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Leisure Suit Larry Collection

Leisure Suit Larry Collection

Sep 26, 2010

Review

Compilations come, and compilations go. Some of them sadly wilt and wither before the action kicks off, and some of them stand proudly to attention throughout many hours of button manipulation and sultry tweaking of your controller’s knobs. In my experience, the “Series Compilation” has been the more attractive proposition, and the folks at Sierra really know how to turn me on, or so it seems.

The Leisure Suit Larry Collection features the first five games in the Larry series, with the most recent two titles (Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude and Leisure Suit Larry: Love For Sail!) being absent. All of the games have been tweaked to work with Windows XP, Vista and 7, and thanks to their age, will run on even the most pedestrian of Pentium-class PCs – perfect for those moments when your work PC needs to be dressed up to get you past the hard daily grind.

Surprisingly enough, I didn’t experience any technical issues whatsoever when firing up any of the games in the pack. From Larry’s inaugural romp through the Land of the Lounge Lizards, to Mr. Laffer’s adventure at La Costa Lotta in Shape Up or Slip Out!, everything works smoothly and you’ll be getting down to the business at hand with the minimum of fuss. I would suggest not running the titles in full screen mode though, as the artwork pixellates to such a point that you just cannot see what you’re doing. This is clearly for retro enthusiasts, since although the games contained within are solid enough, a part of this feeling comes from familiarity and how you felt about the games the first time around. If you haven’t played them before, then you’re likely to be unimpressed, but that pretty much goes without saying when it comes to a compilation like this. One donwer is the fact that the version of Larry 6 that is included is not the re-issued CD version complete with vocals; rather it’s the original, silent floppy disk version that was released.

The belly laughs that came as standard (with some, but not all of the games) are still present and generally politically incorrect, and you can’t help but to fall in love with the eponymous anti-hero as sets to his task. Fans of the moderately successful Magna Cum Laude will recognise the style straight away, and whilst the individual titles are somewhat more restricted and less forgiving (which is down to the technology of the time, not a lack of design skills), they are all more or less entertaining enough to play today. Despite being a minimum of fourteen years old, these titles can still reel you in and get you hooked, which is a testament to the games themselves.

As I mentioned before, the Leisure Suit Larry Collection is not to everyone’s tastes, and if you haven’t played any of these before, then the pack isn’t likely to impress you or convert you to Larry’s ways. However, if you’ve played any of these before, then set your sights on an innuendo-packed trip down memory lane. If Vivendi had decided to fly in the face of the ratings board and include the sixth (and maybe seventh) games in the series, as well as the “full” version of LSL6, then the score would be much higher, but we can’t have everything, I guess. If you’re looking for cutting-edge titles that will push your two grand’s worth of gaming PC to the limit, then you’re obviously not going to get what you want from this, but if you’re looking for a set of old-school adventure titles that’ll provide you with a more than decent amount of playing time for just $12.99, then the Leisure Suit Larry Collection presses all the right buttons.

The Leisure Suit Larry Collection contains:

  • Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards
  • Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places)
  • Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals
  • Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work
  • Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out! (Original release)

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The download contains 6 Leisure Suit Larry games as a RAR archive. Windows only.
Note: We have scanned the game’s files downloaded via bittorrent with Nod32 Antivirus and it has not found any virus. However, we do not guarantee that it is virus free. Scan it yourself before installing!

Install instructions:

  1. Extract the RAR archive.
  2. Versions 1-3 require DOSBox.
  3. Install the game you want (1 to 6).
  4. Play!

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