661997_larger-1Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded [$4.99] is a revamped, reshuffled remake of 1987's Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, a title that takes me back to 1989 and being a spotty thirteen year old. I remember going to my friend's house after school, plonking ourselves in front of his Dad's CGA IBM compatible and loading up Leisure Suit Larry, in the vain hope that we might see some pixelated female naughty-bits. Unfortunately, we never managed to pass the age test screen, as we didn't know the answers to any of the questions (I guess it worked), so we would always end up back in front of my friend's Amiga 500 for a spot of Chase HQ or drawing willies with Deluxe Paint.

It would be years before I actually managed to play Leisure Suit Larry. Despite recognizing several of the scenes from "classic" Larry in this latest iOS iteration, playing through has been a totally new experience for me. This is partly because I have a brain like a sieve (seriously, I forget movies as soon as I have seen them) and partly because when I finally did get to play Lounge Lizards, all those years ago, I realized that it wasn't as "naughty" as I'd been hoping, therefore not earning a place in my childish memory banks. The naughty bits were all censored, which I found pointless, when the graphics were about as detailed as Sheldon Cooper's sex life.

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Sadly, this problem is even more apparent in 2013. Considering that Leisure Suit Larry is a game that claims to be comedic, there are surprisingly few laughs. Sure, if you are a tween and find drawing digital penises with a paint program hilarious, or are a forty year-old virgin, you might find Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded the funniest thing you've ever seen and certainly a bit risque. For the rest of us, it's an extremely dated affair that conjures up more groans than guffaws and is about as "naughty" by today's standards as spending all your pocket money on sweets.

You might think I'm not a fan of Larry by now. Well, yes and no... Leisure Suit Larry, despite its severe dating, is an important part of videogame history and even in its revamped state, provides an enjoyable and challenging adventuring experience.

For the unenlightened, Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded follows the sexual mishaps of Larry Laffer, a squeaky voiced, medallion-sporting, creepy little man who is determined to find true love and, perhaps, have the odd bang along the way. The story trails Larry as he tries to conquer several different specimens of the female species. In order to win over the heart of each woman, Larry has to solve a series of puzzles, which are generally logical enough, though the odd one is a bit out of left field. Leisure Suit Larry is a game that requires you to try everything and I mean EVERYTHING in case you miss a clue or an important piece of a puzzle. This is one of the game's lower points, as it often means you have to rely on an attack strategy that is more a process of elimination than an actual test of gray matter.

mzl.blppiwxd.1136x1136-75Also, a lot of the items that need to be examined are there for no other reason that to boost the egos of a few Kickstarter backers and unlock GameCenter achievements, not adding anything to the actual meat of the game. Hmmm, I used the word meat in a Leisure Suit Larry review without being rude... what a missed opportunity...

Obviously the artwork has been improved over the original title's sixteen pixel approach, as has the audio. There has been one hell of a lot of work going into the voice acting and it is of an excellent quality across the board. Despite the lame jokes, the actors are top notch, from the weedy hero to the cliched Russian hooker and Brooklyn-accented tough-guy cabbie.

As well as the visual and aural improvements, the control system has undergone a complete overhaul from the original PC version, with everything being icon driven, rather than relying on typing in commands.

At its heart, Leisure Suit Larry is a semi-solid adventure title. Sure, it's about as current as the Clinton/Lewinski affair but hey, it's a fun enough romp through a world of childish innuendo and the puzzles are decent enough to capture your attention for at least the first couple of conquests. Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded provides a heap of content for the cash and even if only to check out a piece of videogaming history, if you're into point'n click adventure gaming, it's worth a peek.

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  • hourglass

    I think I'll stick to Breach and Clear and my existing game library.

  • metalcasket

    inb4breach&cleargota...damn you hourglass! Different reviewers, different opinions. Why don't people get that?

    • hourglass

      Breach and Clear is amazing for 2 bucks.

      • andrew9oh7

        Yes but it's real price is 4 bucks

  • pelagrin

    I never played Larry as a kid, but I hope it's successful. I would love to see a return of some of Sierra's other classics: King's Quest, Police Quest, The Black Cauldron...

    • Nick

      I understood that the KQ series had a potential port planned, but that it somehow didn't make it.

      I would kill to have a proper port of the KQ games. Sure, I've got Gridlee and iDos.. But I want the REAL games, yano?

  • godofodd

    I agree with you on the overall humour of the game. It's still highly enjoyable, thankfully, and the soundtrack is AMAZING. I actually purchased the whole thing. Seriously great.

