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"Don't be frustrated... Your breasts put you at a natural disadvantage"
Times sure have changed since the last time a Leisure Suit Larry game hit store shelves. Once the name in sexually charged adventure gaming, the Leisure Suit Larry series has been altogether dormant since the '90s. This could at least be partially attributed to the fact that the sort of humor the series brought to the table was frequently being upstaged by increasingly foul and bawdy humor in all other facets of the media. Gone are the innuendo- and entendre-based gags of old, replaced by blatant, obscene, and downright insane humor that rivals most modern-day Hollywood comedies in terms of sheer hilarity and pure shock value. Unfortunately, also gone are the appreciable adventure gameplay stylings of old, replaced by myriad shallow minigames that aren't particularly fun. However, if you're willing to forgive its brain-dead gameplay and occasionally frustrating design, Magna Cum Laude is a hysterically entertaining romp through the world of wacky sexual hijinks. Finally, college life has been accurately depicted in a game. Little Larry is just like his famous uncle, from his questionable method of dress and novelty-sized head to his pathetic but undying love of the fairer sex. At the beginning of the game, it seems as though Larry's desire to get with the ladies will only be achievable in dreams, but then, as luck would have it, Larry sees a TV commercial for a hot new dating show called Swingles , which is coming to Larry's community college. He is immediately determined to become a Swingles contestant so that he can try to win the heart or at least get in the pants of one of the three hot babes featured on the show.
As I played through it, I kept sensing the Ghosts of Feminists Past hovering over my shoulder wanting to beat me like a drum. If I were to stand on a mountain holding up a copy of Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude , and demand to know just how any woman of any age any where in the world could possibly be offended, how fast do you think I would be killed? The overflow of juvenile humor in both the dialogue and sight gags, combined with an over reliance on the same four mini-games, really drug Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude down into the gutter. This is appropriate when you consider the level the humor works at rarely aspires to anything more than gutter-level. There is absolutely no way I could describe the overall feel of Leisure Suit Larry without saying I was frustrated throughout. As I mentioned, there are four mini-games that the entire 20 hour experience is based on — quarters, mimicking dance or trampoline moves, the Sperm game, and slaps. The game does have a few moments that are laugh out loud funny, including an extended riff on a certain Star Wars actor and the entirety of the gay bar sequence, but for the most part the innumerable jokes and gags flap around in vain search of a target. For whatever reason, the character design and slightly off look to the world felt like the exact path the series should have taken once it went to 3-D. Make no mistake, the Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude series now has a much more vibrant color palette and this sequel makes great use of it. I also really got a kick out of the lay of the land.
Order yours now from Simply Games. Except, hang on, didn't most vaguely non-retarded gamers find the whole Leisure Suit Larry series sad beyond belief? Full of juvenile humor without the 'u' and ham fisted attempts to woo the ladies? We certainly recall the regular ferocious critical berating from the early days of PC Gamer and did the decent thing and stuck to playing LucasArts, Revolution and anyone else capable of spinning a decent puzzle-based, narrative-rich adventure. Honestly, if you had the Lucas games and a few others, why bother with the others? But these days, anything vaguely approaching an adventure game gets the ticker tape parade around these parts, and even though you couldn't exactly bracket Magna Cum Laude in that hallowed category, it's got enough of an emphasis on hilarious conversations to pique our interest in what amounts to an almost unique title among the current status quo. As you might perhaps suspect, the idea is once again to snare the ladies out of his league and chuckle along at Larry's hapless attempts at doing so. Except this Larry isn't the one that old timers might recall. As much as he looks the same, with his enormous head, puny body, annoying nasal whiny voice and terrifyingly bad dress sense, it's actually Larry's young college-age nephew, also - handily - called Larry who has inherited his Uncle's looks as you'll discover when you meet the old anti-hero hanging out in the grotty streets and strip haunts nearby , and need to be as unsubtle and generally annoying as possible to anyone who crosses his path.