Did you, like me love the Lucasarts game Grim Fandango? Were you not so impressed with the controls? Wish the game was point ‘n’ click instead of arrow key controls? your wish has come true thanks to a mod by a fan.
An enterprising modder named Tobias Pfaff has created a mod for the game that changes its control scheme to a traditional point-and-click interface. Click where you want to go, and Manny will walk there automatically.
“I got annoyed by the Grim Fandango‘s tank controls,” Pfaff said in a forum post, “so I made a classical point & click interface. The game is now 100% playable with mouse only (bugs to be expected, though).”
It sounds like a simple change, but it’s significant for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it’s simply better. Grim Fandango‘s “tank” controls were cumbersome, making movement a chore — in particular, maneuvering over to and interacting with some of the objects in the game.
It was also a challenge from a technical standpoint, as the game was originally designed without mouse controls in mind.
“[Fandango] contains a lot of puzzles with non-standard controls,” Pfaff said. “This required massive modifications.”
For an adventure game, point-and-click is simply the natural way to play. Grim Fandango finally has the fix it always deserved, and all is right with the world.
The game should now 100% playable with mouse only, but the mod is not well tested yet. If you want to give it a shot, head over to
and look for the newest Mac/Win binaries. Bear in mind, this is very alpha, and you’re likely to run into bugs.
Read more at http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2014/03/grim-fandango-point-click/