. Hjelp Manny å løsrive seg fra en sammensvergelse som truer hans egen frelse.

    Contributed by Bullyt (524) on Jun 10, 2011.

Magazine advertisement:
    He's part Grim Reaper! He's part Travel Agent! He's all BONES!

    GRIM FANDANGO

    From the creators of of FULL THROTTLE and DAY OF THE TENTACLE comes an epic tale of crime and corruption in the Land of The Dead. Featuring Manuel Calavera as your Travel Agent of Death in the most extraordinary 3D adventure ever made. Set your travel plans for this winter. For Windows 95 CD-ROM.

    Download the amazing playable demo at www.lucasarts.com/products/grim

    Contributed by Apogee IV (2336) on Dec 29, 2005.

Advertisement in PC Games, December 1998 (German):

    Er hat Stil!



    Er hat Charme!



    ER IST ABSOLUT TOT!



    GRIM
    FANDANGO’



    DIE MACHER VON VOLLGAS’ UND DAY OF THE TENTACLE® PRÄSENTIEREN EINE EPISCHE GESCHICHTE VOLLER VERBRECHEN UND KORRUPTION. IN DER HAUPTROLLE MANUEL CALAVERA ALS REISEBERATER DER TOTEN. RESERVIEREN AUCH SIE SICH FÜR HERBST 98 EINEN PLATZ IN EINEM DER AUSSERGEWÖHNLICHSTEN 3D-ADVENTURES DAS JE GESCHAFFEN WURDE.

    Holen Sie sich die spielbare Demo bei www.funsoft-online.com


    Contributed by Xoleras (66236) on Feb 16, 2005.

Electronic Arts Australia website - Windows:
    Description:

    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.

    Features:

    • 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 Tentacle?.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66236) on Jun 27, 2004.

Press Release:

    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 First Half 1998



    San Rafael, CA, 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 first half 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 can't move on until he meets his sales quota, but what he doesn't know is that the cards are truly stacked against him. He's caught in the middle of an embezzlement ring that's 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 man's journey in a dark underworld fraught with mystery and intrigue. Inspired by the films Chinatown, Casablanca and The Big Sleep, the game's 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 Manny's 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 Barbara Gleason, 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" Roth's outrageous creations from the 1960s. Grim Fandango features more than 50 mysterious characters and 90 locations, all beautifully rendered in stunning 3D animation.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75620) on May 15, 2004.

LucasArts Company Store Catalog (Spring 1999):
    GRIM FANDANGO’
    AN EPIC TALE OF CRIME AND CORRUPTION
    IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD





    Meet Manny Calavera-a suave, debonair travel agent in the Land of the Dead. Lately some of his customers have been getting bilked out of the "eternal rest" promised in the color brochures. What's a working stiff to do? Plunge headlong into an engrossing film noir adventure of corruption and deceit, sprinkled with a huge dose of wry humor and amazing 3D graphics. Once you fall for Manny's charms, you may never stop playing.





    The latest "gotta have it" graphic adventure by Tim Schafer, the creator of Full Throttle’ and Day of the Tentacle®.





    R.I.P....Too much to ask?

    • Take a shadowy voyage into Mexico's fantasmagorical Land of the Dead

    • Experience beautiful 3D Art Deco and Aztec-inspired environments

    • Encounter 55 fascinating characters in a film noir epic spanning four years of challenging twists and turns

    • Travel through 90 exotic locations, from the bustling metropolis of El Marrow to the mountaintop portal to the Ninth Underworld

    • Solve hundreds of hair-tugging puzzles from simple to tricky to hilarious

    Contributed by Riamus (8121) on Nov 02, 2003.

LucasArts Company Store Catalogue (Winter 1999/2000):
    AN EPIC TALE IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD

    Something's rotten in the Land of the 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.

  • Take a shadowy voyage into Mexico's fantasmagorical Land of the Dead.

  • Experience beautiful 3D Art Deco and Aztec-inspired environments.

  • Encounter 55 fascinating characters in a film noir epic spanning four years of challenging twists and turns.

  • Travel through 90 exotic locations, from the busting metropolis of El Marrow to the mountaintop portal to the Ninth Underworld.

  • Solve hundreds of hair-tugging puzzles from simple to tricky to hillarious.

    1998 Game of the Year
    --Gamespot

    1998 Adventure Game of the Year
    --PC Gamer

    Contributed by MAT (72346) on May 26, 2001.

back cover of the US cd case:
    Something's rotten in the land of the dead...
    Grim Fandago
    An epic tale of crime and corruption in the land of the dead.
    * A four-year journey through over 100 exotic locales
    * An extraordinary expeirence within 3D art deco and aztec inspired environments
    * A web of intrigue 50 characters deep
    * Hundreds of challenging puzzles for all adventurers
    * A lush original score featuring swing-era bebop and jazz

    Contributed by Xa4 (274) on Apr 27, 2001.