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Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded

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By ember06-09-2013
Bis18marck70 (editor)
MrJenssen (editor)
Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded

The Defence

Developer:
N-Fusion Interactive
Publisher:
Replay Games
Genre:
Adventure, Indie
Release Date:
27-06-2013

The Prosecution

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5 GHz
AMD equivalent
VGA:
Nvidia GeForce 8600
AMD equivalent
RAM:
4 GB
HDD:
5 GB
DirectX:
9.0c

The Case

In the course of human events, one game must be made to satisfy that obscure and tiny niche of people who like bad punchlines, hot babes and puzzles. Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded is the remake of the 1987 game - Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards. Larry is in search for love, and a little action, but is he in over his head with this remake?

The Trial

Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded takes you on the...interesting...adventure of Larry, (he he) Larry Laffer, on his quest for love in the city of Lost Wages. Larry starts off stranded at Lefty's bar with little cash. Oh w-w-w-wait right there! We have to make sure that you're old enough to read this review first! You have to be 18! So answer these questions first before reading on:

1. Who was the 18th President of the United States?

2. If pie is tasty, then what is the cat doing on the roof of your house?

3. Seriously, who puts a quiz at the beginning of their game? Let alone their review?!

After going through said quiz a few times I found Larry, (he he) Larry Laffer, at Lefty's Bar and started his adventure.

Oh no you don’t!

Oh no you don’t!

In this Larry remake, there are a multitude of common, everyday objects that you need to take with you in order to complete the game. As to how you're supposed to know that you need these items and where to get them is lost to me. It's as if N-Fusion Interactive thought continuing with the old-school Zelda and Final Fantasy type "look everywhere until you find something"-gameplay was a good idea in modern games too. Translation: I started using a guide about five minutes into the game.

The assault did not stop there, dear readers. To actually get anywhere in the game you need money. Seriously, the cab guy charges $20 or over whenever you need to drive somewhere. You start off with a meager amount, but it's nowhere near what you need to finish the game. How, pray tell, do you earn an honest buck then? You gamble. I played about a few rounds legit gambling in the game and just stopped. A way to get an abundance of money without cheating was nowhere in sight. You would have to be extremely lucky or very patient to even think about getting enough cash to get through the game. Either that or you can bet all your money and if you win save the game and rinse and repeat, reloading your old previous save file if you lose all of your earnings. Fallout New Vegas’ penalty for save-scumming is nowhere in sight here.

Meh, I’ve seen bigger.

Meh, I’ve seen bigger.

While Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded may have received a graphical facelift, the gameplay is just about as foul as its halitosis-ridden protagonist. Instead of thought-provoking puzzles, the player is forced to click around the screen trying to grope in the dark for items to use for later puzzles. As for the purpose of these items, you're left clicking once again, trying to figure out what possible use these items could be. Seriously, who pours hot sauce into a whale's blowhole? Larry, (he he) Larry Laffer, apparently does.

The Verdict

While Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded has its grins, giggles, and some shiny new graphics, it’s an outdated game from an older era. If anything, the shock-factor of some of the ghastlier scenes as well as a few women with big breasts blown up on the screen are probably the only “attractive” features this game can offer for modern audiences. If you’re looking to try out a casual game or if you’re a fan of the Leisure Suit Larry series and are looking for some nostalgia, then go ahead and buy it. Otherwise, steer clear of these boobies. He he...

Case Review

  • Rude, Crude, Dude: The same crass jokes you’ve heard before.
  • Loyal Marriage: It’s a faithful remake. If you hated the original LSLitLotLL (he he), you’ll hate Reloaded too.
  • The Ladies Look Better: It’s not just the alcohol, the game looks better than it did before.
  • Clickorama: There should be an achievement for achieving real-life carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Use What to do WHAT?!: Who, in their right mind, would take chocolates from a hooker?
  • Short yet Long: What this game’s storyline lacks in length, it makes up for with frills and endless clicking.
  • Pop Quiz: A quiz as a prerequisite to play a game is never a good idea.
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Score: 2/5
About as foul as it's halitosis-ridden protagonist.

Appeal

It should go without saying that Leisure Suit Larry is a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and neither should you. The game’s tone can most easily be compared to Looney Tunes - if Looney Tunes had sex jokes - complete with dust cloud fights as well as ridiculously over-the-top scenes of animal cruelty (and I thought Wile E. Coyote had it rough). On top of this you have the sardonic narrator with his input, sounding like the misanthropic musings of an all grown-up Stewie Griffin, and the occasional meta-joke thrown in for good measure. LSL: Reloaded is genuinely funny, and I don’t mean funny in the ‘it made me blow air out of my nostrils a bit more than usual’ way; I mean funny in the ‘I actually laughed out loud and loudly’ way. The sound design pleases the ears, and the updated visuals do the same job for your eyes. In addition to this, each lady Larry tries to woo gets their own lovingly rendered portrait, too.

Whilst LSL is a fun game, it is also extremely short once you know what you’re doing, especially if you played the original or the 1991 remake. However, with many of the game’s puzzles following old-school puzzle game logic, your mileage will likely vary. This is Leisure Suit Larry after all, and there is a lot to find, pick (stuff) and interact with here.

To conclude, Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is what you may call short and sweet, no pun intended. If you’ve already gotten Larry laid before, there’ll be about two or so hours of gameplay here at most. But the script and the visuals make the experience a fun one...even if I personally failed the game’s age verification test an embarrassing 3 times.

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Score: 4/5
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The questions REALLY pissed me off.

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Those questions sound like "veryfy that you're from USA".

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The thing that gets me is that there are people who are really like that...and they always get everything they want o.O