Walkthrough

OK, nobody said that getting through Grim Fandango would be easy. That’d be like getting the most delicious steak in the world and expecting it to be straightforward to chew. What, you don’t like well-done steak? Well, we can’t all be perfect.

Check out our walkthrough below if you’re a bit stuck and need a helping hand, kindly contributed by Huz. If you’re just looking for hints, you might also wish to consider the Universal Hint System.

El Marrow

Manny's office
Manny’s office

You begin this epic adventure in Manny’s office. Walk over to the message tube and pick up the message there. Pick up the deck of cards from the table, and leave the room.

Walk to the end of the corridor to encounter Eva, the secretary. Speak to her if you like, then use the deck of cards with the hole-punch. Walk towards the lifts, and use the one on the left-hand side of the screen.

Walk to the back of the garage and knock on the door of the metal hut to encounter Glottis. Talk to him until you get onto the subject of a driver – tell him you need one, and he should be your driver. He’s not too big – the cars are too small. You will receive a work order.

Go back to the upper lobby, and go down the other lift. Walk out of the large double doors. Walk towards the festival to encounter to sarcastic clown.Speak to him, and ask for two dead worms and a cat. Get some bread from the stall next to him.

Walk down the alley to the left until you come to the rope of ties. Climb up, and open the window of your boss. Change the auto-response on his computer to “Ah, cripes, Eva! Just sign it yourself, will you?”. Go back to Eva and try to get the work order signed.

Walk into the garage to be taken to the Land of the Living. Use your scythe with the parcel to find a grumpy little man inside. After he has been sent “packing” (sorry), go back down to the lobby. Find the room with the two chemicals, and put one of the chemicals inside each deflated balloon. Go up to Manny’s office and use these balloons on his message tube to mess up the server.

Go to the room containing the server, and pick up the fire extinguisher from the wall. Set the bolt on the door, and leave. When the maintenance guy has left, go back in and open the door. Use your punched card with the red message tube to get your first good client.

Salvador Limones
Salvador Limones

After being slightly confused, leave your office and walk towards Eva. You find yourself locked in the hut in the garage. Knock on the door, and tell the bloke that you want to get out and expose the DoD.

Once Salvador has introduced you to the LSA, talk to him until you get onto the subject of the eggs. Leave the building via the lift.

Climb the rope of ties, but this time walk around the corner, and enter the office of Domino Hurley through the window. Open his desk drawers to find a lump of coral, and hit his punch-bag until a gum-shield falls down. Pick up both of these objects.

Back on the ledge, use the coral on the loose end of the rope made of ties. Throw the rope, and climb across.

On the roof, you need to use the balloon in the roof-dish, and then use the bread on top of this. Watch those birds run! Then steal their eggs. You nasty person.

Go to the shack in the garage, and use the Fill-O-Dent with the gum-shield. Use the gum-shield by itself to get an impression of your teeth. Walk to the alley, and Use the eye on the wall to get back to the LSA HQ. Give the eggs to Salvador and the gum-shield to Eva. You’re then escorted out of the city, and on with your quest.

The Petrified Forest

El Marrow from the Petrified Forest
El Marrow from the Petrified Forest

Walk to the front of the screen to find Glottis sobbing his heart out. Literally. Follow it, and pick up a bone from the pile. Use the bone in the web, and then use your scythe on the bone. Go back to Glottis, and put his heart back in.

At the tree with the pumps, you need to topple the tree. To achieve this, you must ensure that the two pumps on both sides are working together, and both sides are alternating their movement. To alter the time the pumps operate, use the wheel-barrow to block some of the air-tubes. When you have achieved this, switch off the pumps. Wait for Glottis to climb up, and then switch the pumps back on again. The tree will tip over.

You can now go to the North on the other screen. Go through the small door in the huge gate, and pick up a bone from the bridge. Walk to the left, and throw the bone into the tar. Take out your fire extinguisher, and point it at the spot the bone sank. Hold the “Use” button to keep the extinguisher flowing. The flaming beaver should be put out, and it will die. Repeat this process until all the beavers are dead.

Return to Glottis, and drive back to the signpost (where Glottis ripped his heart out). Run it over with the bone-wagon.

Pick it up, and run to the left. Place the sign in the centre of the labyrinth and watch where it points. Pick it up, take it slightly in this direction, and then put it down again. Repeat this until a secret tunnel opens.

Walk down the tunnel and pick up the spooky key. Return to Glottis – you can now drive out of the forest.

Rubacava

Walk up the stairs and to the right – you’ll fall in the sea. The harbour-master will rescue you. Walk into the building, and talk to Celso. Get the picture of his wife, and show it to the harbour-master. He’ll give you a log book – show this to Celso. Congratulations, you now have a job, you cheating scoundrel! Don’t you feel you’re wasting this wonderful game by not thinking about it? All that time your mind could be busy, solving puzzles? No? You loon.

39 Replies to “Walkthrough”

    1. It’s near the entrance to the Department of Death. There’s a side-door you can take which leads to it — inside you’ll find a big machine spitting tubes out.

