Archive for April, 2012


Hey guys, wife and I are prepping to head out soon, but spotted this on the Leisure Suit Larry Kickstarter page and thought I would link it all to you:

OOPS!!! Ok, so maybe I should be shot for this because I feel like this should have been at the TOP of the list of things to tell you about. Please don’t hate me!!!

Tomorrow, one of our fans, John A., is hosting a special marathon session where he’s going to play through the entire Leisure Suit Larry franchise starting at LSL 1 and ending at LSL 7. He’s doing this to raise money for the campaign and to also raise money for charity. 50% of the money raised will go directly to the “It Gets Better Project” (www.itgetsbetter.org) and the other 50% will go to our Kickstarter campaign. All of us here at Replay can not think of a kinder thing to do for such a special charity that is 100% altruistic and giving directly from his heart.

As an added bonus, Al Lowe, Josh Mandel, and myself will make guest appearances throughout the marathon and chat / interact with you guys. We obviously can’t stay in there the whole time, but hopefully you’ll be in there when one of us are there so you can catch us and ask us ALMOST anything. 🙂

Hopefully we can raise enough money to make a difference in these kid’s lives. Below is a video John put together to talk about the event and here is the direct link where you should go tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am Eastern time until midnight: http://www.twitch.tv/JohnnyPhantom

See you online!!!

-Paul T.

Both causes are worthy of donating to and it looks like it will be a fun event, so if you have time or just want to see the full LSL story, then tune in now or at some time today. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to make a donation; just a thought.

An Extremely Brief Hiatus

I’m sure by now you all have noticed that I didn’t post the sixth issue of RetroRewind dealing with Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out. Why is that you might ask? Well I became extremely busy dealing with real life stuff and while I was able to finish the game; I was not able to write-up a review. This Monday is my wife and my one-year wedding anniversary, and tomorrow we leave for a trip to Disneyland; which also happens to be where our wedding took place. (At the Disneyland Hotel, not in the park mind you.) I will finish the RetroRewind series during this trip, but probably only releasing the last two parts over the whole trip in some fashion. No matter how awesome you all are, the simple truth is that my wife is far more awesome. That also is proven by the fact that she is going to drive the last third of the journey to California tomorrow so that I can write a review and maybe play a bit of Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail. So look forward to that.

On that note, we will be going through a bit of a communications blackout both here and on the Facebook page. As I’m the only active writer for the site, the site sort of hinges on my ability to post news. Well this weekend that will not be possible, which is also evidenced by the fact that I haven’t written a new issue of Week(ish) In News in, well a week…ish.

This brings me to another topic:
We need your help! If you’re willing that is. To help prevent future blackout periods during the rare trip we are looking for some skilled, or semi-skilled, content generators. What are content generators?

  • Writers – We need writers of a decent quality to write for our growing community. Anyone was interest in nerd culture, whether that be games, comics, movies, TV, or even specific or niche topics can apply. If you have the passion and drive, and hopefully talent then we are certainly looking for you.
  • Visual Artists – Do you have a way with a paint brush, pen, pencil, or graphic design program? Well we are interested in getting some high quality art for the site. Spruce the site up a little bit.
  • Anything Else – Honestly we would love for anyone to submit any content to the site. If we like you’re work, we’ll feature it in some fashion. If you’re work is of a high enough quality we might even make you a regular contributor.

Now I have to stress this point: None of these positions will be paid, for now at least. Maybe in the future if we start making money off the site we will be able to look into this, but for now this is solely for the experience and your own enjoyment.

If you are interested in any of these “positions” then contact us on Facebook or via email.

Stick around, because come next week we shift into semi-overdrive with the site.

More episodes of the podcast!
More articles that you love!
More projects finally getting announced!
Many Some other things!
A Fifth Thing!

Well, that was quite the interesting detour that RetroRewind took earlier today. Apparently we’re now covering fictional, poorly written and halfassed games as well. But, enough about my creative skills; we’re here to discuss Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work. The year is 1991 and Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards has just been remade and re-released with new up-to-date, modern adventure game stylings. Larry’s last numbered out was Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of Pulsating Pectorals in which Larry finally found the true love of his life on Nontoonyt Island. He also stumbled through a magical temporal schism onto the backlot of Sierra Entertainment becoming, along with Patti, game designers for the company. Their job being to design games based on Larry’s life.

Sometime after this they begin work on Leisure Suit Larry 4, but sometime after this something happens and Patti and Larry part ways. Larry suffers amnesia and gets a job as chief rewinder and sterilizer of the Betamax division of PornProdCorp, a company specializing in semi-pornographic television and video. Patti however goes back to her pianist (hehe) ways and starts working in a summa lounge. That is until she gets visited by the FBI and asked to investigate the possibility of subliminal messages being implanted into music throughout industry. Larry is given the task of tracking down, and secretly taping, three beautiful woman around the country in the hopes of giving them a job (if you know what I mean). Thus begins Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work.

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Wow, it’s already time for Episode #5 of Constantly Calibrating. Can you all believe it?! In today’s episode we finally go into some more detail about Josh’s love of Leisure Suit Larry, and the ongoing Kickstarter campaign. Skyrim Kinect also gets some discussion time; as well as Halo 4. Good conversations were had by all!

