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A series of comedy games (primarily in adventure genre), originally created by Al Lowe, focusing mostly on the efforts of a middle-aged gentleman named Larry Laffer (and later, his nephew) to have a date with a girl, and maybe also to find the love of his life.

The series started its existence with Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (1987), though its early precursor, a text adventure named Softporn (1981), is often indicated as the progenitor. Chronologically falling in line with various Quest game series developed by Sierra (such as King's Quest and Space Quest), Larry games followed a similar gameplay evolution: starting with text input (and a text parser that "understood" swear words and verbs denoting sexual activities), the series later switched to mouse-driven, point-and-click gameplay with command icons - including the famous "zipper" icon, unique to the series, which corresponded to the aforementioned text input peculiarities.

The last Larry game designed by Al Lowe was Love for Sail (1996). The series' classical epoch has come to its end in this installment; however, an attempt to revive the series, steering it into action/arcade, mini-games-based gameplay, was made in 2004 with the release of Magna Cum Laude.

Not included: the 1992 Laffer Utilities, a humorous suite of "non-productivity" applications.

Leisure Suit Larry 4

The Larry series was originally planned as a trilogy. If you saw the ending of the third game, you know that it’s well-rounded and final. When designer Al Lowe had finished Larry 3 in 1989, he was somewhat fed up with his creation, and announced that there’d “never be a Larry 4!”

At least not a “normal” adventure game. In 1989, Sierra had ambitious plans to build up an online gaming community. Nobody knew if this would work, but it was clear that it needed a “killer application”; an online adventure game with a score of players working together simultaneously. That’s what Larry 4 was supposed to be. However, the project turned out to be much more complicated than anyone had expected. As Al Lowe describes on his website:

After a month or so, we knew we were in trouble. I decided to write a checkers game as a simple test case to see if we could actually move objects and communicate. It worked. But we were still a long way from making characters walk and communicate and interact.

So I wrote a backgammon game. Then chess. Still we had no system to support all the features needed for an adventure game. But we were having so much fun playing against each other, we decided to push what we had into a real product. It became The Sierra Network. TSN was quite successful in its day, especially considering the small numbers of players who also had modems.

Eventually, when TSN was losing 10 million dollars per year, Ken [Williams] sold half of it to AT&T for 50 million dollars. I laughingly said Sierra was the only company to make money in on-line gaming: by selling out! Later AT&T would pay another 50 mil for the other half. They then sat on it for about a year before giving up and selling the whole thing to America On-Line for 10 million. AOL announced big plans, but never carried through and the whole thing withered up and died without ever seeing the light of day.

When Al Lowe finally decided that the Larry series needed to be continued, and started to work on the next off-line episode, he was reluctant to call it Larry 4. Hadn’t he exclaimed that there wouldn’t be a game with that name? He kept his promise. The next adventure was a "fifth" game.

Even though the 4th episode does not exist, it has an official name nevertheless: Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies’.

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Title Platforms Released
box cover thumbnail 3-D Animated Adventure Games Starter Pack DOS 1987
box cover thumbnail Best of Sierra Nr. 14 Windows 1999
box cover thumbnail Best of Sierra Nr. 16 Windows 2000
box cover thumbnail Best of Sierra Nr. 17 Windows 2000
box cover thumbnail Crazy Nick's Software Picks: Leisure Suit... DOS 1992
box cover thumbnail Fantasy Adventure Pack DOS 1994
box cover thumbnail Gold Games DOS 1996
box cover thumbnail Gold Games 4 DOS, Windows, Windows 3.x 1999
box cover thumbnail Golden 7 DOS 1993
box cover thumbnail Larry: Edycja Kolekcjonerska Windows 3.x 2001
box cover thumbnail Las Vegas PC-88, Sharp X1, FM-7, PC-98 1986
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the... DOS, Amiga, Macintosh 1991
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the... Windows 2017
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti... DOS, Amiga, Macintosh, Windows 1991
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out! DOS, Windows, Windows 3.x, Macintosh 1993
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry Collection Windows 2006
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love... DOS, Windows, Amiga, Atari ST 1988
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti... DOS, Amiga, Atari ST, Windows 1989
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the... DOS, Windows, Amiga, Atari ST, Apple II, Apple IIgs, TRS-80 CoCo, Macintosh 1987
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry's Casino Windows 1998
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry's Greatest Hits and Misses! DOS, Windows, Windows 3.x, Macintosh, Linux 1994
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 2009
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry: Collection Series DOS, Windows 1997
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry: Das komplette Vergnügen Windows 2018
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry: Kühle Drinks und heiße Girls Windows 2004
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail J2ME, BlackBerry 2007
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail! DOS, Windows, Windows 3.x, Macintosh, Linux 1996
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 2004
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude... Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 2004
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded Linux, Windows, Macintosh, iPhone, Android, iPad, Windows Phone 2013
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded (Collector's Edition) Macintosh, Windows 2013
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry: Triple Pack DOS, Amiga 1990
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry: Ultimate Pleasure Pack DOS, Windows, Windows 3.x 1999
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don't Dry Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Macintosh 2018
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Macintosh, Xbox One, Xbox Series 2020
box cover thumbnail Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Saga Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 2020
box cover thumbnail Sierra's Classic Adventures Windows 2001
box cover thumbnail Softporn Adventure Apple II, Atari 8-bit 1981