LogoBehind the scenes in the shadowy underground lair that is the TouchArcade command center we take time out every week to sit around a Dr. Strangelove-like war room table and toss out various ideas for new features or other ways to make the site better. One thing we've been talking about doing is this kind of weekly game feature. So, allow me to introduce the TouchArcade Game of the Week initiative.

The idea is every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our TouchArcade Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us just shouting it out in the war room I mentioned earlier over what game we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.

These picks might be controversial, and that's OK. If you disagree with what we've chosen, let's try to use the comments of these articles to have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why.

So, without further ado-

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

661997_largerFollowing a successful Kickstarter just over a year ago, Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded [$4.99] is a totally revitalized version of the 1987 Sierra classic. What makes Larry so special is it's hard to find many video games that have more historical significance to them in regards to, well, just about everything that made Larry games the legend they are today.

While Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards wasn't the first adult game, it certainly was the first one that was popular. When it was released, the game had a highly taboo sense of mysticism to it, and I still clearly remember what a big deal it was to know someone who could get you a copy of Leisure Suit Larry. In fact, the creators now jokingly look back on just how much it was pirated, as more hint books were sold than actual copies of the game.

Playing the game is like cracking open a sealed time capsule from the late 80's, only with better graphics and a more familiar interface. This is both a good thing and a bad thing, as the game was released in a time where using your computer for anything "dirty" was practically unheard of... Much less an entire game revolving around seducing women and "getting lucky." With that being said, sexual culture as a whole has shifted dramatically since then, and in the process, a lot of the things that made the game so provocative have since become totally normal.

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We spent a considerable amount of time in this week's podcast discussing this very point, and while Leisure Suit Larry is an unadulterated blast of nostalgia for those of us that were around for the hay day of Larry, I'm really not sure how the game will be received by those who weren't. Regardless, it's something everyone should have- Especially if you haven't played it, as it might make you appreciate modern adventure games a little bit more if you understand the history of the genre... And there's no better way to get a crash course in old school adventure games than by playing through Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded.

  • dexterdavis

    Whatever happened to the free random games that touch arcade used to give out they only did that like twice. With that RPG and another one.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Short answer: App Store ecosystem has changed a ton since then.

      • speedyph

        ELI ARE U GUYS GONNA REVIEW SINA MORA AND BOUNTY ARMS IM KINDA ON THE FENCE ABOUT BOTH

      • Seniku Moonjewel

        Less caps please kiddo.

      • Karzay

        You're like the Gilbert Gottfried of comment posters. Do you squint at the screen when you type?

      • nini

        He uses his toes.

      • Karzay

        It didn't occur to me speedyph has a disability. I feel bad now. Sorry speedyph!

      • Greyskull

        Nah...not really.

      • dancj

        I'd be interested to hear the long story.

      • Arakasi

        Wait, are we talking about the "Free Play" promotion? That was started in December of '12 and discontinued in April of 2013? Because if so, would also definitely be interested in the long answer.

  • bigitec

    I've grown up wasting my pocket money in garage sales and flea markets to gather computer parts (286-16 MHz + EGA graphics) to get these old Sierra games running... aaargg good old times

    • Greyskull

      And now you're digging for change to buy games which magically disappear from existence, or change so you have to pay again for the same content.

  • Piccadillio

    It was a terrible game when it was first released.

    • cofunguy

      And still is....:)

    • toxiccheese

      And it isn't much better now. This was a disappointing release for me. It has issues with the way mechanics are handled and even the obscurity of the puzzles.

    • totallymichael

      If you honestly believe that this was a terrible game when it first came out then that means you're 40 and your sense of humor has always sucked.

      • Stuart Nicholson

        Hey I'm in my 60s and first played this game as Softporn Adventure on my Atari 800. It's exactly the same game but text only. I recall finally getting the first Sierra graphic version and playing it all the way through again. This is part of video game history and deserves some respect for that IMHO.

  • Jake7905

    'Larry' may seem like the most notable game of the week based on it's history, but I think 'Breach & Clear" will end up being the best game released this week based on it's future.

    • InkyTheGhost

      Totally agree. Breach & Clear (as is) is pretty good, and the devs are obviously really invested. But I feel like it needs an update or two to really get smoothed out. Most fun I've been having this week is with Futuridium. Visuals/music/controls all feel really solid.

  • Timelord

    Guys...this game is pure gold. TA is right about the humor being a little outdated...but if you're to young to have been around when LL, Space Quest, Police Quest and King's Quest (not to mention the now-dead Lucasarts classics like Maniac Mansion, etc), I cry for you.

    But to say this is a "bad game"? That's just blasphemy and you should go back to your Xbox and play some Call of Duty or Gears of War or something mindless. Fun and intelligent games like this are just not made anymore. I pray to the silicon gods that this game does well enough to make someone think that bringing all the Sierra games to iOS would be a great idea :)

    • JBRUU

      This...intelligent?

