Grim Fandango Launcher
By Bennyboy
Version 1.6.1

New in this version:

What is Grim Fandango Launcher ?:
A replacement launcher program for Grim Fandango.
It has features not present in the original launcher:

The program does not need to be installed and can be run from anywhere since it reads the registry values in order to find the location of Grim Fandango. So Grim Fandango must be installed for the launcher to work correctly.

How to use it:
Usage should be fairly self-explanatory:

Click Options to bring up the options menu.

Developer Mode/Debug Keys:
The Grim Fandango Developer Mode was found and documented by Serge (Jimmi Thøgersen). His list of debug keys are included in this launcher with his permission.

Developer mode allows the game to be run in a window. This can be done in two ways: by clicking 'Play windowed' in the launcher, or by loading the game, going to options > 3D hardware options and choosing 'DIBSection Windowed Display'.

Developer mode also enables the use of debug keys. The list of debug keys and their functions can be seen by pressing the 'Debug Keys' button in the launcher.

Developer mode is automatically activated by the launcher and even if you then play the game without the launcher, developer mode will still be enabled. I have not provided an option to disable developer mode because this disables some features (windowed mode) and complicates the operation of the launcher. If you do want to disable developer mode though, you can do this by editing the registry. Navigate to in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC/Grim Fandango/v1.0/ and delete the "good_times_ key.

Windowed mode may not work on some systems. To fix this you can try activating windowed mode in a different way: In the game, go to Options > 3D Hardware Setup and choose "DIBSection Windowed Display".

Credits and thanks to:
Jimmi Thøgersen (Serge`) for all the information about the hidden features of Grim Fandango and debug mode in his 'Inside the Engine' article.

Launcher icon uses the Grim Fandango icon created by Thanius.

Readme, tick, cross and update icons from the Buff set by Mahttahan.

Contact me.

All my software is completely free. If you find this program useful please consider making a donation. This can be done on my website.

Bennyboy 20/03/23