Few video games give you the unadulterated pleasure of walking into a convenience store and loudly asking for a package of banana-flavored, glow in the dark, ultra-ribbed condoms. This is why Al Lowe’s Leisure Suit Larry remains peerless in the gaming landscape 25 years after its inception. We may finally be getting new games to experience that singular joy according to Lowe.
After a decade of poorly written drivel like Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, Lowe has returned to the series that made him a gaming icon. Replay Games is hard at work bringing Larry’s original quest to get lucky into the HD age, and so far it’s coming together nicely. Now, after looking at InXile Entertainment’s success with Wasteland 2 as well as Double Fine’s with its unnamed adventure game, Lowe and Replay have turned to Kickstarter to fund the remakes of Larry 1 through 7. If all goes well, according to Lowe, those remakes will just be prelude to whole new games.
Replay Games opened its Leisure Suit Larry Kickstarter campaign on Monday, looking to raise $500,000 for the series. The extra money will go towards bringing Larry HD to as many platforms as possible, including Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS mobile devices, as well as Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. The game’s audio will also get an overhaul in the form of an orchestra performing the score and fully voiced dialogue in German, Spanish, French, and Italian.
Lowe actually came out of retirement to work on these HD remakes. When I spoke to him in an interview in April 2011, he said that he was done with games. Retirement was simply too sweet. Today? “I lied!” says Lowe.
Speaking via email on Monday, Lowe said, “Kickstarter gives us the chance to re-work my games in the best way possible and I just couldn’t miss that opportunity.”
This freedom will allow the team to make Larry as they want to, meaning no more hackneyed attempts to modernize the concept. Lowe guaranteed that the game will still be very much about the era that birthed it. “[Larry] will remain a period piece. Now instead of being a guy who’s ten years out of touch, he’s 25 years out of touch!”
With proper funding and steady sales, the plan after Larry 1 through 7 is to actually make the series’ lost entries. “I still haven’t forgotten about Larry 4 and Larry 8,” said Lowe. “It seems to me there are a lot of new Larrys formed every week these days. There’s no end of source material!”
Leisure Suit Larry 4 was never made in the ‘90s after Larry 3, with Lowe opting to skip straight to 5 for both laughs and to make a clean break from the story that preceded it. Leisure Suit Larry 8: Lust in Space was in development until Lowe left Sierra games in 1999. An early 3D test of the game can still be found on Lowe’s website.