Lascivious Larry Laffer begins his trek through the annals of computer history with the release of Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, created by Mark Crowe (of Space Quest fame), humorist Al Lowe, and designed by Chuck Benton. Larry's main objectives in the parser-driven adventure are to score with chicks, get rich, score with chicks, lose his nerdish tendencies, and, well, score with chicks.
To achieve all 222 possible points in the adventure, Larry will need to visit a number of locations such as Lefty's Bar, a convenience store (need that breath spray), hotel suites and penthouse, discos and cabarets, alleyways, elevators, and more. Filled with suggestive themes and adult-based innuendo, Land of the Lounge Lizards is a light-hearted look at a middle-aged man trying to capture the swinging life that he feels has passed him by (he lived with his mother until the age of 38).
The task of finding the girl of Larry's dreams won't be easy due to several factors: looks, bad breath, lack of money and opportunity, only one night in the casinos at Lost Wages (a.k.a. Glitzy Gulch), lame pick-up lines, and a penchant for over-estimating his allure to women. Fortunately, with over 900 words in the parser dictionary, a leisure suit, common sense, logical thinking, luck, and dogged determination, the quest is not impossible as you interact to each situation in the attempt to create an irresistible Larry.
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards won the very first Software Publisher's Association "Best Fantasy, Role Playing or Adventure Game" award in 1987.
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards is the first game in Al Lowe's Leisure Suit Larry series, largely inspired by the text adventure Softporn Adventure.
Larry, the game's protagonist, is a short, tacky, balding, leisure suit-wearing kinda guy who's constantly searching for his next score. His combination of stupidity and brashness gets Larry into trouble. The object is to get him out of trouble in traditional adventure fashion, finding and manipulating objects as you thread your way through the story line. The content is comedic and adult-oriented. A graphical interface is used with a text parser to input commands. Typical of Sierra games, progress is tracked through a set amount of points, awarded for advancement or minor actions.
Leisure Suit Larry was created together with Police Quest 1, as a new addition to the adventure genre.
You are Larry Laffer, a 38-year-old loser who has lived his entire life at his mum's place. One day he suddenly realises that he needs to live the good life and taste the forbidden fruit, so he goes out and buys a leisure suit and some gold jewellery. The old Larry Laffer has died, and the new one is ready to get down and boogie!
The plot of the game is quite simple: you have to score with a female within 24 hours.
This game is great fun, and it kept me busy for a long time when it was released. Considering that I was about eight years old when I first tried the game, it is a miracle that I actually managed to complete it. (My English typing was quite basic in those days, to say the least). Thankfully my older brother stepped in and helped me type such difficult commands as EXAMINE and GIVE WHISKEY TO DRUNK. Basically he did almost everything in the game the first time I "played" it. Thanks, man!
This game was the first of its kind to have sequels waiting. Al Lowe had designed Larry to evolve throughout the games, so the story of Larry is more complex than the story of many other game heroes.
There is not much more to say about the first Larry game. It was meant as an introduction to the "quest" game style, although it is very different from the other three series (King's Quest, Space Quest & Police Quest).
Have fun with this little gem.
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