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[Review] Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry – Nintendo Switch

  • Developer: CrazyBunch
  • Publisher: Assemble Entertainment/Koch Media
  • Release Date: 13/06/2019
  • Price: £35.99
  • Review code provided by: Assemble Entertainment

Point and… Laugh?

Point & Click games are classic, aren’t they? The Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango, they’re all great! But there’s never been one quite as notorious as Leisure Suit Larry

The very first Leisure Suit Larry, or just ‘Larry’ was released back in the late ’80s and it got people talking. Now in 2019, Larry is back and just like the original, it’s got people talking. Is that a good thing or a bad thing, though?

Hi-Larry-Us

As you might have guessed, Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry is not for the faint-hearted and certainly isn’t for anyone under the age of 18. Heck, I’m 24 and I still didn’t feel old enough to play it…

Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry follows the wacky – and slightly cringy – life of Larry Laffer, a sex enthusiast, 40-something-year-old man who finds himself in the 21st century – straight from the ’80s. So, so much has changed, and Larry Laffer has a lot to learn if he wants to bag – or bed – the girl of his dreams.

As you know, with most point & click games, the story is never ‘simple’. It’s usually filled with tasks that are incredibly unlikely and Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry is no different. You know how porn often happens to be incredibly unlikely situations..? Yeah, that’s how I felt playing this game. Some of the solutions to the ‘puzzles’, you need a very strange mind to complete… I’m just going to leave the words live rat and condom here for you…

Timberrrrrrrr!

Very early on in the game, you obtain what’s called the ‘PiPhone’ – many of the items of the game are often a play on words of something that actually exists – The PiPhone is a futuristic phone that you will be using throughout the course of the game. It’s your source for anything within the game.

You access your inventory through the phone; so you can then combine items and investigate them further. You have ‘Unter’ which allows you to fast travel between discovered locations. You can then access ‘Instacrap’, a social media platform that keeps track of your important story moments in the form of photos and the most important of the apps, ‘Timber’, the dating app that is the main reason for doing all these crazy tasks.

So, as we have already established, Timber is a dating app. It’s rather simple, swipe left or right depending on whether you like the person or not, similar to a well real, well-known dating app. The people you match with will end up being your quest-givers, as such. Complete these tasks and that person will reward you with a high Timber rating, giving you a better total score, which in return will make you look like a better lover than you actually are… Taking you that one step closer to dating your dream girl, Faith. Faith will only date men with a 99 Timber score rating… you have a long way to go.

Give me a hand…

Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry looks great, it’s hand-drawn characters and venues are incredibly pleasing to the eye and bursting with colour, I honestly didn’t expect such a dirty game to be so graphically pleasant.

The game’s soundtrack is bouncy (ironically) and fun. Perfectly fitting for the game and one thing I was really surprised of was the voice acting. I expected it to be annoying and cringy and it wasn’t. It’s really well done and although there are moments where I thought ‘Did that character really just say that…’ again, it was the perfect fit for this style of game.

You might want to refund this game

One thing I really enjoyed about Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it’s all one big joke. There is even a part during the game where it will prompt you into refunding the game and I found that hilarious. Although, I don’t know what actually happens if you say yes…

Pro’s

  • Funny, entertaining gameplay
  • Hand-drawn graphics look great
  • Doesn’t take itself too seriously
  • Various nods to real life things and people

Con’s

  • A little pricey
  • Some puzzles are a little too difficult (For me at least)

Verdict

Although I can’t justify the £35.99 price tag I must say I had a hell of a lot of fun with this one. Be warned though, it’s not for everyone.

4/5

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