Description

Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work! is (despite the number) the fourth game in Al Lowe's Leisure Suit Larry series. The middle-aged would-be-womanizer Larry Laffer fell off a boat during a cruise and sustained amnesia, forgetting how he and his sweetheart Patti got separated, how Larry got a job in LA, how Patti got a job with the FBI, and what happened in (the never released) Larry 4. Now Larry and Patti are working independently on two cases that are connected to each other, even though the heroes aren't aware of that. Larry's new bosses are involved in shady business, while Patti agrees to take a break from her career as a performing pianist and become an undercover agent. Will the two be together ever again?

Unlike the previous games with their text input, Larry 5 utilizes a graphical, icon-based interface. The player uses verb commands ("Look", "Talk", "Use" etc.) to interact with the environment. In a way not quite typical for Sierra's adventure games, it is impossible to "die" in Larry 5, and the amount of "dead ends" (unwinnable situations) is greatly reduced. The game is also less puzzle-oriented, allowing the player to proceed even if he/she fails to solve the required puzzle in some cases. However, the player is awarded more points for finding the "right" solution. As in the third game, both Larry and Patti are available as playable characters during different chapters of the story.

Screenshots

Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work DOS Why bother, indeed? You cannot lose, and everything is too easy anyway
Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work DOS Outside of the Hard Disk Cafe
Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work DOS Photo lab
Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work DOS Naked Patti rides an elevator disguised as a shower, with everyone looking at her

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Alternate Titles

  • "LSL5" -- Common abbreviated / informal title
  • "Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti se fait Détective Privée" -- French Title
  • "Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti macht beim Geheimdienst mit" -- German Title
  • "Larry 5: Fala milosci" -- Polish Title
  • "Larry 5" -- Common informal title

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User Reviews

What happened to you, Sierra?.. DOS Oleg Roschin (174053)
Larry 5 is to adventure games (Larry legacy included) what Larry is to women DOS Zovni (9312)
Where's Larry 4? DOS *Katakis* (38192)
An essentially disappointing entry in the Larry adventure franchise. DOS Lucas Schippers (59)
Silly and easy, but fun... DOS Carl-J. Johansson (30)
Hey Ma! Look what they did to Larry! DOS Jeanne (75395)

Critic Reviews

Amiga Action Amiga Apr, 1992 92 out of 100 92
Amiga Computing Amiga Jul, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 84 out of 100 84
Zero Amiga Apr, 1992 83 out of 100 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Feb, 1992 9 out of 12 75
Power Play DOS Dec, 1991 70 out of 100 70
Techtite DOS 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Datormagazin DOS Nov, 1991 3 out of 5 60
The One for Amiga Games Amiga Mar, 1992 50 out of 100 50
Amiga Format Amiga Apr, 1992 50 out of 100 50

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Trivia

Date

Examining your boarding pass at the airport shows that the date of Larry's next flight is always exactly 60 years from whatever date your computer is set to. Considering the game's release year of 1991, this means the game would've possibly taken place in the year 2051 at the earliest. Though more than likely it's just a programming gag than anything else.

Difficulty

According to Josh Mandel, the reason for the relatively low difficulty was not only because of the new point & click interface, but mainly because Ken Williams evaluated customer feedback and discovered that almost no one finishes their adventure game. So he gave Al Lowe the order to make a game that everyone can finish.

Product placement

You thought product placement would only occur in the movies? Not quite. Sierra might well have been the first company to place an advertisement in a computer game. US-American telephone company Sprint paid to be featured in Leisure Suit Larry 5. Whenever Larry or Patti were making a phone call in the game (which happened quite a few times), the call would end with the line "Thank you for using U.S. Sprint!" and later in Space Quest V: The Next Mutation. See the screenshot section for graphic proof of the advertisement.

Releases

Leisure Suit Larry 5 was available in four packages: a 16 color version (supporting EGA, MCGA, VGA, Tandy/PCjr) with either 3.5" DD or 5.25" HD disks, and a 256 color version (supporting MCGA, VGA) with either 3.5" HD or 5.25" HD disks.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Adventure Game of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #69 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
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