Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Grim Fandango Design Document Online!

My friend Richard just sent around an email pointing out that Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine Productions and former designer at Lucas Arts, in a "fit of Cake-induced Grim nostalgia," after a celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Grim Fandango, has posted the PDF of the original Grim Fandango Puzzle Design Document. To quote Richard's email directly, "OMFGHOLYSHIT!!!"

Richard and Baz just finished playing through the Legend of Kryrandia PC game and were complaining about some of the puzzles. I pointed out that they should play some other adventure games of that time period if they wanted to see difficult puzzles. To quote Tim's post, "People said the puzzles in Grim were super hard, and I’ve always maintained that this was due to a deep character flaw or mental illness on the part of the player. But now, reading this again, I’ve realized that holy smokes--Some of them puzzles were nuts. Obscure. Mean, even."

1 comment:

Capn John said...

Those designers had wicked senses of humor, especially when you were reduced to solving some puzzles by trying to use everything in your inventory with anything even remotely conspicuous in the scene.

I think it was the Simon the Sorcerer game that had the main character sometimes respond to failed attempts with "An idea with merit, but hardly practical." Or perhaps that came from the Legend of Kyrandia series, too.

I love that phrase, and I'm quick to use it when coworkers offer solutions that I don't believe are viable.