I can’t deny being corrupted at a young age, and I hold Al Lowe and his creation Larry Laffer as being personally responsible for that.
The first time I encountered Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, I giggled at the thought of a game dedicated to losing the main characters virginity. Larry called out to me with his risque situations filled with sex toys and adult humor that I didn’t fully comprehend at such a young age.
What started as an attempt to masturbate to pixelated boobs, ended up becoming a hilariously erotic gaming adventure. As I matured so did Larry and his games, eventually culminating in the classic final adventure of Larry Laffer in Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sale.
When the Leisure Suit Larry franchise was revived via Manga Cum Laude I was overjoyed until I played the final product. Sadly Larry Lovage’s adventure was no comparison to the tales of his predecessor. Leisure Suit Larry, a series that promoted it’s point-and-click nature as appropriate for one-handed play, had become a mini-game laden mess for the console generation. Without creator Al Lowe’s involvement in Manga Cum Laude and it’s follow-up Box Office Bust, the heart and humor of Leisure Suit Larry had died. All hope was lost until Replay Games thankfully announced that they are being true to their name, and bringing back classic Larry with the adult content intact and the humor modernized.
To be able to keep the new HD remake of Larry’s initial outage as true to Al Lowe’s demented mind as possible, Replay Games is seeking funding from the gaming community via a Kickstarter campaign. With all the recent Kickstarter success stories in the gaming world, Larry’s second coming is poised to be the next big triumph. With Al Lowe back in control it will be interesting to see how the events and situations of Larry’s first sexual foray will play out in modern times. RealDolls, Fleshlights and internet porn did not even exist during Larry’s original 1987 adventure. Just imagine all the trouble he can get into now…