Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded review
Don your suit, and enter the city of vice in search of love and other things
Leisure Suit Larry is one of those games which has attained a certain level of notoriety in the industry. There’s little doubt that many of you reading this will be old enough to recall playing this in your bedroom, behind a locked door. With its juvenile humour and risqué comedy visuals, the old Sierra On-Line game was one to remember.
Now, nearly thirty years since Larry’s first outing, we have a new, HD look to the original Land of the Lounge Lizards, where Larry has to find love in the resort city of Lost Wages. The locale is the same, the characters are the same, and Larry is… well, still Larry.
Where the original was a naughty bit of fun, something quite different from the norm and something that your mother would certainly not approve of, this modern remake, despite the new lick of HD paint the graphics have received, the new soundtrack and the new voice acting, comes across as being old, tiresome and not particularly funny in any way, shape, or form.
The old locations: Lefty’s Bar, Quiki Wed, Club 69 (the disco), and the Casino (Caesar’s Phallus!) are all there, along with Fawn, Eve and the lady in the top floor of Lefty’s. Needless to say, many of the jokes, jibes and cheap giggles are all present as well, including the excessive amount of gambling and playing the fruit machines in order to line your pockets.
It’s interesting that this new version, fresh from the pages of Kickstarter, decided to go down the Lounge Lizard route one hundred per cent, as it was, after all, not really that good a game to start with. What they had here was a chance to bring Larry into the 21st century, perhaps by giving him a more modern and acceptable level of humour. But instead it feels like a poor attempt at re-modelling the old.
While I have no problems with modern remakes of old games, there seems little point in remaking a game with all of the frustrating elements of the original included.
The puzzles are ridiculously obscure, the droning voice overs are cringe worthy, and although it’s nice to play along in a point and click adventure again, it’s just lost any sense of fun or the sense of actually doing something naughty and against the grain.
Perhaps it’s a result of the modern, digital, everything in your face age we live in, but Larry original felt like you were taking a bite out of a forbidden fruit – Larry Reloaded, however, feels less soft-porn and more like a cheesy modern music video. While I wouldn’t have my children play it, the youth of today wouldn’t be at all shocked by its content.
Despite the flaws I’ve gone into, Larry Reloaded will, more than likely, appeal to a number of people who really loved the original and have felt starved of a Larry fix for a number of years. But those numbers are going to be relatively small compared to those who recall the original Larry series, and are quite happy to let sleeping dogs lie.
In short, although the original was fun and caused an ill-disguised giggle to those playing it, this remake comes across as immature, dull, tacky and as outdated as Larry’s white disco suit. Some of the gags may be new, but the content is as dated and as ludicrous as you would expect from this dinosaur of eighties seaside postcard wit. Sorry Larry, but it’s time to grow up.
• Price: £14.99
• Manufacturer: nFusion Interactive/Replay Games
• Website: goo.gl/eH7Bu
• Required spec: XP+, Mac OS X+, Linux, 1.8GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, DirectX 9.