Posted: August 29, 2014
First thing to appreciate with Leisure Suit Larry
(LSL) is that it is a game that originally was created in 1987! The gameplay in this 'Reloaded'
version is essentially the same, with updated graphics, interface & full voice/audio support.
Being from an earlier generation, the gameplay can feel basic by modern standards and there is no real direction from a story perspective to guide you either. You only know that you need to guide Larry (the 40yr old virgin)
to find love. With limited guidance, the ability to visit any of the locations in any order & a lot of abstract puzzles to solve LSL can leave you scratching your head for long periods.
Simplicity aside, LSL is full of personality. It's a small point-n-click
adventure, but each of the 5 main locations is filled with things to distract & amuse you. This is where the real charm of LSL comes through; if you rush through the plot you miss much of what the game has to offer. Achievements have been well utilised too to encourage exploration of 'Lost Wages' . Many are only obtainable by exploring the many these hidden 'side quest'
dialog click-points or finding the Easter Eggs around the game world. Some will even need a second play-through.
One of the most enjoyable elements of LSL is the amazing voice acting! The highlight undoubtably being the narrator. Besides having an awesome voice & a good dose of sarcasm, he is ongoingly degrading to Larry with some genuinely funny dialog. I just wanted to click everything just to hear whatever perverted thing the narrator or Larry might say next! The dialog & the entire game on the whole is full of sleezy sexual innuendo, political incorrectness, stereotypical 'one-dimensional'
characters & toilet humor. If you don't find these sort of things funny then you probably wont like LSL.
Graphics look good, but the animations are a bit average. Perhaps they are meant to be a bit retro in design (keeping to the original on purpose), but I would have liked to see them more detailed. Also there are a number of audio sections mentioning an 'action' you do that has no animation at all. Would have loved to see (not just hear) these in the Reloaded
version. UI is good enough, but take the tutorial! Also, I would have liked to see controllers supported for big screen play in the lounge room & an auto-save function.
As a kid playing LSL back in the day, it aways used to remind me of a naughty, very risqué game I needed to hide from my parents. Now it seems tame, more an ongoing tease filled with a lot of cheap, tasteless one-liners & gags. Despite my change in perspectives, the core essence of the game remains fun & true to the original cult classic.
I find my fond memories renewed on playing through the Reloaded
version, all these years on! Leisure Suit Larry
remains a true gem of an adventure game!