Leisure Suit Larry Creator Will Make Sequels

Leisure Suit Larry Creator Will Make Sequels

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The lovable cad will return for new adventures to titillate teenage boys with his sexual antics.

Inspired by games like Softporn Adventure, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards was published by Sierra Games back in 1987. Players assumed the role of Larry Laffer, a poor young guy as he desperately tried to get laid. Like many adventure games of the time, you guided Larry through fetch quests and simple puzzles by using text commands but the reward was usually a naughty picture of a lady or some digitized humping. What made the experience more endearing than the iterations of this decade (Magna Cum Laude, Box Office Bust ) was the sarcastic writing full of cultural references and in-jokes among Sierra staff. After years away from the franchise, casual gamemakers Replay announced that the original designer and writer of Leisure Suit Larry, Al Lowe, will return to take the helm of a remake of the first game as well as start work on a new LSL title.

"Replay can also now create new games in the series," said Replay's representative. "The goal is to go back to the fun and tongue-in-cheek nature of the original games, rather than the fairly poor games released more recently."

Replay Games is a small outfit based in Austin, TX. Founder Paul Trowe got his start in the games business with Sierra back in the 80s and he was finally able to negotiate ownership of all publishing rights to Leisure Suit Larry, including the ability to create new games in the franchise. You may remember The Escapist reporting the remake back in June, but a representative from Replay confirmed to us that this new deal is for the whole banana.

"This deal is much, much broader and more exciting. Replay now has the global rights to the whole LSL franchise," the representative said. "They can recreate, re-release, redesign generally make all of the existing titles available on any platform they so choose. With new graphics, new controls and optimized for touch screen, analog controls, or whatever control systems [the] platform uses."

I think everyone can agree that touching the screen to interface with a character's body parts is exactly the direction that Leisure Suit Larry needs to compete in today's market.

There's no timetable on when the remake will be released or when we can expect a new LSL title, but I'm glad that Replay has its top men working on it in Al Lowe. Top men.

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I've been interested in playing one of these games before but apparently the later games aren't good.

The most modern ones as in Magna Cum Laude and Box Office Bust were total shit compared to the others. Reach back and play the older ones like Land of the Lounge Lizards, which is pretty much a direct copy of the aforementioned Softporn Adventure only with graphics.

If they're bringing Al Lowe back to make more games and he still has it in him to be as creative as he was back in the day whatever they come up with should be fairly entertaining.

I found Magna Cum Laude quite entertaining in a guilty-pleasre-if-you're-in-the-right-mood sort of way, but Box Office Bust was atrocious and holds the title of "Worst Game I Have Ever Played". I don't know what could topple it. A game that set my computer on fire or caused it to explode, perhaps.

Its not going to be a FPS, with visceral action and squad management with the lead platform being the 360 ?
Suprised.

I remember the original Larry's... and Heroes Quests, Space Quests, Kings Quests ... all brilliant stuff, but how to translate that to the modern markets ?
I hope old Al still has some magic left... good days those.

Quest for Glory remake. Now. No, yesterday please... I'd love to see the same humor writing with a more modern day RPG epic world like Elder Scrolls. Maybe even compress the original series into one epic game.

This has somehow peaked my morbid curiosity: I wonder if there's a stealth based voyeur game. As in, you creep around changing rooms and open windows hoping to watch people change.

AT ANY RATE I have played the original and Magna Cum Laude, and really preferred the original. Magna Cum Laude had some hilarious moments (like Larry's inconsistent character scale,) but was focused on minigames.

I'm really glad to see that Al Lowe is finally getting his hands back on his own creation. The way that Lowe was treated when Sierra fell apart was terrible. I for one would spend some money on another remake of this game. I miss the old adventure-type games of the 90s.

Now I can't help but imagine Al Lowe being wheeled through a large warehouse full of crates representing IPs shelved by Replay Games.

