Leisure Suit Larry

Differences between PC versions of Leisure Suit Larry

Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards is the first game in the Leisure Suit Larry series. It is actually a graphical remake of the only text adventure Sierra ever published: Softporn Adventure.

As such, it's not quite as funny as some of Al Lowe's later games since he didn't have complete freedom with the story, the game design, and the puzzles. However, some of his trademark humor does come through in some scenes, as the game has been extended from the original in order to meet the demands of the new format. For one, Larry's given a "very basic" personality here, which was something the original game lacked as the player was presumably meant to be the protagonist in Softporn Adventure.

The game is dated now (especially the original version), but for the most parts the puzzles are still pretty fun. There are many deaths, but they are in typically humorous Sierra fashion (although there are some unfair deaths that wouldn't cause death in real life such as flushing the toilet at Lefty's). There are also dead ends, which is a particular annoyance of mine in adventure games (although like Sierra's other early adventure games, I'm willing to overlook this due to it's age).

The most frustrating thing in this game is the money system. You need to keep earning money by gambling at the casino in order to buy things and call cabs (the latter of which you can get stuck if you don't have enough money). The problem is the only games they give you are black jack and slots, and neither are particularly fun to play. I kept saving when I won and loading a saved game when I lost. This isn't a particularly fun way to play a game. It just felt like an artificial way to pad game time to me.

But, even so, it was still worth playing for the quirky humor that was there (especially the off-the-wall Sierra references that Al Lowe's known for). It's not the best game Sierra's made (and not the best of the Larry series either), but if you're willing to overlook it's shortcomings, it's still a fun way to spend a quarter of a day or so.

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