      • William Hartman

        Yeah, this game is far from intelligent. It gets praise on nostalgia and updated graphics,but the puzzles here weren't intelligent and the game is over fairly quickly. And of course, the stinger - once you have played through it once, Im sure that will be fine for most people, even those who enjoy(ed) it.

        It isn't the worst game, and I enjoyed replaying it again, but the high praise it gets is just nostalgia goggles fogging things up.

    • Piccadillio

      So because I think Leisure Suit Larry is a bad game means I've never played a point-and-click game? You need to figure out what nuance is.

  • captainChocolade

    How much did they pay TA for this review? Eurogamer gave the game 2/10...

  • Timelord

    Ok sorry guys I didn't mean to slight anyone I was speaking in relation to me being an old man. In the 80's this game was fun, funny and intelligent. But this article was dead on. The allure of this game back in the day had nothing to do with the "puzzles" or even the game itself. This was a game kids played in the basement when mom and dad didnt know, snickering and laughing at the sexual humor and innuendo that wasn't widely available. Like the article says the world just isn't like that anymore. 5 year olds have access to porn and girls are having babies at 12.

    All that being said, the game has not aged the best. I love it but its because I have an extreme fondness for these games and for the nostalgia. I could easily see most people not having that basis and just seeing this as some lame point and click adventure game with substandard "puzzles" and gameplay. It's just a personal sadness to me that most people can't experience what the author of this article or I do when playing this game.

    • oldgamer dude

      I'm right there with you Timelord, this game was a big deal when it came out. Not the best point and click adventure by any stretch but groundbreaking at the time. I kind of miss those days:) Anyways eloquently said.

    • Will Buckingham

      Agreed, I feel like the Larry series has aged very poorly in comparison to some of the other classic Sierra game lines if they were to be updated. Kings Quest (a few really terrible puzzles aside) and Space Quest are far more timeless games in my opinion, because they don't rely on kind of tasteless jokes and references people these days won't understand to get by on. This is a really high quality release of a very old game, and honestly, it's harder than I thought getting through it. I don't think I've laughed even once.

      • iPhallex

        I would pay 100 million internets and buckets of gold if they brought back King's Quest and/or Space Quest.

  • NickyNichols

    What I would give for a remake of Police Quest.

    • Timelord

      Totally man I want KQ, SQ, PQ, Quest for Glory... All of them!

  • oldgamer dude

    The Sierra quest games were pure gold, when that logo scrolled across the screen you knew you were in for a treat. And if you didn't use strategy guides the games would last a good many hours :)

  • shaver

    Is this related to the forum-voted GOTW?

    (Ed: it's "heyday", not "hay day". Supercell made a pun, get it?)

  • http://tarasis.net/ Robert McGovern

    I'm kinda amused, it's game of the week here and lambasted to hell on Eurogamer (2/10) for its sexism. No interest in playing it myself, it has never appealed but I can highly recommend Austin Wintory's excellent score to LSL:R (available to buy on Bandcamp).

    • Karzay

      Meh. Ellie Gibson (Eurogamer) thinks Kickstarter campaigns are worse than war, racism, and poverty. Her article is funny, but it's more like a rant than a review.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Honestly, it's a super hard game to review. Do you review it as the 1987 game in 2013? Do you review it as the quality of the port? A mixture of the two? There's not really a good answer, we run into this a LOT with iOS ports.

    • oldgamer dude

      Being sexist is what LSL was all about. Larry was the original 40 year old virgin, the game never took itself seriously and shouldn't be taken seriously. It's a video game for god's sake, and the content is way tamer than half the crap on tv.

      I guess video games that you kill scores of people in are better lol

  • InkyTheGhost

    "These picks might be controversial, and that's OK. If you disagree with
    what we've chosen, let's try to use the comments of these articles to
    have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why."
    It made me so happy to read this. Right on!

  • Royce

    You guys are certainly entitled to the name, but we have already been casually referring to the winner of the TA forums GOTW as the TA GOTW for years. I guess we have to be careful to always insert the "forums" part to avoid confusion now. Why can't you do like Apple and call it the Editors Choice :p

    • Royce

      Also, you ask to use the comments as a place to discuss our favorite games of the week but there's already a popular weekly forum thread/poll for that. Maybe you could link it in these articles and help bring even more attention/participation to our poll.

      • Dixon Koontz

        Eli said that to try and head off a lot of people disagreeing without saying much of value, to encourage more worthwhile conversation.

      • Foghorn Irrascible

        He said that to hide the real reason they picked such an unworthy contender.

        All this 'new feature' is for is to get some more page hits. It's certainly not to discuss a great game. At best it's to argue over a deliberately chosen unworthy game.