Fools. Bureaucratic fools. They don't know what they've got there.

Funnily enough the first PC game I ever saw was land of the lounge lizards, on the first day we got a PC, back in 89, when I was just 13. Watching a guy chasing a leaking blow up doll around the screen was something very different to what I had see with games up till then. Good times. And yes dad's parenting skills left something to be desired sometimes.....

I think the games lost their Benny Hill quality and just became seedy around the 3rd game.

As hot as that girl in the picture manages to be in 16 colors or less I have to wonder if these games are going to manage to keep things classy at all. The skuzz factor is potentially off the charts.

Vault Citizen:
I've been interested in playing one of these games before but apparently the later games aren't good.

The originals are quite good. If you can imagine Phillip J Fry trying to get to out with Leela, rather than the Custer's Revenge images of sexuality in the later ones.

Leather Goddess of Phobos is also very good - though purely text.

DeadlyYellow:
This has somehow peaked my morbid curiosity: I wonder if there's a stealth based voyeur game. As in, you creep around changing rooms and open windows hoping to watch people change.

No, really, I like that idea.

OT: Consider me intrigued, but I'll judge it when I see it.

amaranth_dru:
Quest for Glory remake. Now. No, yesterday please... I'd love to see the same humor writing with a more modern day RPG epic world like Elder Scrolls. Maybe even compress the original series into one epic game.

That's been done actually: Quest for Glory 2: Trial by Fire (by AGDInteractive)
If you want to play the first installment, the VGA version Sierra made is widely available.
That's just to get you started, after that, you're on your own (tip: use Google. ;) ).

I played the original LSL in the Land of the Lounge Lizards back when I was 10 or 11. It was kinda hilarious, retrospectively, that your dear old dad let his two dearest daughters play such a game, but then again, I did walk away with some important sex ed lessons (always wear a condom, even if it is a "smooth, colored, lubricated, plaid, peppermint rubber"). After that, well, we played the entire series, but what appealed to us was the puzzle-solving which had always been so prevalent in the Sierra games. LSL7: Love for Sail was hilarious, though, and worth it, if only to feed Julia Child a pie laced with orgasmic powder. After that, well... Completely lost interest since Al Lowe wasn't truly on-board the projects. Magna Cum Laude and Box Office Bust held absolutely no appeal for me. I might take a peek at this new project, especially since Paul Trowe started out with Sierra.

Incidentally, the quintessence of Al Lowe's brilliant humor can also be found in Sierra's Torin's Passage, which was absolutely awesome, and did what Shrek did years before the green ogre came to the silver screen: wit for both young and old(er?).

Al Lowe is a funny guy and the old Larry games have a fond place in my memory, looking forward to these

I want to believe, but those 3D games they made were so blargh. My life hasn't been the same all these years without the guidance of Al Lowe. I'm not the man I thought I'd become. Err. . . Anyway. Please, bring back the 2D animated look, yes?

FINALLY. I would've lost my faith in... uhh.. I mean, my faith would've plunged few more meters underground if I found out they would keep making terrible Larry games without Al Lowe.

Loved the first 6 games (if you're a fan you'll understand), hated what they made with the two last ones.

Eleima:

Incidentally, the quintessence of Al Lowe's brilliant humor can also be found in Sierra's Torin's Passage, which was absolutely awesome, and did what Shrek did years before the green ogre came to the silver screen: wit for both young and old(er?).

Whaaaaaat no way! I love this game as well! Unfortunately I have no idea where the bloody CD-Rom is, as I would've played it again now that you played the Nostalgia Card. Despite Polish version I remember it being incredibly fun and witty, even though I was about 12 or 13 at the time of playing.

...Or even younger, hell if I know...

I just hope they toss 3d graphics out the window and go with good ol 2d soft core porn.

What the Shit!?
It's about darn time!

With the current prudish nature of the ESRB, they'll have to walk a VERY fine line to avoid an AO rating.

