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Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded (Windows)

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Written by  :  tomimt (339)
Written on  :  Jul 24, 2013
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

A good remake of a classic, but perhaps not as classic material itself

The Good

Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded is a remake of Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, that came out originally in 1987 and was remade by Sierra in 1992. Out of the two remakes Reloaded differs the most from the original, but is it enough to make the game actually good?

LSLR is definitely the best version of the game. The game looks and sound great and a lot of old game design that isn't seen as good game design in modern standards have been ironed out. For an example LSLR doesn't have any dead ends and while you can still die, the deaths are treated like jokes after which Larry is replaced to the game world so, that the player can continue the game without need to restore a previous save.

The voice acting of the game is great and every crook and cranny is filled with jokes, that beg the player to prod every little thing on the highly detailed game art. This all is lazed with a great sound track by Austin Wintory, who brings in jazzy big band sounds to the world of Lost Wages.

LSLR has also been expanded by an addition of a new girl, a couple of new puzzles and almost all of the old puzzles have been remodeled a bit, so that even the old players have a bit more pondering to do.

The Bad

While the game has been modernized it's also a bit too evident that the game design itself is firmly rooted to the 80's. The gameplay could have been modernized in much heavier hand that was done here. For an example the tedious casino games are still present and mandatory in the game, as Larry can't conquer Lost Wages with out capital. So instead of trying to make the casino games as a puzzle, the player is forced to play either blackjack or slot machines in order to gain capital. And while you can't die when you run out of money, it's still the fastest way to save/restore vigorously when gathering enough money to complete the game.

Another point is the navigation in Lost Wages, which is again done with a taxi cab. This time they've tried to make the driving a bit more fun by having a penis shaped road with amusing road signs, but the joke does get old pretty soon, so you just hope you would have means to skip it altogether.

Animation and character design are also a bit of a hit and miss. While Larry has been animated properly most of the other characters have barely basic animations. Also the design is all over the place and especially the Kickstarter backer characters stand out way too much from the game style. which is a shame really.

The Bottom Line

Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded was a game that was funded with Kickstarter by the fans of the series in order to allow the creator of Larry Al Lowe with the help of Josh Mandel bring back Larry like he was intended to after Magna Cum Laude and Box Office Bust fiasco's. And in that they did succeed, as LSLR is definitely a Larry game. But at the same time they could have done so much more with the remake, so now it is a bit like glass half full / half empty like of scenario. The game is good for what it is, but it's easy to see how it could have been so much more.