Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards

aka: LSL1, Larry 1, Leisure Suit Larry 1, Leisure Suit Larry w Kranie Próżności
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Larry Laffer is a short, tacky, balding, forty-year-old man who has been living with his mother until recently. He used to be in the software business, but decided to leave everything behind as he moved to the city of Lost Wages in pursuit of sexual fulfillment. Clad in a white polyester leisure suit, Larry finds himself outside of Lefty's Bar, determined to finally lose his virginity - or commit suicide if he is unable to achieve that goal before dawn.

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, though with a greatly enhanced script containing more humorous descriptions and dialogue. The gameplay is similar to other third-person Sierra adventures: a text parser is used to input commands for interaction with a graphical environment. Progress is achieved by collecting various items and figuring out which of those may be essential for conquering the hearts of the several female characters appearing in the game.

The game allows the player to access most of its locations (a bar, a casino, a convenience store, etc.) from the very beginning, with only a few key ones being barred due to the lack of a crucial item. Moving between some of the locations can only be done by cab. Paying for those trips, as well as procuring some of the items, requires the player to manage Larry's finance by gambling at the casino. Typical of Sierra games, progress is tracked through a set amount of points, awarded for advancement or minor actions. There are several ways to die in the game, most presented in a humorous fashion. The game contains adult situations and semi-implicit depictions of sex.

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Average score: 73% (based on 23 ratings)

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Average score: 3.9 out of 5 (based on 147 ratings with 8 reviews)

This game is great!!!!

The Good
i like the town that it's set in and i like the honey moon suit the best. I'm a BIG leisure suit Larry 1 collector. I know almost everything there is to know about the game! i know almost all the age quiz answers.

The Bad
the only thing i don't like about this game is that Larry sold his car and you don't have anything to drive around lost wages.

The Bottom Line
i would tell everybody that it's a great game and that they should buy it or trade for it or download this game. it's great!!!!

DOS · by Charles Boone (1) · 2004

A guilty pleasure.

The Good
I have already played quite a few adventure games as a gamer, but Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards is one particular game that really stands out from the typical adventures made by Revolution, Lucas Arts or Sierra themselves. And that is mainly because of its style, presentation and laugh-out loud humor.

In this game you play as Larry Laffer and the objective of the game is to find the woman of your dreams! And that is it, no saving the world or finding a long lost treasure, just getting laid. Yeah baby! But Larry is not your typical womanizer, on the contrary. He is no pretty boy, neither is he someone with, as the French call it, savoir-faire. He is unhandy, nonathletic, shy and he is already balding well before his forties, not to mention that he is homeless, poor and unemployed. But despite all that, you cannot help but feel sympathy for Larry. Because behind his wacky appearance and clumsiness hides a good soul and most of the time his chances with the ladies get screwed up by nothing more than bad luck or by falling for the wrong women. He is a just a simple guy for who life has been quite harsh and who now finally decides to take control over his life and to find happiness and love. And let us not forget his iconic white leisure suit!

Gameplay-wise, Leisure Suit Larry plays like your typical late eighties Sierra adventure game. You move around using the keyboard's directional buttons and type in commands such as look, pick up, talk, etc. And there is a scoreboard, like in most classic Sierra adventure games. Do not expect to reach the full score by just doing the stuff you need to do to complete the story. You will have to explore and experiment with everyone and everything you encounter in the world of Larry. I wish this scoring mechanic remained in adventure games. since they give you a good reason to replay the game to find out what you missed the first time.

In my opinion, the best aspect of this game is the humor. And it is not juvenile humor or anything. Larry's humor consists mostly of sexual metaphors and just overall goofiness. Very often, the humor is nothing short of outrageous. One of my favorite scenes is in the store when you order condoms. I will not spoil it for you if you have not played this game yet, but you will certainly be laughing out loud!

The Bad
Like many Sierra games of that time, Leisure Suit Larry's gameplay consists of a lot of trial and error. You will have to look around a lot and because you do not have a cursor which marks all the important objects, improvising is quite a necessity.

If you dislike sexually themed humor, than stay away from this game like die hard Catholics avoid Slayer music. This is a game made by adults for adults with a healthy taste for entertainment with a little sexual flavor.

The Bottom Line
While I do not consider Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards the best adventure game of all time nor the best game in the Larry series, I would certainly recommend it to you even if you have just a little interest in the adventure genre. The game is, along with its VGA remake and the other classic Larry titles, available for a small fee on GOG.com so check it out.

DOS · by Stijn Daneels (79) · 2014

The game that told the truth about the singles life.

The Good
This game is funny! Live the life of Leisure Suit Larry as he wanders around town trying to lose his virginity. This is the entire plot. All the ladies you meet require some inventory items & puzzle solving before you can get together. Played this game with friends back in the 80s & wasted days seeing what shenanigans Larry would get into next. Remember to use protection! The music is acceptable by the standards of the time, the main Larry Laffer theme will be recognizable forever after. Graphics are pixels which adds to the sex comedy vibe of the game. No actual nudity involved.