  • Benegesserit

    Your article reads more like a 3.5 star review...too many negatives for only one star minus.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      That's not how our rating system works.

      • toffee

        Your rating system doesn't work, that's the problem. Touch Arcade rates Leisure Suit Larry more highly than Limbo. Surely you can see there's an issue?

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I'd recommend downloading Leisure Suit Larry over Limbo, which is reflected in our rating system perfectly?

      • toffee

        That can go on the App Store description.

        If that's the case maybe I was wrong. Maybe it is your judgment that I have a problem with rather than your rating system.

        But then the review is quite negative. Dated, not funny, trial and error - but it gets a 4/5 and game of the week (not necessarily the best game of the week etc etc). It's just all a bit strange.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        It's OK to disagree about video games. Things aren't black and white and/or right and wrong. It's all subjective.

      • handycapman

        Not trying to troll here but how does your rating system work? What does each star mean?

      • Karzay

        It's not really a rating, it's a recommendation. I've had this discussion with them before. I made some suggestions like changing the word "rating" with "recommendation," or the stars to a thumbs up or down icon, but they seem to like it they way it is.

        The thing is, TA is good for iOS gaming news, not so great for reviews. IGN, Slide to Play, and other gaming sites are far better with their reviews. Those sites actually have a system for scoring and take it a little more seriously, unlike TA, where it's based on how the reviewer "feels" about the game at that moment. Eli has expressed before that he doesn't know why people get so worked up over the rating because they don't mean anything, at least to him. He went on to say that if people didn't expect to see a rating, He wouldn't even have them. So there you go.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        All scores are based on how the author "feels" as there's no concrete objective way to measure the rating of a video game. Regardless of whether you want to obscure the metric with some matrix broken in to graphics, sound, replay value, multiplayer, controls, a pro/con list, or whatever else... They're all basically the same idea.

        I'd prefer people actually read the review text instead of putting such incredible emphasis on the headline and score, but, c'est la vie.

      • Karzay

        True, it's all opinion, but as I argued before, a "rating" is a classification or ranking by someone based on a comparative assessment of their standard, quality, or performance. Your rating is worthless unless it's based on something other than simply a "feeling" of whether or not you recommend it.

        There's really no reason for you to add stars to a review if it doesn't mean anything. Why don't you just do away with it? It's your site.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on what a rating is.

      • Karzay

        I don't think the definition really allows for much of a personal interpretation, but yeah, let's agree to disagree on what "rating" means.

      • araczynski

        I don't know, I don't trust gaming reviews who claim to follow some stringent rules and criteria. Ill take a gamers opinion over that fluff any day. The good thing about following a handful of gamers opinions is that you eventually get to 'Learn' them and their tastes, and then you know how to personally interpret a review/game based on their previous reviews and your opinion of them and how they correlate to your own tastes. Kinda like listening to what a friend thinks of something and interpreting that to your likes/dislikes....without actually being friends.

      • toffee

        Yep, fair enough. Can't argue with that.

        I've been reading games reviews for longer than I would like to admit to myself and you reach a point where you have to decide whether you trust the publication's opinions on a general basis, based on your own preferences. There will always be individual cases that you don't agree with but that can't be avoided.

        It's reaching the point where I just can't trust that the opinions here will match my own, so all reviews lose their weight. I get it though - can't please all of the people all of the time and all that. As an older, European gamer, no doubt I'm not target audience.

        Anyway, I could do with a new point and click to play through. Are there any more Monkey Islands to be ported? Did I read something about a BASS sequel a while back?

      • echo_pdx

        I pretty much agree...it's too bad though, as this is my favorite iOS site for just about everything else. Reviews have just gone down the tubes, especially when you try to compare one rating with another; there's no internal logic at all. Not like the rating systems elsewhere are perfect either, of course, but the disconnect between rating and review is particularly noticeable on TA.

      • Protoman

        I just ignore the stars.

  • Jake7905

    My breakdown of the way this game was rated:

    3 stars for the quality of the game, plus 1 star for nostalgia, equals 4 stars.
    Translation: if you're familiar with, and like, the original 'Larry', it's a 4 star port. If not, it's a 3 star game.

  • Infinity89

    CFOcfct

  • MVMNT

    It's like "Love for Sail" Met LSL1 - ace! I really liked the art direction of LFS even as a kid.

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded Reviewed by Karl Burnett on . Rating: 4