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.


Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work DOS Patty dreams too... just not of Larry
Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work DOS That's a long... limo
Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work DOS The icons at the top of the screen for performing actions (EGA/Tandy)
Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work DOS In the plane

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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 Unicorn Lynx (181378)
Larry 5 is to adventure games (Larry legacy included) what Larry is to women DOS Zovni (10667)
Where's Larry 4? DOS Katakis | カタキス (39528)
An essentially disappointing entry in the Larry adventure franchise. DOS Lucas Schippers (59)
Silly and easy, but fun... DOS Carl-J. Johansson (36)
Hey Ma! Look what they did to Larry! DOS Jeanne (76644)

Critic Reviews

Amiga Action Amiga Apr, 1992 92 out of 100 92
Amiga Computing Amiga Jul, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Play Time Amiga Apr, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 84 out of 100 84
CU Amiga Amiga Mar, 1992 82 out of 100 82
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Oct 05, 1999 4 out of 5 80
Zero DOS Jan, 1992 77 out of 100 77
Datormagazin Amiga Apr 23, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Amiga Power Amiga Mar, 1992 50 out of 100 50


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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.


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.


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.


  • 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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