Category: RetroRewind


Welcome to another installment of RetroRewind. Today we bring you the sixth installment in our tales of Larry Laffer. RetroRewind is a few days delayed this week due to the unfortunate, cruel mistress that is real life. We do have a huge announcement on the subject of Leisure Suit Larry to bring you! Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded is officially funded! As of this morning the Kickstarter campaign has concluded with Larry raising over $655k. What does this mean for Mr. Laffer? Well it means that the upcoming game will have assorted updates to the story, including a new “conquest” for Larry with her own storyline. Now with that news out of the way we take you back into the sixth of Larry’s journeys: Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape up or Slip Out!

Leisure Suit Larry 6 Title

Larry Laffer is journeying along Venice Beach, checking out all the body-builders working their stuff. Suddenly a comically large limo pulls up with a producer in-tow looking for a gentleman to become a bachelor on a new dating show. Larry, being the superb example of male-perfection obviously accepts the gig. The show is Stallions hosted by Leisure Suit Larry 2’s Biff Stiff. Over the course of the game show Larry ends up losing out on his previous cruise ship dating show glory, but he does win a most-expenses paid weekend at La Costa Lotta Spa & Resort. Now Larry’s latest journey can begin! Continue reading

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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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

Welcome back to RetroRewind. Yesterday we brought you back to the origins of Larry Laffer in Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards. Now, we’re taking you back to 1988, or from Larry’s perspective, roughly a few days after the end of Larry’s last adventure. Larry fell madly in bed with the lovely Eve after stumbling into her penthouse suit at the aptly named, Casino. After a brilliant night of passion, watched on by Ken Williams, Larry decided to move into Eve’s apartment in Los Angeles. What prompted Larry to do this? Who knows and who cares? Well actually it appears Eve cared, because the moment the game starts she kicks Larry out of her house and leaves him in the street. Thus Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking For Love (In Several Wrong Places) begins!

Leisure Suit Larry 2 Title Screen

For those who do not know, Leisure Suit Larry 2 is one of the more criticized games of the Larry saga. “Sierra intentionally toned down the titular character’s sexual escapades for the sequel. According to series creator Al Lowe, this lack of Leisure Suit Larry’s trademark humor is an oft-cited criticism of the game.” (Source) During his Reddit AMA Al Lowe was asked by user MrOslo “If you get to remake all the Larry games, which one are you looking most forward to working on?” Lowe responded back with “Larry 2 because it had the most wrong with it. There is a lot of stuff to be fixed and i know i can make it better. There were dead ends and design flaws that im not proud of. It will be great to eliminate the defects and enhance the rest.” After having replayed the game for the first time since I was a kid, I would have to agree, but more on that later. Continue reading

Welcome to the first edition of RetroRewind. RetroRewind will be a new series of articles appearing on Constantly Calibrating from time to time. The idea behind them is to review any games that elicit a sense of nostalgia or long-gone, but not forgotten, joy in gamers. This can be any game that is either 6 years or older and/or appeared on a prior console generation. The games can be from any console or handheld system as well as PC gaming. So sit back and enjoy as we journey back to 1987, and 1991, for Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards.

Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards Title Screen

A look at the title screens for both the 1987 original Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards and the the 1991 remake of the same name.

Leisure Larry was, and still is, the brainchild of Al Lowe, former game designer of the sadly defunct Serra Entertainment Inc. As many of you know, Larry Laffer will soon be gracing your computer screen again in Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded. As of this writing the Kickstarter campaign is only $30k short of its goal with 8 days left to go; so it is safe to assume that Larry will in fact be with us in time for the holiday season. Just what we need, a Larry Laffer Christmas…that in no way made my skin crawl.

With the Kickstarter campaign coming to a close I thought I would spend its last week replaying all of the Leisure Suit Larry for our new RetroRewind series of articles. Every day this week I will be replaying a game from Larry’s history all the way through Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail. No I will not be replaying Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude or Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust, and you can not make me. After each playthrough I’ll post a review up here to wet your glorious eyeholes, and hopefully only your eyeholes. For now let us start at the beginning with the original Leisure Suit Larry and it’s 1991 remake.

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