Leisure Suit Larry may remind you of your awkward years, those times when you don’t know how to talk to women, and everything you say or do just comes out wrong. Hopefully, those times are long behind you, and you can now laugh and reminisce at that unfortunate phase in your life as you step in the shoes, and the snazzy leisure suit, of Larry Laffer, a down on his luck almost forty loser as he embarks on a journey to find true love and finally lose his virginity along the way.
Those who are familiar with the Leisure Suit Larry series of games would find Reloaded to be similar to a previous title in the franchise. In fact, it is a remake of Land of the Lounge Lizards, which in turn was derived from Sierra’s 1981 text parser game Softporn Adventure. Rather than having to type actions and commands, Reloaded is a point and click adventure where players can interact with items and NPCs in order to push the story forward. The title navigates between different scenes, and players must solve puzzles through giving and taking items, talking, and even licking certain objects.
At first glance, it may seem as if Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is just a direct port, albeit with better graphics, and while that may be true, as the game is presented beautifully with better renders and visuals, a lot has been changed to add more variety and unpredictability, especially to those who have already played its predecessor. Some puzzles have been changed, and a new love interest, Jasmine, has also been added.
In addition, famed composer Austin Wintory was tapped to do the soundtrack of the game, and add to this the quirky and often raunchy narratives and conversations mixed with a healthy dose of double entrende, the game looks more like a Seth MacFarlane, of Family Guy and American Guy fame, creation rather than one by Sierra veteran developer Al Lowe.
Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded also has the distinction to be the first game in the series to be funded via Kickstarter. Following was so great that they were able to hit and exceed the 500,000 dollar target within 30 days. With this, new content and the aforementioned additional character was promised in gratitude for the support given by backers.
Albeit with some delays in the release, it would seem that Reloaded does not disappoint, as it is funny, silly, and was able to capture the magic that made the series popular in the first place. Players might get frustrated with the controls at first, but that is pretty forgivable as there are a lot of things to explore in this title. Players can go through each location at their own pace, and they can simply enjoy the funny narratives and exchanges between Larry and the other characters in this quirky yet sleazy world.
This particular title is not for conservatives, and it is definitely made with adults in mind. It contains lots of sexual themes, as well as a lot of use of profanity and other elements not suitable for children. Still, it is too funny to resist, and there’s nothing here that you can’t see on basic cable. Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is pretty tongue-in-cheek, and it is not afraid to make fun of itself as well as of anything else that Larry can get his grubby hands (and tongue) on. This version of Leisure Suit Larry, as well as with every other game in the series, is definitely not for everyone, but for the rest of the population, it’s a laugh riot and a pretty enjoyable game all throughout.
Sierra has promised that, depending on the success of this title, other games would also be remade for mobile devices. Hopefully, Reloaded will be the catalyst that would help trigger the influx of games that, hopefully, would be able to meet the benchmark provided by this extremely funny and satiric game, as that would be a win-win situation for everyone involved. Well, maybe except for poor old Larry Laffer and his leisure suit.
Tested on iPhone. Final Score: 7/10
Leisure Suit: Larry was developed by Replay Games. It is available for the iOS via iTunes, and was released on July 17, 2013.