  • scotteeboy

    I would like to point out (and for those of you that may remember) that Leisure Suit Larry was based on an earlier text adventure game that ran on the apple // series called "Soft Porn". Leisure Suit Larry was an exact duplicate of find game, just with graphics.

  • phoenix155

    Sooo...I, 30 years old and I can't get past the so-called age verification test at the beginning. And there's no way to turn it off. Seriously?

    • phoenix155

      And I apparently can't spell. :-). I'm

  • Foghorn Irrascible

    This wasn't even that good a game originally. The remake is not much better.

    Why pick this and not one of the truly excellent NEW games, like Breach and Clear?

    Is it because this game will generate more disagreement. And hence more page hits?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I think if you read the article instead of seeing the headline and setting your cruise control to the comments section you will understand the significance of this game.

  • totallymichael

    Larry totally deserves this! Best humorous adventure game ever. Monkey Island is a close second. For all the haters, if all you know is Magna Cum Laude and Box Office Bust, please erase those from your memory. If Al Lowe wasn't involved then it's not a real Larry game. This remake is amazing. The voice acting is top notch. So glad they got the original voice of Larry from 6 and 7. All the updated puzzles and humor are awesome. The background art is great. The only way I'd be happier about this remake is if it wasn't a remake. I, like most other Larry fans, am waiting for Larry 8!

  • Paul Trowe

    Wow!!! So many people miss the entire point of the game!! First of all, we had $650k to develop a game from scratch. Most iOS ports care costing that now if they're not using unity. On top of that, you guys are missing 90% of the game if you just race through it and try to finish it as quickly as possible. That's not the point of this game. The writer, world famous game Dpdesigners Al Lowe and Josh Mandek created this game and made every single inject clickable with every single action verb. That's 19,000 LINES of voice recording, and if that's not enough they got Austij Wintory to create an original Jazz score with an orchestra, much like he did with Journey and The Banner Saga.

    You guys don't have a sense of nostalgia when it comes to bringing back original IP. Could we have spent a couple million more to deviate from the original game? Sure! But we ran a Kickstarter and asked the fans exactly what they wanted

    • Foghorn Irrascible

      I couldn't care less what technical novelties the game embodies, it's still crap. Sorry.

      The chaps that backed your KS got what they wanted and you achieved what you set out to do.

      But big deal. Game was mince to begin with so it's a victory for nostalgia but not really for Gaming.

    • Foghorn Irrascible

      But the fact you ignored people's valid complaints about the game and decided that anyone who doesn't like it just doesn't understand the 'whatever' you all went through to deliver it proves you're too close to the project to accept and understand that it doesn't matter how many lines of dialogue there are, in how many languages, or how many items are clickable, an outdated, crappy game with strong retro appeal is still an outdated crappy game.

      You want to do retro adventure gaming a *real* service? Remake a really really good one.

    • Will Buckingham

      Paul, I was one of the backers and nobody is questioning that it's an amazing update of the original game from what I can see. They're more commenting on that the original content of the game just doesn't hold up as well in the world today, and I agree. Do I regret backing the project? Not at all. I think it's great that a classic series can be revived and eventually maybe even lead to a new title in the series. And hey, maybe the later games will "click" with me more than this first one did. I was super young when it first came out and so while intellectually I understand the humor, it doesn't really grab me. It's like watching an old movie that you can appreciate for its history, but can't make a connection to. Congratulations to you and your team though on getting such a polished update out in the time frame you did. I hope there's enough people who do appreciate the humor to make continuing updating the Larry line viable.

      • Paul Trowe

        Hi Will,

        Ok, I totally get what you're saying and will pass it on to the development team. Thank you for being a kind critic and letting us know exactly your feelings on the subject for the next iteration of the game.

  • manaman

    This is one of those games I heard about in gaming history. As it was presented to me, it isn't an all-star, but rather something of a novelty.

    I thought the update might be a chance for me to check the game out. I have gotten into point-and-click adventures and wish there were more of them coming out now.

    Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of the subject matter and I expected as much. There are some humorous lines of dialogue and funny scenarios. Still, while I completely expected it and sometimes laughed at it, I would've liked a little less of the crudity.

    That being said, I thought a lot of the puzzles were rather clever. The sound was good. The controls were tight. My number one complaint is graphical style. Since this game was so much of an overhaul I can't imagine why the art style wasn't sured up more tightly. Differences in line weights and shading were compounded by strange perspectives that didn't match up (like when the taxi arrives). Overall, a lot of the art seemed amateurish.

    Without the context of the original I would say this update had a lot going for it but a lot that came up short. I don't know what week Tiny Thief came out but if it was this week it would be my pick of the week.

  • dasboot

    No Android No Sale