And another death-free game bites the dust
In Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out!
, Larry won a trip to the La Costa Lotta health spa, scored with several women, and finally met the girl of his dreams. In Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love For Sail!
, this girl, after making love to Larry, decides to run off and handcuff Larry to the bed. Once he gets free, Larry’s dreams come true when he is offered an invitation to stay on the PMS Bouncy.
The object of the game is simple: you are given a list of selected competitions to enter. Win all of them, and you’ll spend a week humping the Captain, and the same goes for everybody else. And I assure you, you have to cheat in almost all of them. Furthermore, you must make out with all the beautiful women you can find. In order to do that, you must get them to show their appreciation by finding presents for them, as well as doing chores.
The first thing I noticed when playing this game is the revamped interface. Instead of icons, you’re given a list of actions whenever you left-click on an object. There is also the text parser dialog box, but in order to activate it, you have to select “Other…” when a verb is not included on your list. The dialog box is similar to the one in LSL2
, but instead of entering a verb and a noun, all you need to do is enter one verb and the game may or may not respond to the verb. This dialog box is usually important if you want to discover the hidden easter eggs inside the game. Also talk to any characters in the game, and a list of topics you can discuss comes up in the top-right corner.
When you right-click the mouse button, you’re also given a list of shortcuts, which let you access the ship’s map and inventory. You can also save your game and hide the game from the boss. Using these shortcuts will save you from accessing them from the menu itself. Too bad, you can’t restore a game from the shortcut menu.
There are two endings to this game: the “clean” one and the “dirty” one. If you’ve played the game right though, you get the “clean” ending. A “Where’s Dildo?”, Al Lowe’s version of Wally looking like a sausage, appears in each screen. Click on him and he nicks off. Now you may find Dildo useless, but if you collect 32 Dildos, together with the maximum score of 1000, and discovered all the easter eggs in the game, you get the “dirty” ending. In my opinion, being able to see this ending is a little bit tricky, so if you want to see it, take a look here. They may be very obvious, making sure that they are visible, or they can be hiding behind something. My advice is to look for a patch of red.
After Larry scores with women, the game will automatically place a bitmap file in the LSL7 directory, which can be used as wallpaper. For example, if you’ve just scored with Annette Boning, the game will place a file called ANNETTE.BMP. The name of the file will usually include the first name of the woman that Larry scores with. If you attempt to enter the game’s debug mode, and teleport right to the start of the scene where Larry is about to score, after you’ve already viewed that scene, the game will return with an error message when that scene finishes (which usually says that Error #47 doesn’t exist in SIERRA.ERR).
Like in LSL5 & LSL6, you’ll get to hear “bodily functions” when you press a few function keys, and these sound downright disgusting. If you’ve heard them often enough, and are sick and tired of them, then you can create your own sound effects that add them to the game. Furthermore, you can also add your own voice to the game with the use of a microphone. Also, LSL7 is the first game that comes with a Scratch ‘N’ Sniff card (cleverly known as the CyberSNIFF 2000), when Larry smells something in a room like perfume, then the logo that looks like the card appears in the lower-right corner of the screen. Scratch the number on the card that corresponds to the number shown on the logo and take a whiff.
In LSL7, the humor is even better than previous Larry incarnations. Every time Larry is done scoring with a woman, he goes back to his cabin in the nude, hoping that no-one will see him, which doesn’t happen. The ship’s announcer makes announcements over the P.A. system which do not make sense. Even the woman pirate who hangs out on the Promenade Deck swears a lot for no reason. The sound effects and music are much better this time. Sierra obviously managed to get bands to perform at crucial points in the game, such as when Larry scores with a woman (I wish I had a dollar for every time I said that).
LSL7 is death-free, and that means you don’t die. You can do anything you want and still won’t be killed, especially when you start a fire at La Costa Lotta at the start of the game. The CD itself contains versions for DOS and Windows, but unfortunately, there is not much difference between the two.
The Bottom Line
After Sierra produced LSL7, they promised to bring out another Larry game, entitled Leisure Suit Larry 8; Lust in Space
, but this game was cancelled, so enjoy the LSL series while you still can. Goodbye Larry. It’s been nice knowing you. ****½