The Bad
The gambling mini-game is repetitive & boring. Also the game kills you for such offences as crossing the street or going too far down the block. No actual nudity involved.

The Bottom Line
We've all met this loser in a bar. Now you can live his life!

DOS · by Grumpy Quebecker (614) · 2023

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Bootleg version with modified title screen? D D (48) Feb 28, 2024
Trivia: Pirated versions had a Virus. Edwin Drost (9347) Mar 24, 2017

Trivia

Al Lowe about the Game

Al Lowe on the creation of Leisure Suit Larry:

In late 1986, I had just finished programming Roberta Williams’s King’s Quest III, and was talking with Ken Williams about my next project. We realized there were no games on the market that were adult in nature - everything was "save the princess" or "save the galaxy." We reminisced a little about the old days and Softporn came up. Ken suggested I do an up-dated version, with "modern hi-res, 3-D" graphics, music, everything?

Since I hadn't played the game in years, I said I’d have to take a copy home and play it before deciding. Wow. Was it out of date! Its goal was to score three women during one night in Las Vegas. It had no protagonist, little or no plot, almost no text, understood almost no input. So I reported back to Ken: there’s no way I could bring this game into the 80’s unless he let me make fun of that life style. I said, "it’s so behind the times it might as well be wearing a leisure suit!" Everyone laughed. Hey, wait a minute....

Thus was born Leisure Suit Larry.

Back then, there were no graphics tools for PC’s, so Sierra had to create them. Consequently, they were always short of qualified artists. For the Leisure Suit Larry game, they could only spare Mark Crowe for four weeks because he was working full-time on another project (which became Space Quest I)! Mark worked weekends and evenings and busted his butt. After only four short weeks, he actually created everything you see on the screen in Land of the Lounge Lizards (although both Scott Murphy and I believe he sneaked a little Larry-time into his SQ-only-time).

Softporn’s puzzles, characters, and locations were all solid. I kept them all, although I’ve always regretted the "give the whiskey to the drunk and get a remote control." I wish I had come up with something better.

But - the game had no sense of humor whatsoever. I decided to make fun of the main character whenever possible, mostly through the narrator’s voice (which was, of course only text in the original game).

Softporn had no central character. The text referred to the player as "master" and the game itself as a "puppet." I decided to only refer to Larry as "you," even though, obviously, "you" were typing and controlling a character named Larry. To me, saying "you take the key" made you feel more involved than "Larry takes the key." It seems to have worked. Almost everyone I've spoken with says things like "How do I get the key?" never "How do I make Larry get the key?"

Softporn had mostly one description per scene. Since Mark Crowe’s background graphics were so detailed (especially for the state of the graphics art back then), I ended up adding hundreds of "look at that thing" messages. To keep the player interested, I tried to make the messages that gave clues clear and to make the rest humorous. I believe I only kept one sentence of Chuck’s [Chuck Benton, author of Softporn] text. I loved his description of Lefty’s back room, something about "the peeling paint gives the roaches something to watch."

Since the game wasn’t too big, I got it done in about three months. But this was the first non-children’s game I had written, so I was scared to death it would be "dumb" and not understand everything a player could type in.

So I convinced Ken we should try something new: beta-testing. He posted an announcement on CompuServe's Gamers Forum asking anyone interested in beta-testing a new game should e-mail him a 100-word essay on "why I should get a free game." It worked. We got scores of replies and ended up with a dozen great beta testers.

To track all the "you can’t do that here" errors (which is what the game says when it doesn’t have a clue what in the hell you typed it!), I wrote a special piece of code. Instead of just saying that phrase, it wrote a line to a file on the player's game floppy. (Hard disks were few and far between back then.) That line told me the scene number, location, the phrase typed, and many other details about the state of the game at that time. I compiled all those files, sorted them scene by scene and added literally hundreds of responses to the game.

Those testers came up with some great inputs, showing where and when they were frustrated. And because of them, the game makes you think it understands much more than most games of that period.

After two months of testing and refinement, we finally shipped the game in June, 1987—to the worst initial sales in the history of Sierra! The game only sold 4,000 copies the first month. I figured I had just blown six months of my life, and had better do something fast, so when I was offered the chance to take over the programming on Police Quest I, I jumped at it.

While I worked day and night to get PQ out in time for Christmas, Larry did a strange thing. Word of mouth kept building, and every month it would see twice as many copies as the month before. By the new year, it was a huge hit.

In February, 1988, something happened that, as far as I know, remains unique in the games business: Police Quest had had a good Christmas, King’s Quest III was still selling like crazy, and Leisure Suit Larry had finally reached big numbers. For a grand total of one week, three games that I had programmed made the Softsell Top 10 simultaneously!”