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Holy crap this game was difficult to track down! After entire hours of trying I finally managed to find, at my local gas station no less, a copy of the fabled Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Case of the Missing Floppies. This game was decades ahead of its time and a monumentally worthy follow-up to Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patty in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals. Why Sierra decided to discontinue Al Lowe’s masterpiece after only a few hundred copies were sold is beyond me. Maybe these were the first signs of the beginning of the end for Sierra Entertainment. Maybe a game of such awesomeness was feared by the public at large. I was still a child at the time, so I can’t say. I also neglect to understand how to use the internet. With that I bring you our RetroRewind for Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Case of the Missing Floppies!

Leisure Suit Larry 4 Floppy Disk

Remember when games still released on these?

In their last outing Larry Laffer and Passionate Patti escaped from a tribe of cannibalistic Amazonian woman via a “magic” marker created doorway. This doorway led them onto the set of Sierra Entertainment where they both became game designers under the tutelage of Roberta Williams. In The Case of the Missing Floppies we find the couple a year later planning their wedding. However things aren’t as perfect as they seem. Patti has grown restless in uber-sexy world of video game design and longs for a career in journalism. Larry doesn’t understand her passions since it springs up out of nowhere. They fight and argue, but little gets resolved.

Finally the day of their wedding rolls around and Larry and Patti stand waiting to be married. Patti hears on the news some story about a nefarious gentleman by name of Julius Biggs and suddenly feels a tingling sensation in an area long forgotten. The back of her brain where the ideas of journalistic integrity is stored begins to tingle and Patti takes off without a word to Larry. Larry, heartbroken again wanders off back to their home in a brief fit of depression.

This is where the game changes things up. The story jumps forward a few months and Larry is making his way to a hotel for what he thinks is a date with famed recording artist Chestie L’rue, but what is actually a trap by Julius Biggs to lure Patti (now his nemesis) into a trap. Larry falls for it hookline and sinker, but when Patti arrives to save her true love it turns out that the trap was itself a trap. Julius Biggs used the distraction to sneak into their former home and steal something that would cause Patti true harm. Biggs breaks into their office and makes off with the floppy disks containing Larry’s next major game: Leisure Suit Larry 4. As soon as the disks are removed from their home Larry slips into a coma. Forgetting her vendetta against Biggs for a time, Patti rushes her love to the nearest hospital.You see, Larry has been recreating his life through the Leisure Suit Larryseries of games, but by Biggs making off with his ongoing story it caused a feedback loop that ruptured the space-time continuum, fracturing Larry’s psyche. The game ends with a cliffhanger, which was a first for the series.

Leisure Suit Larry 4 Floppy Disk

Also for some reason the copies stolen were on 3.5" floppies, the total opposite of how the the game in our world was released.

My Take

LSL4 BoxWell for starters, as to be expected this game takes a huge leap in graphics from the previous game. Sound quality is nice as well. I think my favorite thing was the decision to release the game in a beautiful faux-wood box, which you can see to the left. Well done on that one Sierra Entertainment. The one thing that I found odd initially was the choice to make the game so much more dramatic. Gone is the irreverent, perverse comedy that put the series on the map; instead leaving behind a game filled with dark humor and edgy material. However, I will say that I love the change in the series. Even though it only lasted for a single game, it was still a refreshing change of pace for the series. I can’t wait til tomorrow for the conclusion to this story with Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work.

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My dear RetroRewind; we meet again. Allow us safe passage back into the year, 1989 and I will allow your life force to be sustained by the accumulated energy of the helpless eyeholes gazing helplessly at their monitors. Shit, I think they heard me!

Hi there! Yesterday we brought you the gripping tale of what happens when Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking For Love (In Several Wrong Places). Today we will move onto the third of the tales of Larry; Larry Laffer. (By the way, anyone else here Larry’s iconic giggle every time they read his name?) Onward we go into a story that goes back to the roots of the original game. A game filled with sexual innuendos, lewd humor, pixelated nudity, and all the late-80s humor that they could stuff into a single game. Strap on (hehe) your seatbelt as we journey back to Nontoonyt Island for Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals!

Leisure Suit Larry 3 Title Screen

Forgive the giant fist entering Patti's name, because I had a joke to put here except now I'm giggling like an idiot.

An undisclosed number of years has passed since last we saw Mr. Laffer and many things have changed. Nontoonyt Island has turned into the tourist-baiting paradise the natives have always dreamed of. Hotels, casinos, and clubs spread out across most of the island and the natives have formed their own company, aptly named Natives Inc. Larry is still married to Kalalau and has let island living get the better of him. What I mean to say is that Larry has become quite the rotund gentleman. This, likely as well as a new-found appreciation of the female form has led Kalalau, Larry’s 2nd wife, to the decision of leaving him for a woman; which is the last we see of her. This leaves Larry heartbroken and despondent. What is a hawaiian shirt wearing sexual dynamo to do when the love of his life leaves him for some random Amazonian Harley-riding former-cannibal slot-machine repairwoman? Continue reading