Buenos dias fellow adventure gaming fans! In honor of another one of my favorite games of all time I decided to help resurrect this classic from the Land of the Dead and back onto everyone’s computer screen. This game is thankfully much easier to run than its Dos companions since it’s a Windows native program. But before you search through your closet, attic, or basement to find your old copy make sure that you spend a few minutes to know how to get it running. The good news like I said before is that this is a Windows game, the only slightly bad news is that it was designed for Windows 95 and 98 and not Windows XP and Vista. This can still work in your favor though if you follow a few simple steps.
Note: Some computers may experience problems running the setup file. If this happens follow the first steps I just provided but just before right click on the setup file. Move the cursor down the small menu you just brought up and click "Properties". Now looking at the two tabs at the top click the one that says “Compatibility”. Under the tab named “Compatibility” you should see a check box with “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” next to it. Click the check box and change the compatibility mode to “Windows 98 / Windows Me” in the drop down menu. Finally click the “Ok” button and run the Setup file again.
Next: Now that the program is installed we need to run the patch before we play it. You can find the patch here (link). Once the patch is downloaded double click it and allow update the program for you.
Playing the Game
First: Go to My Computer > C: Drive > Program Files > LucasArts > Grim
Next: Right Click on the file “Grim”. In the small menu displayed click “Properties” . Select the “Compatibility” tab. Under the area labeled “Compatibility mode” click the check box next to “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and finally select “Windows 98 / Me” on the drop down menu, then “Ok”.
And Lastly: The game may or may not run properly for you at this point. The problem that most people will encounter is static like lines running through the screen. If this happens press F1 then scroll to “Options”. Under “Options” try turning 3D Accelaration on or off (which one works depends on your video card). At this point you should be all set. I will be posting another guide soon on how to run Grim Fandango off your hard drive (no CD’s). Until then enjoy your stay in the Land of the Dead!
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