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Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards

Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards




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Release Date: 7/1/1991
Manufacturer: Sierra
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards is a computer adventure game game first released in 1987, the first part of the Leisure Suit Larry series. It was a completely graphical adventure game with 16 color EGA graphics. It utilizes the Adventure Game Interpreter (AGI) engine made famous by King's Quest: Quest for the Crown. Originally developed for DOS and the Apple II, it was later ported to other platforms such as the Amiga, Atari ST, Apple IIGS and the TRS-80 Color Computer. In 1991, Sierra released a remake that used the Sierra's Creative Interpreter (SCI) engine with 256 colors and icon-driven (as opposed to text-based) interface.

Set in the fictional city of Lost Wages, the story follows middle-aged salesman Larry Laffer as he tries to "get lucky". Land of the Lounge Lizards establishes several elements which recur in later games, including Larry's campy attire, perpetual bad luck with women, and penchant for double-entendres. The story and basic structure of the game are lifted from Softporn Adventure, an 1981 Apple II text adventure.

The game begins outside a bar in Lost Wages (a parody of Las Vegas, Nevada). Players are given 2 real-time hours to complete the game, at which point a despairing Larry commits suicide, resulting in game over. The time limit can be circumvented by speaking to a prostitute (see below). Players control Larry's movements with the directional keys and by inputing commands into a text parser (ex: "talk to man", "open window", etc). If Larry is too far away from a person or object to comply, or if the command is invalid, a caution message appears with hints on what to do.

The city consists of five areas: Lefty's Bar, a hotel casino, a 24-hour wedding chapel, a discotheque, and a convenience store. The player can walk between areas that are next to each other (like The casino and the 24-hour wedding chapel and the discotheque and convenience store), but the only method of travel between area's that are not next to each other is by hailing a taxi, which costs the player money; failure to do so results in Larry being mugged or hit by oncoming traffic. During the early stages of the game, Larry can survive most premature "deaths": In the original release, a compartment opens beneath Larry's body and takes him to a laboratory where heroes from Sierra's computer games — such as King's Quest — are re-assembled; in the remake, Larry's remains are instead thrown inside a blender and reformed.

A prostitute is available as soon as the game starts. Should Larry attempt to have intercourse with her, he will contract a venereal disease and die shortly thereafter. This fate may be avoided by purchasing a condom at the convenience store; however, Larry questions the validity of losing his virginity to a hooker, and the game resumes (though the time limit is removed, nonetheless).

Larry's interactions with key women are accompanied by a detailed image of whomever he is speaking with, unlike other non-player characters. Each of the women (with the exception of the prostitute) shun Larry at first, but respond favourably to gifts of varying sorts. Although it is not possible to woo all of the women, giving gifts is required in order to progress to the game's final area, the hotel penthouse. To this end, money is essential for progressing through the game, as it is necessary for taxi fare and buying gifts. The main method of augmenting Larry's funds is to gamble in the casino, playing blackjack and slots, which is obligatory at least twice over the course of the game.

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