Everyone knows about button bashing a ball into the back of a virtual net on FIFA, or sniping down opponents whose cursing can be heard rattling through the headset when playing Call of Duty, but what do you know about a salesman grim reaper who sells insurance packages to the freshly departed or a ninja rabbit whose quest has him fly-kicking villainous wolves in the head? If you’re bored of what the rest of the casual gamers are playing, try these...
Ten Great Games You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
Jake Hanrahan digs deep into the archive to help you discover some hidden Gaming gems...
1. Grim Fandango
“An epic tale of crime and corruption in the land of the dead” says the strap line on the box. Released in 1998 for the PC, Grim Fandango is the most original game I’ve ever played.
You take direct control of a disgruntled grim reaper named Manny Calavera, guiding him through the neo-noir Land of the Dead as he tries to sell tickets on a train that goes straight to heaven. The more he can sell to his clients, the quicker he can work off his time employed at the Department of Death. Eventually, Manny realises that the fat cats at the D.O.D. are corrupt, stealing peoples “Number Nine” tickets and selling them to the worst sinners with the fattest wallets.
Grim Fandango is an adventure game, and although you do have a gun at one point, everyone around you is dead and your best mate is a demon, this game is more Casablanca meets Lucky Number Slevin in terms of its pace and mood. Gameplay consists mostly of investigation, and the story line is so unique that Tim Burton is rumoured to be making it into a film.