GrimE/Grim Fandango Patch

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Short after the release of Grim Fandango, LucasArts released a patch which fixed few problems affecting the game. ScummVM still needs it for those reasons:

  • Complete the game, as it fixes a bug in year 2;
  • Show subtitles in cutscenes.

Install the patch

First, download the patch from here. To use it you do not need to extract it. Just putting it in the folder where the Grim Fandango data is located will work. ScummVM will load and extract it internally, regardless the operating system or platform you're using.

Extract the patch

If you anyway want to extract it this is the procedure:

With a Windows installation

If you have a Windows installation of Grim Fandango you just need to install the patch and copy to the directory with the game data used by ScummVM the files listed below. This requires you to first have Grim Fandango installed, since the patch won't apply otherwise.

If you can't install Grim Fandango, you have two choices, either get the Quick and Easy Grim Fandango Installer which even fixes patching for you, or fix the registry on your own.

To fix the registry for patching, create a patch.reg file like this):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC\Grim Fandango\v1.0] 
"Install Path"="C:\\YOUR\\GRIM\\PATH" 

"Install Path" has to be a valid path and must have and grimfandango.exe inside. They could be zero byte files, their content is not important. "MAGIC" holds the language (first four hex digits) and current version of Grim Fandango (last four hex digits). So you have to replace XX according to your language:

07 German 
09 English 
0A Spanish 
0C French 
10 Italian
** Portuguese (unknown)

If the is the real one, the MAGIC key could be omitted; the language will be chosen according to GF 1.00 has version number 1010, 1.01 has 2774. So, if the version number is lower than 2774 the update can be performed; 0000 is the simpler choice.

Now import patch.reg in registry; if you launch the updater (Gfupd101.exe) it will install updated files inside "Install Path".

Without a Windows installation

In this case the process is a bit more lenghty: you must clone the git repository scummvm-tools and build the tool patchex. Run the commands below:

$ git clone git://
$ cd scummvm-tools
$ mkdir build && cd build
$ ../configure
$ make engines/grim/patchex

Then install it with

$ sudo make install


# make install

Once patchex is installed you must issue this command:

$ patchex /path/to/Gfupd101.exe LANG

where LANG is a language between these:

  • English (US)
  • French (FR)
  • German (GE)
  • Italian (IT)
  • Portuguese (PT)
  • Spanish (SP)