  1. Trying to use the bone grinder with Glottis and the Bone Wagon. Was I also supposed to aquire the Sproutella ro use the grinder on?
    I was frustrated and didn’t play for a while, I cant remember if I got the gun- but if I did, I dont have it anymore, Should I still have it? How did/do I get it? iPod Touch/iphone.

    1. You can use the grinder and Sproutella to find a flower shop, where you’ll then be able to obtain a gun. You shouldn’t lose the gun afterwards.

  2. So I was trying to figure stuff out myself and definitely did not do everything in order. Somehow I have the picture, and Nick is in the boss’ office..I have everything but a lawyer for the bee in jail and glottis is still drunk because I can’t go into the boss’ office:( They won’t leave the office and I can’t go in..is there something I’m missing?

    1. Great work figuring it out! Rubacava is some of the most non-linear and tricky parts of the game, but still one of my favourite game locations ever.

      Have you been able to get passage on Velasco’s ship yet, the SS Limbo?

  3. I’m stuck at the blue casket. I’m supposed to talk to Lola when she takes snaps of Olivia abd Nick. At the front of the room? All I find is a woman who reads poetry.

  4. I can’t get the little guy to speak to me at the start of Act 3 – he just walks straight past me and the only icons I get are Examine and Talk To.

    1. I had the same problem. Try walking further out till your as close to his walking path as possible. He should notice you when you talk to him then.

  5. In the elevator, i cant get the forklift bkades jammed in the door because they are already raised and I can’t lower them. How can I lower them. Ipod touch.

  6. This guide is very incomplete, the instructions are extremely difficult to read and follow. It feels like this guide was written by a 9 year old kid who is just learning to write. If it weren’t for the videos in youtube I could never solve the puzzles.
    “have a runner…”

    1. Thanks for the feedback Sammer. The guide was written almost 20 years ago so your comment about age probably isn’t too far off the mark! However you might also be struggling with the British colloquialisms throughout. For example, ‘do a runner’ is a slang phrase for ‘run away’.

      Unfortunately not many people have the time or appetite to write an entire game walkthrough, but if any fans were to fancy taking this challenge on I’d be happy to host it.

    1. Honestly I have no idea how I ever figured the puzzles out by myself as a kid. Same for Monkey Island. I do recall needing help with the stump maze sign puzzle though — good god.

  7. Hey, I feel like there may be a glitch on the iPad version? I’m trying to get Chepito stuck in the tentacles, but he and Glottis stop at the edge of the rock, and I can’t get them to move.

    1. Not just on ipad version it happened on pc too i think where it crashes there but stopped happening for me best way is to save before that part and load it after you crash

  8. Before trying the roulette thing, make sure you have completed the other tasks. Also, check that Bogen is in the playins room. He wears a blue military cap, and Manny should say a few words to him.

  9. I can’t seem to grab the grinder from the snow machine. Every time I try to remove it, it grinds more stuff. Any tips?

    1. You have to use your mouse for that part… sorry if you are a keyboard player of this game, so am I..

    2. Every item can be interacted with in different ways. On PC, you can use U (use), E (examine), and P (pick up). The last of those is what you need to use on the grinder. It’s also worth noting that many items in the game produce different dialogue/results from Manny, for example using U and E will cause different responses — some of which are quite funny. I only learned this after playing through the game multiple times and discovered a lot of extra dialogue. :)

  10. How do you go bankrupt? I’ve done everything and am running around in damned circles now because it wont let me do anything.

    1. He wasn’t as clear on this so maybe this’ll help. Like Amarelle said, there’s a hidden roulette table on Manny’s desk in his office when you go examine it. However, specifically you need to make sure the magnet is turned off – specifically for the third roulette table (or if that in itself is unclear, look to the left and you’ll see that the machine only magnetizes one machine at a time in a cycle – just make sure to make it so the magnet is turned off for all of them as it’ll automatically turn back on for all, so that it comes around and the policeman eventually loses like the big dumb loser he is)

    2. I’m still extremely confused and I’ve been at this for an hour, can you explain in more detail

    3. Hopefully you managed to solve it, but if I remember correctly you basically examine Manny’s desk to reveal the panel, and then when you can hear/see that it’s Bogen’s turn you activate the machine which will cause him to lose his bet. At that point he’ll get rather angry.

    4. You don’t go “bankrupt”. I wonder if the author actually understood the game. In order to get Glottis kicked out of the VIP lounge you need to upset the chief of police by denying him his kickback, which is paid out as winnings at Manny’s casino on a rigged wheel. When the game is fair, the chief loses, gets upset and raids the club. A chain reaction causes Glottis to get kicked out of Hector’s race track. Glottis is then free to board the ship.

    5. Causing the police to raid the club “shuts it down” causing bankruptcy and for Glottis to lose his line of credit ( which is what Manny had already been told would happen earlier )

  11. It’d be great if you weren’t such a condescending asshole to people who need help solving puzzles. Like sorry not everyone is as smart and rude as you.

    1. Honestly I don’t think he means it. I get what you’re saying, but I think he’s just trying to emulate some of the humor from the game. He’s not doing the best job, granted, but I don’t think he’s trying to be harsh either.

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