As Yahoo reports, Replay Games is planning a reboot for the 1987 Sierra classic Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, the classy graphic adventure title that followed the exploits of Larry Laffer (the original 40-year-old virgin) as he tried to find love or at least a woman who was willing to go to bed with him.
But instead of going the traditional investor route, Replay has set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $500,000 US needed to produce the game. For the uninitiated, Kickstarter is a fundraising site raises money for all kinds of projects in gaming, film, music, theatre and even more fringe ideas, such as funding a Chicago woman’s attempt to make a chainmail wedding gown. (For her sake, I hope she’ll be wearing something underneath.)
You can donate as a little as a $1 but like with other Kickstarter projects, the more you give the more you get in return. For $15, you’ll get a free digital download of the game when it’s done. And for $10,000, you’ll be flown to Seattle (though they’ll only pay for domestic flights so you’ll have to get across the border yourself) and then you’ll have lunch, dinner and breakfast with the game’s creator, Al Lowe.
As Lowe explains in the above video, the reason they went with Kickstarter, is that they didn’t any “pesky publishers telling us to dumb it down, or to make it tamer.”
Now, as a child of the eighties I played most of the original Leisure Suit Larry series, and as much as I enjoyed wandering the streets and getting turned down by large-breasted, pixelly orange women, I don’t remember there being much in the way of sophistication to the gameplay or story.
And when you compare it to say a sex scene in a Grand Theft Auto game or the shower scene in Heavy Rain, Leisure Suit Larry is tame enough for pre-schoolers.
But remember to put on your condom before you lose your virginity to the hooker or you will die of AIDS.