Grim Fandango

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Grim Fandango
First release 1998
Also known as N/A
Developed by LucasArts
Published by LucasArts
Distributed by Activision
Platforms Windows
Resolution 640x480, 256 colors
Engine GrimE
Support Since ScummVM 2.5.0
Available for

Grim Fandango was the first LucasArts adventure game to not use the SCUMM scripting language. Instead, it used an engine called GrimE (Grim Engine), which was based upon the Lua open-source scripting language. The game follows Manny Calavera, a grim reaper for the Department of Death in the Land of the Dead. He learns that the system he works for is corrupt, after a woman who led a great life, Mercedes (Meche) Colomar, doesn't get to go straight to the seventh level of the afterlife, the land of eternal rest. Manny must take a four-year journey to find out who's behind the corruption, find Meche, and earn himself a place in the land of eternal rest.


Required data files

For more information on how ScummVM uses game data files, see the user documentation.

You will need to copy the data files from your Grim Fandango CDs into one directory. Specifically, you'll need:

  • All of the LAB files from both CDs.
  • A copy of the official Grim Fandango 1.01 update patch. The patch can be downloaded here

Current status in ScummVM

The ResidualVM GrimE engine has been merged into ScummVM.

In the stable builds of ScummVM, Grim Fandango is completable and fully playable but there may still be some bugs and glitches.

There are also a few things that aren't implemented at all, or doesn't work right yet:

  • Lighting not working properly

ScummVM will however also fix some bugs present in the original game. See Grim Fandango Original Bugs for a list.

Debug mode

Grim Fandango supports a special mode to ease testing and debug. See Grim Fandango Debug Mode for more information.


Currently ScummVM supports the following unofficial translations:

  • Russian Fargus version
  • Russian 7Wolf version
  • Russian ENPY version
  • Chinese ichimagination version

ENPY patches come as Inno Setup patchers. There are 2 ways to patch the original game:

  • The recommended way is to run the installer under windows specifying game directory as the target
  • Unpack using innoextract and copy contents of app folder to game directory

Some ENPY patches need a password for innoextract. Known passwords are:

  • 42YlT93f319687ouv6131n55454644w4fr9a3lt440C4GPU1y82AY7g86130E584

ichimagination version can currently only be installed by running it under windows. However after this is done it can be played on any supported platform

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