|Title: Leisure Suit Larry 2
Rom Player: PC
Synopsis: In 1987, programmer Al Lowe breathed life into a character that would become an icon: Larry Laffer, better known as Leisure Suit Larry. His first adventure, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, was a phenomenal success, and soon after its release, there was no question that there would be a sequel. Unfortunately, there were complications. LSL 1 made extensive use of adult humor, which offended many individuals. It could be argued that the many complaints were valid because the entire object of the game was for Larry to get laid at any and all costs. The adult themes in the first installment were so strong that, I am told, many stores refused to carry the game. So, as a compromise, the execs at Sierra decreed that the raunchy sexual humor would be toned down for the sequel. After playing this train wreck of a game, the Sierra executives also told Al Lowe to make the game suck as badly as possible, because that's the only way LSL 1 could have been so good, yet this one was so very, very bad.
Before I explain why this is the worst of the Larry series, and probably the entire Sierra line of adventure games, I should probably explain LSL 2’s story. You are Larry Laffer, loser extraordinaire. The woman you made it with in the first game dumps you and you are single once again. Trotting through the streets of LA, you gain the opportunity to compete in a "Dating Game” style show, where, through dumb luck, you win a vacation on a cruise ship. Through wacky mishaps, this little vacation turns sour as Larry is forced to stop the evil plots of the nefarious Dr. Nonookee and find true love in the process.
Beating Nonookee and finding your soulmate is, without a doubt, the most frustrating thing you will ever choose to do in your life. The game is, and I am not exaggerating, impossible to beat without a walkthrough of some kind. Puzzles in the game require the collection of items that are not visually present on the screen. The only way you could know they exist is by typing "Look" into the parser interface, and this is not always helpful. An example of this that I found particularly irritating was a barf bag I was supposed to pick up on an airplane and combine with a bottle of hair tonic to produce a bomb. (No, it doesn't make any sense in the game either.) The only problem was, when I was on the airplane, the barf bag was not on the screen. The "Look" command was not specific enough, but I had no way of knowing this. I ended up having to start the game over later because I could not finish the game without that fucking bag and the asshole game wasn’t about to let me go back and get it. The fact that certain parts of the game are timed does not make finding these mystery items any easier.
Dying in the game is extremely easy, and is often the only way to figure out what you are supposed to do. For example, the airplane you have to get the barf bag from ends up crashing, but you have no way of knowing that until it does. This requires that you grab a parachute and bail out of the plane, though by all logic Larry should have no reason to do so, because, as mentioned earlier, there has been no cue in the game to indicate that the plane will not reach its destination. Another example of this is present earlier in the game on the cruise ship. Larry has a limited amount of time on the ship before he has to go back to his cabin where he will be forced to have sex with a fat woman, causing the game to end. To avoid this, Larry must escape on a life raft. Again, we knew there was "danger," but Larry does not. Logically, Larry should have no reason to set himself adrift on the open ocean where he would, in the real world, almost certainly die. And if you were an idiot and saved in either of these locations, you will probably have to start the game over because when you reload the game you will likely lack the time necessary to accomplish what you need to before you die.
The humor, which is the backbone of any Leisure Suit Larry game, is lacking as well. Gone are the funny sexual references from the first game, and to take their place are a number of idiotic puns. There is some sexual humor present, but all of it is foolish, grade-school caliber garbage.
This is one of the worst games I have ever played. Humorless and difficult, the game had absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Fortunately, later sequels will be more successful at capturing the first game's charm. Leisure Suit Larry 2, I am sure, is used as an instrument of torture on prisoners in the Middle East. I think I would rather take an electric shock to the balls than play this game again; I hated it just that much. No one should ever play this game, and anyone who has a copy should burn it.
Best Cheats: Go online and get a walkthrough. On second thought, don't bother. I had a walkthrough and still had to restart from the beginning 3 times because of inventory items I missed and needed later.
Game Play: 1
Overall Rating: 1
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