Leisure Suit Larry

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Leisure Suit Larry
Leisure Suit Larry Collection Series.jpg
Cover art for the 1997 collection
GenresGraphic adventure
DevelopersSierra Entertainment, High Voltage Software, Team17, Replay Games
PublishersSierra Entertainment, Codemasters, Replay Games
First releaseLeisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards
July 5, 1987
Latest releaseLeisure Suit Larry: Reloaded
June 27, 2013
 
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Leisure Suit Larry
Leisure Suit Larry Collection Series.jpg
Cover art for the 1997 collection
GenresGraphic adventure
DevelopersSierra Entertainment, High Voltage Software, Team17, Replay Games
PublishersSierra Entertainment, Codemasters, Replay Games
First releaseLeisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards
July 5, 1987
Latest releaseLeisure Suit Larry: Reloaded
June 27, 2013

Leisure Suit Larry is a series of adult-themed video games created by Al Lowe and published by Sierra from 1987 to 2009, and by Codemasters onwards. The main character is Larry Laffer, a balding, double entendre-speaking, leisure suit-wearing "loser" in his 40s. The games follow him as he spends much of his life attempting (usually unsuccessfully) to seduce attractive women.

Series[edit]

See also: Larry Laffer

The series had its origins in Sierra's earlier Softporn Adventure, a 1981 text adventure created by designer Chuck Benton,[1] whose story and basic structure were reused for the first "Larry" game. The "Larry" games were one of Sierra's most popular game series during the genre's heyday when it was first released in the mid-1980s. As such, they remain well-known among fans of the type today. The series stands out among Sierra's catalog in that they are the only games the company produced that contain significant sexual themes.

In general, the games follow escapades of the protagonist Larry Laffer (usually voiced by Jan Rabson) as he attempts (and mostly fails) to convince a variety of young nubile women (rendered with increasing sophistication throughout the series) to have sex with him. A common link between the games are Larry's explorations of luxurious and cosmopolitan hotels, ships, beaches, resorts and, more commonly, casinos. After the gleefully seedy first game, the series – despite becoming infamous for its saucy content – gained something of a reputation for not actually featuring all that much raunchy material when analyzed, particularly the mid-entries to the series. This became even more evident in later years, when more genuinely racy games appeared in the market, like Cobra Mission. At most, the raunchier moments were usually hidden as Easter eggs. Things began to become racier again toward the end of the series, particularly in the (original) final installment, Love for Sail!.

A spin-off game titled Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude and featuring a different protagonist character and gameplay, was developed by High Voltage Software and released by Sierra in 2004. In 2007, Vivendi Universal Games announced a mobile game remake of Love for Sail!. In 2008, Sierra Entertainment announced Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust.[2] It was developed by Team 17 and the publishing rights were offered to Codemasters who published the game in 2009. Larry Lovage, the protagonist of Magna Cum Laude and Box Office Bust, is voiced by Tim Dadabo.

In June 2011, Replay Games announced on their blog that they had acquired a license for the Leisure Suit Larry series. Replay Games plans to re-release the titles it has licensed It is also announced that the series' creator Al Lowe will be involved with the development of the new releases.[3] In April 2012, Replay Games initiated the Kickstarter project "Make Leisure Suit Larry come again!" which finished funding on May 2, 2012 and secured a total of $674,598 ($655,182 via Kickstarter and $19,416 via PayPal) in funding compared to the $500,000 that was asked for. The $650,000 mark will add more story, dialogues and one more character.[4] The "HD" game, titled Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded was originally announced to be released in late 2012 but was delayed to mid-2013. In April 2013, Lowe said an early development has begun on a remake of Larry 2;[5] Josh Mandel later confirmed the game's early development in a Kickstarter update.[6]

Larry Laffer games[edit]

Larry Lovage games[edit]

Neither of these featured Larry Laffer in a starring role or had any involvement of Al Lowe and other original Sierra staff[citation needed].

By Replay Games[edit]

Unreleased games[edit]

Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies[edit]

Leisure Suit Larry 8: Lust in Space (Leisure Suit Larry Explores Uranus)[edit]

Leisure Suit Larry 8, tentatively subtitled Lust in Space (as well as Explores Uranus in some references), was in full development in 1998 until funding was cut. Shortly afterwards, Sierra's adventure games department was disbanded and Al Lowe left Sierra on February 22, 1999. Like the canned Space Quest sequel, Larry 8 was to feature 3D computer graphics, but no more than a few test renders now survive.[7] The game Leisure Suit Larry: Explores Uranus, as well as its teaser, was referenced in Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail! triggered with an Easter egg, as well as a teaser after completing the game. In 2013, Al Lowe pointed how that title is still being considered, with support from series co-writer Josh Mandel. Lowe stated that even though he would like to complete the Reloaded series first, Leisure Suit Larry 8 is "absolutely" still in the works.[5]

Leisure Suit Larry: Pocket Party[edit]

Leisure Suit Larry: Pocket Party was the canceled game in the series that was supposed to be released in the second half of 2005 for the N-Gage. The publishers were Vivendi and Nokia, while the developer was TKO-Software.[8] In the game, players would explore a 3D college campus, while solving puzzles and engaging in risque activities. As they search for the ultimate good time, gamers bump into Rosie Palmer, the head cheerleader at Larry's college. Attempting to win over Rosie's heart, Larry is thoroughly embarrassed by her jock boyfriend Chuck Rockwell—humiliation never stopped Larry before and he is determined to do anything to be with Rosie.[9] In addition to single-player gameplay, players could also wirelessly square off against an opponent in four different turn-based mini-games.[8]

Leisure Suit Larry: Cocoa Butter[edit]

In late 2005, Target department stores (through online vendor Amazon.com) began accepting pre-orders for a sequel to Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude titled Leisure Suit Larry: Cocoa Butter. This new game was being developed for the PC, PS2, Xbox, and PSP systems, but has since been canceled.

Collections[edit]

Several Larry collections have been compiled:

Other software[edit]

Other products[edit]

Reception[edit]

The series was ranked as the 85th top game of all time by Next Generation in 1996, for how "the designers have managed to work in enough campy humor and bad puns to keep the game going through five more installments over nine years."[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Al Lowe Downloads game history". 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-21. 
  2. ^ "Leisure Suit Larry does Hollywood with new comedic adventure video game in 2008". Sierra Online Games. 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  3. ^ "Replay Games acquires the rights to Leisure Suit Larry". Replay Games. 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  4. ^ "Make Leisure Suit Larry come again! – Kickstarter". 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  5. ^ a b John, Anthony (2013-04-26). "Digital Trends". Digital Trends. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  6. ^ Best Inventions of 2010. "Kickstarter". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  7. ^ Leisure Suit Larry 8
  8. ^ a b GameSpy[dead link]
  9. ^ N-Gage Gamezone[dead link]
  10. ^ byainu (2013-01-17). "Leisure Suit Larry for download $9.99". GOG.com. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  11. ^ Larry Links
  12. ^ Leisure Suit Larry: Kühle Drinks und heiße Girls at Moby Games
  13. ^ "Mobile Games – Leisure Suit Larry's Sexy Pinball Review". 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  14. ^ "MSN Mobile – Bikini Beach Volley". 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-21. 
  15. ^ "Mobile Games – Leisure Suit Larry Love for Sail Review". 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  16. ^ "Leisure Suit Larry Magna Cum Laude inMobile Game Domain". 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  17. ^ Next Generation 21 (September 1996), p.47.

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