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!
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.
Well 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.
My REAL Take
Alright, alright, you caught me. Obviously there was never a Leisure Suit Larry 4. The game doesn’t exist, but has turned into somewhere between a joke and an urban legend in the Leisure Suit Larry community. I felt that if I was to be reviewing all the Leisure Suit Larry games I should also review one that never came to be. My sincere apologies on the imagery though. Those are what happens when someone with no artistic ability is given control of MS Paint…*shiver*.
For anyone curious, the idea for what I wrote of the story came from a Wikipedia article on Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Case of the Missing Floppies. I realize the whole journalism angle has nothing to do with what actually ends up happening in Leisure Suit Larry 5, but the concept came to me and I kept typing, that is all. Hope you enjoyed.
Stay tuned later for the real next issue of RetroRewind. Also remember to donate to the Leisure Suit Larry Kickstarter campaign.