In case you haven't been keeping up with your spooky holiday calendar, it's November 1st - meaning that we're happily sandwiched between Hallowe'en and Mexico's Day of the Dead. In other words, it's the perfect time to surprise-release LucasArts' classic (and extremely skeleton-heavy) adventure Grim Fandango on Switch. And, look, here it is now!
Android has long played second fiddle in the mobile game department with the more mainstream Apple courting the development market, but Android device owners are catching a break with the latest Android-exclusive Humble Bundle, which offers many of the greatest adventure games in years for an extraordinarily low price.
Acclaimed game audio wizard Jory Prum has passed away, aged just 41.
The latest Humble Bundle honouring Orbyt Play, a celebration of indie games streaming on YouTube this Saturday, offers players very cheap ways of acquiring good games and giving to charity.
Pay $1 (about £0.70) or more and you'll acquire minimalist platformer INK, competitive sidescroller SpeedRunners, and two-button fighter Divekick.
Pay more than the average - currently $3.24 (about £2.24) and you'll also receive Tim Schafer's classic noir adventure Grim Fandango along with survival RPG Dead State: Reanimated.
Psychonauts and Brutal Legend developer Double Fine has discounted its 10-game bundle by 80 per cent this weekend on Steam, bringing the total to £15.19 / $19.99.
Grim Fandango Remastered is out today on iOS and Android devices, possibly in honour of Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican holiday celebrating the nation's victory over the French in 1862.
Priced at £7.99 / $9.99, this represents a modern update on Tim Schafer's cult classic. As such, it hosts higher resolution textures, dynamic lighting, a re-recorded orchestral soundtrack and two hours of developer commentary.
The noir-tinged merging of murder mystery and Mexican folklore has aged splendidly in the nearly 17 years since release in 1998. Eurogamer contributor Richard Cobbett recommended this remastering, even if he had some reservations about its puzzles. "Like the film noir classics it borrows from, it looked and sounded great at release, and still holds onto its style," he wrote in his Grim Fandango Remastered review.
Day of the Tentacle is getting a remastered Special Edition for PS4, Vita, PC, Mac and Linux, Double Fine founder Tim Schafer announced at the PlayStation Experience keynote.
Schafer was the lead on the original game, so he and the fine folks at Double Fine will be handling this restoration.
Speaking of LucasArts classics getting remade by Double Fine, Grim Fandango Remastered is coming to PS4, Vita, PC, Mac and Linux on 27th January.
The Grim Fandango revamp has also been confirmed for PC (Windows, Linux) and Mac, and will launch alongside the PS4 and Vita versions whenever that happens to be - still no word on that.
Chances of the game - a "console exclusive" for PS4 and Vita - coming to Xbox One are understandably slim. Skeleton slim.
Grim Fandango is a LucasArts adventure game from a bygone era. But the stylish 'Day of the Dead meets film noir' setting and sharp writing (and rather challenging puzzles but perhaps I'm thick) make it an experience that stands the test of time. It oozes character.