Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry | Review

Leisure Suit Larry, a game series that no-one will ever admit to actually playing, is coming back for an eleventh entry, and the first since 2013, in Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry. It’s not a series that I have too much experience in, given that I wasn’t born when it came out, and obviously my parents weren’t going to buy me a risqué game when I was so young, but despite that, it’s still a point and click adventure and, well, that’s my wheelhouse. So, I thought I’d break the duck and give it a go, what’s the worst that could happen?

Happy Ending

The good news for fans of the Leisure Suit Larry series, is that he’s joining us in the 21st century at long last, in more ways than one. Quite literally actually, as he awakens in a sewer bunker underneath the street of his favourite bar, in the year 2019. Upon escaping it and entering the light, you can see him in all his high resolution glory. Which is probably not something anyone ever asked for, but we have it. To their credit, the artists have done a very good job with the artwork. All the characters look decent, and there are a couple of Easter eggs here and there as well which always raises a smile.

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There are some aspects that are kept from the original series though, so older players will enjoy it – and something that did make me chuckle was the developers retained the questions at the start of the game, meaning if you want to play it, you have to answer three questions that only an adult (or Google) would know. Despite being 28, I failed at this a few times, but there definitely were questions in there that I’d not expect many people to know, particularly players outside of the US. There were definitely some very US specific questions in there that non-native players may struggle with, but the other ones are pretty gettable at least. And if not, at least there is Google.

Premature

Before I get into the negatives of Leisure Suit Larry – of which there are a good number – I will freely admit that I do not like this game one bit. It’s one of the first point and click adventures that has, if you’ll pardon the pun, turned me off completely. Leisure Suit Larry feels like a game that should have stayed in the 1990s, with its humour not quite hitting the mark, at least for me. The series has always been about walking the line between utterly vulgar and having things that will make you chuckle. For me, it’s stepped over the line now, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself tiring of the rather dull, rehashed dick jokes that are spread all throughout the game.

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Another aspect of Leisure Suit Larry that is firmly a 90s feature is the lack of an autosave. You have to actually manually save your game, and while that used to be commonplace back in the day to prevent yourself losing too much data when games used to crash, nowadays it’s an automatic feature that you just come to expect in games. Crashing isn’t a problem, but it’s more just to safeguard yourself in case you have to leave midway through a scene or something. That is one hundred percent what I used to believe. Then I played Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry. I had put around two hours in, then saved it, then played for probably another hour and a half or so. And that is when it happened. My television let out some weird technological buzz, as if it was complaining that I’d been playing the game too much and it had seen enough, and the game stopped responding. When I reloaded it, I had discovered that an hour of my life had been wasted, and I’d have to trawl back through all the messes I had found all over again.

It does strike me that Leisure Suit Larry is a pretty shoddily created product. Aside from the crash, I encountered numerous oddities from the fairly forgivable – subtitles not matching up to what the characters are saying – to the things that make me wonder how they slipped by their quality assurance team. Things like voice lines not activating at all, or worse, overlapping with other lines, meaning all you could hear was a garbled mess. There was also a strange feature that any time you just took a look at something, it opened your inventory and then moved the cursor back to Larry, which made absolutely no sense, and was incredibly annoying after a while.

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The Final Word

I’ll keep it short and sweet. Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry isn’t worth a penny of your money. It’s probably not even worth buying if you’re a fan of the series, because I think you’d feel disappointed by the awful quality of the game that’s been churned out. It’s bad, stuffed with humour from a bygone era that doesn’t hit its mark and lacks basic functionality and polish that you would expect from a game in this day and age.

3/10

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