Also, Sierra released a second edition of LSL: MCL that was a full AO version. But, it was only available for PC's. I only ever saw it for digital download, because no store wanted to have an AO game on its shelf.

Ooops, double post.

The_root_of_all_evil:

Leather Goddess of Phobos is also very good - though purely text.

I'm pretty sure my copy won't work anymore. I think the 5 and 1/4" is wiped from being too old. I'm pretty sure the Apple 2c still works though.

vxicepickxv:

The_root_of_all_evil:

Leather Goddess of Phobos is also very good - though purely text.

I'm pretty sure my copy won't work anymore. I think the 5 and 1/4" is wiped from being too old. I'm pretty sure the Apple 2c still works though.

Seek and Ye Shall Find

I gotta say, I'm suprised no one jumped on this the second touch screen got mainstream.
Then again, internet porn is a hard (*snicker*) contender for a soft-core erotica tongue-in-cheek adventure game to go up against.

Oh God no. Please, unless you plan to use 2D cartoonish graphics, just leave it to rest. The last two adaptations were terrible.

I kind of like the idea of remakes though, as long as it is along the "Monkey Island 1 and 2" route (a.k.a. nothing but better graphics).

Sorry to say expectations should be significantly lowered:

Here's Replay's website and game portfolio: http://www.replaygamesinc.com/games/

The remake announcement: http://www.replaygamesinc.com/blog/2011/06/replay-games-aquires-the-rights-to-leisure-suit-larry/

And what seems to be a preliminary screenshot:

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I weep, weep for the art direction. Would it be too much to ask to have something closer to the earlier larrys and less like the latter ones? Or at least to be able to switch back and forth between old and new versions like monkey island?

Greg Tito:
Replay Games is a small outfit based in Austin, TX. Founder Paul Trowe got his start in the games business with Sierra back in the 80s and he was finally able to negotiate ownership of all publishing rights to Leisure Suit Larry, including the ability to create new games in the franchise. You may remember The Escapist reporting the remake back in June, but a representative from Replay confirmed to us that this new deal is for the whole banana.

...I hope they didn't pay too much for the rights. Talk about a series that's been dragged through the mud...

I'd love to believe that with Al Lowe back in the driver's seat the games will get out of the increasingly sleazy rut they've been descending into and regain a little more of the sense of humor of the earlier titles.

But I played "Love For Sail", and I'm pretty sure Al was still at the helm, then, and... bleah.

I think the biggest problem that a Larry games face (and one that is completely evedent in the last two) is the completely different outlook that the world has now.
Back in the days when Sierra was riding high the world saw the ugly, awkward loser trying to get laid as pitiful and pathetic and as a result Larry was portrayed as quite an obnoxious and devious character that you enjoyed seeing fail over and over again.
Nowadays with geek and nerd culture becoming mainstream and films like American Pie, Superbad, Loser etc portraying similar characters in the role of "diamond in the rough" style heroes a character like Larry just comes off as creepy and loses all of his appeal.

I believe that the idea to go with a new Larry (as in the latest games) is the right way to go, but instead of having him a smarmy pervert that is almost impossible to get behind, you have to portray him as the lovable loser who, although life keeps shitting on him, he always believes "the next time will be different".

I'm getting a sense of Duke-ja vu here.

I can feel the righteous indignation on the horizon already, to which I say "Bring it on, bitch!"

I don't even care if the game is good or bad, I'm just looking forward to all the whingeing from ignorant commentators, so we can once again explain to them that games are part of the 'freedom of expression club' too, and that they wouldn't be complaining if it was a movie, before finally bidding good day to them with the advice that perhaps they'd like to start knowing shit about games before having opinions on their place in society.

well...I doubt it will make it to Australia

Land of the Lounge Lizards was the greatest larry game, never got into any of the others, and the latest ones are total shit.
Cant wait to see al lowe back at the helm

 

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