Grim Fandango Remastered

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Classic game about the Land of the Dead goes mobile.

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Ease of Play

Game's controls are a bit outdated and determining what to do next -- and how to do it -- can be a bit confusing. 


The game, technically, is about death and has some cartoon violence. 


Minor sexual innuendo.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink and smoke in a film noir style. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Grim Fandango Remastered is an updated, though direct port, of the late-1990s classic adventure game. With high-resolution graphics and new music, the game also includes a developer's commentary track that explains the thinking behind the making of the game. Though the story deals with death and love, it's not especially scary stuff for tweens. Characters (typically talking skeletons) do smoke, drink, and engage in some suggestive banter, though, which makes it inappropriate for young players.

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What's it about?

In GRIM FANDANGO REMASTERED Manny Calavera is a travel agent at the Department of Death, who helps souls on their four-year journey to the afterlife. But when he falls in love and discovers a conspiracy against him, he's forced to fight for what's right. The game's controls have been updated to use touch interface: Players tap on an object to interact with it or touch a part of the screen to head there. However, it's not always intuitive to get the characters to do what you want them to do.

Is it any good?

Widely considered one of the greatest games in the video game industry's history, this unique adventure is still top-notch, but the touch methods of point and click feel a bit dated, and hints for new players are lacking. Make no mistake -- the story, dialogue, characters, and music of this game are just as stellar as they were more than 15 years ago. However, a few tweaks to the controls and the addition of a tutorial would enhance the update even further. New to the game or not, you'll likely be captivated by its charms and new habitat. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about doing the right thing, even when you face tough opposition. 

  • Families also can talk about smoking and drinking and the dangerous effects it can have. How might the smoking and drinking in this game be different from that in another game or TV show?

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For kids who love adventure and puzzle games

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