NSFW Gamer Review: Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

NSFW Gamer Review: Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

Leisure Suit Larry has returned to modern gaming as part of the first major game release to result from a Kickstarter campaign.

For those that are only familiar with the console friendly releases of the franchise (Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude and Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust) you will find yourself in for a treat as Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is a return to the Larry that pervy gamers grew up with.

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Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded
Systems: PC [Reviewed], Mac, iOS, Android
Developer: N-Fusion Interactive
Publisher: Replay Games
Release: June 27, 2013
MSRP: $19.99

NSFW Gamer Review: Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

If you are new to the Leisure Suit Larry franchise then all you need to know is the simple premise that is the reoccurring theme of all Leisure Suit Larry releases; lovable loser Larry is looking for love in all the wrong places and comic hi-jinks result at his every attempt. While the settings change with every release the focus has always been on perverted jokes, comic misunderstandings, and Larry’s bad luck.

Al Lowe, the creator of Larry, was not involved with the last two releases in the series and it showed. His brand of humor has a way of being universally crass and funny irregardless of the passage of time. His involvement with the Kickstarter campaign from the start is what led to this successful release. He made the comment that this would be his chance to not only revive Larry Laffer properly for a new generation (the last two releases actually stared Larry Lovage, the nephew of the original Larry) but to also correct some puzzles that he never quite liked. Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is more a loving reboot than a remake and it shines in that concept.

NSFW Gamer Review: Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

Despite being a reboot do not expect much in the way of extra narrative to supplement the original content. With the exception of the addition of whale trainer Jasmine (added as part of a Kickstarter stretch goal) the adventure follows the same path as the original game. The significant addition to the game is the fully voiced characters and narrator. The original Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (released in 1987) was given a VGA remake in 1991 but the HD artwork and voice overs in Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded makes all previous versions obsolete.

NSFW Gamer Review: Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

Adventure games like this are all about solving the puzzles that will allow you to progress forward. With Larry progression means jumping from one possible romantic conquest to the next until you finally get him laid in a proper fashion. In the original game part of the difficulty of the puzzles was that you had to type the proper phrase for Larry to interact with the object or person correctly. The 1991 release added mouse support which reduced the difficulty in part (interaction with the females still required typing). Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded finds a good balance despite the entire game being point-and-click.

N-Fusion made sure to add small changes to the classic puzzles so that veterans could not just blow through the game in minutes. Examples include having to find batteries to operate a television remote that was fully powered in the original game and a change in the way you find a crucial password needed for progression. It took me a while to figure out the solutions to the new changes but they do not require you to look for the answers outside of their original locations; they just require you to think a little harder then the original game did. The puzzle to gain new girl Jasmine’s affection is a departure from the flow of the other puzzles due to its multiple part nature, but will not be anything new to adventure game veterans. The game advocates how important it is to “play with yourself” in reference to clicking on and examining everything you see and anything you put into your inventory. Some solutions will only become apparent after feeling up everything you can.

NSFW Gamer Review: Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

Overall I really enjoyed this reboot. I was able to blow through the game in a couple of hours but only because I remembered the progression and what to do from the original release. The changes did trip me up a bit but they are not too frustrating that they take away from the novelty of the game. The production value of the game is worth the $20 entry fee, but for some the length might warrant waiting for a Steam sale to pick the game up. For gamers new to the series or that have never played any other version the price tag is worth admission.

Game 3/5

NSFW Gamer Review: Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

The female designs are reminiscent of LSL 7: Love for Sail but less cartoony. Faith radiates a sexy type of innocence that compliments her slutty security guard outfit. From the minute you see Fawn you will know that she is up to no good from her portrayal and the hooker’s close-up view will make you cringe at the thought of what Larry engages in with her. Eve is the highlight of the artwork and the holy grail of the quest, but it would have been nice to get some better shots of Jasmine’s form. Her Asian-centric look is unique to the Larry franchise in general.

With the exception of facial movement the close-up shots are mostly static pics. It would’ve been great to have the addition of bouncing boobs or the girls to react to mouse clicks but the designs are still sexy. The series has always been known for heavy sexual innuendo but any actually nudity has always been reserved for Easter Eggs, so consider this peek on me.

Hotness 3/5

– KamikazeQ

Screencaps courtesy of KamikazeQ

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One Response to “NSFW Gamer Review: Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded”

  1. deuxit says:

    Any one find other easter eggs or is this the only one