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I Love You, Grim Fandango, Even Though You’re Broken

Wired: The last great adventure game of the ’90s is back from the dead.

The resurrection jokes come easy for the remastered version of Grim Fandango, the classic LucasArts adventure game in which you play Manuel “Manny” Calavera, a walking, fast-talking grim reaper slash travel agent who just wants to sell enough premium packages to earn his way out of limbo and maybe save a beautiful skeleton dame while he’s at it.

Grim Fandango has long been remembered by a cult audience not only as one of the best adventure games of its time but one of the last, a coda to the era of narrative-driven, puzzle-oriented titles that ruled the computer industry from the mid-1980s until the genre’s collapse in the late ’90s. Many players, myself included, have mourned and canonized these formative childhood relics through our adult lives, placing them on pedestals and bathing them in the halcyon glow of memory, the way that beloved and unexamined things so often are.

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