Al Lowe on the origin of the Larry Theme:

[In May 1987] I happened to hear a story on National Public Radio's All Things Considered that day about how it was Irving Berlin's 99th birthday that day. When they played his 1929 song, Alexander's Ragtime Band, it sounded so unusual, so different, so fresh compared to most computer game music, that I decided to write something with the same pep, simplicity, humor, and out-of-sync attitude. I sat down at the piano, and within about 20 minutes, I had finished the Leisure Suit Larry Theme.”

Al Lowe on graphics:

It was amazing how much stuff we packed in, but remember the pictures, they were vector graphics! In Larry 1, 2, and 3, those pictures were drawn by artists who started out drawing black lines and tracing them from point to point and then filling them with color. You know, I can't tell you how primitive they were, but there were very neat, in that you only stored the vectors, the start point and end point of the line. A whole screen would take 3k I guess. 64k VGA pictures, a lot of them would take 2k, 3k, and you still can't get compression like that. If we had had JPEGs…

A rather funny excerpt from Al Lowe's site:

One of my favorite Larry stories was when Hollywood called and wanted to do a movie based on Larry. No one at the studio who could make a decision had ever seen a computer, let alone played a computer game, so they flew me to Hollywood to demonstrate the game. There must have been 25 management types sitting around a big conference table, while I played the game for them. To get them involved, I asked them to call out what they wanted me to type. We were in Lefty’s bathroom when some smart-ass yelled, "masturbate." I had no idea if I handled that input or not, but I dutifully typed it in. They started applauding when the answer popped up on screen: "The whole idea was to stop doing that, Larry!

Name Origin

Larry Laffer owes his first name to Jerry, a friend of Al Lowe who believed himself to be a great lover, and his last name to Arthur Laffer, an economist. Arthur Laffer for years had no idea about the games until Al Lowe sent him a letter. Lowe planned to program Laffer Utilities and asked his permission about it. Laffer gave the permission and also paid a visit to the Sierra On-line studios. Laffer's secretary had played the games for years, but never made a connection.

Panic Programs

The game comes with a complete set of "panic programs", referring to similar situations where a player's boss would suddenly come into the office while playing. The panic programs are:

  • Calculator: Sierra (probably wouldn't fool your boss anytime of day)
  • Puzzle: Sierra (more complicated and even you don't understand what it means)
  • Boss Key: Special (Ctrl-B) - of which you die in the process of fooling your boss (restart or restore).

References

At the beginning, after getting the rose from the table, if the player types look rose the game will give the description: "A rose is a rose, is a rose, is a rose". This is a reference to the famous sentence by poetess Gertrude Stein first used in Sacred Emily.

The naked barrel guy outside the casino who sells you an apple for $1.00 is named Steve Jobs. At the time of development, Steve Jobs had just been fired from Apple Computers.

Russian Version

The Russian version of the game makes so many changes (especially in the dialogues), that sometimes it seems to be a different game. All the puns and jokes based on the American culture have been replaced by Russian/Soviet ones, including the questions at the beginning. Just a small example: upon entering the bar, Larry can talk to the girl sitting nearby. In the Russian version, Larry says (with a heavy text accent): "Hi there, girl! I'm Givi! Givi Lafferadze!" For those who don't understand what the hell it means, "Givi" is a typical Georgian name, and so is the ending "-dze" for family names. In countless jokes and stories of the Soviet epoch, the Georgians were considered the most successful seducers.

Software Piracy

The game was heavily copied, because Sierra claims they sold more hint books for this title than actual games.

Title Song

Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards was the first game to feature the famous Larry's Theme as the title song. It was written by game designer Al Lowe and subsequently became a trademark of the series. Passionate jazz saxophone player Lowe performs the song ever since on various occasions. He did so in Larry's 7th adventure, Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail!

Awards

  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • February 1991 (issue #41) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time, section Arcade Adventures (editorial staff choice)
  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th Anniversary Issue) - #69 on the "50 Best Games of All Time" list
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) –#5 Funniest Computer Game

Information also contributed by חד-קרן·山猫, -Chris, Bhatara Dewa Indra I, Boston Low, Maw and PCGamer77.

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  • Al Lowe's Humor Site
    The Official Website of the creator of Leisure Suit Larry, Al Lowe.
  • IGCD Internet Game Cars Database
    Game page on IGCD, a database that tries to archive vehicles found in video games.
  • Leisure Suit Larry Retreat
    Fan Site dedicated to Larry Laffer
  • ScummVM
    supports the DOS, Mac, Amiga, Atari ST, Apple IIgs versions of Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards under Windows, Linux, Macintosh and other platforms.

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Game added by MajorDad.

Windows added by Cantillon. Amiga added by POMAH. Apple II added by Guy Chapman. TRS-80 CoCo added by Servo. Macintosh, Apple IIgs added by Игги Друге. Atari ST added by Belboz.

Additional contributors: Trixter, Jeanne, Jayson Firestorm, Guy Chapman, Iggi, BdR, Macs Black, Cantillon, Patrick Bregger, 666gonzo666, Victor Vance, Jo ST.

Game added November 4, 1999. Last modified January 20, 2024.